|Come and join the Picnic in the Park!
The Coalbrookdale Fountain
PACK up a picnic and head down to Mesnes Park to see the Coalbrookdale Fountain flowing for the first time in almost 100 years.
The Coalbrookdale Fountain and Pulham Feature have been restored to the park as part of a £6.1million project made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Wigan Council and WLCT.
On Sunday, 30 June, the community will come together to mark the occasion with a picnic around the fountain from 12 noon and music from Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats. Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Billy Rotherham, will officially open the structures at 1pm.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive at leisure provider WLCT, said: “We are delighted to see the Coalbrookdale Fountain and Pulham Feature restored and back where they belong. A lot of dedicated people have worked hard to see these historic structures reinstated and this event will mark the culmination of their sterling efforts.
“I would encourage the local community to come along on the day to relax in the park and enjoy the celebrations.”
The Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Billy Rotherham, said: “It's wonderful to see the fountain back to its former glory and returned to its rightful home. I hope our residents enjoy the monument and other improvements made at Mesnes Park."
The Coalbrookdale Fountain, which was originally introduced in 1878 but removed in 1921, has been restored by local specialists Lost Art.
Managing Director of Lost Art Dominic Liptrot said: "For us this restoration began more than 18 months ago when we visited the Coalbrookdale Library and a replica in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. It’s been full on ever since.
“The skills needed to recreate the fountain were unbelievable. It’s been as difficult as any project we’ve worked on. We’ve used cutting edge technology in the form of laser scanning to create a 3D copy of the fountain, traditional wood carving and specialist casting.
“We even found as many old photographs as we could so that we could calculate the original angle all the cherubs and serpents faced. It isn’t just a replica, it’s an exact replica!"
A new pump and filtration system have been installed into the Pulham Rockwork, alongside a full restoration of the Pulhamite feature, meaning the waterfall can flow once again in the park.
Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “The Coalbrookdale Fountain and the Pulham Feature are two of Mesnes Park’s historic treasures and it is wonderful to see them restored. This is a key moment in the £6.1m project to restore the park back to its former glory.”
Mesnes Park will celebrate the completion of the £6.1m project with a major event on Sunday 29 September. To find out more, visit www.wlct.org