Another Broompark Rd Comparison

Here’s another comparison of photos taken 117 years apart at the same location. This is the top of Broompark Road looking down the street to the north. How incredibly different this looks back in the day.

A high stone wall ran down the east side of the road, with some large trees on that side, now no longer there, replaced by modern homes. When the photo was taken the homes at the back of the photo were relatively new and nowadays most have converted upstairs. The rural, sleepy street is today replaced by a busy road, a popular thoroughfare for commuters and school runs. The road is today narrow in several places, causing drivers to give way to oncoming traffic, though an exception to this is the junction itself which is actually wider now.

Broompark Road is almost certainly named after the former Broompark Farm, once the home for generations of the Gardiner family then latterly the Rocheads.

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  1. where the 2 cars are on the extreme right was the car park for J&A Smith funeral undertakers and motor engineers. It is also where 2 ambulances were parked in the early 50’s

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