Davigdor Road

Before redevelopment

By Trevor Sharp

 
Photo:Davigdor Road School photographed in 1988

Davigdor Road School photographed in 1988

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

The old electricity building

I went to Davigdor School while it was still there and indeed my brother did too. The ‘big girls’ were still there when I started, but moved out during my years. We then were allowed into the ‘top playground’. I remember the old electricity building had the air raid siren on top. Even though I was born in the early 1970s it was still there until they pulled the building down. Inside the building was a gantry type crane which they removed when the rest of the building came down.

A missed opportunity

I had the chance to recover the ‘Davigdor’ of the Davigdor Road sign which was a large ceramic tile, but I didn't take it from the rubble, which I sort of regret. Also in my life time there was still the entrance to the coal yard between the road up to the bridge and the electricity building. The last part of the old church, where I went to nursery school, is the gate post at the southern end of the block of flats. The last time I was there the site of the old school still had not been redeveloped.

Do you remember?

Do you remember this area before redevelopment? Did you go to school there? What about the old church? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.

This page was added on 18/03/2014.
Comments about this page

I attended the infants school in the late '50s and remember the headmistress being a Miss Arrowsmith. There was an ice works at the south end of the playground and remember ice blocks being transported to local businesses before freezers became commonplace. There was a Shell garage down Holland Road where we could get key-rings etc. The only thing left on the crossroads now is the Palmeira pub - the school, church and electricity building have all gone. This was all in the days when infants could go on their own to St Anne's Well gardens to play before walking home.

By Mick Wright (31/07/2016)

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