We’ve had a fascinating note from Matt Pointon, the local man who wrote the definitive history of this area (click here for details of the book).
He has found a map (see below) dating from 1935, showing where a vast housing estate was planned to be built in Draycott.
Matt wrote this account of his discovery…
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Attached is a photo of a Sewerage Disposal Plan (c.1935) which I found in the attic of my grandfather’s house some years ago. The original is now in the Record Office at Hanley.
What is interesting is that it shows extensive proposed developments for Draycott-in-the-Moors, which would have easily quadrupled the village in size.
As you can see from the plan, there were housing developments proposed in the fields behind the school, and on the field where the present summer fetes are held, and also across the road instead.
I imagine, from the street plan and time of the plans, these would have been for semi-detached residences similar to Stuart Avenue.
Small school – big fields…
Interestingly, the school is also proposed here – and that actually got built (to the same plan as on the proposals). It has long been a subject of conjecture as to why such a large field was allocated for such a small school, but if the school was actually built ready to service such an extensive housing estate then I think the answer is now obvious.
Also, as an aside, several years back one of the parish councillors told me that no one knows who actually owns the field backing onto Draycott Old Road. I suggest that it might be a development company or even the council, who bought it in preparation for the developments.
This of course, now leaves us with the question of why the proposed housing estate never got built when both the school was built and land was purchased.
The obvious solution is that the war intervened. Or, maybe the development company went bust and that particular asset was forgotten about?
Finally, why would my granddad have such a plan in his loft?
Well, he was a town planner for Cheadle Rural District Council before the war. After the war he planned and designed Rookery Crescent, which of course, would probably never have been needed had this lot been built!
As for me personally, I’m glad it didn’t – as it would have ruined the village far more than any power station in Cresswell, so we have one thing to thank Adolf for I suppose.
(This is not dealt with in my book because I couldn’t find the chart at the time).