The view down Canada Rise

It probably hardly needs saying in this year which marks the centenary of the war supposed to end all wars, that Canada Rise derives its name from the fact that Canadian soldiers were billeted in that area back in 1914.

However, today we are looking at a 1970s view down the road.

The view down Canada Rise in the 1970s

The view down Canada Rise in the 1970s

It is almost amazing, now, to see that the thirty miles per hour speed limit for the village was so close in. This photo dates from forty years ago and at that time people who lived up Spin Hill on what was always quite a busy road could have cars racing past at any speed. These days the speed limit starts near the top of the hill.

The middle of the picture is dominated by what were then new dwellings on Bouverie Drive.

Bouverie Drive was a new area of housing 40 years ago.

Bouverie Drive was a new area of housing 40 years ago.

Beyond Bouverie Drive we can see the tops of houses on the road out of the back of the Market Place.

The biggest change has occurred on the right of the photo.

This area is now part of the Grove Farm estate.

This area is now part of the Grove Farm estate.

Back then, a gate led into an open field with a footpath which headed across to the church. The little Northbrook stream trickles through the lowest part of the field and there was a footbridge across it. The old barn on Parsonage Lane can be seen at the top of the hill leading up to the village centre.

In the 1990s, this open area became a part of the Grove Farm Estate so it is now filled with roads and housing. Back then we knew nothing of the Saxon remains that were found under that rise.

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