Shaw Park, Holywell Green
Address: Shaw Lane, Holywell Green, Halifax HX4 9AB
Opening times: Open all the time.
Detail: We’re very lucky in West Yorkshire to have been given a lot of our parks by Victorian mill owners and businessmen, who had previously constructed their manor houses and gardens on the sites. Consequently a lot of the parks still feature remnants of fascinating Victorian architecture and Shaw Park is one of those parks. Holywell Green takes its name from St Helen’s Well, which was a famous Well during medieval time and people would make pilgrimages to the Well. The exact site of the Well is unknown but it is thought it could be the spring located in the Park. The site of the Park was originally owned by the Shaw family who were mill owners that originally operated out of the Piece Hall in Halifax and then later from a mill in Holywell Green. The Shaw family built Brooklands House on Shaw Park (now demolished) and the original gatehouse and entrance can still be seen on the junction between Station Road and Stainland Road. Within the Park you can still see part of the original follies built in the grounds, around which they used to have a large aviary, as well as the pond (great for feeding ducks) and spring. Unfortunately the follies have been fenced in due to vandalism, so you can’t get up close but they are still there to admire.
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: There are a number of wheel friendly paths within the park.
Additional activities: The Park has a good sized playground, football pitch and lots of wheel friendly paths that kids can enjoy riding their bikes along.
Parking and any fees: There is a free car park within the park, which is accessed from Shaw Lane.
Facilities and refreshment options: There are no toilets on site but refreshments can be located in Holywell Green.