Becondale Road



Becondale Road was built from land originally owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was part of Norwood Common. Isaiah Hitchcock sublet the land from William Alexander Watson and laid out the cul de sac in 1876 that became known as Beacon Dale Road, renamed Becondale Road in 1903. Houses built in by Hitchcok in 1879 to 1884 have interesting decoration and balconies.

Maps and Land Ownership

1874 OS Map showing location of land where Becondale Road was to be built

1894 OS showing the location of Becondale Road

Timeline
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Building of the street
In 1861 3 acres of land owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury that was part of Norwood Common was let to Goldsworthy Gurney who was knighted in 1863 for superintending the lighting and ventilation of the Houses of Parliament.  In 1862 he assigned the lease to a local resident William Alexander Watson, who sub-let the land to Isaiah Hitchcock.  In 1876 Isaiah Hitchcock laid out the cul de sac that became known as Beacon Dale Road.  It was renamed Becondale Road in 1903.  The cul de sac was laid out with a small central garden which was initially the responsibility of the lessee but later became that of Lambeth Borough Council.   Isaiah Hitchcock built Victorian houses on the east and west sides of the road from 1879 to 1884. (see reference to him under Troy Road residents).The houses were mainly semi detached Victorian villas of three stories with the exception of numbers 1 and 16 which were larger double fronted houses.

In 1891 Cuzzar Hitchcock lived at 5 Becondale Road and worked as a building manager.  Ernest Hitchcock lived at 10 Becondale Road and worked as a stone mason.

Architecture

1 Becondale Road – double fronted house with sash and bay windows, decorated stonework, recessed porch, stucco plastering

2 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, recessed porch, decorated stonework, brick and stucco plastering, wrought ironwork

3 Becondale Road – sash and bay windows, decorated stonework, slate roofing, recessed porch

4 Becondale Road – decorated stone work, recessed porch, chimney stack, timber door with glass panelling

5 Becondale Road – decorated stonework, sash and bay windows, wrought ironwork, recessed porch

6 and 7 Becondale Road – sash and bay windows, wrought ironwork, recessed porch

10 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, recessed porch, timber door with glass panelling, brick and stucco plastering

12 and 13 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, brick and stucco plastering, recessed porch and timber doors with glass panelling, wrought iron

17 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, decorated stonework, recessed porch, timber door with glass panelling, wrought ironwork

18 Becondale Road – chimney stack, bay and sash windows, balcony with wrought iron railing, recessed porch, timber door with glass panelling

19 Becondale Road – sash and bay windows, brick and stucco plastering including balcony, decorated stonework

20 Becondale Road – sash and bay windows, brick and stucco plastering, decorated stonework, wrought iron balcony

21 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, brick and stucco plastering, recessed porch, timber door with glass panelling, wrought iron balcony railing

22 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, chimney stack, balcony, recessed porch, timber door with glass panelling, decorated stonework

23 Becondale Road – bay and sash windows, brick and stucco plastering with balcony, recessed porch, timber door with glass panelling, decorated brickwork

Becondale Road – houses on East Side – 2004 courtesy of Lambeth Archives

Becondale Road – Central Garden Area

Significant Street Buildings

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Social History
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Residents

    O’Donnell, Elliott (27 February 1872 – 8 May 1965)

    Lived at 12 Becondale Road in 1911 He was born in Clifton near Bristol, the son of Irishman Reverend Henry O’Donnell and Elizabeth Mousley.  He was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and later at the Queen’s Service Academy in Dublin.  Although he …


Memories
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War
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