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Denny Bottom photo

This picture dates from 1938-9, just before the War. You can tell this by the posts in the field top left. Apparently they were an anti-tank device, though in this case the idea was to prevent aircraft full of hostile troops from landing and hogging the bar in the pub. That, at least, was what we were told by whoever first gave us the picture. See the email below for probably a more accurate account:

DEAR SIR, I NOTE THAT IN YOUR PICTURE OF TOAD ROCK THAT YOU DATE 1938 YOU MENTION A FIELD OF POSTS THAT YOU STATE WERE TO PREVENT THE ENEMY FROM LANDING. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT AT THAT TIME THIS AREA WAS THE GARDENS OF GRANGE ROAD ESTATE WHICH COVERED THIS AREA AND STILL DOES. IN 1939 WE WERE BEING URGED TO DIG FOR VICTORY AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THIS FIELD AS YOU CALL IT WAS BEING TILLED BY THE RESIDENTS OF THE GRANGE ROAD ESTATE. YOUR PHOTO MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN EARLIER BEFORE THE LAND WAS USED FOR BUILDING. I SUGGEST ABOUT 1933, LONG BEFORE THERE WAS ANY TALK OF WAR.
YOURS, JOHN DOBSON

Note the horse-drawn cart, and the white building over on the right which was at the end of a terrace demolished in the 1950s or 60s. The white house belonged to a woodcutter who kept all the area supplied with logs, working from the bank just below the house. To our eyes what is most striking about the photo is the complete lack of parked cars.

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