P R O F I L E
Peel Park/Saltaire Park
Bolton and Undercliffe
Peel Park Bradford, not to be confused with its namesake in Salford, is a 22.6-hectare (56-acre) urban public park in the area of Bradford, England, located about 0.75 miles (1.2 km) north-east of the city centre. It was named after Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850). Peel Park was Bradford's first public park and is on the English Heritage and National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens online databases. The park was opened in 1853 and a series of galas were held in the park to raise funds to pay off the remaining debt for the purchase of the land and its layout as a park. This all took some 12 years. In 1870 the park was conveyed to the Municipal Borough of Bradford, and is now owned by the City of Bradford.
The park also appears to have once been called Saltaire Park after Sir Titus Salt, a manufacturer, politician, and philanthropist in Bradford whose statue is opposite the bandstand in early pictures.
In 1902 a ornamental bandstand was erected midway along The Terrace but today this location is occupied by the statue of Sir Robert Peel. Another lost feature are the two cannons captured by the British in the Crimean War. The park also had a total of four drinking fountains but two have been lost.
An unexpected use of the historic cannons is recorded. Apparently a number of hoarders used the disused cannon as a secure hiding-place. For example some children found 100 pounds in one of the Crimean cannon at Liverpool and a bag containing 70 sovereigns was taken from another old gun in Peel Park, Bradford.
Above is a picture of the two Russian cannons on The Terrace.
City Centre, Park or Garden
England - Northern
THE FEATURES PRESENT
Crimean Cannon Location, past or present