Category Archives: Roads

Sparrowhawk’s Yard

Scrap metal and former rag-and-bone site at 159 Commonside East, on the corner with Hallowwell Close.

1953 OS map of 159 Commonside East

In 1979 the childrens’ television programme Magpie did a piece on a rag-n-bone man who stabled his horse and cart at the Sparrowhawk yard:

Google Street View history has a view of the site in July 2009:

These photos were taken in December 2007, when the building of the adjacent former Beehive pub was being redeveloped.

Photo taken 16th December 2007

Photo taken 16th December 2007

These photos were taken from Beehive bridge on 15th August 2021, after the house and buildings had been demolished.

Photo taken 15th August 2021

Photo taken 15th August 2021. The spire of St Marks church can be seen in the background.

Planning application 20/P1060 says that the plan is to build 25 flats on the site. The site history in the Design & access Statement said that the site had been in the same ownership since 1926 as a scrap metal facility by Jack Sparrowhawk & Sons, which had ceased trading.

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

New Ideal Homesteads Ltd

From the sales brochure for Bramcote Avenue, this property developer’s head office address was Ideal House, Carlton Road, Erith, Kent. According to Wikipedia, the company started in 1929 by Leo Meyer, and was later known as Ideal Homes. It was bought by Trafalgar House in 1967.

In 1935, the managing director was Leo H.P. Meyer, the chairman was J.S.E. Todd and other directors were Sir Thomas Keens and Sir Lionel Earle.

L.H.P. Meyer, Managing Director
Sir Thomas Keens, D.L., F.S.A.A.
Sir Lionel Earle, G.C.V.O., K.C.B., C.M.G., J.P.

The company built houses in Bramcote Avenue, Byards Croft, Oxtoby Way and possibly Hammond Avenue.