The Old Estate
In 1989 as the old Doxey estate was about to be redeveloped, Chris Ball, who had
lived in the area for many years, decided to photograph the houses
before they were demolished. He walked round the estate along Greensome
Lane past the northern end of Ashley Road and down Marsland Road. After
taking pictures of Bradbury Rise and the approach to the school he
continued along Conway Road, past Greensome Close, and back up
Greensome Lane. In 2007 when there was a request for
pictures of pre-1990 Doxey he dug out the photos he had
taken. Here they are shown with a map of the old estate.
The (estimated) position of the camera is indicated by the black
circle. The current road plan is shown in the background.
We are very grateful that Chris had the forethought to take and to keep the photographs.
The photos were taken immediately before demolition started and many of the houses were empty and partially derelict. The pictures do not reflect the state of the roads, houses and gardens as they had been some months earlier. If there are more representative photos available we would like to have copies so that a better image is remembered.
The photos were scanned and prepared for publication on the Internet. This means that some of the quality of Chris's originals has been lost.
The air photo below was taken in
May/June 1989 and shows the start of the development. Most of the new
houses south of Conway road have been built but most of the Greensome
Lane, Greensome Close and Ashley Road houses are still standing.
(Click to see larger photo)