Belgrave Road runs west-east downhill from Enville Road to Portland Road. It looks as if it was first developed in the late C19/early C20. The houses are generally large and comfortable; some are now apartment blocks.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7636 8709
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Date of photography: April 2021
...is a private road, one arm of a crossroads with The Firs, St Margaret's Road and Cavendish Road. It provides access to an annex of the Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and contains a few large homes.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7608 8718
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Date of photography: January 2021
Vehicular access to the Fairlie and Breeze Hill annex of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. The building on the left was originally a family home.
Runs W-E down the ridge from the bottom of St Margaret's Road to Ashley Road. The west end is dominated by the buildings of the girls' grammar school, while the rest is apartment block conversions and detached properties.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7629 8725
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Date of photography: Jan/Feb 2021
A leafy avenue of mature trees that runs south from Cavendish Road (see above) to Stamford Road. At the junction with Belgrave Road lies Mallory Court, the site of the former Bowdon Wesleyan Church and its massive dome (consecrated 1880, demolished 1968).
OS grid ref.: SJ 7622 8706
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A general view of the road from close to the junction with Cavendish Road.
Mallory Court is a late C20 development on the site of the former St Paul's Wesleyan Church, a photo of which can be found on the Francis Frith website here. A beautiful model of the church is shown below.
The church was designed by William Hayward Brakspear, who was also responsible for the Church of St Mary's, Bowdon. Its foundation stone was laid in 1874 but the church was not consecrated unti
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A shot of the two blocks of linked town houses that now occupy the site of the former church.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7626 8707
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Date of photography: April 2021
Mallory Court as seen from Belgrave Road.
Looking west along the fronts of the houses. I wonder if the plans would be approved today, as they are obviously not designed with the disabled in mind.
Portland Road is another residential street of substantial early C20(?) homes, some of which have been converted into apartments. It runs N-S from Cavendish Road before merging into Winton Road.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7650 8709
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Date of photography: March 2021
A private road between Stamford Road and Enville Road that passes over the site of the Bowling Green Field shown on the 1838 tithe map. Whether there is any connection between that and the location of the present Tennis & Bowling Club is a matter of conjecture. The area was developed between 1911 and 19387.
...is right on the eastern edge of Bowdon (for the purposes of this project), running north-south from Hale Road to Ashley Road. If you know anything about its history, please drop me a line using the button at bottom right.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7677 8711
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The road contains a real mixture of housing of different periods, dating from this rather elegant Victorian/Edwardian/Georgian row (can anyone out there date them precisely for me?) to some inter-war and 60s stock.
Date of photography: 24 November 2020.
Winton Road is basically the continuation of Portland Road. A purely residential street, most of the properties are large, detached homes. At its western end is a pedestrian entrance to the Bowdon Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club. There is also a small development of modern town houses on the south side called Winton Court.
Well, there may still be one or two bits of tidying up to do, but apart from some gated developments all the streets of Bowdon have now been photographed at least once.
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It's now August (2021) and I'll be out and about photographing all the streets of Bowdon again when summer starts to fade and the autumn colours begin to emerge, so keep your eyes peeled.
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