Object No.36

Newspaper commemorating the opening of Wolverton Park, 1885

Object No.36
Object No.36
An early photo of an event at Wolverton Park
An early photo of an event at Wolverton Park

This is a facsimile of the Supplement to Croydon’s Weekly Standard of 8th August 1885 reporting, in very great detail, the opening of Wolverton Park.The London & North Western Railway Company was very benevolent to its employees and their families in Wolverton. It encouraged and supported the development of recreational activities and financed the provision of a sports ground that included an athletics track and football field surrounded by a cycling track. Wolverton Park was opened in August 1885 and became the venue for the annual two day Whitsun Sports, a festival of athletics and cycling events that attracted competitors from all over the Empire.

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