This picture, given to me by Frank Grocutt, shows the rose garden that used to be in Chinbrook Meadows. Frank used to work as a groundsman and often worked in the greenhouses which can be seen just behind the pergola. The houses of Meadow Lane now stand where the greenhouses were and the rose garden and pond, which had become run down in the 1980s, are gone, removed when the Quaggy was naturalised in 2002.
More memories from 1960s John Elliott was prompted by the earlier paddling pool photos to send the following to share.
This little group, who seem to be dressed up in their Sunday best, include Hazel and David Dean on the right.
A short video made by the Environment Agency in 2006 shows the river after it was naturalised and hears from locals with their thoughts about it.
Memories added February 2013 – The paddling pool These photos, taken of Simon and Mark Barnes in 1961, may remind others of happy days spent at the paddling pool.
Memories added February 2012 – Ray Hewitt lived in Mayeswood Road for over 25 years and remembers when the park was first opened. The farm land had been bought by the council to provide a recreational park for families living on the newly built housing estate and was a popular place for football and cricket. He recalls how, on still summers’ evenings he would hear the voices of fifty to sixty people chatting together, walking across the park on their way home from work having got off the train at Grove Park station.