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Mowbray Park, Sunderland

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Mowbray Park is a municipal park in the centre of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, located a few hundred yards from the busy thoroughfares of Holmeside and Fawcett Street and bordered by Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to the north, Burdon Road to the west, Toward Road to the east and Park Road to the south. The park was voted best in Britain in 2008.HistoryMowbray Park is one of the oldest municipal parks in North East England.The roots of Mowbray Park date back to the 1830s, when a health inspector recommended building a leafy area in the town after Sunderland recorded the first cholera epidemic in 1831. A grant of £750 was provided by the Government to buy a £2,000 plot of land from the Mowbray family for a new park.Work on Mowbray Park – then known as The People's Park – began in the mid-1850s, incorporating a former limestone quarry set within what was known as Building Hill. It appears that spoil heaps were shaped and mounded to create distinctive paths amongst steep sided hummocks. The effect was to afford the Victorian user plenty of opportunity to perambulate within a relatively small green area.The park was opened by John Candlish, Lord Mayor MP of Sunderland on 21 May 1857.
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  • Park in the city centre behind the Museum and Winter Garden. Has a small pond filled with swans and ducks. A little too much dirt in the water. In the square near the Lake there is a statue representing a walrus full and overflowing with excrement ... However a nice parquet!
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  • The park is located a few metres from the main thoroughfares of Holmside and Fawcett St. but it's a haven of peace. This park was voted Best Park in Britain in 2008 and I'm not surprised. When I was t...  more »
  • HUGE park with plenty to offer right in the heart of Sunderland City Centre and park of Winter Gardens... huge play area always packed with children, lots of space for dog walks, jogging or a nice str...  more »
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  • museum was great, kids dressed up and its free, nice cafe but a bit pricey, nice well kept park
  • Really lovely park that's a glory of Victorian urban design. Full of interest and a very pleasant place to visit whether young or old.
  • Pretty park with many places to walk and explore. A great playground for children too
  • Lovely park for children but should have wardens there to get rid of the unwanted guests (drunks)
  • Very clean and tidy Park. There is a duck pond at one end, play park at the other and a host of statues and flower arrangements in-between.

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