Ryecroft Hall Park, Audenshaw
Why visit Ryecroft Hall Park?
Brass Band concerts are featured throughout the summer months at Ryecroft Hall Park, details of dates and times are on the park notice board as well as the 'What's On' magazine and the Events Calendar. The park boasts a large play area for children, to keep them entertained for hours with only a short walk to the local amenities when the time comes for a refreshment break! The Crown Bowling Green with in the park is open from April through to October and is open to the public during park opening times, but you are requested not to play when official matches are in progress. Other features of the park include Blue Plaques to commemorate the lives of Harry Norton Schofield and Austin Hopkinson are sited at Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw.
The grounds provide a pleasant oasis just to sit and stroll in, being a well used green space by the local community. The site is managed by Droylsden and Audenshaw District Assembly.
Sure Start and Ryecroft Hall Community Centre are situated within the park whilst the hall contains a small library and is the venue for various activities through out the week including Dancing, Yoga, Needle Work and Karate. The Hall is also available for hire. Please telephone 0161 370 4315 for more details.
Green Flag Award Scheme
Ryecroft Hall received the Green Flag Award for the first time in 2007 and has been successful in retaining the award this year. The award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The award scheme began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country. It was also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Plan of the Park
The History of Ryecroft Hall Park
In 1849 the Earl of Stamford and Warrington sold the land to the Buckley family, who owned the cotton mills at Ryecroft. James Smith Buckley passed the house on in 1885 to his nephew Abel Buckley, who lived there for twenty-two years. He was a Liberal MP and the Mayor of Ashton, and contributed to the cost of building Albion Church . In 1913 Austin Hopkinson, MP for Mossley, inventor of a coal cutting machine and owner of Delta Engineering Works, lived in the hall. In the First World War it was a voluntary hospital with over 100 beds. He gave the house and grounds to the people of Audenshaw in 1922 for council offices and to this day it is used for community purposes.
How to find Ryecroft Hall Park
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Ryecroft Hall Park is managed by Tameside MBC, Denton and Audenshaw District Assembly. If you would like any further information please contact the Town Manager's Office.