Towards the top end of Holloway Road, on each side of the Whittington Park, there are two stubs of streets that seem to serve little purpose other than being a convenient place to park cars. But both of them have streetnames so they must once have had a life of their own before they became the sad remnants that they are today.
The first one you come to, going north up Holloway Rd, is Rupert Road, sandwiched between a tile shop and a pub and ending after a few yards at the metal park gates.
It’s listed in my current A to Z as being “not continuous” and the map shows it as being ‘interrupted’ by the park. On Google maps Rupert Road is named on the other side of the park where the path comes out to Yerbury Road and not shown as related to the Holloway Road stub at all.
Continuing north past the park you come to Hampden Road, similarly truncated by the park and bounded by the park on the left and the Frame Emporium on the right.
Its streetname sign doesn’t even boast the postcode and you can see the faded remnants of the older painted name below it.
Like Rupert Road, Hampden Road is shown in my current A to Z but not named on Google Maps (although curiously the location is pinpointed when you type the streetname into the search box).
All this got me wondering about what these streets were like before the park (and why and when the park itself was developed). The scan from my facsimile 1938/9 edition of the A to Z shows both these roads running through what is now the park and also two roads that have disappeared altogether – Ireton Road which looks as if it ran along the route of the current path through the park and Miilton Grove which joined them all up along the top.
(Click map to view larger in Flickr.)
So these streets existed before the war. I wonder what became of them? Maybe the area was bombed? I’d like to know more about the history of this area so if you have any information or pictures, please contact me. Meanwhile, I’m putting further investigation on my to do list but, as always, it’s a case of too many projects, not enough time…