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Town Trail Point 21

The Paddock, Bowls Club and Children's Playground

Photograph showing entrance to Paddock area
Right - Children's playground at
the entrance to the Paddock area

"The Paddocks" was the name given to the grassed area to the west of The Poplars (Trail Point 20). It was often used as a venue for events such as the crowning of the Carnival Queen so its present-day use as a recreation and sporting site is quite appropriate to its pedigree.

Aerial View 1923
The photo shows The Poplars (white building centre right), its kitchen garden, and
the large area taken up by the paddock. Denton's Farm (Trail Point 19) is at the top.

Photograph of Cllr John Meads, Chairman of the Council opening the adventure playground in 1973
The opening of the adventure playground in 1973
by the Chairman of the Council, Cllr John Meads.

Burton Latimer’s first adventure playground was opened in 1973.

The playground was built by Burton Latimer Urban Council for £2,600 after much planning by the children and youth committee.

The ground was previously used as a building yard for the council and is situated behind the council offices. Instead of the traditional slides and swings, it contains a series of concrete structures and climbing frames.

Further developments saw the construction of a Bowls Green behind the playground together with a further landscaped area beyond that. In 2007 the bowls pavilion was extended to provide the headquarters of the Burton Latimer Bowls Club.

Photograph of Children's Playground showing slide and roundabout Photograph of Children's Playground showing swings and seesaw
Children's Playground - slide and roundabout
Children's Playground - swings and seesaw

Photograph of Bowls Club Photograph showing bowling green scoreboard
Burton Latimer Bowls Club
Bowling Green

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