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First published in The Potter May 2005
Text © Copyright John Heaton 2005

Brough Park and Fields

Geography

The area is the Municipal Park for Leek, but is not a typical town park. The map can be split into 3 differing parts. The central third of the map comprises the normal park features and in addition a leisure centre. From this section the land falls to the south about 25m to a dry valley. The valley and the slopes to the north and south comprise about 40% woodland and the rest open grassland. The other third of the map is a recent addition to the park and is what made the area viable for mapping. This lies to the north and comprises mainly wooded slopes which drop 30m to the River Churnet.

History

At the end of the C19th the park was the grounds of a large house called Ballhaye Hall which was located somewhere in the region of where the Leisure Centre now stands. The large lake in the middle of the park was inherited from the Hall.

Event History

First mapped in 2002 by Dave Peel and used for a Local Event each year since then.

John Heaton