Who was the park donor?

A park friends group is appealing for information on a Ripley entrepreneur who donated recreational facilities to the town.

Hilary Osborne, 60, of Victoria Road, Ripley, is conducting research into the history of the green space in Ripley, which was handed over to the town by James Crossley close to the turn of the 20th Century.

The committee member of the Crossley Park Community Association said: “People seem to think he had something to do with the mill that was situated on Wellington Street.

“Mr Crossley bequeathed the park to the people of Ripley in 1901 it is thought - but we don’t know if he was bread in Ripley or not.”

Hilary hopes to make public the information she gathers about Mr Crossley via the Crossley Park Community Association’s website.

Longer term plans, she said, could involve setting up a historical display at the park’s bandstand alongside information about the association. The bandstand was erected in 1935.

If you have information which could help Hilary, call on 01773 749925 or e-mail hilary.osborne1@btinternet.com.