Posts Tagged ‘Bouverie Drive’

Before Bouverie Drive

October 25, 2015

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.

Over the fields in 1972

March 2, 2014

Today we look at a scene which as changed out of recognition in the 42 years since this photo was taken.

View near Grove Farm, Market Lavington in 1972

View near Grove Farm, Market Lavington in 1972

The caption we have on this photo is ‘Grove Farm – 1972’. We are looking away from the Grove Farm area and over more northern parts of the village of Market Lavington.

Let’s start up on the skyline.


Here we are looking at the houses on Northbrook Close with St Barnabas School on the right.

Below, in the valley we have this collection of buildings.


The new bungalows are on Bouverie Drive. The thatched property near the top right is ‘The Rest’ on Northbrook. Between Bouverie Drive and ‘The Rest’ we can see the steeply pitching roof of Tommy Burden’s Cottage – the little Tudor cottage that is no longer with us.


A car can be seen in this part of the photo. That is parked more or less where the roundabout is now – the one where Grove Road and Canada Rise meet at the bottom of Spin Hill.


It is this area which has changed most for this area is now occupied by Roman Way and Saxon Close.

Northbrook and Bouverie Drive – Then and Now

June 9, 2013

Our first photo was taken on the street called Northbrook in the 1970s.

Bouverie Drive from Northbrook, Market Lavington in the 1970s

Bouverie Drive from Northbrook, Market Lavington in the 1970s

It was a wet winter’s day and views are more open in winter. We can see Bouverie Drive very clearly in this view which shows Northbrook passing over the bridge across the stream of the same name before going up the hill to the Market Place.

Immediately on the left, the cartwheel on the fence was at a little bungalow called Meadow Side. The much extended home is still there. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the building off shot to the right – the Tudor Cottage where Tommy Burden once lived.

But it is the houses and bungalows of Bouverie Drive which dominate the scene. The houses look very new and, in particular, the gardens indicate very recent building. The only architectural features we see in the gardens are rotary clothes lines.

Now a comparison with a shot taken on a dull but dry day in May 2013.

The same Market Lavington view in 2013

The same Market Lavington view in 2013

Northbrook is still there, following the same course, over the bridge and up the hill to the Market Place. But it is barely recognisable as the same place.

Bouverie Drive has all but vanished behind greenery. The weeping willow by the stream was a bit of community planting. On the right we have the garage and wall surrounding the replacement building erected after the old cottage was demolished. It has to be said that the new build is much more suited to 21st century living.

When the new house was built, the footpath across to Parsonage Lane was re-routed. It now hugs the edge of the stream.

On the left a coniferous forest has grown up. Habits change. The 1970s was the era of open plan surroundings for houses. These days many people prefer privacy and some has clearly been provided by those quick growing conifers.

Change happens and it certainly isn’t all for the bad. Most new housing in Market Lavington is pleasing and new housing brings new blood to a place. That can help to foster community spirit – which is something the Lavingtons excel at.


A view from Northbrook

May 15, 2013

Now here’s a confession. Our curator actually took this photo and, being a black and white image, he processed it himself. But he never captioned it and now he has no idea just when the photo was taken or what was going on.

‘It was almost certainly the late 1970s’ is all we can get from him.

A view down Northbrook, Market Lavington in the 1970s

A view down Northbrook, Market Lavington in the 1970s

The location is clear enough. St Mary’s Church is framed within the crane’s arm and cable. To the right of the church we can see the wide open fields of Grove Farm.

To the left of, and in front of the church we can see the houses and bungalows of Bouverie Drive. Behind Bouuverie Drive there is the pale coloured terrace of Market Place and in the backdrop we have the strip lynchetts near Ramscliff.

Immediately behind the Chivers name on the crane we can see Jubilee Cottage on Northbrook and under the crane we can make out the thatched roof of ‘The Rest’.

There look to be ground works going on in the left foreground. Were footings being prepared for a new bungalow – High Ryde?

Can you help our curator and tell him just what was going on in the photo he took!