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Avenham and Miller Parks military link to be marked

Posted on - 3rd June, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
A view over Avenham Park Pic: Tony Worrall
A view over Avenham Park Pic: Tony Worrall

Avenham and Miller Park’s roles in the First World War are to be marked.

Preston City Council is putting forward the parks to become Centenerary Fields.

Marking 100 years since the end of World War I the Fields in Trust is taking nominations to designate parks and other open spaces which played a role in the conflict.

A report to the city council’s cabinet says the parks were ‘used as training grounds by the Armed Forces to train and prepare troops for battle, there is photographic and film evidence connecting the parks to WW1’.

The 4th Loyals, Preston's Territorials, march down Fleet Street on the way to the Railway Station Pic: Preston Digital Archive
The 4th Loyals, Preston’s Territorials, march down Fleet Street on the way to the Railway Station Pic: Preston Digital Archive

If accepted the Fields in Trust scheme sees further protection applied to the grade-II listed parks, with strict conditions about what can be done with the land – for example they would have to be consulted about any new buildings or changes to current buildings within the park.

Read more: Why there are allotments being dug in Avenham Park

A commemorative plaque would be installed in the park to remind Prestonians of its protected status and link with the First World War.

Councillors approved the bid on Wednesday 30 May and will not wait to hear from the Fields in Trust.

Read more: Private William Young remembered on the Flag Market

What do you think about the parks being recognised for their role in the First World War? Let us know in the comments below

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