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Traction Engine BAR03_01_030 Featured Leisure Image

Traction Engine BAR03_01_030

A steam traction engine being inspected by members of the public, during an event in the grounds of Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire in 1956. This showman's road locomotive or engine was produced by Charles Burrell & Sons in 1904. It is an 8 NHP engine, numbered 2668. The engine was still touring in the early 21st century

Pleasure dome JLP01_10_27076 Featured Leisure Image

Pleasure dome JLP01_10_27076

Sherwood Forest Holiday Village, Rufford, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. An interior view of the swimming pool and domed roof above, at the Sherwood Forest Holiday Village.
Work began on 17th March 1986 on the development of a holiday park at Sherwood Forest for Center Parcs. The park would be the first Center Parcs development in the country and would consist of 600 bungalows and leisure and sport buildings; the contract also comprised the external landscaping of the site. The contract was for 14 months, with completion of the park expected to be May 1987; the handover took place on 15th May 1987 and the park opened to guests on 3rd July. The futuristic dome structure of the swimming pool was topped out on 2nd July 1986. It was covered with Texlon plastic and maintained a constant temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. When completed, the swimming pool had a wave pool, waterfalls and a 75m water slide. The slide was edged with natural stone and the pool was surrounded by "boulders and lush vegetation". A cropped version of this photograph was published as part of a double-page spread in the August 1987 edition of Team Spirit, the Laing newsletter

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Drawing the raffle JLP01_08_021734 Featured Leisure Image

Drawing the raffle JLP01_08_021734

Carlisle, Cumbria. A group of spectators at a Laing sports day in Carlisle, showing a man holding a box as a woman adds or removes an item from it, possibly for a raffle.
On 19th June 1954 an annual sports day was held at the Sports Club in Carlisle. Activities commenced between 2pm and 11pm, including a programme of track and field events, side-shows, a buffet tea, a film show and dancing in the marquee

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