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My 2020 Coronavirus Lockdown walking project

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SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Dawn Close by Chris Downer
100. DAWN CLOSE

Dawn Close, like many of the roads around here, consists of desirable bungalows and its corner has a widened triangular piece of tarmac which limits our view along the road at the same time as seeing the sign.

The use of a full-size no-through-road sign on a short post alongside the nameplate is quite a common arrangement in Bournemouth.


SZ0694 : East Howe: Daws Avenue by Chris Downer
101. DAWS AVENUE

Looking up Daws Avenue from its northern end, on Turbary Park Avenue. It goes up the eastern edge of Turbary Common and consists mainly of bungalows on each side, although there are a few houses down this end, as we see here.


SZ0694 : East Howe: Daws Place by Chris Downer
102. DAWS PLACE

A modern, gated, infill development of bungalows off Daws Avenue.

I'm not sure whether the absence of the council logo, which is usually on this design of sign, denotes that the road is private and not adopted.


SZ0696 : West Howe: Deacon Gardens by Chris Downer
103. DEACON GARDENS

A small cul-de-sac in the 1950s West Howe council estate, but relatively unusual development from the 80s. The vast majority of the housing in the estate is either original 50s or much more recent infill.


SZ0696 : West Howe: Deacon Road by Chris Downer
104. DEACON ROAD

Looking southwest from Creasey Road as the evening sunlight shines on these typical 1950s council houses. The first building is a semi-detached pair while there is a terrace of four in the background.


SZ0895 : Northbourne: Deanscroft Road by Chris Downer
105. DEANSCROFT ROAD

Peering around the corner from Saxonhurst Road into this short, one-segment road with desirable detached houses typical of this part of Northbourne. Like many roads, this junction has a broadened triangular shape at each corner.


SZ0895 : Redhill: Delamere Gardens by Chris Downer
106. DELAMERE GARDENS

A short dead-end road off Redhill Drive, facing onto Redhill Park which is behind us, across the road. Beyond the back gardens of the houses each side, we can glimpse the desirable detached housing of Delamere Gardens, typical of the area.


SZ0894 : Redhill: Delhi Road by Chris Downer
107. DELHI ROAD

Looking along this side-road from Redhill Avenue, opposite Redhill Park. It is the northerly of the three 'prongs' forming a fork-shaped layout with Middleton Road the middle one and Elmes Road the southern one, which latter extends eastward to form the fork's handle. Comley Road runs at 90º and links the three roads.

No other roads in the area have an obvious Indian connection in their names, so I don't know how the name Delhi came about.

The houses are typical of the area - fine detached houses built in the earlier decades of the 20th century. The fact that we can only glimpse them tells its own story: the houses were built before off-road parking was a consideration.


SZ0994 : Moordown: Derwent Close by Chris Downer
108. DERWENT CLOSE

A 1970s cul-de-sac of semi-detached houses off Rose Gardens, which is itself a cul-de-sac.


SZ0896 : Northbourne: Dolphin Avenue by Chris Downer
109. DOLPHIN AVENUE

Northbourne is mostly decent, desirable detached houses and bungalows, and it is the latter that we see in the roads around Dolphin Avenue. The unusual name bears no obvious resemblance to the other names around here: Wakefield, Glamis, Pengelly, Brierley, Palfrey and Alderley are the nearest neighbours.


SZ0795 : Northbourne: Doveshill Crescent by Chris Downer
110. DOVESHILL CRESCENT

Doveshill Crescent describes a definite crescent shape, although this end comes out on Western Avenue and the far end onto Hill View Road. It possesses detached houses on the inside of the bend and bungalows, as seen in the background, on the outside.


SZ0795 : Northbourne: Doveshill Gardens by Chris Downer
111. DOVESHILL GARDENS

The position of the sign, towards the middle rather than the point of the triangular pavement entrance, leaves us with just a glimpse of the bungalows that are to be found down there.


SZ0795 : East Howe: Dowlands Close by Chris Downer
112. DOWLANDS CLOSE

A small, unsurprisingly named close off Dowlands Road, dating probably from the late 70s or early 80s, with a few bungalows on only one side and this wide grass verge on the other.


SZ0795 : East Howe: Dowlands Road by Chris Downer
113. DOWLANDS ROAD

Dowlands Road is shaped like a squarish crescent, with two turnings off Howeth Road, but with an extra little spur off one corner, meeting Green Lane. This sign faces up the little spur and is set in front of two of the bungalows on the inside of the crescent.


SZ0695 : West Howe: Draper Road by Chris Downer
114. DRAPER ROAD

Looking along Draper Road from its northern end, on Moore Avenue. It is in the heart of the large West Howe 1950s council estate - one half of a typical council semi is in the background along with a more modern bungalow.


SZ0795 : Ensbury Park: Draycott Road by Chris Downer
115. DRAYCOTT ROAD

Draycott Road can be a busy cut-through as it provides what can only really be described as a 'long cut' rather than a short cut, but it allows the most congested approach onto the Ensbury Park Gyratory to be avoided.

As the housing is mainly detached houses without driveways, and only some of them have converted their front yards to off-road parking, progress along here in morning rush hour can be frustratingly awkward - especially on Thursdays when the bins are emptied!


SZ0596 : Bear Cross: Duck Lane by Chris Downer
116. DUCK LANE

A road around the periphery of the West Howe housing estate that manages to retain a rural feel. It contains a couple of blocks of council flats at the other end, opposite the entrance to Oak Academy, the local secondary school.


SZ0796 : Northbourne: Dudley Gardens by Chris Downer
117. DUDLEY GARDENS

Dudley Gardens was built off Dudley Road in perhaps the late 1970s or early 80s, and contains some small retirement-type semi-detached bungalows which can barely be seen from here, because they face the path beyond the carriageway. A public right of way remains, presumably from before the development was built and the path would have gone through perhaps a small wooded patch.

We can see the bungalows themselves here: Link - along with links to further photos along the public footpath.


SZ0796 : Northbourne: Dudley Road by Chris Downer
118. DUDLEY ROAD

Looking down Dudley Road from Leybourne Avenue. This junction has a quarter-circle of grass on each corner, edged by the low walls of the semi-detached bungalows on the corners. Each semi has the first number in Dudley attached to a mid-100s number in Leybourne Avenue.


SZ0897 : West Parley: Dudsbury Gardens by Chris Downer
119. DUDSBURY GARDENS

A small cul-de-sac of bungalows off New Road, at the southern end of its long, parallel service road which heads down from Parley Cross shops.

The sign is a nice survival: it is an old Wimborne & Cranborne Rural District Council one from the 1960s or very early 70s, retained and remounted on modern posts.


SZ0696 : Kinson: Durdells Avenue by Chris Downer
120. DURDELLS AVENUE

Durdells Avenue runs across the northwest corner of the West Howe council estate and may well have been the route of an original track between Poole Lane and Wimborne Road, before the area was built up. It contains mainly council bungalows at this southeast end, and private bungalows in the northwest half.


SZ0696 : Kinson: Durdells Gardens by Chris Downer
121. DURDELLS GARDENS

Durdells Gardens is the next junction along from Durdells Avenue rather than a turning off it, as might be expected. It is a modern-ish (perhaps later 1970s) cul-de-sac of terraced houses, the likes of which we can glimpse in the backgroud.


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