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Dating back to 1876, Saltwell Park was designed to provide a haven of peace and tranquillity for the working folk of Gateshead, somewhere they could enjoy their precious leisure hours away from the heavy industry that provided their livelihood.

Saltwell Lake


The restoration of 11 Grade II listed buildings and structures; footpath improvements; work on gates and boundary walls; major tree planting and landscaping; restoration of parkland; significant restoration of the lake complete with functional fountains; and the reinstatement of formal gardens and maze, have revitalised this beautiful park.



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One of Britain's oldest Victorian parks that has lovingly and expensively been refurbished by Gateshead Council.

The Council  celebrated the scooping of ?.9m of lottery cash to go towards a ?0m restoration of the park, acknowledged as one of the finest surviving examples of a traditional Victorian municipal parks.

More than 500,000 people come to the park each year, which has 12 listed buildings including a Gothic fairytale mansion, Saltwell Towers. The money will be spent on recreating the Victorian landscape, restoring historic features, improving play areas and creating new interpretation facilities.

The five-year project will recreate the Victorian landscape, placing the area firmly back on the heritage map as one of the leading examples of a Victorian municipal Park.

 Saltwell Park mixes historic features with stunning Victorian landscapes to create an air of grandeur and a fabulous green space in the heart of Gateshead. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Gateshead Council, the ?0 million renovation project is due for completion in spring 2005.

Saltwell Park  has a long history. Originally the private grounds of a Victorian mansion it was bought in 1876 by Gateshead Corporation, which decided to extend the park adding a fourteen and a half acre lake in 1880.


There was plenty of celebrating in Gateshead in 2005, as Saltwell Park was officially crowned winner of the Britain’s Best Park competition.

Judged throughout the summer on criteria including environment, access, maintenance and community involvement, Saltwell Park beat off stiff competition from across the country to take the top honours.  


The prize, a Simplicity Zero Turn ZT20-50 mower worth almost ?,000, was presented by competition sponsors, engine manufacturers Briggs & Stratton, at a ceremony in the park. Park staff and the Mayor of Gateshead Joe Mitchinson were on hand to receive the prize from marketing and business development director Bryan Peachey, who explained how the judges came to their final decision.

“We were impressed by the high standard of horticulture, wide range of facilities and the commitment of Gateshead Council to its parks and the part they play in the daily lives of its citizens,?he said. “Saltwell Park in particular is a safe, attractive and welcoming environment for people of all ages and interests.?/font>

Councillor Brian Richmond, ward councillor for High Fell in Gateshead, said: “This award is a fantastic achievement for Gateshead and it’s great to have all the hard work of employees and members across the council recognised on a national level.

“Over the last five years, we have driven a dramatic ?0 million restoration scheme to return Saltwell Park to its original Victorian glory. The Peoples Park ?as it was once known ?now boasts Saltwell Towers, a restored mansion in the heart of the park, a boating lake, a tranquil Dene, a maze and acres of open space, trees, plants and flowers.


“Visitors and residents of Gateshead now not only have a piece of history right on their doorsteps, but also a beautiful place to meet and relax in the heart of the borough.”In addition to the lawn maintenance equipment, a commemorative plaque was presented, which will be displayed in Saltwell Park.

Saltwell Park is signposted from the A167.




















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A fairytale mansion which lay in ruins for decades has been transformed in a multi-million pound restoration.

Saltwell Towers, which lies at the heart of Saltwell Park, in Gateshead, was built in 1862.




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