Calderstones Park

Calderstones Park is a public park in Liverpool.
The 94 acres (0.38 km2) park is mainly a family park. Within it there are a variety of different attractions including a playground, a botanical garden and places of historical interest.

Calderstones botanical garden contains almost 4000 species of plants brought from all over the world by merchants and other travellers.
There is a lake in the park with geese and ducks, and there is also the mansion house, which features a café and a children's play area.

Originally part of the 1,583-acre (6.41 km2) expanse of the Manor of Allerton, around 1726 the area now known as Calderstones Park was sold by its owners to settle family debts. Eventually, the  Liverpool merchant Thomas Martin became owner. He added to the estate before selling the area to Joseph Need Walker, a lead shot manufacturer with business interests in Liverpool. Walker acquired the estate in 1825 when the principal building was known as "The Old House". By 1828 this old farmhouse had been swept aside to make way for the mansion, Calderstone House.
In 1875 the estate was sold to Charles MacIver for £52,000. A Liverpool shipping magnate, he had joined Samuel Cunard in establishing the British and North American Royal Steam Packet Company — later and better known as Cunard Line. Charles MacIver retired in 1874 and his younger sons, Henry and Charles, took the reins.
In 1902 the MacIvers sold Calderstones for the sum of £43,000, to the Liverpool Corporation,who still own it.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic Park....once owned by my Great Great Uncle now has a positive future again..thankfully.