The Canyon

Before the Playscheme

By Ann Whitaker

We moved to Stevenage in Nov 1951 into the Monkswood area when there were no roads, shops or schools.  The best playground for all us London kids was the canyon which is on the far side of Fairlands Valley.  At that time it was a real adventure playground long before Health and Safety stepped in and we all had a grand time climbing up the hills and slidding down on our bums. Many a smack was dealt to us for having no backsides in our jeans. Some how we all survived though.


This page was added on 22/09/2011.

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  • Yes remember well great memories

    By Michael bradford (24/02/2019)
  • I maybe wrong but i remember two caves that where dug in the canyon wall , the one near the Peartree, and when one caved in and a boy was trapped, I thought he died but may be wrong. I remember they fenced it of for a week while the caves where destroyed,

    By Roy Hooper (17/04/2013)
  • I lived in Leaves Spring and played at the canyon for many years. I also worked there for a short time and remember the frequent trip to the hospital with kids and cut heads etc. it was the most exciting place, tree houses and rope pulleys…and no-one as far as I know ever died !!

    By moira granger (21/01/2012)

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