Akroyd Park's 8 acres and Bankfield House were built for Edward Akroyd (1810-1887), who lived there from 1837 to 1856. They were opened to the public after his death in 1887. He was the grandson of James Akroyd, who in 1811 founded the world's largest worsted manufacturers, James Akroyd & Son.
The park used to host a very popular cycle speedway course in the 1970s and 80s.
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