Another view of the Upper Room Christian Fellowship premises, this time looking down the road to the south-west. Beyond the Fellowship premises is part of the girls' grammar school.
A couple of imposing entrances on the south-west side of the road. Morrissey's late mother (d. 2020) lived in a property on Bowdon Road.
A residential road running NE-SW from The Downs to Belgrave Road/Enville Road. At present, the photo gallery just contains images from the northern end.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7634 8727
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Date of photography: February 2021
Looking SE down the road from the junction with The Downs.
The Downs is one of the area's oldest routes, running off the Bowdon ridge down towards Altrincham. It was one of the first areas to be developed as Altrincham expanded after the arrival of the railway.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7653 8748
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Date of photography: Jan/Feb 2021
Beechfield is the short cul de sac on the north side of Higher Downs.
For anyone curious about the history of Higher Downs, look no further than a publication entitled "Higher Downs Altrincham - A Short History", by the late Peter Kemp and published in 1985 by the Bowdon History Society. It can be downloaded in PDF format from https://www.altrinchamheritage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Higher-Downs-Altrincham-Peter-Kemp-1985-rev-2013-BHS-v25.pdf
At 54 pages it's not exactly short for just a single street and is full of interesting facts and trivia.
I'm therefore just going to confine this section to photographs taken in late 2020 and early 2021.
OS map ref.: SJ 7630 8734
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An autumnal scene on Higher Downs.
Looking east down the road from close to the junction with Delamer Road. The entrance to Albert Square (see next section) is visible on the right.
The (former) church of St John the Evangelist, a grade II listed building. St John's Parish was dissolved in January 2017, at which point St John's church ceased to be an active Anglican Church. Its organ was moved to a new home in St Jakobus, Sogel, Germany in July of that year.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this was formerly associated with the church. It certainly looks like a church hall, but there again, so do the former premises of St John's Medical Centre (see next photo). It is now a private residence.
The former premises of St John's Medical Centre, now located within the new Altrincham Health and Wellbeing building on Market Street, Altrincham.
A planning application has been submitted to develop the building/site for multiple residential usage.
"Windlehurst", one of the private residences on the north side of the road.
"Alderbank" - the most recent luxurious development on St John's Road. This was the site of an abandoned apartment block formerly used for social housing, so quite a change in usage...
A T-shaped cul de sac on the S. side of St John's Road. Part of the early development of Bowdon and built in honour of Queen Victoria's husband. I hope you enjoy the site and take a moment to drop me a line.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7651 8727
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January 2021: a pair of elegant houses at the western end of the T. The tower in the background belongs to the former Trinity Church on Delamer Road.
...runs from a junction on the east side of St Margaret's Road down to the The Downs/Higher Downs junction. It forms part of the eastern boundary of Bowdon and is one of the oldest roads in the area.
"Hill Crest", without doubt the shabbiest house on the road. I feel sorry for the tenants of this particular landlord, who appears to have no interest in maintaining the property in good order. I wonder what it's like inside?
Date of photography: 15 November 2020
OS grid ref.: SJ 7613 8752
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"The Downs Cottage" - probably the oldest house on the road, and one of the oldest in the area. It Is believed to be pre-C19.
Woodville Road runs from St Margaret's Road down to The Downs, making a sharp right turn at the junction shown here. If you missed the turn, you'd find yourself going down Bentinck Road towards Regent Road in Altrincham.
There's not much to say. It's a short, private road between Higher Downs and Delamer Road. One house has a front door facing onto the street. The other buildings are garages or the backs of other properties.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7634 8733
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Date of photography: January-March 2021
This is the only residence whose front door opens out onto the street.
Apart from some gated developments, all the streets of Bowdon have now been photographed at least once.
If you live on one of the gated developments, please get in touch!
The latest addition to the site features links to pdf files of all the 60 (and counting) "Bowdon Sheaf" publications as published by the Bowdon History Society. If local history is your thing, this is for you!
I've now started the second round of photography, so keep your eyes peeled for a charming geezer in a yellow high-vis vest.
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