Anston Greenlands park used to be a quarry where the stone for the houses of Parliament was excavated from.
Stone from the Greenlands quarry, was taken down to the Chesterfield canal at Kiveton. The stone was then taken to the coast and around the coast into London, to build the palace of Westminster.
Before Anston became over grown with housing estates in the 60’s and 70’s, it was a quaint village. Previously to Anston being a commuter town for Sheffield, much of the work around here was in farming and quarries.
When I was a child in the 1960’s I can remember going on a nature trail through Greenlands park, later this quarry was turned into a land fill site in the 1970’s. The Kiveton rural district then filled it in and built a park on the site. In the 1970’s Greenlands Park was a beautiful place, that had a full time park keeper on site who was very proud.
There used to be beautiful flower beds all around the park and the cricket ground was once of the best around here. There was also a well kept 9 hole pitch and put golf course. There was also a really nice cricket pavilion where you could have parties.
Rotherham Metropolitan borough, then let the park go to rack and ruin. They then saw an opportunity to site the new health
centre there, which paid for a new children’s play area and a cricket pavilion. There is also a new tarmac and floodlight area, where children can play games.
Greenlands park is no where near as nice as it was in the 70’s, but far better than it was 5 to 10 years ago. There is a local residents association called TARA who look after the upkeep of the park.
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