The Half Round and Bus Shelter

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The Half Round and the Bus Shelter, Newquay Zoo,  November 2017

 

 

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One of the strange buildings from the 1970s near our 1982/3 Dragon Maze is the ‘Bus Shelter’.

For decades this oddly nicknamed little building has kept many visitors dry in the occasional rain that Cornwall gets.

It is built into the woodland bank of what is known to some as The Maze Road  and an older name, The Half Round.

I was never entirely sure why it had this name of old – is it because of its half a circle shape? Is it the  distance round the zoo from the Entrance, halfway round the zoo?

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‘Public Shelter’ Newquay Zoo Guidebook map c. 1983 / mid 1980s

 

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No. 23 Public Shelter  on our Children’s Guidebook c. 1989
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Not there yet – the half round, maze  and bus shelter would be built late 1970s /early 1980s to  the left of areas 8 to 11 on this 1969 /70 map. Leopards (9) is where the new Gems of the Jungle now sits, 2017.

 

The clear plastic ‘Bus Shelter’ roof itself is supported by some old cast iron columns, possibly reused from another structure.

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Despite decades of repainting, we can see that the  iron upright  columns are of local manufacture, from Sara and Sons, Redruth.

According to Grace’s Guide,  W. Sara and Sons of Redruth were Brass and Iron Founders. Their other work is frequently seen beneath your feet around Cornwall.

http://pastthinking.com/2013/03/07/cornish-heritage-beneath-our-feet/

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Proudly stamped ‘Redruth’, a relic of Cornwall’s past heavy engineering days.
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An informative bit of reading whilst sheltering from the rain – one of our older endangered animal breeding programme sign November 2017.
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More handy rainyday reading – a colourful large 2017 update sign on our onsite breeding programmes and  the overseas conservation where Newquay Zoo and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust works.  It’s what we do …

Some of the stranger sights seen on the Half Round and from The Bus Shelter include the International World Pasty Flinging Championships (event currently resting, 2017).

Running alongside the Bus Shelter on the steep wooded bank above the Half Round / Maze Road is a native wildlife area.

This wild wooded bank area is home at one end to our 2004 / 2009 Newquay Zoo Time Capsule.

The strangest inhabitants along the Half Round or Maze Road in the past were a ‘lively’ family  of free-ranging rare Cotton Top Tamarins, released c. 1996  for a few years on wildness training into the treetops around their house on stilts built amongst these trees. But that is another story …

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A little bit of wildlife gardening or leaving well alone …
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Stoutly built Rockery beside the Bus Shelter, built c. 2009/10
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Temporary sign renaming the Tarzan Trail area 2017
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Once the steps (if not the door) to Adventure …
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An even quieter edge to the Zoo, the Woodland Walk (Tarzan Trail site) minus the play equipment, Nov. 2017

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Where monkeys once free-ranged c. 1996 … a view from the Woodland Walk (Tarzan Trail) over the Maze Road / Half Round Nov. 2017
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And back down again …
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A glimpse of some of the Tarzan Trail equipment newly added in this late 1980s / early 1990s Newquay Zoo / Animal World poster.
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From our website: The half round being built (early 1980s) in a photo from retired Head Gardener Mike Perry.

 

Another quite little corner of Newquay Zoo’s history explored and recorded.

We will feature the Dragon Maze (built 1982/3) in a future blogpost.

As we approach our 50th Birthday in May 2019, we would love to hear your Newquay Zoo memories and see your early zoo photos. Contact us via the comments box.

Blogposted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo History blog, November 2017.

Material from the Newquay Zoo Archive.

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Author: worldwarzoogardener1939

World war zoo gardener and zoo educator at Newquay Zoo Cornwall UK

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