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New bypass on the Hyde estate
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New bypass on the Hyde estate

The driveway from the Hyde lodge is closed awaiting the construction of the new bridge. This view is looking eastwards with the lodge just visible beyond the telegraph pole. (But see below)
The Large Version presumably shows the private road on the Hyde estate running parallel with the new road looking northwards. The spoil from the cutting has been spread on the right with, perhaps, topsoil ready to be spread on top. However, there is a building in the distance beside the drive and perhaps the location is not as described! Please can anyone help?

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Picture added on 03 March 2013 at 11:11
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Roads - Handcross - Balcombe Lane and London Road
Comments:
From the comfort of my bicycle I have investigated the location of these photographs.
The main photograph purports to be a distant view of the Hyde Lodge looking eastwards, but this is not correct.
I enclose three photographs (click Open Document) which show, firstly, a close up of the house in the photograph. The second shows the view taken from the same position today looking westwards across the Hyde bridge, facing away from the lodge. The third shows a view of the rear of the mystery house, being Nashlands. Note the small window top left, the shape of the roof and the position of the chimney.
As can be seen from the second picture the house is now well hidden behind a small plantation.
The front of Nashlands is timber-framed but during the war a bomb fell nearby and destroyed the back of the building with its long sloping roof down to ground floor level. Repairs were completed in 1949 with a more conventional roof providing first floor accommodation, a brick wall at ground floor level, and a traditional tiled wall at the first floor level. See picture #649.
The location of the Large Version is as suggested. The so-called building next to drive is nothing but a mirage; probably materials stored for the road construction.

Added by David Pearce on 06 March 2013
Interesting! Much-missed chestnut trees used to grow on this stretch before the 1987 storm took them out forever!

Added by Anon on 06 March 2014
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