FLEET POND LOCAL NATURE RESERVE. The early days of Fleet Pond. Part 2 Post World War II . A further selection of old photographs. These include mid-20 th Century ones, prior to the formation of Fleet Pond Society in 1976.
The early days of Fleet Pond. Part 2 Post World War II.
A further selection of old photographs. These include mid-20th Century ones, prior to the formation of Fleet Pond Society in 1976.
Many of the photographs in Part 2 are from the large collection of slides and prints kindly donated by Kay Woodward.
Fleet Pond Society is grateful to Kay for permission to use these fascinating records of post-war changes.
Added for your further amusement and enlightenment may be a cartoon or two.
In 1953 a local resident built a makeshift jetty from scaffolding poles and railway sleepers at Chestnut Grove. This was still the Chestnut Grove jetty in the 1976 as the following pictures show.
Skating and ice hockey was not reserved for the Victorian era. This picture and the following few are from Kay Woodward’s slide collection. The colour has deteriorated over the years since 1962 when these were taken.
1962.A homemade sailboat on the frozen Pond. The makeshift scaffold pole and railway sleeper jetty at Chestnut Grove can be seen on the left.
1962This view from Chestnut Grove shows one of the floating reed islands which now forms the second of the two alder islands off Chestnut grove jetty.
Kay also specialised in quality black & white print photography and had a studio in Branksomewood Road. An early 1960s photo of swans at Chestnut Grove.
The reeds were planted in Fleet Pond by the army when the pond was refilled after the war. By the 1960s, when this postcard was printed, reeds had colonised much of the water edge and had formed floating islands.
The vigorous nature of reedbed growth from the 1960s to 1970s had led to some demands for control. The 1980s, however, saw dramatic changes and reedbeds died off and retreated over much of the Pond. Today we are obliged to defend the reedbeds from grazing by Canada Geese.
Anglers residing in the Pondtail area of Fleet tended to prefer to launch boats from a gap in the trees just north of Kenilworth Road access point. This view dated 1968, taken by David Goddard, looks out to Brookly Reedbed form this launch point.
And so we come to the 1970s and the end of the early days pictures. In January 1973 Fleet Urban District Council bought Fleet Pond from the MoD for ₤10,000.