Bow Green Road is probably the longest road in Bowdon and, as the B5161, one of the very few classified ones. It is mediaeval, forming part of a route that extended from the hamlet of Streethead Cottages (at the junction with the A56), along the road to the church, and then down The Firs and Bowdon Road to Altrincham6. Most of the housing in this area was first built between 1939 and 20157.
OS grid ref.: SJ7544 8642
what3words ref.: ///wire.cheese.under
Date of photography: December 2020/March 2021
Please get in touch if you have any information about the road and its history, or even the specific property where you live. Any trivia about famous (former) residents is always welcome!
By contrast, on the other side of the road and directly opposite the entrance to Gaddum Road, are two pairs of much older semi-detached properties known as "Bow Villas". These may well be the among the first houses to be built on the road.
The entrance to Bow Villas (see above). Apostrophes have clearly always been a problem!
This is the southernmost pair of the older, semi-detached properties known as "Bow Villas" (see above).
At the northern end, facing north, between The Springs and Langham Road.
The road takes its name from the open field system that used to cover this area. It sits on impervious boulder clay and was formerly much wetter than it is today (the name means "island in the stream").
The road is entirely residential and, as is obvious from the photographs, consists of large prestigious properties. The outlier is the apparent remnant from the 60s, possibly the sole survivor of the type of housing that predominated here when the agricultural land was first developed.
The trend seems to be not so much move into an existing house, but knock it down and build a new one! Judging by its condition, our outlier will probably have disappeared by the end of the decade.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7497 8654
what3words ref.: ///puddings.manages.cooked
Date of photography: January/March 2021
An impressive property on the north-south section between Stanhope Road and Blueberry Road. It looks as if it ought to be out in the country somewhere. In fact, if you look at a satellite view of the area, you may well conclude that the plots are generally rather small in relation to the size of the properties.
The east-west section of Eyebrook Road had a number of cul de sacs with "royal" connotations built along its southern edge during the 1990s. We're now going to examine each one in turn, travelling from west to east, i.e. Royal Gardens, Sandringham Close, Windsor Drive, Courtney Place, King's Acre and Wolsey Drive.
The longest one of all. When I first walked into it, I was taken aback by the amount of flint on display. Flint is not a local stone. In fact it reminds me of my childhood in Hertfordshire, where it's very common. Drop me a line if you can shed any light on why the architect/developer chose it (I have my own theory).
At the junction with Eyebrook Road (see above). Royal Gardens itself swings off to the right.
A rather four-square, uninspiring family home.
An abundance of flint on this particular façade.
This corner plot appears to be well-endowed in terms of garages, but perhaps appearances are deceptive.
Looking towards the end of the cul de sac.
Courtney Place follows the same pattern as all the other cul de sacs - a small development of large, detached family homes. Feel free to drop me a line using the button at bottom right if you wish to comment.
King's Acre is longer than most of the other cul de sacs along here and is unique in that it has some green space, on which is a children's playgrouond.
This is the approach into King's Acre.
The green space and children's playground. A welcome feature, I would imagine, as most of the properties around here are clearly family homes.
Flint once again in evidence, adding weight to the argument that all these cul de sacs were developed by the same company.
One of the more spacious, traditional family homes overlooking the green space.
The bend in the road of King's Acre, here looking back towards Eyebrook Road.
...runs in a more or less westerly direction from Gaddum Road towards the A56, before taking a 90° turn to the north. It is purely residential.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7534 8667
what3words ref.: ///meals.headed.dawn
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The view northwards up the northern "hook" at the western end of Stanhope Road.
One of the more modern dwellings on Stanhope Road.
Where is this street?
Marlow Drive is a short, residential cul de sac at the far western end of Stanhope Road. It runs parallel to the A56.
Looking north from the bottom end of Marlow Drive.
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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