THEN AND NOW...

....... always a good way to stir those memory cells!

We're hoping to have a selection of photos here from Moordown past, together, where possible, with the same view today.

To start the ball rolling.........

I found this picture on the net some time ago. I'm ashamed to say I don't remember from where, so I can't acknowledge the copyright (if any?) at this stage.

Taken from outside what is now the Co-op - it was then the bus depot (or tram depot, depending on when you knew it from!). Looking north of course....

Obviously taken during the war -- the uniformed models in the Ovaltine advert -- the white rings around the trolley bus wire posts, (which, I'm informed, were supposed to help you see where you were going in the blackout) --the covers on the bus headlamps.

Date? -- well, before 21st March 1944 anyway.  Although the bus obscures both Cave's Post Office on the corner of Malvern Rd, and the newly built flats of Meadow Court, you can see the cottages that were destroyed by the Halifax bomber crash in March1944 just beyond.

And there, right on the corner of Hillcrest Rd, in the distance, the building that housed engineering workshops (later Aish Electrical).

Even those of us who grew up in the 50's will recognise the phone boxes underneath the hoarding, outside the doorway at the end of the bus depot (weren't they waiting rooms?).

And the trolley bus -- no.26 (26 and 27--where did they differ in their routes?). From the Square, up Richmond Hill, through Winton, Moordown, down Lawford Rd, and back up round the corner (where Pizza Hut now is), and back the same way in reverse.

(Edit:  I am advised that the 26 turned right at Cemetery Junction, and went down Richmond Hill, whereas the 27 went down Lansdowne Rd, into Old Christchurch Rd at the Lansdowne, and then via Gervis Place to the Square.) 

Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

I'm sure there will be things I've missed - and/or got wrong!


 
And here,  the same view today.  Not THAT much of a change, in some ways.....



Following on from above, the view below is taken from behind Meadow Court, opposite the 'Holly Tree' public house (then called 'The Hollies') on 22nd March, 1944  - the day after the Moordown Halifax bomber crash. The cottages shown on the right of the picture are the same ones that appear behind the bus in the earlier photo.  And below that, the same view from behind Meadow Court today.....

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Another Moordown view, looking north along Wimborne Rd, this time from opposite the corner of Queen Mary Ave.....

Date?.... Well if you click on the photo, to see a higher resolution version, you can see that the newpaper banner outside Swan's newsagent has the word 'PEACE' written as a large headline. That seemed, at first glance, to date the photo to November 1918, and yet the foliage seems to be in full leaf!

Closer examination of the poster suggests the wording may read 'PEACE GERMANY DECIDES'  (not sure about the last word?) so that may date the photo to June 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was about to be signed....and when the garden trees would have been in leaf!

I wonder how many of the lads in this photo,  of the Welsh Fusiliers, taken at the same location in April 1915, survived to read the 'PEACE' posters?..

And why Swan's the Newsagent had a shop blind (behind the horseman) that reads 'Hairdresser'?......I wouldn't have though the shop would have been in existence long enough to have already changed hands by 1915? Maybe Mr Swan bought it secondhand!.....

 

Looking further down the road, towards the north, there appears to be no sign of either the 'Grand Parade', or the 'Strand' commercial blocks that were built in the mid 1920's, along the west side of Wimborne Rd.

Do you remember the newsagents on the corner of Queen Mary Avenue?  That remained as a newsagents for many years... into the 1980's  - or even 90's?.....

In the same view today, the fish and chip shop replaces the newsagents!

And you can clearly see the commercial blocks of the Grand Parade, The Strand, and Tennyson Buildings further down the road.....

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And from 'just down the road'.... but at a later date.....

This view from the corner of King George Ave would seem to date from the mid 30's. The tram lines, and cables, have been replaced by trolley bus wires - so that puts us into the 1930s - the commercial 'blocks' of Grand Parade and The Strand, on the west side of Wimborne Rd, will have been some 10 years old by then.

No sign of wartime details -- no black and white rings round the cable support posts, for example.

Evidence of the chemist's shop, on the corner of King George Ave, which remained there, in some form, until the Moordown Medical Centre moved to it's present location on the corner of Redhill Crescent.

And was that a police phone on the corner, in the right of the photo?
I remember the full size 'Dr. Who' type box, at the top of Peter's Hill in Winton, but was this just a telephone, without the ability to get inside (out of the rain?!)

Or was it something else altogether?..... (EDIT: --- I am informed it was a clock, not a Police phone!)

 
 
 
Same view today.   Quite a lot remains essentially unchanged......although you don't seem to see the shop blinds very much anymore?.....
 
 
Turning  to the right, from virtually the same spot....
 

This image of King George Ave is from 1936.    Look, no cars!.....how lovely...

 

 

The same view today...

I think the cars, and the trees near the bowling green at the end of the road are the biggest difference....

Now, here's a rare site....

King George Ave in 2012.. with no cars once again! (at least, no cars before Mayfield Rd!).

Thanks to Dee Kilroy for this photo, which she took whilst the road was closed off for the Diamond Jubilee street party.

 

 

This view of  57 Elmes Rd is from the 1920's.

Quite why it's described as 'Winton' on the builders sign, I'm not sure?

Certainly the phone number would have been 'Winton 338'.......

 

There is a completely different use of that location today!......

 

 

 

This photo, dated 1930, shows the Brown family from 72 Malvern Rd.  The lady's husband was apparently named 'Marmaduke'...wonderful name, but not a name you encounter very often these days!......

 

The same location today looks very different, with number 72 apparently much extended.  The roof ridge looks familiar though...

 

 

 

Not all the old cottages from the early parts of Moordown have survived.  Carol Boman has sent a couple of 'then and now' photos of 32 Rose Gardens. In the first photo, the old cottage, once the home of Bill Steele, is looking a bit sad - especially the 'Danger Demolition' sign on the front wall....

 

 

but these early homes had quite large gardens (no pressure on land in those days!), and so there was plenty of room for the two semi-detached homes, 32 and 32A, that were built to replace the old cottage....

Thanks for those photos Carol...



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c. MLHS 2017