SP2754 : Blenheim Walk, Dovehouse Estate
taken 7 years ago, near to Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, Great Britain
Dovehouse Estate, Wellesbourne by David P Howard
During the late 1970s and early 1980s the Dovehouse estate was built on land that used to be part of Dovehouse Farm. The old farmhouse still exists at SP275545, with the housing estate surrounding it.
To the west of this area is situated Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield. This was constructed during WW2 on 200 acres of land which used to be part of Waterloo Farm, belonging to the Littler family. The farmhouse was situated at approximately SP268547, but no sign of it remains today, under the M40 Distribution Park Industrial Estate, which has been built on the eastern edge of the airfield. For more information on the history of the airfield see Link
When the housing estate was being built, the roads on it needed names. I have not discovered the details of the naming process, but I know that originally some roads had initial names with Shakespeare connections, i.e. Pembroke Gardens was Hathaway Gardens. Whatever the process, the final outcome was that the majority of the roads were named after aircraft connections, presumably with reference to the adjoining airfield. I have compiled an alphabetical list of the roads on the estate, with my interpretation of the derivation of the names.
Anson Close: Avro Anson - Military Transport. Link
Beaufort Close: Bristol Beaufort Bomber. Link
Blenheim Walk: Bristol Blenheim Bomber. Link
Bristol Way: Bristol Aeroplane Company. Link
Canberra Close: English Electric Canberra - Bomber / Photo-reconnaissance. Link
Cranwell Drive: RAF Cranwell - Air Base. Link
Crosslands: I dont know the derivation of this name.
Debden Close: RAF Debden Airfield. Link
Dovehouse Drive: Dovehouse Farm at SP275545 the original land for the estate.
Duxford Close: RAF Duxford Airfield. Link
Farrington Close: I dont know the derivation of this name.
Gloster Gardens: Gloster Aircraft Company. Link
Halifax Close: Handley Page Halifax Bomber. Link
Hammerton Way: Hammerton, Sir John Alexander (18711949), author and editor of reference works on WW2. Im not too sure on this one.
Hampdon Way: Handley Page Hampden (road name spelled wrongly?). Link
Harvard Close: North American Harvard - Military Trainer Link
Home Furlong: This road is right by the old Dovehouse farmhouse. Is this an old reference to the furlong nearest home?
Hotchkiss Close: Hotchkiss Anti-Aircraft Gun? Im not too sure about this one. Link There was a Hotchkiss factory in Coventry during WW1, more information in SP3478 : William Morris Building, Gosford Street, Coventry. Another possible connection is that I think the land was originally bought off The Secretary of State for Defence by John Robert Hotchkiss and Geoffrey Richard Hodges, who sold parcels of it on to the various developers (from entries in my house deeds). Maybe this is the Hotchkiss connection?
Lancaster Close: Avro Lancaster Bomber. Link
Lincoln Close: Avro Lincoln Bomber. Link
Lysander Close: Westland Lysander - Military Aircraft. Link
Manston Drive: RAF Manston Airfield. Link
Oxford Way: Airspeed Oxford - Military Trainer. Link
Pembroke Gardens: Hunting Percival Pembroke - Military Transport. Link
Redhill Close: RAF Redhill Airfield. Link
Sunderland Place: Short Sunderland - Flying Boat Bomber. Link
Valletta Way: Vickers Valetta - Military Transport (road name spelled wrongly?). Link
Waterloo Close: The old Waterloo Farm at SP268547 on which land the airfield was built.
Wellington Close: Vickers Wellington Bomber. Link
Whitworth Close: Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Limited. Link
Wyvern Close: Westland Wyvern - Naval Fighter. Link A wyvern is also a fire-breathing dragon used in medieval heraldry; had the head of a dragon and the tail of a snake and a body with wings and two legs. Quite appropriate for a fighter plane.
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- SP2754, 174 images (more nearby )
- David P Howard (find more nearby)
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- Date Taken
- Monday, 20 September, 2010 (more nearby)
- Friday, 26 November, 2010
- Geographical Context
- Primary Subject of Photo
- Residential area (more nearby)
- Subject Location
OSGB36: SP 2704 5417 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:11.1072N 1:36.3550W
- Camera Location
- OSGB36: SP 2702 5417
- View Direction
- EAST (about 90 degrees)
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