|Bedfont Recreation Ground||Hounslow|
The Bedfont area remained rural until the mid C20th and had formerly been used for agriculture and market gardening, with numerous cherry orchards here. From the 1950s council housing began to be developed over the land. Bedfont Recreation Ground was laid out by the 1930s with surrounding land used for allotments and orchards. By 1960 there were facilities for football, cricket, bowls and tennis, with a paddling pool and playground. It has been the ground for Bedfont Football Club, who later leased the ground, renovating the pavilion and improving its facilities.
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Robin Rendell in 'A Bedfont Teenager in the 1950s' recollects that 'playing at Bedfont Recreation Ground was just like playing at Wembley'. The OS Map of 1963 shows the recreation ground as a rectangular space, still with fields and old cart tracks around it, and having tennis courts, bowling green, playground and two ponds, with a main path leading from the entrance on Hatton Road flanked by an avenue of trees to the pavilion, with sports field behind. Bedfont Football Club, which has been in existence since the C19th, played at various local sites, including Bedfont Green (q.v.) and Rectory Meadow (q.v.) in Hanworth, and later on Bedfont Recreation Ground, which it now leases. The club has taken over the pavilion and renovated it, and among new facilities are pitch and putt.
Feltham Guide c.1960