Let me start with what I know from my first memory in the 50's of a small bungalow a big barn / shed and long garden. This was in what is now know as "Kiln lane". Turning off the main Windsor road into Woodside road on the left I could see a timber yard full of felled trees. Good we are nearly there. Then turn left into Kiln Lane a big hedge on the left and turn into the drive of the small wooden bungalow. Further up the road on the right was the brick works, I do not remember if it was working in my day. Opposite the brick works was a large pond, an old clay pit so may be work had stopped long time ago
At the back of the bungalow was a big shed. We always entered the bungalow through the back door without knocking, strange I thought one should always knock. Here was the scullery then into the main room with a big radio in the corner which needed big batteries called accumulators. Then to a narrow corridor with stuffed fox heads as trophies. Here a bedroom each side and the front door. Where was the kitchen? Who knows, such is the memory of a five year old.
When you walked in the living room was to the left and the loo - and larder (very healthy!) - was to the right. All small. I am sure they were on septic tank and the bath was probably a metal one dragged out once a week, hopefully in front of the fire in the living room!
Grandad was a "Carter", "Coal Merchant" and General Labourer. The garden was big and had a few odd buildings perhaps for the horse and pigs. In the shed was coal but it is all a bit hazy now.
That then is my personal knowledge, there follows more concrete facts about the area:-
In the map above, dated 1912, one can see a small group of houses now called "Woodside Road". The whole area then was called Woodend and was built around the kilns pits and works of "the Ascot Brick Works"
Kiln Lane is the road first left off of Woodside Road. The bungalow in which the Alexander's lived has not been built yet but will be where the number 121 is.
Woodside, Winkfield, nr. Windsor.
|Alfred G Alexander||Head||33||General Labourer||Winkfield, Berks|
|Edith R Alexander||Wife||30||Ermington, North Devon|
|Eva R Alexander||Daughter||11||School||Winkfield, Berks|
|George W Alexander||Son||9||Winkfield, Berks|
|Frederick V A Alexander||Son||5||Sunninghill, Berks|
Alfred and Edith Alexander, had been married for twelve years. Alfred was a general labourer and they lived in a dwelling that had three rooms. This is not the small bungalow in Kiln lane but may be a house further along Kiln lane, past the pond.
In 1901 the family was living in New Road Ascot. Now: SL5 8QB. Eva is born to Alfred and Edith.
|George Alexander||Head||45||Carter||Hurst, Berkshire|
|Caroline Alexander||Wife||60||Sunninghill, Berkshire|
|Sarah J Cock||Step Daughter||30||Laundress --- At home||Winkfield, Berkshire|
|Alfred Alexander||Son||23||Labourer Bricklayer||Winkfield, Berkshire|
|Edith R Alexander||Daughter in Law||22||Devon,|
|Eva R Alexander||Grand Daughter||1||Ascot, Berkshire|
From an old address book the address is 23 New Road, ASCOT, SL5 8QB. If you look at the number on the gate in the street view below, you will see number 23. Perhaps this is where Eva was born. The house name was "Spion Kop". I wonder why.
The address here is Brookside, Winkfield.
My grandfather is 13 years old.
|George Alexander||Head||36||General Labourer||Hurst, Berkshire|
|Caroline Alexander||Wife||50||Sunninghill, Berkshire|
|William J Cock||Step Son||27||General Labourer||Sunninghill, Berkshire|
|Alfred G Alexander||Son||13||Scholar||Winkfield, Berkshire|
|Henry Ottaway||Cousin||23||General Labourer||Willesden, Middlesex|
This is a bit confusing the area now known as Brookside appears to be the north end of New Road. Is this the same house or one just up the road? I now understand that the New Road house was built in 1901, so this is not the same house.
This page was updated on 26 Feb 2014
by Terry Rawkins