Spot the war memorial through the archway in the later photograph.
The War Memorial has remained unmoved, but everything around it has changed radically. The gates were moved from their original location adjacent to London Road when the Parklands building was added to the Civic Offices complex. They are now located on the ha-ha, which was put in place in the late 19th century to separate Goldings House from its park. The hidden ditch and wall, which can still be clearly seen in the park, kept livestock away from the roses and the herbaceous borders without the visual intrusion of a wall or fence.
The Memorial Park was purchased for the people of Basingstoke in the 1920s, as a memorial to those killed in the Great War.