|HCC Site ID:||1652||Parish:||Havant|
|Access:||Public Access||Ownership:|| Public Park/
Havant District Council
Location and site
The park lies within the town centre with the shopping areas to the east and south and a main access road along the west boundary with Victorian housing beyond. The railway station is to the north east of the park. The park is extremely flat and contains a small partially hidden stream along the southern boundary.
The land was bought between 1888 -1889 from four private landowners by the Borough to create a recreation ground. It was bounded on the north by the railway line, on the south by a stream and on the east by a wall bordering the cattle market and private houses. On the west was a road & private entrance to an Isolation Hospital. A pathway with an ornamental fountain ran from the Lodge, the park keeper’s dwelling, to the east. A sports pavilion was donated by the trades people of Havant in 1890 on the northern boundary. A path encircled the whole park. Photographs from between 1912 -1921 indicate that trees had probably been planted on the boundaries soon after it became a public park. Public celebrations including George V’s Jubilee in 1935 were held in the park.
The majority of the park, including the pavilion, is used and very well maintained by a local cricket club, though this does not preclude its use as a picnic and dog-walking area. The smaller area south of the central path shows some stress from overuse. The children’s play area and skate park are extremely popular and the tennis courts are in public use. The Lodge is now being used as a café and the grass area, south of the central path, used for frequent community events. The park is also used as access through from the town centre, from the train station and to a car park to the north-west.
Summary and significance
The location of the lodge, pavilion and the more mature trees would suggest that the park has changed very little since its creation over 100 years ago. It provides a wide variety of maintained facilities and is a good example of a mixed use town park providing a well used amenity.
HGT Research: UPS 1997, update April 2003, update August 2017
1897/8 OS 6” map
1997 HCC Urban Park Survey
2001 HGT Havant Park research http://research.hgt.org.uk
2005 Planning application for new gates
2017 Conversation with Rev. Tom Kennar, rector of St Faiths Church