Hull’s early municipal playing fields, with special reference to King George V Playing Fields (Oak Road)
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The movement for municipal playing fields followed close on the heels of a rapidly growing enthusiasm for team sports (playing and watching) and a gradual increase in the number of workers gaining Saturday afternoons off work.
Christopher Pickering was showing insight in 1909 when he required that half the land he donated to create Pickering Park be set aside as sports fields on which football, hockey and cricket could be played.
When T. R. Ferens M.P. donated the land to be named after the new King in 1911, he, and Hull Corporation intended it to be part park part playing fields, but over subsequent decades many of the features of the former have been lost. This is the story of this large green area and of current playing field provision within the City.
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