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Barrowby's modern housesLooking at Orndance Survey maps of Barrowby from the earliest in 1888 to the 1950s then, frankly, not a lot changes. From the 1930s onwards houses on High Road steadily extend eastwards. Land is allocated for allotments in the 1940s. The A1 bypassed Grantham in 1960.
Then the pace of change rapidly increases. The houses on the west side of Low Road, along with Debdale Road, The Pastures and the northern part of Reedings Road (including The Knolls and Reedings Close) are shown on the 1970 OS map.
The western end of Hedgefield Road and into Wong Gardens were built about 1975. About half the people living there now have owned these homes from when they were first built.
Hedgefield Road extended eastward over the next few years, with several roads leading off, including Hurst Crescent and Thorold Road. At the same time Reedings Road grew southwards – and is still 'open ended', allowing for further development.
As I prepare this page in 2021 I am within earshot of the construction of 49 'affordable' homes on the east side of Low Road (see photograph at top of this page, taken September 2021). Several planning applications for houses and a Co-op store are 'in the works'.
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