Broadwell playground again

A fortnight ago we showed a picture of the old playground at Broadwell. This featured the rocket shaped ‘rocking horse’ and a climbing frame shaped like a Gemini space capsule. You can click here to see it.

In that post we mentioned other equipment and now we have located a 1989 photo which shows some of that.

Broadwell playground in 1989

Broadwell playground in 1989

Here we see a girl on one end of a traditional see-saw and behind her is the rocket and a very traditional slide.

Soft matting has been added in areas where youngsters might fall.

There is still no childproof fence between play area and road.

The house in the background is Beech House, long term home of members of the Welch family which included our museum founder, Peggy Gye.

It was clearly a lovely autumnal day when the photo was taken.

We can now give an account of the history of that plot of land. The wonderful sketch by Philip Wynell Mayow shows a lovely cottage there in 1837. When that went trees grew there, surrounded by a nasty spiked fence – still remembered by older folk in the village.

They were felled in the 1960s when some of them were deemed unsafe and before the space age playground was built it was just a grassy area. Now all we need to do is get our modern history sorted to discover when the playground was entirely revamped and fenced.

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One Response to “Broadwell playground again”

  1. John Burgess Says:

    The white ended cottage (Beech Cottage ) is where I was born in 1945 and my dad Clifford rented the garden up behind it.

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