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St James' Park

Image of St James' ParkSt James' Park is located in Shirley between St James' Road, Winchester Road, Wordsworth Road and Church Street. The popular park covers 2.3 hectares and has an interesting history and heritage, which is being uncovered as part of a parks for people project. Historical maps show that the site was used as a nursery in 1865 and by 1897 use had changed to a gravel pit. It is also rumoured that the land was at one time designated for a railway station or siding but this has yet to be proved. Council archives record that the land was bought in 1907 and gravel extraction continued until the land was finally landscaped in 1911 for public use.

St James Park, Church Street, Upper Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5LW.

Green Flag Award Winner

New St James' ParkCongratulations to St James' Park which has just been awarded a Green Flag. St James' Park re-opened in 2011 following improvement works under a parks for people project, jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and Southampton City Council, in partnership with Friends of St James' Park (FoSJP). The park boasts a cafe, botanical and scenic walks, children's playground with climbing wall, outdoor gym equipment and tennis courts.

Friends of St James' Park

Friends of St James' Park (FoSJP) was formed by local residents in January 2006 to help improve the park for the community and has a membership base of over 400, the largest group of its type in Southampton. With support from Southampton City Council, FoSJP set up a refreshments kiosk in the old World War II ARP building in the park in August 2006 and operated it using volunteers until September 2010, paving the way for the new cafe to be built in the park. FoSJP has organised a number of public events in St James' Park, including Park100 in 2007 to celebrate 100 years since the land was bought for public use, an event which attracted 10,000 visitors.

Use the link on the left to visit FoSJP's website and find out more about what's happening in St James' Park.

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New play area at St James' Park

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New tennis courts

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Outdoor gym

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Botanical walk

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Botanical walk

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Cafe

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PDF document St James' Park Management Plan 2013 3504 KB 14secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document St James' Park Management Plan 2012 1577 KB 6secs @ 2Mbps
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Contact information

  • 0800 519 1919
  • Parks and Street Cleansing (RL) Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY