What we do: Investigation ....

We want to find out all we can about the Park and its surroundings. So far we have concentrated on two areas: History and Wildlife.

During the 17th century the land fell in the parishes of Abington and Weston Favell. The western half of the Park was then part of a large wooded enclosure known as ‘The Bushie Close’. (Is this where the name ‘Bush Hill’ comes from?) ‘Weston Great Close’, in the parish of Weston Favell, covered what is now the eastern half of the park.

More about the Park's history and wildlife will later be published on our Eastfield Park website: www.eastfieldpark.eastfieldward.co.uk

Anybody interested in these or other aspects of the Park are most welcome to join our group. (In fact, you are welcome whatever your interests!!)

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Extract from a 1920s OS map showing Weston Favell House and the 'Bull Ring'.

Bernard Kelly has researched the history of the Park and its connection with the Manfield family. For the first quarter of the 20th century the land that now forms the park was part of the grounds of Weston Favell House, built in 1900 by James Manfield, son of Sir Philip Manfield who founded the first machine-based shoe factory in Northampton.

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Gyraulus crista - a tiny pond snail from the 'bottom' pond.

Vic Smith is interested in documenting the Park’s wildlife. The local Wildlife Trust has provided a list of (mainly) plant species found in the park and to this have been added records of birds, mammals and amphibians from other observers. Vic has added his own records to the list and in 2010 carried out a survey of the animals found in the Park’s four small ponds.

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