Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A walk in the park, Stanley Park - well it is on my doorstep

With paintbrush in hand and poised at my easel, my only dilemma was  'What shall I paint?'. So, with my camera at the ready and with the most beautiful park at my disposal, I set off to find some magical, subject matter.
I was confronted with so many wonderful sites, that I was spoilt for choice and would have to make some serious decisions as to what should be my next artistic project.

My following photo's were all taken in Stanley Park

I feel a great connection with this landscape masterpiece, as I live in what used to be the 'Park keepers house'. once owned by Blackpool Mayor and MP Sir Albert Lindsey Parkinson
I found all kinds of history buried around the old house when I first moved in, amongst them children's antique, memorabilia as well as the park's old ledgers.
Interesting stuff....

The house even has a residential spirit - albeit a kind one. I believe it to be a child, as myself and my family often hear tiny footsteps running up and down the staircase. I spoke to a friend of mine about it, local author and ghost investigator, STEPHEN MERCER of SUPERNATURAL EVENTS and HAUNTED BLACKPOOL. He was very interested indeed.regarding my household spectre. His book Haunted Blackpool was featured on my blog last year - a superb read.
So, for those of you interested, here is a little information about Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a masterpiece of landscape design and historical splendour. Known as one of the regions finest parks and voted Blackpool’s most favourite location, the three hundred and ninety acre park is a landmark in its own right, offering a magical blend of architecture, horticulture and recreation. The naturalised backdrop of woodlands and lakes embraces visitors and transports them to an environment rich in tranquillity.

The park abounds in wildlife and its features appeal to the naturalist, the plant lover or one who would do nothing more than relax in elegant surroundings. The park been registered Grade II on the National Register of Historical Parks and Gardens as well as been nominated a National Green Flag Award. 

Blackpool Mayor and MP Sir Albert Lindsey Parkinson acquired the land for parkland in the 1920’s. The Council subsequently commissioned its design to renowned architects T.H. Mawson and Sons. The park was officially opened in 1926 by the 17th Earl of Derby and Sir George Edward Villiers Stanley, in whose honour it was named. The park received Grade II* status on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 1995 and benefited from a five million pound Heritage Lottery Fund restoration in 2007.

Sir Albert Lindsey Parkinson

Gardens and Landmarks
Delightful horticultural displays can be found throughout the park. Do not miss the Italian Gardens, water fountains, statues, Rose Gardens and Remembrance Garden. Admire the impressive Cocker Tower, a memorial to Blackpool’s first Mayor Dr William Cocker, bandstand and ornamental bridges over the lake.

The Art Deco Cafe viewed from the the Italian Gardens


  1. Guess those photos of leaves were taken at a very very fast shutter speed given recent weather conditions? ;)

    My technical side would love to know what camera you use for personal stuff like this.

  2. Hi Andy, it's a NIKON D300 with a AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G lens and a 18-70 1:3.5-4.5G

  3. I'm currently trying to buy something like a 3rd gen Sony Bloggie on eBay. That, along with the Bushnell i/r surveillance cam, would suit my Blog very nicely.
    i.e. always in top/back pocket to shoot whatever happens in 1080p.
    It's pretty clear that my aged Nikon Coolpix 3200 really isn't the best tool for anything these days (the sound is crap too!!) :lol: