Although said to have been considered by the Duke of Sutherland as early as 1879, work on the Queen’s Park began only in 1887, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year, on forty-five acres (c 18ha) given by the Duke to the Borough of Longton. Longton was then expanding from the straggling village of Lane End, among the developers being the Duke himself with the suburb of Florence immediately to the north-east of the park which was built up in the 1860s. The park, the first public ‘pleasure ground’ in the Potteries, opened in 1888 when the Rev Salt praised it as an example of the ‘best practical solution of the problem between the landed aristocracy and socialism’. The total cost was estimated to be £6000, which was mostly met by voluntary subscription. Some £1000 of the total was given by the mayor, the local manufacturer John Aynsley, who had been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.