A few weeks ago we had the first snow of the season. As I had to be out and about that day anyway I decided to head to Woodthorpe Grange Park to take some photos. It was first opened as a park in 1922 but before that started off as grass and arable land that was eventually sold off to a local factory owner, Henry Ashwell. Ashwell built Woodthorpe Grange, pictured below, in 1874 (currently it houses the Sport, Culture and Parks Service of Nottingham City Council and is not open to the public).
In 1889 the Nottingham Suburban Railway was opened, the line inconveniently for the Ashwell family running across and under their estate. The estate was sold several more times until eventually bought by the City Council in 1921 with the help of a £10,000 donation from Jesse Boot, son of the founder of Boots the pharmacy.
On 10th July 1928 King George V and Queen Mary visited Woodthorpe Park and during the visit Nottingham’s Chief Magistrate was given the title of Lord, entitling the Mayor of Nottingham to be known as the Lord Mayor.
A lovely place to visit, no matter the weather.
Pingback: Autumn at Woodthorpe Grange Park | Louise Jayne's Blog