London Road-Stoughton Road corner & Holmdale c1900

Holmdale, London Road

London Road-Stoughton Road corner & Holmdale c1900
The London Road/Stoughton Road corner and Holmdale c1885 (Photo: Neil Crutchley)

A view of the crossroads where London Road meets Stoughton (on the right) and Knighton (on the left) Roads.

The surface appears to be cobbles covered over with compacted earth or sand and the horse bus heading back into town is a reminder that there are no tramlines yet (they weren’t laid until c1901).

The large house visible between the trees was originally named Holmdale but is now 362 London Road. Designed by Goddard & Paget, it was built c1879 for the family of Stephen Bennett of boot and shoe manufacturers Snow and Bennett. His partner, Henry Snow, lived next door with his family at Glenwood.