By the outbreak of the First World War there had been a marked
increase in development along Peperharow Road, with the
building of the two groups of semi-detached dwellings
on the left hand side. Obviously a good day for drying the
washing but not warm enough to do without a fire!
What is shown as a close-boarded fenced area on the
previous picture bisects the two rows, just as it does
today. Of the group of houses on the left of the road the
only one that has disappeared is the first building bottom,
left. Dean Lodge, on the opposite side (bottom, right), was
demolished and replaced by flats in the 1970s.
Presumably it is hay that is stored under
the tarpaulin behind the houses, although it is hard to tell
from the picture. The fields are quite lush, so it is probably
more grass being grown for hay. The drainage ditches round
the edge of the fields are part of Hell Ditch.
Cows are grazing in the field beyond the
newly built homes and there appears to be a line of cows in
the same field, close to the gate. As for the entrance to Dean
Road, all kinds of things are lying on the ground in the plot
on the corner of the road - the pieces could be for a building
project, or they could just be discarded items.