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Wharton Park


Wharton Park is a public park situated immediately south of the Railway Station in Durham. The park was created in 1857, by William Lloyd Wharton (1789-1867) from nearby Dryburn, who owned the land on which the park and railway station were built. He was chairman of the Great North Eastern Railway and High Sheriff of Durham. After the railway was built in 1857, he established the public park on the rough land to the north of the railway. A mock castle ("the Battery") was built as a look out over the railway and the city. The park was the venue for the first ever Durham Miners Gala on the 12th August, 1871. Durham Council took over the running of Wharton Park in 1915.[1] In 1994, "The Way" sculpture was installed in the park. The park was closed in 2015 for a major £3m refurbishment, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Wharton Park was officially re-opened by the Duke of Kent on the 7th October 2016 , following the refurbishment.[2] History of Wharton Park

Parks and Gardens Durham Miner's Gala 1857 Durham (City) The Way (sculpture), Wharton Park
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Wharton Park, Durham

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The Way

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Wharton Park - Durham

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Victorian-style Conservatory, Wharton Park

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The view from the battlements

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The Way

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Mystery man

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Wharton Park Durham

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Royal seal of approval for Durham's Wharton Park
- Northern Echo, 7th October 2016. " A CITY centre park, which has undergone a £3million regeneration scheme, was today given a royal seal of approval. The Duke of Kent – the Queen ...

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History of Wharton Park
- "There has been a formal park at the site since 1857 with its history being both colourful and diverse. Wharton Park was created by William Lloyd Wharton (1789-1867). He lived ...

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Dawn Express

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Keeper's house in Wharton Park Durham City

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Dodgem Track, Wharton Park

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Wharton Park on a wet spring day

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19th century Bandstand in Wharton Park, Durham

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Steps from Wharton Park to the railway station in Durham City

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Children's Play Area, Wharton Park

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Steps from Durham Railway Station to Wharton Park

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Trains approaching and leaving Durham Station

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Obelisk in North Road Durham City

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Virgin Voyager crossing Durham Viaduct

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Durham Miner's Gala
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Durham Miner's Gala
- Overview About the Durham Miners Gala 12th August 1871: the first Durham Miner's Gala held at Wharton Park in Durham. The Durham Miners' Gala is a large annual gathering held on ...
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Friends of Wharton Park
- A voluntary group who support Wharton Park in Durham, and work and campaign for improvements to the park.

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