Before Bouverie Drive

We have used that subject line before on this blog. That was associated with a black and white photo taken from Northbrook and you can click here to see it.

This time we have copies of colour slides taken in the opposite direction. They date from the late 1960s and very early 1970s and like many a colour slide they have suffered a bit from time and dust. Here’s the first – the one which truly matches our subject line.

This was the view from Market Place houses before Bouverie Drive was built

This was the view from Market Place houses before Bouverie Drive was built

Here we look from the back garden of one of the ‘Market Place’ houses and we look out over an open area of grassland. We can see the little terrace of cottages near the stream in Northbrook. Further up the hill we can see ‘The Rest’ the thatched cottage which was rethatched last year. New houses have been built in the gap between those two buildings.

On top, at the left are the houses of Northbrook Close.

On the right hand side we don’t see St Barnabas School which opened in 1971 so this picture may be from the late 60s

The second slide actually shows Bouverie Drive under construction.

Similar view with Bouverie Drive under construction

Similar view with Bouverie Drive under construction

The view is similar, but not identical. It looks a little bit round to the west. The child’s swing is visible, in part, in both photos. This time, just above the thatched roof of ‘The Rest’ we can see St Barnabas School. It has that rather austere look of a brand new building, not yet softened by time and a bit of greenery growth. So this is probably 1971. We rather expect and hope that someone out there will know when Bouverie Drive was built.

The house on the right was the first of a row of such houses and looks ready for occupation. Indeed it may be occupied as could be the bungalow below for that seems to have washing on the line and a car on the drive.

A small group of children are standing in the roadway. The photo quality isn’t good enough for recognition.

A group of children survey the scene

A group of children survey the scene

A similar ‘now’ photo would really only show the row of houses at the top end of Bouverie Drive. The longer view has vanished.

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