Posts Tagged ‘playground’

Broadwell playground again

February 20, 2016

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.

Broadwell Playground 1980 style

February 8, 2016

Sometimes it can pay to look at what may seem to some of us like fairly recent photos. The one we look at today was taken just as a family snapshot by our curator back in 1980. It shows his son at the Broadwell play area.

Broadwell playground in 1980

Broadwell playground in 1980

There is a surprising amount of history in this photo. It shows the space themed items in this little playground, dating, one assumes, from the mid-1960s. The little lad is on what to all intents and purposes was a rocking horse but it is shaped like a space rocket. The youngsters climbing on the frame in the background were on a structure shaped just like an American Gemini space capsule.

In case anyone thinks there is a little bench at the left side, there isn’t. This was the tail end of a traditional slide.

Should anybody happen to fall then it was straight onto the hard asphalt at ground level. There was no soft rubberised surface back then.

It was a very different world almost 36 years ago!

White Street in the 1970s

September 28, 2010

A word about White Street first. Chalk, the rock of Salisbury Plain, is white in colour and we find almost every village had a white coloured street before the days of tarmac. Easterton, Market Lavington and West Lavington all have a street named White Street which leads up on to the chalk hills. The White Street here is the Market Lavington one.

We try to keep our photo archive up to date at Market Lavington Museum. There are many who might say that the 1970s were only yesterday, but changes occur and are worthy of recording.

White Street in the 1970s - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

This photo, taken from near Broadwell shows the view to the crossroads in the 1970s.

Let’s look at some of the details. After the felling of a small wood, a children’s playground was installed in the 1960s. This was the ‘space age’ and the equipment installed reflected that era. The climbing frame, for example, was clearly modelled on the Gemini space capsule of that era.

Gemini space capsule climbing frame by Broadwell

A rocking horse was modelled on a rocket, although in this enlargement it does look to have a pig faced nose cone.

The rocking rocket - part of the Broadwell playground in the 1970s.

These days the Broadwell area is used for car parking and, particularly for weekend car washing. There is a playground which is out of use as I write because the soft rubber floor is life expired. The playground is separated from cars by a good fence. But back in the 60s and 70s there was no such concern for safety. The normal tarmac was under the slide, which had no fence keeping cars from it.

Slide and crossroads along White Street

Looking on to the crossroads we can just make out that ‘STOP’ is painted at the end of Parsonage Lane. Back then there was no Grove Road and so Parsonage Lane had to carry two way traffic. It was always too narrow for late twentieth century vehicles and chaos often ensued.

This is just one example of an ordinary scene in the parish which will bring back memories to many people. It matters that we conserve these photos so that people in the future can get a picture of the day to day life during different eras.