early days at naunton
park primary school
memories of the garden
friends of naunton park
map of the area
The following text is about the history of the recreation ground
and gardens of Naunton Park.
It has been compiled with the help of Mr John Milner who has supplied
the historical details, and many local residents (some of whom have
moved away from Cheltenham and have written to us) who have drawn
on their memories of the gardens and the recreation field.
chapter on Naunton Park School in the early days by Martin Wood,
the ex Headteacher, is included. The school, by virtue of its proximity
to the gardens and recreation field, has close links with Naunton
Park and several of the local residents were once pupils at the
school. Sports Days were - and are - held on the field and the pupils
use the field for games throughout the year.
Cheltenham is well known for its parks and gardens, and has been,
in the past, a winner of the Britain in Bloom competition. However,
in recent years, the money allocated to the town parks budget has,
in real terms, been reduced, making it difficult for the Leisure
Directorate, which manages parks and gardens, to carry out anything
more than basic maintenance for some of the gardens, of which Naunton
Park is one.