Clacton and Prefabs
|Author: Gordon rogers||Published: 9th November 2011 20:28|
This was taken during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Clacton was very important meeting place for all the locals and was always full. You can see the chalk pit to the right of the picture which now has houses built on.
The boys in the picture were playing in and around a large ditch, sorry but their names have long since been forgotten.
This is the same area today 9th November 2011.
This is a view to the corner of Cheltenham Road and Allaway Ave. It looks slightly different today as there has been a pair of semis added to the gap between the brick built houses.
In those days the only phone box was in Allaway ave at the end of the brick houses going up Allaway Ave.You can just see the little black oblong shape against the gable end of the painted house. Oh and the Link Road of course and all the traffic lights.
The horse belonged to a local trader. I can't remember who, but it would be interesting if anyone can remember.
This is the corner of Cheltenham and Allaway ave today. Note the house that has been added.
This is a view looking towards Wymering Lane.
The two brick built houses behind the trees are still there today in the upper half of Wymering Lane, just above the Link Road at the crossing point to the lower half.
The Upper Manor orchard was to the right of the right hand side brick house, this blocked off any access to cosham down the field
There was a large flat area in front of the trees where we used to play cricket in the summer.
In this picture my father is just preparing the ground for potatoes, this was within the first few years after we moved in.
On the hill to the left hand side of the pic is Fort Purbrook above the prefabs.
The picture is very old but any image is better than no image.
This is the view towards cosham
This pic is of our prefab in witch we lived for 13 very happy years.
The two dots in the front door opening are our cats Bubbles and Squeek.
Above the prefab to the right of the chimney you can just make out the electric pylon which still there today, not far from the general store in Halstead road.
The road is still the same as I remember it, apart from the car park areas and dropped kerbs, (there were not many cars in those days only one that I can remember).
Some info about the prefabs:
These were very modern in their day, we had hot water (via a cylinder), modern style bathroom with basin and toilet.
(We came from a house with the toilet in a shed out side, a galvanised tub for a bath, which was put in the dining room in front of a fire).
The two bedrooms had timber floors which were polished with built in wardrobes, draws and cupboards.
In the kitchen/Diner we had a Fridge and cooker all built in with a sink and draining board (not many people had a Fridge in those days).
The lounge had a coal fire (central heating was not a requirement in those days) and brown polished floors, the lounge had two windows as seen to the right of the front door.