Exploring in the 1970s
As a child, in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s we’d explore the scrubby woodland to the south of Wild Park with my father. Later on I’d do the same as a teenager with friends. One of the places we would always try to find in those woods, was the ruin of a pig sty, which I remember as a series of low concrete pens (maybe five or six), long since unroofed. Close by, but harder to find, was the remains of a cellar, with an angled concrete opening and maybe some rotten wooden steps leading down into a room about 4x4m, my memory is very hazy.
A very ramshackle place
Both the sty and cellar were located just to the north of the kennels, which was a place we tended to give a wide berth as it seemed so ramshackle and because the sound of so many howling and barking dogs was quite unnerving. Finding the pig sty and cellar was always a hit or miss affair and I never quite pinned down in my mind where they were.
Does anyone remember the place, the pig sty and what the cellar was part of?
Failed to find them
Yesterday I took my youngest daughter into the woods to try and find them and completely failed. The Kennels are now a self build community and their perimeter fence might actually now encompass where the pig sty lies. A bit of map regression in the evening shows the pig sty on a 1950’s map and it’s possible to actually see the pig sty on Google earth imagery. The map names the place as Greycott kennels. Does anyone have any memories of the place, the pig sty and what the cellar was part of?