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Preston in the Picture: The Park Lake

Posted on - 28th October, 2012 - 8:32am | Author - | Posted in - Parks, Photos

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It’s just over a hundred years old and it is still looking magnificent, particularly when, wherever you look, the rich colours of Autumn are in evidence.

Like so many things in Preston, Haslam Park has its links to the cotton industry. The land was donated to the Borough of Preston by Mary Haslam in memory of her father, John Haslam who was the owner of a Cotton Mill in the town.

Mary commissioned the design of Haslam Park and even donated further money for its continued development. The Park was opened 100 years ago in 1912 and some of its unique design features, including the magnificent wrought iron gates, still stand proudly. You can see the gates at both ends of the impressive tree lines avenue.

One my earliest memories of the park is of trips to the open-air swimming baths that used to stand where the car park is today. These were a feature added a few years after the opening and given the local weather I was amazed to read that they lasted until 1987!

This week’s photo was taken on a glorious Autumn day. It is a view of the Park’s ‘lake’, though I must admit I’ve always called it a duck pond!

Photo: Fuji x100

Paul Melling [paulmellingphotography]

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