|On the Park's north
boundary is the infant River Welland, home for many ducks and moorhens
and edged by magnificent willow trees. At a crossing point over the
river it is said that in 1645, just after the battle of Naseby 6 miles
away, the victorious Roundheads had a skirmish with a party of fleeing
Cavaliers and many of them were killed, marked by the crossed swords in
The Art Deco style gates and small bandstand, with a cafe next to it, bear witness to the Park's 1930s origins. There are concerts at the bandstand, by the Harborough Band and other local groups, with larger musical events in the summer. The bowling green, tennis courts and children's playground are popular and there is usually a visiting fair in the autumn. The park is well known for its lovely flowerbeds and bell tower in the rose and lavender garden. Placed there in 1977 to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, it was saved from the original Symington's corset factory when it was partly demolished. The 'Millennium Mile' is a cycle and walkway, which starts at the Park's western boundary on Farndon Road and runs through to St. Mary's Road, near the station.
|Welland Park||Thelma Cant||Anne Allen|