Historians aim to commit Stockheath’s tale to writing

The Leigh Park Girl Guides. Are you in the photograph?
The Leigh Park Girl Guides. Are you in the photograph?

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Stockheath is an area to the west of Havant and north of Bedhampton that for the most part has been taken in by Leigh Park.

The large Stockheath Common alongside Riders Lane once had one of the best cricket pitches for miles around and was protected by a wire fence to stop anyone walking over the square.

Opposite the Common was the Cricketers’ Tavern, a public house of many years’ standing until demolished some two years ago.

Ralph Cousins has lived in the area for many years and is now writing a history of Stockheath along with two other local historians.

If you have any photographs of the area, especially of Riders Lane bridge that crossed the stream at an oblique angle, please get in touch.

Here we see one of the first Girl Guide groups to be formed in Leigh Park. They are in the hut that once stood alongside the Cricketers and was used for all types of functions.

I think the girl in the bottom right-hand corner was surnamed White. If you know of anyone in this photograph, do let me know.