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100th anniversary of the gifting of Swanspool House and Gardens

Published Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Community invited to commemorate 100th anniversary of Swanspool House and Gardens.

Residents from across the borough are invited to join the Mayor of Wellingborough and the Friends of Swanspool Gardens for a special event to commemorate the centenary of the gifting of Swanspool House and Gardens to the town of Wellingborough.

The Friends of Swanspool Gardens, in partnership with the council, are holding an event on Saturday 8 June from 2pm in Swanspool Gardens and Pavilion. The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jo Beirne, will open the celebration and there will be performances from the Salvation Army Band and African Drummers.

Old photographs of Swanspool House will be displayed in Swanspool Pavillion, and there will be a tombola, discovery trail and refreshments for families to enjoy.

Local primary school pupils are being invited to enter a competition by drawing a picture of Swanspool House and the winner will be invited to join the Mayor as she opens the event and receive a framed copy of their drawing.

Friends of Swanspool Gardens said: “The Friends of the Swanspool Gardens organise community events and raise funds to enhance the gardens. We recently arranged for a Tulip tree to be planted to commemorate the centenary, a fitting addition to the wonderful selection of trees already growing in the garden.”

Lead Heritage Advisor, Cllr Jon-Paul Carr, said: “We are fortunate to have this historic parkland within our town centre, with at its heart the Georgian Swanspool House – which was until 1918 home to four generations of the Sharman family until it was gifted to the town on 10 June 1919 by local shoe manufacturer, F C Chamberlain.”

Swanspool Ward representative, Cllr Valerie Anslow, added: “Swanspool House is one of the town’s most iconic historical buildings, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gifting of the house and its picturesque gardens to the town of Wellingborough.

“People from across the borough spend time enjoying the beauty of Swanpsool Gardens everyday, and I would encourage everyone to come along and join in the celebrations.”