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Peasholm Park History
Peasholm Park was once swampy ground, allotments and piggeries, know locally as Tucker's Field. Then one man vision at the start of the 20th century changed all of that and tranformed it into what you see there today.
Harry Smith had a gift for landscape design. Harry Smith was Borough Enginerr from 1897 to 1933 and created many of the parks that you can find in Scarborough. His vision was to create an oriental themed ground and lake which would be fed by Peasholm Beck.
Scarborough Cororation bought the land from the Duchy of Landcaster. The work started in the bleak winter of 1911. When the lake was been dug out the remains of a medieval manor was fund. The House of Northstead which in the late 15th century belonged to the future Richard III.
18 months after work began the park was finished and declared open by the Mayoress of Scarborough on the 19th June 1912.
Peasholm Glen with its waterfalls was introduced to the park in 1924 and three years later in 1927 the naval battles began on the lake.
In 1929 the pagoda on Peasholm Island was added. The inspiration for the layout and features of the Island were based on Thomas Minton's 1980 Willow Pattern Chonea plate. This plate was orginally based on an accient Chinese Mandarin pattern. The plate design shows a story where Koon-se escapes her arraged marriage and flees with her lover Chang.
In 1999 it was included on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens
Things to do
You can park close to Peasholm Park but you will need a permit which you can get from local shops. The is a cafe on site and toilets. You can hire boats to go around the island. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views of the island.