Stockport park celebrates 150th anniversary

Stockport’s oldest park – Vernon Park - will celebrate its 150th birthday tomorrow.

Vernon Park celebrates its 150th anniversary - photo: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Vernon Park celebrates its 150th anniversary - photo: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council


Tours exploring Vernon Park’s history will take place during a day of free events on 20th September to mark the milestone anniversary.

Allotment and plant stalls will line the park, while children will be entertained with a Victorian fun fair, Punch and Judy shows and miniature steam train rides.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council executive member for leisure Councillor Shan Alexander said: “Vernon Park has played an important role in Stockport life for 150 years, and this is a chance to mark this milestone in the park’s history.”

The anniversary event has been organised in partnership with the Friends of Woodbank and Vernon Parks.

Vernon Park was built by the Stockport Corporation on land donated by George John Warren (Lord Vernon) and opened on Monday 20th September 1858.

The Green Flag-awarded park, once known as ‘Pinch Belly Park’ or the ‘People’s Park’ was restored with a £1.6 million Heritage Lottery Grant and celebrated its re-opening on 29 September 2000.

For more information visit www.stockport.gov.uk/parks


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