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My 2020 Coronavirus Lockdown walking project

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SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Mabey Avenue by Chris Downer
252. MABEY AVENUE

There are quite a few dead ends off Kingswell Road, but Mabey Avenue is the only one which was built at the same time: all the others are developments from perhaps the 1970s up to the present day.


SZ0895 : Moordown: Maclaren Road by Chris Downer
253. MACLAREN ROAD

One of the criss-cross roads on this western side of the main Wimborne Road in Moordown. Wimborne Road, The Avenue and The Grove are the long north-south roads and Maclaren is one of the shorter east-west roads linking them - one of several that include both segments. Desirable detached houses are the order of the day.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Maclean Road by Chris Downer
254. MACLEAN ROAD

Typical 1950s semi-detached council houses are the fare around here, as we are near the centre of the large West Howe council estate, which was built in the early 50s.


SZ0995 : Moordown: Malvern Close by Chris Downer
255. MALVERN CLOSE

A short side-road off the more major Malvern Road. More than half the length of Malvern Close seems to be passing the side of the corner premises, with the few houses only encircling the very end.


SZ0995 : Moordown: Malvern Road by Chris Downer
256. MALVERN ROAD

Malvern Road runs west-east from the main Wimborne Road through Moordown to the main Charminster Road through Charminster, which go north-south roughly parallel with each other about a mile apart. Malvern Road takes a very indirect route between the two, with several abrupt corners such as this one here, where Nursery Road emerges. The housing is mixed but mainly early 20th century, such as the house whose end we see in the background.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Mandale Close by Chris Downer
257. MANDALE CLSOE

In the heart of the 1950s West Howe council estate, the houses in this short cul-de-sac actually form an unbroken line into the similar Springwater Close, the two closes meeting end-to-end with a wide footpath providing a single thoroughfare.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Mandale Road by Chris Downer
258. MANDALE ROAD

Mandale Road is one of the main roads within the West Howe council estate, and it has an unusual 90º bend here, running ahead and to our right, while to the left the road with vehicle priority continues as Draper Road.


SZ0696 : Kinson: Manor Farm Road by Chris Downer
259. MANOR FARM ROAD

The northernmost part of the Borough of Bournemouth, Manor Farm is at the far end of this sensibly named road. It also leads to the Pelhams leisure centre.


SZ0795 : East Howe: Marchwood Road by Chris Downer
260. MARCHWOOD ROAD

A short crescent beginning and ending on Minstead Road, comprising decent bungalows and houses.


SZ0796 : Kinson: Markham Avenue by Chris Downer
261. MARKHAM AVENUE

One of three dead ends that head north from Kinson Park Road, at the very northern extreme of Bournemouth suburbs. The other two, Castleton and North Avenues, end abruptly with a hedge, as if they might have been planned to continue one day but Markham Avenue ends more deliberately with a turning circle and its bungalows surrounding it.


SZ0797 : Kinson: Markham Close by Chris Downer
262. MARKHAM CLOSE

In a town that has seen much infill development in the last 20 years, Markham Close is a fairly historic offshoot, dating from maybe the mid 1970s. It comes off Markham Avenue, itself a no through road.


SZ0895 : Moordown: Marks Road by Chris Downer
263. MARKS ROAD

One of numerous east-west roads which run from Wimborne Road across The Avenue to The Grove except that Marks Road is the only one which is a dead end. It runs east from The Avenue, almost but not quite reaching Wimborne Road. It is, however, typical of the area in having decent detached houses form the early 20th century.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Mayfair Gardens by Chris Downer
264. MAYFAIR GARDENS

A short cul-de-sac which splays left and right at the top of the hill in the background, dating from the 1970s. Its left-hand pavement also forms the start of a public footpath through to Youngs Road behind. (See Link for a picture from the middle of the carriageway, and more discussion and photos of the public right of way.)


SZ0994 : Moordown: Mayfield Road by Chris Downer
265. MAYFIELD ROAD

Mayfield Road comes towards the camera from Coronation Road and crosses the three 'royal' avenues Queen Mary, King George and King Edward before turning a slight bend to end on Malvern Road. That last segment, distant behind us, was called Clarkson Road until about the mid-1930s.


SZ0994 : Moordown: McWilliam Road by Chris Downer
266. McWILLIAM ROAD

A short road, more of a lane with no pavements either side and ending at an old thatched cottage, one of few very old buildings to survive among the more modern suburbia (see Link ).


SZ0995 : Moordown: Meadow Court Close by Chris Downer
267. MEADOW COURT CLOSE

A short cul-de-sac running downhill from the main Wimborne Road, dating perhaps from the late 1960s. On the corner is the Halifax Memorial, of which more here: Link .


SZ0795 : East Howe: Merryfield Lane by Chris Downer
268. MERRYFIELD LANE

A short dead-end road, but a through route for pedestrians cutting off the corner of Kinson Road and East Howe Lane. From the map or on the ground, it is easy to appreciate that this was an original track which would have cut off the same corner when these were all lanes. It retains the 'laney' feel.


SZ0796 : Kinson: Middle Road by Chris Downer
269. MIDDLE ROAD

Middle Road is part of an estate of bungalows, the roads forming the shape of a three-pronged fork without the handle. As its name suggests, Middle Road is the middle 'prong'.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Middleton Road by Chris Downer
270. MIDDLETON ROAD

A one-segment road running between the main Redhill Avenue (far end) and Comley Road, comprising desirable detached houses that are typical of hereabouts. The two bungalows visible to the right are probably infill developments in what used to be the longer back garden of the Comley Road corner house.


SZ0596 : Bear Cross: Milford Drive by Chris Downer
271. MILFORD DRIVE

Part of the 1950s bungalow development around Bear Cross, we look along Milford Drive past the sign that greets traffic emerging from Exbury Drive, towards its eastern end at Anstey Road. The latter is the boundary of the West Howe council estate, as can be glimpsed by the council semis in the background.


SZ0696 : Kinson: Millhams Close by Chris Downer
272. MILLHAMS CLOSE

A cul-de-sac of bungalows off what was once a reasonably major side road, Millhams Road.


SZ0696 : Kinson: Millhams Drive by Chris Downer
273. MILLHAMS DRIVE

A cul-de-sac off Millhams Road, younger than and diagonally opposite Millhams Close.


SZ0796 : Kinson: Millhams Road by Chris Downer
274. MILLHAMS ROAD

Looking across the village green at the heart of Kinson, long since a 'village' and very much a suburb of Bournemouth. Millhams Road was a through road coming out by Longham Bridge until roughly the late 1980s, when it was closed to traffic between the parish church and the council tip. That middle stretch is still usable by pedestrians and cyclists and forms part of the Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve.

The public toilet block is visible at the far end of the green.


SZ0795 : East Howe: Minstead Road by Chris Downer
275. MINSTEAD ROAD

Minstead is a New Forest village, as is Marchwood, whose namesake road comes off Minstead Road but these are the only two roads so named in the area.


SZ0795 : West Howe: Montgomery Avenue by Chris Downer
276. MONTGOMERY AVENUE

One of the main thoroughfares within the large 1950s West Howe council estate, linking its heart, Cunningham Crescent, with its eastern edge, here on the main Kinson Road. There are a few blocks of council flats here at this end and at the other while in between is half a mile or so of standard, very recognisable semi-detached council houses.


SZ0694 : Ensbury Park: Montrose Drive by Chris Downer
277. MONTROSE DRIVE

A cul-de-sac of bungalows off Priestley Road.


SZ0995 : Moordown: Moordown Close by Chris Downer
278. MOORDOWN CLOSE

A small cul-de-sac of reasonably modern (1970s?) houses swinging around the corner behind the backs of houses on the main Wimborne Road.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Moore Avenue by Chris Downer
279. MOORE AVENUE

Seen here ascending from Poole Lane, Moore Avenue is one of the chief roads into the large, 1950s West Howe council estate, as attested by the bus stop (there is a more substantial one opposite, out of picture, with bus shelter).

After the block of flats, more standard semi-detached council houses take over before more flats are found nearer the centre of the estate.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Moorfield Grove by Chris Downer
280. MOORFIELD GROVE

One of the typical residential streets in Winton and Moordown, with its early 20th-century houses, Moorfield Grove is nevertheless slightly unusual in coming to an abrupt stop, at the back of what was originally the grounds of Winton Boys' School, a community centre and sheltered housing since the school moved to more modern premises in the late 1990s.

It is also unusual in having no road nameplate: it did until fairly recently but must have been the victim of vandalism or traffic collision.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Moorside Close by Chris Downer
281. MOORSIDE CLOSE

A small cul-de-sac off Moorside Road, hence the name, Moorside Close actually takes the course of one of the original tracks when this was all fields, before the large 1950s West Howe council estate was built: Behind us to the right is Ericksen Road, while at the top of the hill ahead is a path onto the eastern leg of Tedder Road, which continues diagonally into Mount Road and that whole route is recognisable, when looking at older maps, as an original track or lane.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Moorside Gardens by Chris Downer
282. MOORSIDE GARDENS

Modern infill development of a few houses, off Moorside Road. Because the houses are tucked around the back of the two adjoining gardens, we can't see any of them from here at the end of the road.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Moorside Road by Chris Downer
283. MOORSIDE ROAD

Looking at some of the semi-detached houses on this road which marks the southeastern edge of the large 1950s West Howe council estate.


SZ0894 : Moordown: Morden Road by Chris Downer
284. MORDEN ROAD

A short, one-segment road between Victoria Park and Vicarage Roads, we look along it from the latter end, alongside the grounds of Moordown St. John's Church of England Primary School. The fine, detached pre-war houses are the standard hereabouts.


SZ0995 : Muscliff: Moreton Road by Chris Downer
285. MORETON ROAD

This sign stands, unusually, not at a road junction but at the dead end of the two roads mentioned. A path runs through from here, also to Muscliffe Lane, but there is no vehicular access between the two roads here. It is only this immediate dead end of Moreton Road which falls into my 2km radius from home.

Moreton Road is on a large early-1980s estate, all of whose roads are named after Dorset villages.

The sign is the same one seen here: Link .


SZ0695 : West Howe: Mount Road by Chris Downer
286. MOUNT ROAD

When the large 1950s West Howe council estate was built, Mount Road utilised an original farm track or lane: overlaying older with present-day maps, the course is very obvious.


SZ0995 : Muscliff: Muscliffe Lane by Chris Downer
287. MUSCLIFFE LANE

Notwithstanding the labelling of the Ordnance Survey's maps, the suburb of Muscliff rightly does not have an 'e' on the end, although it did develop over the second half of the 20th century and it stuck in the name of Muscliffe Lane, which we see here from its start on the busy <a href="Link target="_blank">A3060</a> Castle Lane West.

The bench faces a service road for a parade of shops on Castle Lane West.


SZ0894 : Winton: Namu Road by Chris Downer
288. NAMU ROAD

This curiously named road is generally pronounced "Name-you", but I have heard "Nar-mew" as well. I am not sure of the derivation but I presume it may be someone's surname? Anyway, it comprises fine inter-War detached houses which are typical of this immediate area. Unlike some of the older houses, there is at least room for off-road parking for most of them.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Newbury Drive by Chris Downer
289. NEWBURY DRIVE

A very short road within the mid-70s Slades Farm council estate, comprising terraces of narrow houses on each side, stretching much further than the roadway and with a grass square making up the difference (beyond the green campervan).

When the estate first appeared on local street maps, only its 'parent' road, Hibberd Way, was named, and I wonder whether the intention initially was that these houses be numbered in that road, rather than as a separate road.


SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Newmill Close by Chris Downer
290. NEWMILL CLOSE

Very recent infill development, as has occurred apace in various spots in Ensbury Park. The houses are built behind the back gardens of Hendford Road properties, around to the right.


SZ0995 : Muscliff: Newmorton Road by Chris Downer
291. NEWMORTON ROAD

Part of a small development of bungalows on this western side of Muscliffe Lane.

The slightly leaning sign is the standard Bournemouth nameplate from the 1980s, affixed with tubular steel which protrudes at each side.


SZ0897 : Northbourne: New Road by Chris Downer
292. NEW ROAD

One of the most important routes into Bournemouth, New Road is the A347 from Ferndown. It is not 'new' but it was when it was built (which I suppose is true of all roads!).

We see it here as it crosses Ensbury Bridge, over the River Stour, and therefore over the historic boundary into the Borough of Bournemouth, as it was until April 2019 when Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch local authorities merged.

The addition here of the word Bournemouth and the borough coat of arms on the sign is of course because this is* the entry point to the borough. The centre point of the river is the boundary, so the positioning of the sign is very exact!
  • It is no longer Bournemouth Borough; since April 2019 three local councils merged to form Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council (BCP). But it still the entry into the BCP area from Dorset Local Authority.



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