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From Hadrian’s Camp to Eden Gate

June 2016

Bernard Willas has recently moved to the new Story Homes development Eden Gate, but it’s not his first time living on this site.DSC03813 rotated

Bernard, originally from Warwickshire, was conscripted into the army in 1954 and was based at the military training site in Houghton, Hadrians Camp, which is now the site of the new Story Homes development.

Bernard said “What a difference to when I last lived here. I arrived on a cold wet November morning and it was my first time away from home. I was nervous, and less than happy.”

“It had a gymnasium, teaching blocks, a cook house, naafi, the mess and around 120 huts. There was 6 weeks training which we referred to as “square bashing” lots of marching and drills before I became a driving instructor. This involved training military personnel to drive the Daimler armoured vehicles.”

“Moving here this time round, was a completely different experience; I couldn’t wait to get here. We had been flooded twice on Warwick road and now that I’m over three score and ten (that’s over 80 for you northerners) we wanted a home with all the mod cons, and low maintenance. We’re absolutely delighted with our new home – just the curtains to go up and we’re all set.”

Sales Manager Hayley Blair said: “I can’t imagine the site as an army training base. As we develop the site we’re taking getting photographic recordings to detail the extent of the camp remains on the site. I’m really pleased that moving back here was much more pleasant and hope that Bernard and his family are very happy here.”

Eden Gate offers a beautiful development of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes, and is ideally located in a beautiful village. If you are interested in a home on this site, take a look at the show home which is open Thursday – Monday: 10.30am – 4.30pm