Filling the Gaps in Wedderburn Road
Earlier house-building had filled in most of the vacant areas near the top of Wedderburn Road but further down there was still plenty of space.
There was steady infill after the Second World War as houses with substantial land saw a way of raising money by selling off pockets of land. Other property developers bought up unused agricultural land. Bungalows began to appear from 1951 onwards and the 1960s saw the development of more detached houses.
The most recent houses have appeared in the 21st century and plans to build 4 houses on land belonging to No 21 could be implemented in the Jubilee Year 2012.
Despite the infill, the road retains a spacious feel as the houses still have larger than average gardens.
Should there have been more houses?
If you walk up and down the road, you will find gaps in the sequence of house numbers. For example, number 31 is next to number 41. The large plot of land between number 21 and number 43 had belonged to Annie Stanton’s family. It had been used as an orchard and for pigs. In 1951 a bungalow was built next to number 43 and it was reckoned that the remaining land would be sold for the development of eight semi-detached houses. In fact only four houses and another bungalow were built, and they followed the numbering from house number 21.
Originally the eight houses on the south side were numbered consecutively. As more properties were built, many were given names instead of numbers. This system eventually leads to much confusion and in fact the numbering only reached 10, (present day number 24). All the houses lower down the road and on the other side were known by their house names. Some time between the publication of Stevens’ Directory 1935 and Kelly’s Directory 1950, the houses were re-numbered. On the south side the houses were given even numbers and the north side has odd numbers. (Note there is no number 13!). It is possible that at some point in the past, probably in the early 1950s, the road was divided into approximately equally sized plots. As the detached houses and bungalows were built some took up more than one plot, so explaining the gaps in numbering. Agencies like the Post Office or the local authority may have been involved in guessing how many houses could be erected in the gaps before resuming the later numbering.