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Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby John L » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:37 pm

anyone know when this estate was built
Many thanks
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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby Bootlelass-expat » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:07 pm

Hello John.

I am pretty sure it was started in late 40’s. My family got keys to house in Dooley end February 1952. Plaster still wet.

There were houses still being built.The road surface had not been paved, and no pavements when we moved in beginning of March.

Much of the estate had been built and houses occupied by the time we moved in.

I do remember street party for Coronation in June 1953 and Dooley seem completely occupied by then.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby Bootlelass-expat » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:11 pm

John L.

I have just remembered there is a photograph on this site, posted by Rivermersey (I think), that shows Dunningsbridge Rd and the Copy Lane junction/island about the time the estate was started.

Hope you can find it.

Sorry I don’t know how to.

There is also a facebook page “Memories of Copy Lane Estate”.

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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby Invicta » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:56 pm

I went to school WB with lads from up that way, Billy Bjelland I remember. :wink: Ken
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Postby Bootlelass-expat » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:39 pm

Ken, Sadly Billy Bjelland has died. So did his brother John. Only Leslie left out of the 3 brothers.
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Postby Invicta » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 pm

I think I had heard that, regrettably. Was Les the jockey? K
I remember his Dad singing Yiddisha Momma at the OR Legion, had them in tears. :D Ken
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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:27 am

John Bjelland used work on the black stuff, and drank in the Salt Box.
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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby Bootlelass-expat » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:24 pm

Ken

Yes, Les was a jockey.

Sorry it took me so long to find out. I was older than them and left for the USA in 1978,

Got to speak to a friend/old neighbour who confirmed Les was a jockey. Then spoke to one of my brothers and low and behold, found out he meets Les now and then for a drink.

Mr & Mrs Bjelland were lovely.

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Postby Invicta » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:22 pm

Doreen,
If I recall correctly, Les travelled in the horse box with a National winner, Highland Wedding I believe.
We all had a few bob on it :D Ken
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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby Silver-Haired-Hippy » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:10 pm

I vaguely remember a somebody who my cousins knew called Derek Reilly who lived in Dooley Drive (I think!) Ricky knew him too, does anybody remember him?

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Postby Joycen60 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:23 am

Spent many a Friday night in the early 60's hanging round the little playground on that estate with Linda Truesdale and Linda Helm. Linda T lived in Marl Road and Linda H in Dooley Drive (I think). Happy Days.
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Re: Homestead Ave Dooley Drive Estate

Postby Bootlelass-expat » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:33 pm

Loretta

I have been waiting to see if anyone responded to you re Derek Reilly.

I went to Princess Royal with him - I am pretty sure he was in my class. Sorry, no other info. That was a long long time ago.


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Postby Silver-Haired-Hippy » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:43 pm

Thanks Doreen, yes, it was a long long time ago!! :D there were a few of us that hung around together for awhile, Phillip Brennan was another lad we both knew, I have a vague memory of somebody on BT said he died fairly young I think.

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Postby Invicta » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:31 pm

There were other lads from our class but think they may have been from across the road, the posh bit.
Andrew Grice, David Hunter, Colin Gerrard, Peter Donaldson ( he was very clever ) and Alan Harrison. :wink: Ken
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Postby Bootlelass-expat » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:27 pm

Loretta

You are correct.

Christmas Eve 1963 - car accident killed Phillip Brennan, Roy Kelly and Peter Deary.

Extremely sad time for the families and neighbours. My uncle was best friends with Phillips dad. My mum and Roy’s mum were cousins.

Was amazed when my mum died (1999) members of the Kelly family came and commented on how they remembered how my mum welcomed them and made our Christmas dinner stretch to feed them and how kind she was to them. I had forgotten that, not the accident.

Caught up with the eldest Kelly (Jean) thru this site. She had gone to live in Canada. We visited one another/chatted on phone up until her death. Miss her but grateful for what we shared.

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