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Seven Centuries of Manorial History
In an attempt to remedy the situation a major publication on Chadderton Hall and its manorial families has been compiled and edited by the Society. Articles from a number of sources have been used whilst reminiscences of Chaddertonians who can still remember the building also find a place in the book. Whilst the number of photographs of the interior of the hall is still very limited the Society does possess a substantial number depicting the exterior of the building. It is hoped to make the publication available to the public in the near future.
Chadderton Fold c1910.
The building above became known as 'Bishop
Lake's House' and most probably incorporated the
original Chadderton Hall. It was demolished in 1962
Bishop Lake's House- tho original Hall, from the southeast, about 1910.
Finally, the lease was taken over by the Livsey family who lived in one part of the hall but used other parts of the building for the manufacture of pickles and preserves!
Chadderton Hall Park gardens as they are now.
2006 saw the awarding of Green Flag status. This is a very prestigious award, in fact Chadderton has now got two out of the six currently awarded in the Oldham Borough. The other is Coalshaw Green. Green Flag status isn't for life. It has to be reapplied for every year, so getting the park up to the is a commitment to maintain it at the standard.
Image by kind permission of John Johnson
Pavilion has been renovated and is now a very successful
The Pavilion Cafe, as it is now called
is a franchised business,
offering a selection of
different dishes which can be enjoyed outside if the weather allows,
The application of New Opportunities fund, has allowed the conversion of one of the underused tennis courts into a Multi Use Games Area (allowing football/netball/basketball) together with a teen shelter opposite. Money from the Swallowfields development has been used to upgrade the childrens play area. Also small "garden centre" is operating as a Social Enterprise company. The Park Department Apprentices have cultivated a shrub Garden near the main entrance of the Park. This project was a one off design and build project as part of their training. It is now maintained as part of the park's on going maintenance.
Friends of the Park meet three times a year, essentially in the spring summer and autumn.Chadderton Hall Park offers ; contrasting park experiences with formal traditional features on its upper terrace such as maintained gardens, play areas and bowling greens etc, while its lower terrace by the river has the feel of a small country park. In summer eveningsthe Park enjoys the benefit of security patrols provided by Pride Security.A coalition of north Chadderton churches currently organise a well attended family fun day in the park on an annual basis usually on the Saturday before Whit Sunday, and on the Whit Sunday itself it holds an open air service.A crudely carved stone head was found in the Irk where it flows through the park and is now in the stewardship of Chadderton Hall Junior School. It is believed to be of iron age origin and is associated with pagan tradition. It has a "cigarette hole" in the mouth which is believed to enable evil spirits to escape. The went on display with similar heads from the north west at an exhibition at the Manchester Museum together with the "Pete Marsh" mummy in the late 1980's.
Acknowledgment: Cllr Jeremy Sutcliffe for the updating of the news Chadderton Hall Park
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