Loch Neaton

Loch Neaton - Entrance gate and steps to lower path, Leslie Peachment and Fred Green in lake, 1924.

Upper path at Loch Neaton 1903

The entrance gate to the grounds was just before the railway bridge over Dereham Road and im­ mediately in front of the steps were constructed in the embankment to the lower path which surround­ed the water. By turning left at the entrance gate, a high level path curved its way round to the bowl­ing green, while by turning right at the gate, the high level path presented a delightful panoramic view across the water to the water lily beds. A half dozen rowing boats were moored near the en­trance during the summer months and could be hired by the half hour for a few pence per person. The banks between the two paths were planted with a variety of shrubs and in the spring parts of them were clothed with primroses and a number of rare wild flowers also found a niche here and there, including the beautiful mauve wood anemone. Looking back to pre-war days, when few peo­ ple owned a car. Loch Neaton Pleasure Grounds provided many generations of townsfolk, and also the surrounding villagers, with endless hours of pleasure.

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