|Pulham, Powell and the Park!
Sir Francis Sharp Powell’s statue
Mesnes Park’s magnificent restoration will continue at pace over the next few months as some of the park’s most famous landmarks are restored.
As part of Phase Two of the restoration, external work repairing the roof, chimneys, stonework, brickwork, timber and lime-render panels to the Lodge Building is currently coming to an end and in the next few weeks the scaffolding will be removed.
Work will then start on an extension to the building which will become a Training Centre on site for budding horticulturalists.
Over the next few months a new pump and filtration system will be installed into the Pulham Rockwork, alongside a full restoration of the Pulhamite feature including recreating the ponds linking the water feature. Meaning that for the first time in decades a waterfall will once again flow in the park!
The Bowling Pavilion will also be restored during this time whilst re-bronzing and restoration of the Sir Francis Sharp Powell (former MP of Wigan) statue will also take place. The hole in his foot, caused by generations of Wigan folk rubbing his shoe for luck, will also be repaired in order to prevent water ingress creating more corrosion.
In early 2013 work will begin installing a replica of the Coalbrookdale Fountain on the site. Constructed in 1878 the Coalbrookdale Fountain was filled in 1914 and removed in 1921.
Joanne Ramdewor, Mesnes Park Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, who manage the site on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “Phase Two of Mesnes Park’s multi-million pound restoration will see lots of exciting work take place over the next few months.
“When Sir Francis Sharp Powell’s statue is restored it will ensure residents of Wigan will be able to rub his foot for luck for another 100 years.”
Phase One of Mesnes Park’s restoration was completed in March 2012. Work to date has included refurbishing and restoring the pavilion, bandstand, lodge building and Dalton Steps. A new children’s play area has also been built.
Phase Two of the restoration, including new footpaths, lighting, signage and bins, is scheduled to finish with a formal opening of the park in August 2013.
Mesnes Park’s restoration has been made possible following a £6.1m investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.