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How to find the park
Access to the park can be found via Station Road and Avenue Road (next to the cricket club).
Access is also available from St Mary’s Avenue and Harrowden Lane (no parking facilities are available at these two points).
History of the park
In the 1930’s iron ore was extracted from the quarry at Finedon and transported via a railway line to the main line at Wellingborough.
Rather than filling in the railway cutting and quarry and returning it to agricultural land, the people of Finedon campaigned to retain it as an important wildlife area. In 1984, this was the first Pocket Park in the country.
There are some excellent walks along the two mile stretch are to be found at this beautiful site. Some splendid old coppiced lime trees estimated to be over three hundred years old line Holly Walk as well as yews of considerable age. Access for walkers is promoted without compromising the site’s nature conservation value.
Wooded areas along the railway cutting are thinned to create glades to encourage ground flora. The removed wood is used to create habitat piles to encourage invertebrates.
Scrub in the quarry is cut back to maintain the grassland. Large trees and patches of scrub are left to provide feeding and nesting sites for birds. The ponds also need management so they do not become completely over hung by trees.
Finedon Obelisk is an intriguing marker in a small enclosure near the crossroads of the A510 and A6.
The information board reads as follows:
‘John English Dolben Esq. who on the death of his father became Sir John English Dolben the fourth and last —cher and Lord of the Manor of Finedon, erected this monument in 1789. An entry in his diary reads:
“This day I laid the First stone of the Finedon Obelisk at the Cross Turnpikes East Town End. Sumpter of Wellingborough Mason, as a direction pillar & so record the many blessings of 1789.”
The blessings of 1789 probably included George III’s recovery from a period of insanity. The 23rd April 1780 was officially appointed as a day of thanksgiving for this event, which at Finedon was celebrated with the ringing of bells, fireworks and the firing of cannon.
“If after weary toil my friend
Thou woulds’t enjoy thy Journey’s End
Take prudent Bair, then keep thy Way
Steady till Heaven close the Day.
Dolben knew Horace: ‘Moderate Verses,
Alike God, Man and Column curses’
And therefore he these Lines endited,
With which the Column was delighted.”
These verses may have appeared on just one of the Obelisk’s faces, the others perhaps displaying a list of the blessings of 1789 and the distances to various destinations.’