From parade ground to the playground

Stockheath School playground and, below, the same spot a decade earlier with sailors presenting arms at divisions.

Stockheath School playground and, below, the same spot a decade earlier with sailors presenting arms at divisions.

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After my photograph of Oak Park School last week here’s another photograph of a school, this one a little more intriguing.

It shows the first school to be built for the fledgling Leigh Park estate located alongside Hooks Farm Way.

Stockheath sailors''The same  location when a parade ground and quarter deck for HMS Daedalus III.

Stockheath sailors''The same location when a parade ground and quarter deck for HMS Daedalus III.

The houses of Tarrant Gardens now occupy the site.

Before it became Stockheath Infant and Junior School the camp served as the administration block and wardroom for HMS Daedalus III, a Second World War satellite camp from the base at Lee-on-the-Solent.

After the war it was used to house displaced people who had fled from war-ravaged mainland Europe.

When they moved out the huts were taken over by people who had been bombed out of Portsmouth until they were demolished and houses built on the camp which now covers Hazelholt Drive and Redbridge Grove, Bedhampton.

It was meant to be temporary until Barncroft, Trosnant and Riders Lane schools were built in the late 1950s.

However, it was still in use well into the 1970s.

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