The Happy Union

The Happy Union then
(picture from SWOP website)

The site today

The Happy Union, in times long past
Was not the corner plot you pass,
Another building stood long-side
Before the hill became so wide,
But when it went no one can say
For it's no longer there today.

The corner building, shown in early photos, was probably demolished some years before the M40 was built. Old maps would suggest that this was originally an early school. Treadaway Hill was widened in stages, from a simple lane with passing places, to two lanes for up and down traffic and then to its present width.
It is believed that The Happy Union got its name from the union of the two rivers at this point (which can still be seen in the recreation ground).
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