WW2 Military Use of Newport's Parks and Gardens

On this page the known use of parks and open spaces in Newport during the Second World War (1939-45) is summarised, though information may be incomplete.

The table below shows general defence functions and events with sources of information. The font colours in columns have been chosen to aid reading the table.

In September 1938 it was reported to the Parks Committee that the Air Raid Precautions department of the Home Office had advised Local Authorities of certain precautionary measures that included the digging of trenches in the public parks, and this should be put in hand immediately. The Borough Engineer reported that he was accordingly arranging for trenches to be dug in certain parks and open spaces including Belle Vue Park, Beechwood Park and St Julians Recreation Ground.[1] For Belle Vue Park and Beechwood Park the Committee decided that the trenches be camouflaged and protected by planting shrubs and flower borders around them.[2]

  Allotments Static
Water
Supply
Barrage
Balloon
Search
Lights
War
Damage
Public
Shelters
Removal
of
Railings
Council
Food
Production
ARP
Wardens
Post
ARP
First Aid
Post
ARP
Cleansing
Station
Trenches Military
presence
ARP
Watching
Post
ARP
Report
Centre
Beechwood Park       [3]       [6]       [1][2] [6]    
Belle Vue Park           [7]   [6]       [1][2]      
Coronation Park             [9]                
Crindau Park                   [4][6]          
St Julians Recreation                       [1]      
Shaftesbury Park   [8]                          
Tredegar Park                         [5]    

References for the table above:

  Reference Key Words
1 Parks and Cemeteries Committee 29th September 1938 para 307  
2 Parks and Cemeteries Committee 18th November 1938 para 41  
3 Parks and Cemeteries Committee 17th February 1939 para 101  
4 Parks and Cemeteries Committee Matters decided by the Chairman on 21st September 1939 and between 25th September and 2nd October 1939 para 252  
5 Parks and Cemeteries Committee Matters decided by the Deputy Chairman 12th-28th October 1939 para 3  
6 Parks and Cemeteries Committee 11th December 1939 para 34  
7 Western Mail and South Wales News Wednesday September 11th 1940 page 6  
8 Parks and Cemeteries Committee 19th November 1943 para 18  
9 Parks and Cemeteries Committee 16th March 1945 para 100