rob237

Which road? Crown Island

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rob237    71

1930's picture of a road under construction.

Major clue visible on the horizon...

Cheers

Robt P.

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rob237    71

The hump on the horizon is a bridge that has been built over a railway line....

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Robt P.

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bamber    82

Judging by the "sweep" of the road my initial informed guess is that this is the junction of Wilkinson Street and the ring road - before the houses were built.

Cheers,

Bamber

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rob237    71
Judging by the "sweep" of the road my initial informed guess is that this is the junction of Wilkinson Street and the ring road - before the houses were built.

Cheers,

Bamber

I can see what you mean, with the bridge over the Midland by Gerrard's soap factory etc....but 'fraid not!

Although, it's not a million miles away...

Cheers

Robt P.

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angi    2

Looking up Western Boulevard from what is now the crown island?

If it is,doesn't it look strange without the houses? Wonder when they were built? :Shock:

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bamber    82

Talking about the bridge over the line on Wilkinson Street. Does anyone know why they built it so unfeasibly wide? They couldn't have known that it would leave space for a tram line 70 years on.

To my eye it looks like a road project that was abandoned for some reason. Maybe the War.

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Bamber

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rob237    71
Looking up Western Boulevard from what is now the crown island?

  If it is,doesn't it look strange without the houses? Wonder when they were built? :Shock:

Exactly right Angi! !congrats!

I'd guess the massive housing schemes were just about to begin, and would continue until the outbreak of WWII, some 7 years later.

The opening of Western Boulevard could have been seen as the main supply artery for the building work.

I have an old (1921) OS map which shows some interesting features.

A road ran, further inbound to the city, on the same line as Western Boulevard.

It passed beneath the Radford-Trowell Jct railway line - Western Boulevard goes over - and took today's route by the Aspley Lane crossing.

So it could be that Western Boulevard, from Wollaton Road to Aspley Lane, was the last link in Ring Road chain?

Also, and quite amazingly, there were no dwellings at all to the west of the Ring Road line - except for Aspley Hall which was at the junction of Aspley Lane and the undeveloped Melbourne Road (Ann, please note...) and Broxtowe Hall, which was at the Broxtowe Lane junction with Bells Lane - then no more than a bridle path.

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Robt P.

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rob237    71
Talking about the bridge over the line on Wilkinson Street. Does anyone know why they built it so unfeasibly wide? They couldn't have known that it would leave space for a tram line 70 years on.

To my eye it looks like a road project that was abandoned for some reason. Maybe the War.

Cheers,

Bamber

Since the days that I cycled to school up Wilkinson Street in the mid 50's, I've always had the same query over the exceptional road width!

According to my ancient map it was in place, and marked with heavy black lines - indicating some width - by 1921.....but devoid of any housing, except for a few properties which stood well back into the Bobbers Mill area.

Could be that it was deemed to be a major feeder road from the City into the developing Ring Road, hence the width?

I'll put the matter on to my Local Studies, Angel Row list - might have an answer by August time..... :crazy:

Cheers

Robt P.

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Tutanic    8

Talking of Aspley Hall and the Lane, the entrance was lined by the seven sisters which I believe only one remains. I have only ever seen the hall once and then we came upon it quite by accident. I don't think many people who moved to Aspley and the surrounding areas ever knew it existed. I think they would be too relieved to be moved from the slums that abounded at the time. I know my parents and grand-parents were.

It was a formidable building with a glass dome if I remember correctly.

A ;)

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rob237    71
It was a formidable building with a glass dome if I remember correctly.

A ;)

Did it become a Co-op food hall? flyswat

Cheers

Robt P.

Aspley Hall, 1925.

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radfordred    2,333

Anyone noticed that half of Raleigh wall & railings & the wall above the subway went missing @ crown island?

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taxi ray    148

Red,

they have been working in that area for a couple of months, possibly with the intention of putting another lane in around crown island.

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LizzieM    4,822

I just spotted that today, it does look, as Taxi Ray suggests, that they're widening the road for another lane.

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Graham    62

It looks like the wall is being built on the site of the old canal

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Graham    62

Yeah that's a brilliant photograph !Thanks Cliff.

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Graham    62

Where would Radford Woodhouse be on this photo?

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LizzieM    4,822

It really is a brilliant photo. Just look at all those people and vehicles where Raleigh was. At that time my Dad lived to the left on Toston Drive on the 'Crane Estate' (I think it was called)

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Cliff Ton    5,492

Where would Radford Woodhouse be on this photo?

You can see Radford Bridge Road to the left of the Crown, so RW will be mainly just off the right of the photo.

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Graham    62

Looking at the photo , and thanks for pointing out where RW was, is this a barge on the canal just behind the road?

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Cliff Ton    5,492

It really is a brilliant photo. Just look at all those people and vehicles where Raleigh was.

Several of those vehicles look like horse-drawn caravans, and some of the others look a bit 'constructional', so I wonder if it was a parking area for fairground people.

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TBI    1,793

Great picture. Quite a few of the vehicles look derelict though, some sort of scrapyard perhaps?

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radfordred    2,333

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NewBasfordlad    2,302

Love Crown island 1972 coming back from Buxton to Middleton street in an old banger just swung left of the boulevard and the bloody rear wheel fell off. Got a rocket off SWMBO has we had just left the M1.

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