Rock Park was left in perpetuity as a Charitable Trust to the Mayor and Aldermen of Barnstaple Corporation, their heirs and successors, by William Rock.
Today, the Park is owned by Barnstaple Town Council and managed by the Rock Park Trust Management Committee.
The Park was gifted for community use, and information on applications for use or hire of the park are linked below.
Please print the application form and fill in.
(forms cannot be completed online)
The Rock Park Trust Policy for Tree or Bench Memorials in Rock Park
Return the application form and any related documents to:-
Barnstaple Town Council
Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple
Tel: 01271 373311
Rock Park Map (Click image to enlarge)
FACILITIES AT ROCK PARK
Park facilities include:
Children’s play area
The outdoor gym equipment has been installed at Rock Park by Mant Leisure, courtesy of a grant from Lottery’s “Awards for All” and funding from the Rock Park Trust.
The range of equipment includes a rowing machine, sit up bench, ski machine, step up, twist trainer, seated cycle and a lat pull down. Instructions on usage are given on each piece of equipment and the gym is already proving very popular.
The equipment is free to use so take a trip over to the park and try it out!
TEA IN THE PARK
Visitors can take a break in the delightful surroundings of Rock Park. The kiosk, next to the children’s play area, serves refreshments including hot and cold drinks, ice creams, snacks, cakes and baguettes.
ROCK PARK - A SHORT HISTORY
Bestowed by Victorian benefactor William Rock this expansive pleasure park was opened with great public celebration. The grand obelisk at its entrance honours the opening in August of 1879. Ruined cottages, a factory and yard and an old limekiln were demolished in order to make way for the park and the ‘wide and noisome beach and water courses’ as they were at the time described, were tidied and drained.
William Rock (left, from the Museum of North Devon collection) and obelisk at park entrance (right)
Rock Park Boating Pool 1930 (from the Museum of North Devon collection)
View from the War Memorial
Sited in the Park is also the town’s war memorial and a Millennium Stone dating from 1930. This was the year that the town celebrated a 1000 years as a borough on the basis of an alleged Charter from King Athelstan in 930. As part of those celebrations swimming baths and a boating lake were constructed within the park, but, sadly, neither exists today.
(Excerpt from the Barnstaple Heritage Trail)
Rock Park Swimming Pool 1930 (from the Museum of North Devon collection)
Old Iron Railway Bridge, now a footpath, Rock Park
ROCK PARK LODGE
This Grade II Listed building sits at the entrance to Rock Park on Ladies Mile and was previously the park-keeper’s home.
Rock Park Lodge
The building is now used by a community arts group as their headquarters and it is hoped to restore the wood panelled reading room in the lodge to public view.
The Reading Room at Rock Park Lodge