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Offline Dave Smith

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Re: Walderslade Village
« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2020, 10:54:50 AM »
Smiffy. Many thanks. That is almost unbelievable!

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« Reply #46 on: May 24, 2020, 10:24:44 PM »

A picture showing "The Homestead". This is the oldest building in Walderslade, parts of which date back to the mid 17th century.



A modern google earth view from a similar angle, showing a somewhat different prospect.



Offline Dave Smith

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« Reply #45 on: May 21, 2020, 10:44:35 PM »
Sorry, i got it wrong, they moved there in the late 50's & the farm across the road was very much smaller than the one on the post card.  About the same time that my Dad died there in 1967, the farm had been sold & a small estate of houses built. My Mother moved away a couple of years later & the bungalow sold with the knowledge that it was to be pulled down for modern houses to be built on the site, so a pair of semi's fits the bill. Princes Avenue also was completely made up at that time as well.

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« Reply #44 on: May 21, 2020, 01:12:21 PM »
Dave, I think most of these photo's were taken around 1930ish. Some may actually be a bit earlier. I notice that your parents bungalow is no longer there, replaced by a pair of semi's. This is it zoomed in a bit.


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« Reply #43 on: May 21, 2020, 11:12:20 AM »
Smiffy. Many thanks for the photo's. The first card show my parent's bungalow, "Rozzelle", Princes Avenue. Corrugated iron with a veranda all round & a VERY steep garden. They bought it in 1963 when my father retired from the Yard. By then there were many other bungalows/houses along that end of Princes Ave. on the same side- all different in biggish plots & generally built in the 30's. Do you know what date that post card is please? Lyn. I never walked all the way down to Luton but did cycle many times, What a rough old road that was, chalk & flintstones.

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« Reply #42 on: May 21, 2020, 10:54:51 AM »
I used to be able to walk for miles ( and run once upon a time ) now it's a trek just to the local shop. the 'famed' beauty sleep didn't help much at all  :P but at least I've reached over 70 and lots don't.
I am very careful but have done my own shopping for the last  three weeks and found almost everything in my local Co-op . Only when I need to though.

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« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2020, 12:02:31 AM »
Lyn, I think that most members of the forum over a certain age can remember walking miles to get somewhere without giving it a second thought, until we could afford our own transport. After that it become a less attractive option. (I was once young and lovely as well :D )

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« Reply #40 on: May 20, 2020, 08:41:44 PM »
Hi Lyn L. Remember you from the"old"fourum" may not be so  young any more,and beauty is in the eye of the beholder😎

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« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2020, 05:16:04 PM »
In the second photo and I am going back a good few years ( 1965) I walked  down that road from Dargets Wood where we lived with small baby in his pram all the way down to Luton, up Upper Luton Rd to my Mums in Gillingham and then back home again, must have been mad but did it a few times ( was young and lovely then ;)  )


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« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2020, 04:10:06 PM »

A view along Princes Avenue. Once called Victoria Road, Princes Avenue did not originally start until near the junction of King Edward road, now renamed Prince Charles Avenue.

 


Princes Avenue before development took hold. The original route took it along what is now Kingfisher Drive and Hopewell Drive before
entering Capstone Road near Hopewell House.

 


A bungalow in Victoria road.

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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2020, 11:22:50 PM »

Another view of Brakes Hill from a different angle, which I think was taken a bit later than the one posted by KeithG. This one is titled "Nab Hill" which may refer to one of the large houses on top of the hill which had this name.

 

This picture is a bit of an enigma as I'm not entirely sure where it was taken. It says "The Village" and I believe it may be just after the roundabout, going down toward Walderslade village itself. It's hard to relate it to the view now, as there is a modern bypass which veers off to the right, whereas I think this shows the course of the old road which used to bear left into the village. Does anyone know what the sign, or information board on the left is - possibly a bus timetable?

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« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2020, 06:13:20 PM »
KeithG, I wonder how much he paid for all of that land in 1899? Even in relative terms it would probably seem a pittance compared to what it's worth now.

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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2020, 02:28:33 PM »
Smiffy..... Obvious the wording for the card is wrong although it mentions Brake in 1899 when he bought the land before converting it all.
Also the type of print on the card matches your ones so they must be as you say.

I have corrected the post
Nostalgia is a thing of the past

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« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2020, 01:53:54 PM »

An old photograph of one the original bungalows, "Cecilhurst" which is still standing.  As you can see in the google street view image, it is now situated on the corner of Sussex Drive. Compare this to the previously posted photo, Walderslade (2), which shows it from a similar viewpoint.
 



As you can see from this map it once stood in almost complete isolation, the first sign of habitation to be seen after passing the Hook & Hatchet.
 



H W Brake started the development of the Walderslade area around 1900. Prospective buyers were offered free transport to and from the location after being met at Chatham station. Plots of land 20x200 feet (or multiples thereof) were being offered for £25 in Walderslade, and just £10 on the Robin Hood estate. I can only assume that the Robin Hood area was cheaper as it was even more remote. These amounts translate to about £3000 and £1200 in modern currency. Bungalows were available from £95, that's about £12000 now. Of course at the time there was no electricity, gas or running water laid on so the living conditions would seem very harsh by modern standards.

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« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2020, 01:50:30 PM »
As far as I know most of these pictures of Walderslade were taken in the 1920's or 1930's. The large houses visible on top of the hill don't appear on OS maps until 1908-09.