My earliest memory of South Oxhey was our ” Moving In Day” in July 1948. I was 4 years old, with a 6 month old sister and brothers of 14 and 18 years old.
We had travelled from our old home in Morden, Surrey in the removal van. Instead of driving down Little Oxhey Lane, the driver had chosen to go down Carpenders Avenue and come onto the estate through what was then called the ‘ Cattle Arch’. This was accessible in those days for cars to drive through but he had not thought about the height of the van, so the van became stuck!
My mother taking me and my sister started to walk the rest of the way and the van was removed from the arch and made its way to our new home in Woodhall Lane.
During the early days in Woodhall Lane the roads and pavements were not made up and were the cause of many grazed knees for the new local children. The roads did not have any street lights and most of the street signs were attached to the houses. As we had a corner house adjoinging ‘Kilmarnock Road’, my mother was paid 6d (old pence) a week to switch on a light at night, which the council had fixed high up onto the side of the house. The switch for this was like an ordinary light switch placed on the landing at the top of the stairs. It was there for many years before the new lamp posts were erected.
Kilmarnock Road started life as ‘Ashdown Road’ but had to be renamed because of the confusion it was causing with a street of a similar name in Bushey. The roads on the new South Oxhey Estate were named after golf courses in various parts of the country.
The aerial view shows Woodhall Lane in the bottom right hand corner. The enlargement show the house we moved into. This view was taken in 1953 and shows the new garage errected by the council to the left of the house.