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1908 Postcard  Says This is Picture of 'Hayes Park'
1908 Postcard Says This is Picture of 'Hayes Park'

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ChrisB



Registered: January 2012
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A mystery. The writer of the postcard says, "...I am sending you a view of the house. The other side is the prettiest part..." I don't recognize the building, it doesn't look like the old Hayes Town Hall building--unless perhaps the picture is of the building's rear and side. The writer is sending the postcard to a nurse at a 'county asylum' in Brookwood, Surrey so it is possible that this picture is of a like building. The card has an Uxbridge postmark.
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The Sceeny Clan

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 197
Tue June 5, 2012 18:28

Think we have a bit of a mix-up here Chris, the old Town Hall building is/was in Barra Hall Park which some people mistakingley refer to as 'Hayes Park'.Whereas Hayes Park is actually at Hayes End the site of the Heinz HQ and Daltons Dairy. Hope this helps. Barry
The Sceeny Clan

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 197
Tue June 5, 2012 19:06

Just found a bit of info for you Chris re:Hayes Park;-"Hayes Park and house was owned by the Blencowe family fro 1829 to 1858 from about 1850 the house was used as a private mental home. It served as such until the break-up of the Manorial estate after the death of Charles, Lord Hillingdon in 1868 when the house and 60 acres were sold for use as a nursing home. The remaining 100 acres of the estate were sold seperately to Dalton's Dairies. In 1959 H.J.Heinz Ltd. purchased Hayes Park and the two parcels of land amounting in all to 160 acres for use as a research centre and offices, three years later the house was demolished and new offices built on the site.
ChrisB

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 177
Tue June 5, 2012 21:22

Thanks Barry very much for this info and for identifying the building and location. As I surmised, the building was used a 'mental home' at the time this postcard was made around 1908. Your information suggests that the house was standing as late as 1962 so there should be later pictures of the building.
By the way, I'm among of those offenders who grew up calling Barra Hill Park 'Hayes Park'--for it did, after all, contain the town hall for Hayes and Harlington. There is another confusing naming in Hayes--for the Baptist church in Coldharbour Lane. It is NOT the often misnamed 'Hayes Baptist Church'--the church of that name is actually located on Uxbridge Road--but rather its correct title is the 'Coldharbour Lane Baptist Church,' Hayes.
Marian

Registered: April 2012
Posts: 450
Wed June 6, 2012 15:56 Rating: 10.00 

I, also, remember this building as belonging to Heinz in the early 60's. I think it was somewhere at the end of Hayes End Road or you could see it from there.
I am also one of the guilty ones who grew up calling Barra Hall Park 'Hayes Park' and still think of it with that name. I remember thinking it was odd to call the Heinz building 'Hayes Park' because of the long association with the park more in the middle of Hayes, rather than in the Hayes End district. My good memories of 'Barra Hall Park' are still with me as Hayes Park or just 'The Park'.
The Sceeny Clan

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 197
Wed June 6, 2012 18:19

Yes I agree,we always referred to Barra Hall Park simply as 'the park' to distinguish it from 'the Rec' at the top of Cenral Ave,I too have fond memories of the park particularly the fair every year, and of course the paddling pool.
Marian

Registered: April 2012
Posts: 450
Wed June 6, 2012 19:27

I think I only heard the name Barra Hall when it referred to the shopping parade on the corner near the park. The parade was called Barra Hall Circus, I believe? There may have been some bungalows nearby, as well, situated in a Barra Hall Close? I stand corrected if I have got that wrong.
Even with the name of the shops, I don't think I ever thought as the park as Barra Hall Park.
I think it was Josh who told me here on the Photos Galleries that Hayes Park was actually Barra Hall Park but hard as I try, I still think Hayes Park.
I, like many people, loved the Carnival and Fair, not forgetting the Finale Fireworks Display.
I remember how exciting it was when my mother was making up a picnic and then taking us to the paddling pool at the park. We spent many hours there, splashing around and then having our tea before going home. Times have changed and the paddling pool has gone! :-(


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The Sceeny Clan

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 197
Wed June 6, 2012 20:23

Marian go to page 1 of my album have just put a comment on a photo re:the park

 


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