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The Pre-War Site

A convenient place for informal recreation

The farmland, which stretched southwards from the village of Ruddington to the parish boundary with Bradmore, was not in any way unusual or remarkable. It extended from the main road to Loughborough in the east to the Great Central Railway, almost a mile away, to the west. The arable fields were interspersed with meadowland and pastures, with hedgerows to define their boundaries. It was a typical example of English landscape, created by the mixed farming, which predominated in the midlands in the years between the two world wars. A small stream flowed diagonally through the area, and it was crossed by three public footpaths, so that it became a place of informal recreation for both adults and children. The diversity of habitat ensured a rich variety of wild life.

The people who lived in Ruddington took it for granted. It was there, adjacent to the village; a place where children went to play and sweethearts went courting; somewhere to walk the dog, or go for a stroll on a sunny evening after work. Here was one square mile of “England’s green and pleasant land” to be used and enjoyed at leisure by the local population.

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