The Friends of ChaT Parks and the people of Wakefield have known for many years that Thornes Park is one of the jewels in the city’s crown and this has been recognised by English Heritage, who have included the park in their Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
The registered park, owned by Wakefield Council, is in fact three parks; Clarence Park, Holmfield Park andThornes Park and is locally known as CHaT Parks from the names of the three constituents.
English Heritage consider that the parks, together with the Thornes Park Nurseries, merits national recognition and is designated at Grade II in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens for the following principal reasons: Survival, it is a good example of an urban municipal park of the late C19 and early C20 where the layout suvives almost intact. Historic Interest: it has added interest in the incorporation of a late C19 landscape possibly designed by John Carr, as well as a scheduled medieval motte and bailey castle earthwork.
The registration of the park establishes its historic interest as a material planning consideration and draws attention to the fact that the site should receive special consideration if development proposals are contemplated. The status does not prevent building work, but it does mean that any planning issues now have to be run past English Heritage before a decision can be made.
Our chairman Ian Deighton said: “We are very supportive of the decision to include the park on the National Register. It works towards one of the group’s aims which is the preservation of the unique historic, cultural and botanic aspects of the park so that the benefits left to us by past generations can be handed down intact to our children.”
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