Boultham Park celebrates 90 beautiful years

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The Lincolnite has been delving into a brand new archive as Boultham Park celebrates 90 beautiful years.

It’s not always been a walk in the park for Boultham, but it’s a lovely spot to get a break from the city centre.

A walk through the woods, watching the wildlife and a breath of fresh air. Many people have great memories surrounded by friends and family and they’ve all been compiled online.

Find over 500 pictures from the park’s extensive archive which date back as far as the 1850s and follow its journey all the way to 2019.

A home for recovering soldiers.

Boultham Park.

To celebrate the park’s birthday, there will be a small celebration on Sunday, May 19 which everyone is invited to attend for free.

Lincolnshire Hospital’s Band will be playing in the bandstand and there will be guided tours to enjoy at 12pm and 1pm.

Grab a bite to eat in the cafe and see the latest plans for the restoration of the lake, which is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Find the history on the Boultham Park website here. It follows the park from when it was bought by Lincoln’s former sheriff and MP Richard Ellison for his son in 1830.

A kingfisher flies close to the water.

People enjoying the park in 2018.

During the First World War, the house was used for soldiers to recover from their injuries. Sugar beets were planted in the park for the Dig for Victory campaign in World War Two.

The first ever tanks were even developed in the estate, but after the war much of the land was sold for new housing.

More recently the park has been restored with a new café, bandstand, pathways and park furniture as part of a ground-breaking partnership with Linkage Community Trust.

Caroline Bird, community services manager, said: “The Boultham Park photo archive is a great way to celebrate the 90th birthday of the park.

“For anyone with an interest in Lincoln, it’s well worth taking a look.

“From the times when the park was kept by the Ellison family, through to the era of council ownership and the recent restoration project that brought new life to the park, the archive covers it all.”