When Thorne townsfolk were planning their celebrations for the Coronation
King George V and Queen Mary, several committee members expressed a desire
a permanent Memorial of the event.
One of the town's most prominent citizens came up with
the perfect answer
at noon on Coronation Day, 22nd July 1911.
At 12.15 on the 22nd
a little company assembled in the Town Hall the raison d'etre
was the presentation by Mr. J. Chester Coulman, J.P., of Bradholme of
the deeds of the land, over eight acres in extent, not far from the Parish
Church, which he offered to the inhabitants for recreative purposes on
one condition only, viz: - that £100 shall be spent in one way or
another in laying it out.
Mr. J. Servant, as chairman of the Coronation Committee,
explained briefly the circumstances and the inability of the Parish Council
at the moment formally accept the deeds.
Mr John Chester Coulman
Mr. Coulman remarked on his desire to do something for
the town in commemoration of the Coronation, and, knowing that a number
of people wished to have a Recreation Ground, he had much pleasure in
offering a field for that purpose. If, when the ratepayers were consulted,
he continued, they declined, by a two-thirds majority, to have a Recreation
Ground; he would receive the deeds back again and use the land for some
The chairman took the deeds and said he would hold them
tentatively till the mind of the people was clear. In moving that a hearty
vote of thanks be given to the donor, Mr. Kenyon remarked that he thought
for a time the land might be made self-supporting by letting it for grazing
purposes, and if this were done by the Parish Council a rate would be
unnecessary. In any event everyone must recognise the indebtedness of
the parish to Mr. Coulman for his very generous offer. Mr. C. Haycroft,
in seconding, heartily thanked Mr. Coulman, and said the Coronation Committee
had welcomed the offer without dissent. Mr. he T.R.R. Marsdin, in supporting,
expressed the view that the parish would not object if the rate of ½d.
in the £, as mentioned by the Chairman, became desirable
John Chester Coulman, J.P., of Bradholme, Thorne; son
of Richard Coulman, was born on February 2nd 1852. Educated at Thorne
Grammar School, and Doncaster. Landowner and farmer he became a member
of Thorne Urban District Council; Chairman of the Governors of Thorne
Grammar School; a Governor of the Travis Endowed School; Vice-President
of Thorne Unionist Association; Senior Vice-President of Thorne Agricultural
Society: breeder of shire horses including "King Charming",
a champion shire horse. Justice of the Peace for Thorne and Doncaster
District of the West Riding he married Jessie, daughter of the late John
Borman Milman of The Levels, Thorne, truly a man of standing.
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