»  62 Friars Avenue — Satellite View

Friars Ave

 

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Here is a satellite view from Google Earth, showing the middle section of Friars Avenue as it was in, I suppose, 2005 or 2006. I have marked No. 62 with a small white "×".

These are semi-detached houses. The western half of our structure was No. 64, occupied through my childhood by Tom Starmer and his family.

Note that each structure has one main chimney, serving both families, and an extra chimney each at the back for those Beeston boilers in the kitchens.

Note also that there are two different styles of houses here. On the south side of the avenue are longer, narrower houses, with two-plane roofs. Our side, built slightly earlier, had the squarer houses with four-plane roofs. I don't know the reason for this. Possibly the house-building program was coming up against budget constraints by the time the south side of the avenue was built.

Going east from our house were Bob Longdon and family at No. 60, sharing a structure with Fred Allen and family at No. 58; then Bill Stent at No. 56 and Ernie Sansome at No. 54. East of the Sansomes house was "the jitty"—in my childhood, an asphalt path with grass at each side, leading down to the eastern end of Friars Close. A similar jitty then led to Gloucester Avenue. Later the jitty was spruced up: paved across its whole width, and some garages built, I suppose for rent by nearby families. When the estate was designed, right after WW2, nobody thought that every family would eventually have an automobile or two.

Going west from our house, the avenue turns north, then slopes down to meet Gloucester Avenue. On the south side of Gloucester Avenue just west of the meeting-point was the No. 7 bus stop, for the bus to take us to Far Cotton and the town center.