Boultham Park

Overview

Boultham Park Character Area (view detailed map) comprises a public park, civic and commercial buildings and leisure facilities in the grounds of the former 19th century Boultham Hall Estate. The Character Area lies on an area of former scrub woodland and drained wetland in the Witham valley. 

From the late Inter-War Period [1919-1945] to the Modern Period [1967-2009] a number of civic and commercial buildings were built along Boultham Park Road including Parklands Hotel, Boultham Library and Boultham Medical Practice. These form part of a small commercial centre around Boultham Park Road roundabout. However, there is no urban public space near the civic and commercial buildings. There are good pedestrian connections between the park and surrounding areas in all directions.
 The Character Area lies on an area of former scrub woodland and drained wetland in the Witham valley. In the process of laying out Boultham Hall and grounds in the 19th century any possible remains of a medieval settlement at Boultham are likely to have been cleared away. St. Helen’s Church formed part of this settlement and although it was rebuilt in the late 19th century for the Ellisons it still contains some 13th-century elements. The foundation of the church may be as early as the 10th or 11th century. The war memorial in St. Helens Churchyard was erected in around 1858 and is a block of granite brought back from Sebastopol by Major R G Ellison in memory of the men of his company of the 47th Regiment who fell in the Crimean War.

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Newsflash! Your views and memories are needed! The City Council in Partnership with the Linkage Community Trust are currently developing a project which includes the restoration of the lake, bandstand, fountain and sundial. Do you remember how these features have looked in the past? Do you have any further information or photographs about what Boultham Park use to look like? or have a memory about an event or visit held in the park when you were a child? Does anyone remember any events held to celebrate the Queen's Coronation or Silver Jubilee? Why not share these memories on this website by uploading your comments or photos via the "What people think" tab on the left or contact us on 01522 873 405.

Footpath and trees in foreground leading to view across lake at Boultham Park with house in the background.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.20858, -0.55678)
Character Area Type: Parkland
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Secondary Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Low