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With the restoration of the Park nearing completion, the Friends of Greenhead Park today publish a new book documenting and celebrating its history.
Secured for the Town, by local historian and Friends member David Griffiths, tells the Park’s story from its earliest days in 1870 through the official opening in 1884 and down to the present day.  It is extensively illustrated with historical photographs and maps from a wide range of sources, including the Kirklees Image Archive and Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
The book’s title refers to the successful campaign by Alderman Thomas Denham to stave off housebuilding on the site, commemorated in a plaque on the Park’s entrance lodge. Denham is one of several ‘park heroes’ celebrated in the 68-page book, alongside three other leading members of Huddersfield Corporation – Edward Woodhead, Albert Woolven and Arthur Gardiner – and the Park’s designer, Borough Surveyor Richard Dugdale.
Also featured are memories of the Park from its earliest days, some from published sources and others from the current Greenhead Stories oral history project.
Helen Claydon, chair of the Friends of Greenhead Park, said:  “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to publish Secured for the Town, which will help visitors to make sense of the Park’s many newly-restored historical features.  The Friends are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kirklees Council for supporting the publication financially.”
Author David Griffiths added:  “I’ve really enjoyed working on this project.  As well as explaining the history of what you can see on the ground, I’ve tried to show how the Park reflects so many aspects of social history from Victorian times onwards.  And I’ve been intrigued to discover various plans and dreams down the years for extra facilities in the Park.”
The Friends now plan to follow up publication of the book with a range of heritage activities in the Park, including talks on the history and guided walks.
Secured for the Town is on sale at £5 in the Greenhead Park cafe and local bookshops, or it can be ordered by post from Friends of Greenhead Park, c/o Refreshment Rooms, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS at £6.25 including postage & packing. Please make cheques payable to Friends of Greenhead Park.