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Northamptonshire Living Memories

Northamptonshire Living Memories

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Caption for Wellingborough, Zoo Park C1950: 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.

An extract from Northamptonshire Living Memories.

Memories of Wellingborough, the Zoo Park c1950

I do remember the zoo as I visited it as young child. My memory is of a large parrot on a T stand in the entrance and also the chimps.

We were taken from Leicester on a Sunday School Outing to the Zoo Park. I have very little recollection of the place as I was quite little at the time! I do remember that we were given 'high tea' for which we were offered a choice of fish and chips or ham salad. I also remember being bought an embroidered (...Read full memory)

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.

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