A WOMEN’S group from Dewsbury visited a historic Huddersfield park.

Members of Soroptimist International of Dewsbury & District were given a special tour of the century-old park.

One of the group’s members, Sue Fox, is an authorised park guide and she led the tour.

Beaumont Park was created when wealthy landowner Henry Frederick Beaumont gave Huddersfield Corporation 20 acres of woodland and four fields in 1879.

The land, which had stunning views over the Holme Valley, was developed and a new access road built.

A grand castellated entrance was created and a ‘castle’ was built in the 1880s.

The aim was to “increase the happiness, promote the good health and elevate the minds of the people of Huddersfield.”

By the 1960s the park had fallen into decline but now the Friends of Beaumont Park are promoting its restoration.

Soroptimists spokesman Pat Thornes said the group enjoyed the visit and added: “Most of us were not even aware of the park’s existence.”

Soroptimist International works to promote and transform the lives of women across the world.