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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:00 pm 
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Looking for the opening year of the warrenpoint municipal park , I think it is 1906 as official opening is this right .


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:22 pm 
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The Park was designed by Thomas Smith,
of Daisy Hill Nurseries, Newry in 1900.

Official opening given as 1906.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:29 pm 
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Thanks dabarry seem to get more info on the Bandstand that the the park on the web..


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From the minutes of the Urban District Council Warrenpoint

28th July 1902
Mr Savage referred to the want of a town park for Warrenpoint and set up a committee to look into it.

7th September 1906
The clerk was to write to Captain Hall asking if he would receive a deputation on the question of providing a public park for Warrenpoint (meeting took place on the 29th of November)

3rd December 1906
“That the urban council take on lease from captain Hall at the yearly rent of £12 the land bounded on the North by Great Georges Street, on the East by Best Row, on the West by Prince’s Street and on the South by the promenade for the purpose of a recreation ground or public park”

4th February 1907
Plans of park to be drawn up by the town surveyor assisted by Mr Thomas Smith of Daisy Hill. Plans shown on the 11th – cost £434 10/- It was agreed to seek a loan of £1000 from LGB, reduced to £800 on the 21st July

7th March 1907
Mr Savage agreed to pay for the park gate and railings at £89 14/- Gates designed by Musgrave’s Ltd. Other railings and plain gates to cost £157 – went to Bayliss Jones & Bayliss
Thomas smith to lay out the grounds for £202 10/- 6d
An agreement was made to install a bandstand as well.

18th March 1907
Lease of park signed

2nd April 1907
Board of Works loan of £800 granted for the park. Bandstand and windshield by W MacFarlane & Co – diameter 24ft cost £222

24th May 1907
Contract for base of bandstand to Patrick Carville at £27 10/- 0d

10th June 1907
David Gamble appointed caretaker of new park at £1 per week (starts on the 24th)
Shield ordered for bandstand – with coat of arms £7 7/- with date only £5


14th March 1910
“That one plot lying next to the Great Northern Hotel be taken in hands this season, and the necessary work carried out by a committee as soon as possible for the purpose of a tennis court in the park”


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:21 pm 
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Also, Kevin I'm surprised you asking that being you "borrowed" this poster ;)

http://www.oldwarrenpointforum.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=75&t=4999&p=56821

I take it you still have it?


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Brian was wondering if dates were wrong as see lots of websites have it 1906 even the irish news and Heritage Lottery Fund etc... always had it that the park was before the bandstand and it has 1907 just for the bandstand .confused .com lol lol


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I'll mention that to heritage lottery at the next meeting as we have been using the dates from the council minutes as transcribed by myself from Andy Eccles notes - and as you know it was the fact the park had a centenary and the baths didn't that sparked off a lot of things :D I'm on the steering committee for the park and while it will take some time to get all the parts together the restoration of the park to it's former glory is under way (albeit at the red tape and planning stage) I know things take a while but we all want to get this right, as it will be under close scrutiny :tea time:


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