Wicksteed Rocking Horse Restored to Former Glory
As part of our fantastic 100-year heritage celebrations, we wanted to find one of our outdoor rocking horses that needed re-painting and restoring to full working order. The winner of the competition was a lovely old horse installed over 66 years ago in Homestead Park in York and was now in much need of some TLC. The restoration team at Wicksteed Playgrounds has been busy over the last few months working on the restoration project and the rejuvenated horse is now ready to provide many more years of fun and thrills!
Homestead Park is a beautiful 14-acre garden in Clifton, York. It is owned, managed and maintained by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The park was opened in 1904 by English social reformer Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, son of Joseph Rowntree who was the owner of Rowntree’s Chocolate Factory. Homestead House was the home of Seebohm and his family from 1904 until 1936. As soon as the house was inhabited, he made an announcement in the Yorkshire Gazette that the fields behind his house would be made available to children attending York Elementary Schools for outdoor activities and it is still enjoyed by children and families today.
‘Firstly, may I say that The Joseph Rowntree Foundation was delighted to have found out that a member of the community had entered us into the competition, we have a number of Wicksteed items in the play area all of a similar age to the rocking horse. The rocking horse was installed in 1952, it has always been hugely popular with children of all ages and extremely easy to maintain. To find out that we had won the competition was fantastic. The restoration was completed quickly and the team at Wicksteed as ever were extremely pleasant to deal with and helpful throughout’, commented Bob Williams, Team Leader of the JRHT’s Landscape Maintenance Team.