Sue Sage lived in Belmont Avenue in the 1950s, leaving in 1961. (She now lives in France and has been renovating her house there for the last 20 years!). She has sent this photograph of her and her mum, and a sketch of the avenue as she remembers it. In those days Belmont Avenue was horse-shoe shaped, with two openings onto London Road. This was before Tudor Way, Belmont Close and Leasway were built.
Sue added other memories:
“Mrs Roots lived, I think, in a bungalow; I was friendly with her daughter Gillian.
Mrs Lavin’s son had married a Belgian girl, Gaby (?), but he was killed in the war. I remember her visiting with an enormous box of chocolates.
Frank and Nell Raven were brother and sister.
Our next-door neighbour, name of Mr. Mole, sold his house ‘The Dingle’, about 4 acres, before my family sold their’s, and an estate was built. My family sold in 1961.”
Sue subsequently added:
“I found an old autograph book of mine, 1954 onwards. I obviously pestered everyone in Belmont! The house that was built next to our house was owned by Mr and Mrs Thirkettle, he had lost part of an arm. Opposite lived Mrs White, Daphne, and her dog Heidi. Other names of people who may, or may not, have lived in Belmont are:
Weatherburn, cub mistress
These are all in my autograph book, so it looks like I just went around asking everyone!”