Eldorado Road

30 11 2008


Photos taken November 2008

This is an L-shaped residential street taking in a chunk of land between Queen’s Road and Christ Church Road, round the back of Cypher’s Exotic Nursery. The first houses in Eldorado Road were built in 1894 and development continued up to about 1905. It remains today what it was then, a luxurious leafy street of large comfortable villas. Some are of Edwardian red brick, some are rendered, but all are beautiful and sturdily built. The adjoining Eldorado Crescent, a loop on the northern end of the road, was built at approximately the same time on what had previously been the fields of Christ Church Farm (now playing fields).


Blue skies and Regency villas were meant for each other. Another fine house at the Christ Church Road end.


A house called Coniston was the home of Dr and Mrs Layng whose son George was killed on the Somme in 1916.

The humblest building in Eldorado Road is a single-storey outbuilding which was formerly a vet’s surgery under the glorious name of Peter Chew Associates. Following Mr Chew’s retirement it was renamed Honeybourne, after the disused railway it backs onto. As its reputation and need for facilities grew it moved to much larger premises in nearby Overton Park Road.

There’s also a row of sturdy red brick villas backing onto the old Honeybourne railway line. Below is the porch of one of them, still with its original stained glass door and wooden eaves.


At the Christ Church Road end is a house which looks significantly different from the others. Built of Cotswold stone and smattered with pointed gables, Normanhurst is a Victorian Gothic treasure dating from 1882. It actually fronts onto Christ Church Road but its side and garden runs along Eldorado Road. This building’s frontage is packed with carved curiosities but on this side the design is more restrained and the main features are a series of jack-in-the-green faces carved into the gables. They are all different; this one has the leaves sprouting out of his mouth (and eyebrows) in typical green man style but the others have leafy moustaches.




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