The Peoples park is a Grade II listed Victorian recreational and leisure ground in Halifax, West Yorkshire designed by Joseph Paxton who was better known for designing the Crystal Palace. The park was paid for by Sir Francis Crossley and cost £50,000. The park was opened in 1857 and transferred to the Halifax Corporation in 1858.
The park features a small canal which is crossed by 2 iron bridges, a children's play area, a number of marble statues, bandstand, and a terrace area with pavilion.
The park was in a sorry state of neglect during 1980's / 90's and was restored and reopened in 2002 hanks to a £1,000,000 grant from the national lottery.
The park is open daily from until dusk and is secured by iron railings, gates, and CCTV cameras.
The park entrance from Hopwood Lane.
The Thorp Fountain.
Joseph Thorp donated the fountain in 1857 and it bears the following inscriptions,
Thank God For Water.
Water Is Best.
It no longer dispenses water.
Built in 1872 and made from cast-iron, wood, and a zinc roof.
The Saville Fountain.
The original Crossley fountain was the centrepiece of the water feature from 1864 until it was replaced by the current Saville fountain in 1914. The fountain is now known by both names.
The Pavilion was opened in 1860 and features a statue of Sir Frank Crossley inside.
The Terrace area features a number of marble statues sculpted by Francesco Bienaime
The Smith Sundial.
Donated to the town of Halifax in 1873 by Matthew Smith.
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