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Wharton Park

Durham, DH1 4FJ

Discover the picturesque Wharton Park, located a short walk from Durham city centre and featuring incredible views over the historic city. Begin your trail at the Heritage Centre & Cafe near the main car park.
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Heritage Centre & Cafe
Friends of Wharton Park
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Begin your trail by the Wharton Park Heritage Centre & Cafe. Look to the left of the children's play park for an information board titled 'The Wharton Family'.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

In which year was a 30 metre tall structure commissioned by William Lloyd Wharton?

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Wharton Park is named after William Lloyd Wharton, a barrister and businessman who created the park as a gift for the people of Durham.

William Lloyd Wharton is also known by the nickname 'Mr Durham'.

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'The Way' Sculpture
Matt Buck
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Face the information board and turn right. Walk past the play park hen look for a large sculpture in the field near the car park.

What is the name of the sculptor who designed The Wall?

Hint: Two words

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Look out for lovely views of Durham Cathedral and Castle which in 1986 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Amphitheatre
The Northern Echo
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Carefully cross the car park and search the top of the amphitheatre (near the Heritage Centre & Cafe) for an information board titled 'The Amphitheatre'.

In 1931 which show was staged in the amphitheatre?

Hint: Two words

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William Lloyd Wharton lived at nearby Dryburn Hall. The Grade II listed hall has been praised by Historic England for its “stripped down classical style” and “elegant architectural manner”.

Photo: Dryburn Hall circa 1900, towards the end of its ownership by the Wharton family.

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Windy Hill
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Walk along the path atop the amphitheatre, keeping the amphitheatre on your right. Continue a short distance and look for an information board titled 'Windy Hill' located amongst a series of benches overlooking Durham city.

Many of the poorer migrants seeking jobs in the coal mines found lodgings in which street?

Hint: One word

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William the Conqueror ordered the construction of Durham Castle in 1072, as a northern defence against the threat from the Scots.

Later it became the principal residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham, since 1837 it has been a student residence for Durham University

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Bird Hide
Railway in 1955 by William Lambeth
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Walk to the bird hide visible a short way down windy hill, slightly to your the left. Look for an information board titled 'Identifying wild birds at Wharton Park'.

Which bird is described as having a "brown bill and grey-white underparts"?

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The Durham railway was built in 1857 on land owned by William Lloyd Wharton. Wharton later created Wharton public park here in 1857.

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The Battery
Beamish Museum
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Return to the top of Windy Hill and follow the signpost to The Battery, a short walk along the top path. Look for an information board titled "The Battery".

The latin inscription states that "William Lloyd Wharton greets the"... what... "looking on this view"?

Hint: One word

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A mock castle was built as a look out over the railway and the city.

This soon became known as The Battery when a Crimean War gun was moved to the site in 1858.

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Timeline
The Northern Echo
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Exit The Battery and turn right, following the path down the steps and curving its way in front the The Battery. Look for an information board where the path forks titled 'Timeline'.

In which year was the first Miners' Gala held in Wharton Park?

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County Durham’s main industry until the 1970’s was coal mining. Almost every village around the city had a mine and although they have long since closed, the last one in 1994, the traditions, heritage and community spirit are still evident

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Friends of Wharton Park
Friends of Durham Miners Gala
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Take the left-most path at the fork and walk a short distance to the Friends of Wharton Park community garden.

Enter the community garden and search for a large mosaic on the wall. What year can be found on the mosaic?

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The Miners Gala takes place in July each year when beautiful banners celebrating the region’s working-class history are carried through the city to the sound of brass band music.

Wharton Park was the venue for the very first Durham Miners Gala which took place on 12 August 1871.

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Headless Statue
Friends of Wharton Park
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Exit the community garden via the same gate you entered and continue along the downwards path, searching for a headless stone statue.

What is the name of the statue?

Hint: Three words

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This statue is somewhat of a mystery...

It is not known exactly who this state represents. One theory is that the statue is of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. However the figure holds an orb and a sceptre, the symbols of a ruling monarch which Prince Albert never was...

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A Mystery...
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Look at the path down from the headless statue for an information board titled 'The Mystery of Wharton Park'.

Which building once stood on the site of the community garden?

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In 2016 Wharton Park was re-opened by the Duke of Kent after a £3 million refurbishment.

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Heritage Centre & Cafe
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Face the information board and turn left. Follow the path through the park and return to the Heritage Centre & Cafe where you began the trail.

What is the earliest year that can be seen on the large frosted glass window display (on the side by the main entrance)?

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William Lloyd Wharton was born in 1789 and died in 1867.

William and his wife Frances had no children, as such Wharton Park passed to their nephew, John Lloyd Wharton.

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