VICTORIA Park was originally part of the grounds of Eastwood House, built by industrialist William Sugden in 1819.

Part of the estate was given over to housing, while the rest was bought by public subscription in 1891 and opened as Victoria Park two years later. The park was named by Mr HI Butterfield to mark the royal marriage of Victoria and Albert.

Eastwood House became Keighley corporation’s official museum in 1899.

Initial exhibits included a “stuffed crocodile from the River Nile” given by Colonel Sugden of Oakworth.

In 1959 the museum was relocated to Cliffe Castle.

Images are provided by Keighley and District Local History Society.

Information is compiled by chairman Joyce Newton and archivist Tim Neal.

The society has guest speaker meetings every second Wednesday of the month in Keighley Local Studies Library, from 7pm.

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