The Nissen hut cafe

In the photo below of a 1949 cycle race, the curved roof of a Nissen hut can be seen behind the crowds and to the left of the former clock tower.  It was brought to Central Park in 1946 for the sale of refreshments. 

The hut was dull green in colour and measured 24 feet by 48 feet although its previous use is not recorded.  It had a flap that lowered to a counter on the side facing Cottage Field and there was an entrance at the end facing the clock tower.  Inside the makeshift café were a few tables and chairs.

People’s recollections suggest that the hut was still being used as a café at least until 1958.  If you can assist with any further information, please get in touch.     

Nissen hut in 1949 behind the spectators. (Viv Warne)