Medway Park: Our Colonial past

mapIt was one of those days where I decided to take a turn into the road less travelled, and chanced upon this mysterious little estate in Dover area. Known as Medway Park, it is accessible via Dover Road and currently consists of just Colonial-style bungalow houses. Aptly so, since these houses were first built in the 1920’s for British non-commissioned officers and their families.

Today, these houses are available for rental and serves mainly the families of students from United World College (UWC).

utownThe newly constructed Utown within NUS

Tucked between UWC and University Town of National University of Singapore, Medway Park shares its history with nearby Nepal Park & Rochester Park, which are situated near Buona Vista MRT. It’s uniquely quiet within Medway Park, tall trees surround the whole estate so even from an elevated view at Dover road, the houses inside Medway Park are hidden from plain sight.

maidstone 5The entrance to Medway Park beside Utown

maidstone 4Classic ‘Colonial-style’ bungalows

maidstone 3Very spaced apart and shrouded in greenery

maidstone 2Residents employ ‘green walls’ to provide privacy

maidstone 1

Both Nepal & Rochester Park are now conserved areas under Urban Redevelopment Authority’s planning but Not Medway Park. What fate belies Medway Park remains unknown.

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One Comment on “Medway Park: Our Colonial past”

  1. Heather Wilce
    June 22, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    I used to live in No.1 Medway Park, until December 1961. My Father died in this house, in 1961, after which we left to go back to England. My Father was seconded to The Singapore Guard Regiment, and was in the initial stages of forming a military band for the regiment. Thank you for reading this.

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