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120 CRICKET GROUND FIELD, ROTHLEY PARK

(GREAT BRICK CLOSE AND LITTLE BRICK CLOSE)

ROTHLEY PARK, PART OF SOUTHFIELD FARM, USED FOR ROTHLEY PARK CRICKET CLUB

OS REF. SK578123

ROTHLEY PARK IN 1842

1842

Date: 30th March 2002

Our first visit to look at the site. There has been a Rookery in this area for years and 32 nests were counted.

4th September 2002

This visit was to measure an Oak on the far side of the field close to the railings around the Rothley Court Hotel. This is the largest tree in Rothley and recorded as Oak Tree 100 with a girth of 7.51m, 24feet 8 inches. In lovely condition for its age.

5th February 2005

This was the start of a very big job to record and measure all the trees in Rothley Park. I have named it Cricket Ground Field as this is most easily recognised. On old maps it was shown as two fields, one called Great Brick Close and the other Little Brick Close, the latter being the area next to the Rothley Court Hotel Car Park where the boundary curves down to Rothley Brook. There is no evidence now of a boundary.

There is a part of this area with access from Town Green Street which is now a Cider Apple Orchard, Site 145, and I understand that there used to be an orchard here in the past. The current orchard is on a site known from old maps as J.P's Backyard.

The biggest tree on this site has already been measured but there are many others with good girths. All the trees will be measured to build up a picture of when and why they were planted.

Thomas Babington's Carriageway runs through this piece of parkland and this will be plotted.

The size of the trees might also help us to locate a site for a Mill and also the extent of Temple Water, part of Rothley Brook, which is shown on old maps as covering a wide area and used by the family for boating and pleasure.

11th April 2005

More tree measuring after negotiating electric fences to keep horses in various parts of the field.

An interesting find was that two trees had a small oval metal label attached, one numbered 0135 and the other 0139. These were high up on the trunk and found quite by chance as they blended in so well with the bark. I will now need to check out all the other trees to see if there are any more. I then have to find out why and when they were attached and if any records relating to them exist.

14th April 2005

The final tree measuring today. 151 girths in this field! It has been a very big task but my reason for recording every tree is so that when we get around to researching the history of the landscaping of the grounds of The Temple the differing groups of girths will help with the dates.

Old maps show that tree planting took place in 1727, 1733, 1745, 1753, 1780 and 1784. These dates come from a map prepared for Thomas Babington in 1819 and the tree planting dates added in script by Thomas Babington in 1823.

22nd November 2008

A very sad day when a visit was made to view the 8 mature trees cut down due to disease. That many of them were close to a public footpath must have had a bearing on the decision to cut them right down. A fabulous Red Oak lost its life when the parcel of land it stood on was conveyed to a house owner to extend the garden together with a mature Lime Tree.

VIEWS OF ROTHLEY PARK

Please click on the following link to see the general views of this lovely parkland.

LIST OF TREES IN ROTHLEY PARK 2002-2005

For list of trees, species and girth in Rothley Park Cricket Ground Field please click on the following links:

THOMAS BABINGTON'S CARRIAGEWAY

Take a carriage ride from the old A6 over the old stone bridge into Rothley Park before alighting at The Temple by clicking on the following link:

SITE 120 CRICKET GROUND FIELD (ROTHLEY PARK) IN 2015

VULNERABLE

A Planning Application was turned down in January 2015 for the building of houses within Rothley Park with access from the far end of Town Green Street.

Tree 100, the biggest ancient tree in Rothley, from the car park of the Rothley Court Hotel. February 2015

Looking from the car park of the Rothley Court Hotel over the park to Westfield Lane. February 2015

Looking from the car park of the Rothley Court Hotel with Rothley Brook far right. February 2015

Looking from the car park of the Rothley Court Hotel with Tree 100 to the right and Rothley Brook beyond. February 2015

Looking from the car park of the Rothley Court Hotel with Rothley Brook far right and Westfield Lane far left. February 2015

Looking from the car park of the Rothley Court Hotel with Tree 100 centre and sheep grazing by Rothley Brook. February 2015

From Westfield Lane looking to the far end of Town Green Street. February 2015

From Westfield Lane looking to Rothley Brook. February 2015

From Westfield Lane looking to the cricket pavilion. February 2015

From Westfield Lane with Wellsic Lane far left. Public Footpath to the far end of Town Green Street. February 2015

Public Footpath from Town Green Street to Westfield Lane through Rothley Park and past the cricket ground. February 2015

Looking over Rothley Park to the Rothley Court Hotel. February 2015

Looking from the Public Footpath to Westfield Lane. February 2015

Looking to Wellsic Lane on far right and Westfield Lane to the left. February 2015

Looking to new building on Park Farm, Town Green Street. February 2015

Looking from Rothley Park to new building on Park Farm with old barn to the right. February 2015

Looking to Wellsic Lane. February 2015

Looking to Westfield Lane beyond the cricket pavilion. February 2015

In Rothley Park by new tree planting. February 2015

New tree by the Public Footpath. New building on Park Farm to the rear. February 2015

Looking over Rothley Park to the Rothley Court Hotel. February 2015

This driveway runs from Site 279 Wellsic Lane Field to the cricket ground for parking on match days. February 2015

The cricket pavilion area looking very untidy and detracting from the beauty of Rothley Park. February 2015

Looking to Westfield Lane. Action needed on the rubbish. A disgrace to Rothley Park and the village. February 2015

Rothley Park is beautiful and we need to ensure that it is cared for into the future. February 2015