During the later 1970's Nevill Gardens lay
fallow. The GLC applied for and obtained "Detailed Planning
Permission" for the site.
The construction of the 14 bungalows must
have started in 1979/80. It is said that several builders
suffered financial problems while working on the site due
to the GLC's slowness in settling accounts.
The original plan by the GLC appears to
have been a bit of "property speculation" because
prospective buyers were bussed to the site. It seems that
the asking price of £25,000 was thought too high. The
uptake of sales must have been disappointing as only six bungalows
(nos 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9) were sold. The remaining eight bungalows
were then offered to existing London Borough tenants, one
condition being that they must be over 60 years of age.
The first owner/occupiers moved in during
January 1981. The first tenants moved in during August 1981.
In 1981 the plot upon which the current
20 Station Road is built was purchased by DW Construction
from Worsfold & Co (Estate Agents). This land originally
housed the garages which were associated with the bungalow
(the original 20 Station Road) and had been retained by Graham
TURNER (who owned Worsfold & Co) . Dave HOLOBAN (DW Construction)
built the existing 20 Station Road on the site.
In 1985 the plot on which "Millstone"
is built was purchased from the Church Commissioners by John
HALL who built "Millstone". Arthur and Christine
LIVERSIDGE bought it and moved during July 1986.
In 1986 the GLC was abolished by the Government
and at this stage North British Housing took over the management
of the eight bungalows.
On 7 March 1986, Fred WELLS purchased part
of the garden of 26 Station Road from Mr and Mrs Benson. On
this land he built two houses. The first was "Ashwell"
(now called "Willowdene"). Fred WELLS built "Ashwell"
in 1987 and lived in it for 14 years. "The Firs"
was built in 1988 and Mrs Betty BICKERTON bought it and moved
in during 1989.
In 1987 the plot of land (now "Tudor
Lodge") was purchased by Dave EASTON from Geoffrey MOORE.
Dave EASTON built, named and lived in Tudor Lodge for over
The mother of comedian Sir Norman WISDOM
lived in 10 Station Road (dates unknown) and moved to Grams
Road in the early 1960's.