The war history of a Kettering park

Rockingham Road Pleasure Park played a part in both world wars

By Phoebe Radford
Sunday, 8th November 2020, 5:18 pm
Rockingham Pleasure Park played an important role in both world wars.
Rockingham Pleasure Park played an important role in both world wars.

A German plane was shot over a Kettering park during World War Two.

The incredible story is just one tale from Rockingham Pleasure Park's war history, as the popular park played an important role in both world wars.

Rockingham Pleasure Park is one of Kettering's most popular public spaces and was created in Victorian times in 1894.

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The park has a long history dating back to Victorian times when the park was created.

A local shoe manufacturer, John Bryan, persuaded the Local Government Board to buy the land for the town and it became a public park.

Twenty years later during the First World War, the Kettering park was temporarily home to the Scottish Horse Brigade. Huts were put up to accommodate the brigade and were then used for people on a housing waiting list.

During the Second World War, Kettering residents used air raid shelters in the park during the blitz and the park's most incredible story happened during a bombing raid in 1941.

On April 11, 1941, a German plane was shot over Kettering. According to the park's information board, the flying officer died when his parachute failed to open over the park.

Many people still enjoy the park, but did you know its wartime history?

Many people enjoy Rockingham Pleasure Park but are perhaps unaware of its wartime history.

Remembrance Sunday is a chance to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war, reflect on their sacrifice and never forget.

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