Trowley Hill Road

Diane Lynch

The longest built-up stretch of road in the parish, Trowley Hill Road runs roughly north-south, from its junction with the High Street to the hamlet of Trowley.

At its corner with High Street stands the Three Blackbirds and at the other end of the road is the Rose and Crown. In between these there were once three other pubs. The Bell became a sweet shop in the 1930s and since the 1970s has been a private dwelling. Part of the Bell’s premises, a Grade II listed building from 16th century, comprised a baker’s shop. This later became a butcher’s, closing in 1998, again to become a dwelling. Nearby was the Britannia Inn and further down the road was the Wheatsheaf pub.

Halfway down the road was a blacksmith’s forge and beyond that, there were two other shops and a bakery. All of these old buildings have been turned into homes.

The Vicarage or Parsonage, demolished after 100 years in 1965, was on Trowley Hill Road, as is the current Vicarage, primary school and Methodist Chapel. This chapel was opened in 1960, representing a union of the Primitive Methodist Chapel (also on this road, converted into a dwelling) and the Wesleyan Chapel, which was demolished.

There are many other 18th and 19th century cottages, a row of houses built in the 1930s as council houses, and three farm houses – College Farm, Pound Farm and Trowley Hill Farm.

Trowley Hill Road from the junction with High Street, 1900s
C Motley postcard collection
View down Trowley Hill Road with Bell pub and shop on the right, 1900s
C Motley postcard collection
View up Trowley Hill Road, the Bell on the left, 1900s
C Motley postcard collection
Belle Stores shop window, Trowley Hill Road, 1920s
C Motley postcard collection
View from Trowley Hill Road of the church and Pound Cottage, 1920s
Everett & Siggers (C Motley postcard collection)
Old Vicarage or Parsonage and grounds, 1910s
C Motley postcard collection
Old Vicarage or Parsonage from the grounds, 1920s
C Motley postcard collection
This page was added on 25/03/2021.

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