Long Lost Tracks 2
In Northwest England, United Kingdom
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This is an easy cache but be careful of the muggles as this is near a retail park and a couple of bus stops.
there is plenty of parking nearby as this is near a retail park. You may even see another Stadium but it is not in the same league!
This is the second of my caches in memory of long forgotten stadiums / stock car tracks.
Spent many a Saturday evening here back in the 70's
White City stadium has a great history and there is a great short film to be seen here...
In 1827 the Botanical and Horticultural Society was founded in Manchester to encourage the study of botany and horticulture. The society built a botanical garden on the site covering 16 acres (65,000 m2). The site was chosen by John Dalton for the society as it was down-wind of pollution from the city. The land, which was owned by Thomas de Trafford, was leased to the society at a price of the society's choosing
The gardens featured a complex of plant houses and a conservatory that was built by Clarke and Jones of Birmingham. The building was 321 feet (98 m) in length and the conservatory had a 40 feet (12 m) high dome. The buildings were heated by a system of hot water flowing through pipes. The Grade II gateway that still faces Chester Road was the entrance to the gardens.
In 1857 the gardens hosted the Art Treasures Exhibition which was opened by Prince Albert. The exhibition was visited by 1.3million visitors in 142-days. A further exhibition was held in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. This exhibition attracted 4.74 million people over 192-days.
By the end of the nineteenth century, interest in the gardens was waning as the wealthy moved away from the city centre. In 1907, part of the garden's site was leased to White City limited, a company set up by Heathcote and Brown. The company opened the "White City Amusement Park" on the site on 20 May 1907.
The remaining 11 acres (45,000 m2) was sold to Canine Sports Ltd on 1 November 1927 for the construction of a stadium. The site held its first motorcycle speedway race on 16 July 1928. With the stadium being completed and greyhound racing starting in 1930
In July 1953 a 6-lane cinder track for athletics was made.
The stadium started to host Stock car racing run by Mike Parker Promotions in 1972, with the track being asphalted in 1976. However, the stadium fell into disrepair and closed in 1982’
( Courtesy of Wikipedia® )
All that remains now is the Grade II listed gates - so please be mindful when looking although you should have no problem.
I have left a Stock Car momento for the FTF
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Last Updated: on 7/6/2017 4:14:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:14 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum