I was about 3 or 4 when the road was hard surfaced – I can remember playing in the excavations made for the drains, and getting hauled out by one of the construction crew when they turned up for work in the morning. In the picture you can see why the road was hard surfaced! It is signed on the back by my mother, with our address, so I assume it was sent to BUDC as proof of why the work was wanted by residents. In the photo you are looking across Kents Hill Road in the direction of Southview Road, so left is ‘downhill’ to Hopes Green and right is up towards the London Road / A13.
Mum once told me that the year I was born, at home, early in 1960, that my father had to walk up Kents Hill Road in the mud, to fetch the anaesthetic gas machine from the clinic on the A13, as his car could not cope with the mud.