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Playground Equipment emerges from the sea!

July 14, 2020

Over the weekend a social media post from Salty Holidays caught our attention that showed a set of our pedestal slide steps mysteriously appear from the ocean in Ventnor, Isle of Wight! We love interesting stories about our playground equipment and this is a story that certainly seems to have caught many peoples attention. How did they end up here when Kettering is several hundred miles away and across a stretch of the ocean? The attention-grabbing story has been featured in both the Northants Evening Telegraph and The Isle of Wight County Press.

Wicksteed Playgrounds social media
Original post from Facebook

Wicksteed Playgrounds have been manufacturing playground equipment for over 100 years and based on the design of these particular steps they would have been manufactured at Wicksteeds manufacturing base here in Kettering, Northants between 1940 and 1967! Going on information from several people based within the area the steps would have formed part of a Wicksteed Slide that fell into the ocean in a landslide that happened in 1994 at Blackgang Chine. Blackgang Chine is the UK’s oldest theme park and had several pieces of Wicksteed playground equipment up until the landslide of 1994.

Dawn Giles of Salty Holidays said of the discovery:

The steps were spotted by our friend Bella whilst staying with us in Ventnor. Her brother, Samuel managed to pull them out from between the rocks and he carried them back to our garden. We could clearly read “Wicksteed Kettering” on the steps so we googled and originally thought they must be from Wicksteed Park. Our conundrum was how on earth they could get from the landlocked county of Northamptonshire, to the shores of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. We took to social media and asked our guests, many of whom are from Northamptonshire if they had any ideas what they were and how they might have ended up here.

Playground Slides

Slides have been a timeless playground staple for many years and for good reason! Nothing can replicate the excitement and fun of a playground slide. The designs may have changed slightly but the principle remains unchanged as can be seen in the images below.

Timber Slide
Charles Wicksteed’s original Timber Slides
Old Wicksteed Slides
Wicksteed playground slides in various heights
Wicksteed Steps
Wicksteed slide steps similar to the steps that were found in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Wicksteed Playgrounds prides itself on manufacturing quality playground products that are built to last and after several years in the ocean, these steps are a prime example of why we are able to offer extensive guarantees on all of our playground equipment.

For more information about our fantastic range of playground slides get in touch today!


Written by: Andy Prentice
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