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The History of the Park

Are you interested in local history? Springfield Park has a fascinating history. We are currently working with the Facebook group, Knotty Ash and Broad Green, History and Memories. Many thanks to James and the other administrators for working with us and allowing us to use their information and photographs.

The 'Springy ​Cage'.

Many thanks to Susan Richardson who posted these photos in the Facebook Group - Knotty Ash and Broad Green History and Memories. She recalls having a kick about in the cage when she was a teenager.

Does anyone else have photos of fun in the park? Please email if you would like to share them with us.

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Shared by James:

Springfield House during WW 1. Photo taken by the War department.


Here's another classic of Springfield Park in it's heyday

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Here's a photo of a group of ladies watching something that is happening in the park.  It was taken around the time of WW1.

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Springfield Park and Springfield House

Springfield Park was once the grounds of Springfield House, one of many expensive and out-of-town Victorian properties in the area. 

The park’s obelisk, a monument to Nelson, was intended as a gift to Liverpool from one of its residents. The man, a sugar merchant called Mr Downward, had his gift rejected (dismissed as a ‘half Nelson’ by some wag on the council). So he decided to put it up in his own back garden, this being the grounds of Springfield Park.

In 1907 the park was bought by the city council for £14,000, and it’s been a public space ever since.​


Information and map taken from

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