Wolverhampton's Locally Listed Buildings

Coronation Park

Wilkinson Street (Avenue), Bilston


Listing: Locally listed in 2004.  Coronation Park was originally known as Memorial Park and was opened in 1922 as a memorial to the fallen of the First World War.  Land acquired by public subscription in 1920.  Polished granite war memorial in simple Celtic cross style is located on prominent high ground in the SE.  The park is of interest as it preserves remnants of the former mining landscape of the area, including remains of slag heaps.

Comment:  This park is on Wilkinson Avenue (not Street).  The memorial - which is not the only one of this type, there being another at Ettingshall - is for Bradley.  It is on a small, high hill which is probably mostly a slag heap.  It has good views from it. 

Wilkinson Avenue is named after John "Iron Mad" Wilkinson, who established his furnace very near here.  But the site of his works is now buried deep under school playing fields.  So this park and slag heap is the nearest we get to a physical reminder of him.