The history behind Haslam Park is fascinating.
In 1908, Miss Mary Haslam gifted some 46 hectares of land to the Preston Corporation to be used for a public park or recreation ground in memory of her father. With her wishes respected, the resulting haven was Haslam Park, which has boasted facilities such as a bowling green, an aviary, a swimming pool, and sprawling green areas over the decades. Check out some of our best archive pictures of the park down the decades.
Fancy some more retro? Check out these recent pieces…
1. Haslam Park
The swimming pool on Haslam Park was a popular place to be - this image was taken in 1939. Courtesy of John Swindells and the Preston Past and Present Facebook group Photo: RETRO
2. Haslam Park
Swimmers gather on the side of the pool ready to jump in at Haslam Park in Ashton. Picture courtesy of John Swindells and the Preston Past and Present Facebook group Photo: RETRO
3. Haslam Park
Three-year-old Mandy Nelson of Cedar Avenue, Ashton, pictured with two budgies at the aviary in Haslam Park. She was a regular visitor to see and feed the birds when this image was taken in 1983 Photo: RETRO
4. Haslam Park
Getting ready to make a splash in the swimming pool via the big slide. This image is from 1958 and shows the baths as a popular choice for many residents of Preston Photo: RETRO