Devonshire Avenue

                               Devonshire Avenue

Many thanks for the stories on the  area. I lived in Devonshire Ave for many years from the early war years. Where we lived the old houses are still in the Avenue today but in the hay day they was listed as the posh houses as they all had bathrooms and a downstairs loo. The houses were built by Walsh & Walsh the glass works in Lodge Rd for the glass workers they employed they was supposed to be tied houses but as no contract was signed when the factory closed the tennants could not be evicted, my family lived at number 15, and moved into the property in 1933 we had many happy years there, when the war broke out and we was supplied with the steel anderson bomb shelters all the neighbours pitched in and helped one another to dig the holes, BUT on the site years before stood some old cottages with cellers that had not been fully filled in and one of the diggers fell into the hole as he was digging, but as luck was with him he was not hurt, I think his name was Bill Dudfield. Also if any reader remembers the large house that stood next to the railway bridge in Musgrave Rd it was called Gib Heath House When Toogoods Tube moved onto the site they used it as works offices.
Can anyone remember the huge static water tank built in the Rec it was concrete and was the shape of a inverted pyramid, the reason for this was to service the four factories in Musgrave Rd also the railway trucks that was parked every weekend along the railway embankment along the gulley. The factory names, Rylands Timber Yard corner Park Rd, Robinsons File Works, later Toogoods Tube Manipulators corner Devonshire Ave, and Samuel Groves opposite, then Lingards Clothes Factory, The nearests large water supplies was the Canal in Nineva Rd, and the canal next to the BOC in Lodge Rd. Someone asked what was the name of the park keeper at the Rec, his surname was Jarvis, a very nice man. And the small building near the gulley was The Sons Of Rest, All the elderly men would go there and play Darts, Cards, and Dominos, Also one reader asked the name of the Lady who used to demonstrate against hanging outside the prison gates, her full name was Violet van der Elste.
Thank you Ted hope this information is of some use to your site and brings back some happy memories.
A  Potter

My name is Glenn Burford and used to live at 19 Devonshire Avenue from 1960 to 1967, and on reading about the train crash which took the life of my cousin Wayne Dandy decided to contact you to see if you have any contacts who went to Benson Road School from 1965 . I am now 47 and live in north wales. My father is Alan Burford and my mother is Pauline Burford nee Farnell of Lees Street.

DEVONSHIRE AVENUE , contained the best houses in the area (in my childhood thoughts) with gardens at the front on the railway side, a short distance in length that lead down a short steep hill to Musgrave Road.
by Ted Rudge

I used to live in Devonshire Avenue and my Nan (Lottie Farnell) lived round the corner 8/113 or something like that -  my mom will be thrilled when she sees some of the photos. I attended Benson Road school until we moved to North Wales in 1966 when I was 8. I remember going up the gulley to school and playing in the rec. Thanks once again for a great site.     Adrian Burford