Wellingborough, Zoo Park c.1950

Wellingborough, Zoo Park c.1950

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Memories of Wellingborough

Polar Bear

Wellingborough Zoo had the saddest Polar Bear I have ever seen. Its enclosure was roughly three times the size of the bear and its pool was hardly bigger than a bath tub. Even as a small child, I knew this was cruel. It really upset me. Wendy Nicolle, nee March.

Abc Lyric Cinema

I was the Chief Projectionist at the Lyric from approx 1957 until 1963 when I was appointed as Co Chief/Lighting Engineer at the new ABC Blackpool. The Manager at the Lyric was ...Read full memory

Swangate Centre

All the buildings on the left of the picture (nearly all Co-Op shops) were demolished to make way for the new Arndale Centre (now Swangate). Most of the local population still ...Read full memory

The Palace Cinema

The pub on the left of the picture was renowned for a few brawls in it's time, originally called The Globe (now known as Raferty's) I recall walking down Cambridge St and seeing ...Read full memory

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Off the west side of Sheep Street, a plaque informs us that the Zoo Park was opened in the grounds of the historic Croyland Abbey in 1943. Once home to large animals like this tiger, in the middle enclosure, the site is now occupied by offices.

This is an excerpt from Northamptonshire Living Memories, by Martin Andrew

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