History of the Gates and Entrances
The gates to Mary Stevens Park on Heath Lane, Love Lane and Stanley Road are as old as the Park itself.
As the original landscaping project took shape in 1929, Ernest Stevens decided that a “magnificent and imposing” entrance was needed.
Main entrance 1931
Stevens funded the purchase of gates, to be made from Portland stone pillars, with stone walls and associated railings. (It has been said the main gate’s design was modelled on those of Buckingham Palace.)
The work was to be undertaken by Hill & Smith Ltd, of Brierley Hill, the same company that supplied the park’s bandstand. The overall purchase price was in the region of £5,000 – £6,000 (£270,000 – £320,000 today). All gates were all in place in time for the Park’s grand opening on 6 April 1931, as can be seen in the photo below.