Oaklands [c.1895-c.1960]

Submitted by Herostratus on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 17:32
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
(Day, Month, & Year are approximate.)
Date closed / demolished
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Building was originally No 1 Babington Path before becoming No 1 Oaklands Path. Built by the Richmond Easte company in the 1890's. 

Building was likely renamed Ardmore from Oaklands c1900 (although confusingly Oaklands appears in later juror lists), occupied by Butterfield and Swire employee's in the early 1900's. 

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In 1901 I think the address for this building was "1, Lower Richmond Road". That's from looking at the 1901 map - it shows the five buildings from right to left were this one / Belvoir Lodge / Edenhall / Stonybrook Cottage / Inglewood, numbered 1 to 5. The 1901 Jurors list shows Stonybrook & Inglewood, and gives their addresses as Lower Richmond Road. 

I had assumed they were Babington Path numbers as the entrances to all but Edenhall were on Babington Path but Babington was an unnamed private road pre 1900. From the government Gazette I found the following:

8th February 1900

Lower Richmond Road:

No 1 - Oaklands

No 2 - Ardmore

No 3 - Eden Hall

No 4 - Stonywood Cottage

No 5 - Inglewood


26th January 1904

Lower Richmond Road becomes Lyttelton Road

Babington Path named

Oaklands Path named

Richmond Terrace renamed Parkview

End of Robinson Road becomes Park Road

Upper Richmond Road becomes Robinson Road


3rd February 1904


New Number Old Number Lot No Name of House
Oaklands Path Lower Richmond Road    
1 1 IL 609 Oaklands
Babington Path      
1 2 IL 609 Ardmore
2 3 IL 609 Sunnyside
3 4 IL 609 Hanley
4 5 IL 609 Oban Cottage


House names in general seem to change regularly. 

That's good to have the switch in street names & numberings documented, thanks for pinning it down.

I try and include sources and assumptions in notes here as much as possible. It helps other readers understand the why as well as the what, and correct me if there's a mistake. (Often the "other reader" has turned out to be me coming back to the topic after a year or two. Without the notes I'd have forgotten why I made a certain argument in the first place!)

Regards, David