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EAW034138 ENGLAND (1950). The town, Stevenage, from the north-west, 1950

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Title [EAW034138] The town, Stevenage, from the north-west, 1950
Reference EAW034138
Date 26-October-1950
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Place name STEVENAGE
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 523373, 225520
Longitude / Latitude -0.20607324705989, 51.914091113319
National Grid Reference TL234255

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Letchmore Road was the site of one of the earlier schools in Stevenage and which was founded in 1910. The writer attended this school when it was a boys' junior school in 1950, prior to the transfer to Fairlands Primary School in January 1951. The Letchmore Road School became an Infants' section following this re-organisation and it continues to thrive to this day. The accompanying image was taken during a nostalgic visit in April 2015.

John Swain
Sunday 10th of January 2016 04:30:11 PM
Lawrence Avenue saw the development of early council housing after the acts of 1925 and 1929, which resulted in the eastward expansion of the town during the late 1920s and 1930s. The writer can recall these homes in the immediate post-war era and a return visit in April 2015 indicates how much the housing stock has improved following the "Right to Buy" schemes in later decades. Also apparent are the numerous motor vehicles parked alongside these properties, contrasting with the austere scene associated with the 1940s!

John Swain
Sunday 10th of January 2016 04:22:42 PM
Haycroft Road, which was extended in an easterly direction from the 1880s junction with Letchmore Road. Following a couple of housing acts in the 1920s, council houses were built further along Haycroft Road and on Longcroft Road and Lawrence Avenue.

John Swain
Sunday 10th of January 2016 04:14:35 PM
Four police houses were constructed on the south side of Haycroft Road in late 1946, almost opposite the junction with Longcroft Road, which formed a further extension of housing along the former Haycroft Lane, beyond the interwar council properties. These houses have since passed into private ownership and the writer was invited to visit No.126, his former home for six years until February 1953, by the current occupants, in early April 2015. Needless to say, although the exterior of the house was familiar, there had been extensive renovations to the inside of the property during the intervening six decades!

John Swain
Sunday 10th of January 2016 04:40:25 PM
Fairlands Primary School, nearing completion in readiness for the official opening in January 1951 and still flourishing when this writer returned to Stevenage for a short visit in April 2015.

John Swain
Sunday 10th of January 2016 04:05:22 PM
War Memorial. For more information on this memorial, see www.roll-of-honour.com/Hertfordshire/Stevenage.html.

melgibbs
Thursday 19th of March 2015 08:50:37 PM
Barclay Secondary Modern School.

John Swain
Thursday 19th of February 2015 09:08:58 AM
Chequers Field, home to Stevenage Town Cricket Club since 1901, courtesy of Lord Lytton, and also a popular venue for Hertfordshire Minor County matches. Between the wars, Stevenage hosted more minor county games than any other ground except Watford's West Herts pitch at Cassio Road.

John Swain
Thursday 19th of February 2015 09:07:19 AM
Ditchmore Common, now renamed the King George V Playing Field, a popular open space for Stevenage inhabitants since the 1930s.

John Swain
Thursday 19th of February 2015 09:03:12 AM
Whomerley Wood and Monks Wood, which now form part of the Fairlands Valley Park, between Bedwell and Shephall. In the late 1940s, this contributor used to walk, with family and friends, along the footpaths for picnics in Monks Wood, via Fairlands and Bedwell Plash, before the New Town was built.

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:28:05 PM
Police houses constructed (1946)at the east end of Haycroft Road. The road was later extended towards Grace Way as the New Town grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:17:10 PM
Farmland shortly to be developed as neighbourhoods in Stevenage New Town: Pin Green and Fairlands, with Chells beyond to the south-east.

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:13:37 PM
Greydells Road

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:08:35 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:07:16 PM
Longcroft Road

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:06:49 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:05:26 PM
Primrose Hill Road

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:04:57 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:03:12 PM
The late, lamented Astonia building.

Hugh Madgin
Wednesday 12th of November 2014 10:08:30 PM
Fives court at Alleynes Grammar School

Chells809
Saturday 10th of May 2014 11:20:44 PM
Articulated lorry on Great North Road

Chells809
Saturday 10th of May 2014 11:18:58 PM