Park hero returns from the past!

Alderman Denham spells out his vision

‘Alderman Denham’ spells out his vision

Way back in 1869, Alderman Thomas Denham, set out his vision for a park for the people of Huddersfield in a letter to the Huddersfield Examiner. He worked tirelessly to make the park a reality and is memorialised in a plaque on the Park Lodge as the person who secured the park for the town.

The Friends of Greenhead Park decided to honour this Park Hero by staging a guided walk in the park led by ‘Thomas’ as part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days festival. Alistair Cheetam gave an excellent portrayal of Alderman Denham, declaiming his vision for a park for the people of Huddersfield as set out by him in the Examiner.   Local historian David Griffiths was  also on hand to explain how far the original ideas were realised in the Park which eventually opened in September 1884.

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