|Fleetville, Ascot, Brisbane, NSW|
When Mr and Mrs Alfred Nicholson arrived in St Albans in 1900 to open a coat factory in Fleetville, the couple had one of the first homes to be built in what was then Upper Park Road – now the section of Clarence Road north of York Road. It was an impressive detached house, in which they lived for the next six or seven years.
|Asphodel, Clarence Road|
|Highclere, Woodland Drive|
My own parents, moving into a newly built house on an unfinished estate in 1939, called their home Highclere. I have no idea why they selected this name – it was some seventy years before the Downton Abbey drama series. In our particular case the Post Office allocated numbers within a few months, but I still retain one letter address to them at Highclere, Woodland Drive. But not enough time to get a nameplate fixed to the gate!