plot 122 Wallington Rise
78 Mercia Road, Baldock
By Susan Hall
At the tender age of 22, my boyfriend (age 25) and I purchased our first home together.
Barrett were building a new estate in Baldock, just off the Wallington Road. Phase 1 had just been completed and phase 2 had just been released.
We ventured up to Baldock, but couldn’t find the estate, unlike now, it reaches the Royston Road, then it was not visable from the Royston road, it was just a small building site in the middle of a field.
We toured round the show homes that were available at the time and decided to purchase a Rosedale model, two bedroomed with a straight staircase.
We looked at the plot plan and chose plot 122, which was all it was at the time, just a plot number, which on the ground was a piece of mud. It was to become a two bedroomed end terrace/Semi detached house.
Barrett were offering first time buyers some good deals at the time, all the carpets were included, as was the cooker, fridge and washing machine.
On 23 January we signed the reservation forms for our plot. We then ventured up to the site every week and took photos of the progress made.
It did not take long for the base to go down, you can see the two sewage pipes, the one on the right would run from the bathroom, the one at the back is in the kitchin.
The house was finished by May 1983 and we moved in on the Whitson Weekend.
We stayed in this house until May 1988, when we moved back to Welwyn Garden City.