Park of the Month - Victoria Park, Denton, Tameside

Victoria Park, Denton has recently had the Grade II listed Edwardian bandstand restored to former glory, after suffering from missing iron work, rotting wood and need of a re-roof. This has been achieved through receiving a substantial grant form the Heritage Lottery Fund and Tameside MBC’s Preservation of Historic Buildings Fund.

The restoration took 3 months to be completed by Dorothea Restorations Ltd, with a celebratory event taking place on 16th June 2007, 12-4pm, with the official opening, Denton Brass Band, Musical Youth and entertainment for all the family.

The History of Victoria Park

Did you know?

  • The site was purchased in 1886 for the cost of £6750
  • The park was upgraded from a recreation ground in 1913 after the bandstand was built
  • The Denton War Memorial was erected in 1921 and weighs 90 tons.
  • A defused bomb was displayed for a month in the bandstand, in 1942, to raise money for the National Air-Raid Distress Fund.
  • The Denton War Memorial stands at 20ft high and is fixed into a solid concrete bed more than a yard thick.

As with all parks, Victoria Park has original bylaws some of which by today’s standards would be seen as quirky. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Cattle, sheep, goats or pigs, or any beast of draught or burden are not allowed in the park unless authorised.
  • A person shall not in the pleasure ground hang, spread, or deposit any linen or other fabric for drying or bleaching.

Popular with the local community the park, of just two hectares, boasts two crown bowling greens, a children’s playground, a multi-sports area and a Grade II listed bandstand.

Other features of the park include the Denton War Memorial, the largest flower bed in Tameside, a Millennium sundial and a mural. The mural created in conjunction with the Denton Town Twinning Committee, depicts local scenes and was painted by David Vaughan. If you would like to join the friends of Victoria Park group please contact 0161 342 2704.