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Macclesfield: West Park, Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee

Ref No:c13442
Date Period:1880 to 1889
Date of Image:22/06/1887
Title:Macclesfield: West Park, Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
Description:Macclesfield residents planting an oak sapling in West Park to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Men, women and children are gathered on a platform and facing the camera.
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West Park was originally known as Macclesfield Public Park, and was opened in 1854 to give working people access to the countryside after the closure of the commons in 1804. Within three weeks of Councillor John May's proposal that a public park be opened in Macclesfield, £300 had been collected in small amounts from 17,000 working people in the town,  which became known as "The Pennies of the Poor".