ECCO weeders and hackers – this is a final reminder.
The generous volunteers of Goodgym are returning on 4 December – next Tuesday! The meeting point will be the planted areas at the junction of Blake Road and Addiscombe Road. Goodgym members will arrive just before 7.15 pm and put in an hour’s hard shift removing litter, weeds and overgrowth of shrubs from the planted areas.
ECCO members and friends are respectfully invited to assist in Goodgym’s endeavours to assist our community. Please come and join them.
Please bring loppers/shears if you have them. If you do not, please still come – spare loppers and shears will be available.
PLEASE MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY!
ECCO Clean and Green Street Champion
Addiscombe Road (then Addiscombe Lane) was the first road in East Croydon. You can seen it on a map dating to 1594, linking the town of Croydon with the hamlet of Addiscombe (roughly where Heroncroft is today, just to the east of Sandilands tram stop).
On the first maps, the area north of Addicombe roads is portrayed as open countryside. Later it is fields. At the end of the 18thcentury, it became part of the Brickwood estate, from Cherry Orchard Road to the line of Lebanon Road. John Brickwood was a merchant and a banker. After he died in 1822, the house was let to Sir Benjamin Hallowell Carew, who had been one of Nelson’s commanders.
On 19thcentury maps, you can see a line of trees on the edge of the estate, along Addicombe Road. After Brickwood House was demolished in 1908, and the land was laid out into the roads we know today, this same line of trees became The Boulevard, flanking the pavement.