Recreation Ground (The Limes)
The frontage incorporating the Gas Governor to the north of No 56 High Street was the driveway entrance to Lime Tree Farm. This Farm was owned by Miss Collins who lived in a large rambling old house and had a riding school there. She sold the land (excluding the area occupied by the Recreation Ground, Community Orchard and Meadow Conservation Area) for The Limes housing estate but could not get planning permission for the balance of the land, which became the recreation Ground, the Orchard and Meadow (link opens in new window).
It has been suggested that this was Rodwell’s Farm prior to the development, but this is some doubt about this; the 1971 O.S. map shows it as Lime Tree Farm which is marked as No 62 High Street.
The idea of a Recreation Ground for the Village was first raised about 1972. In 1976 the Harston Parish Council and South Cambs District Council agreed that the land behind The Limes development was the best option, and they bought the land from the estate of Miss Collins for £43,000. The first day the Ground was open to the public (4th Dec 1986) over 100 children from the Harston & Newton Primary School joined in an unofficial opening; the Parish Council had an official opening at a later date.
The original playground equipment was that transferred from the previous playground which was behind the Village Hall. This equipment was replaced and added to by the Parish Council in 2015.
The first stage of the building of the Pavilion was about 1990, with all the building being completed in 1996.
The Limes estate was probably created in the early 1970’s – there is an advertisement dated 1974 for homes in the estate.