The Kingston Bypass, Kingston Vale in the 1930's. The houses pictured are located along Robin Hood Way, Vale Crescent. This picture was taken in the years just prior to the second world war and the tower to the left is most likely an air raid siren.
Re: A3 Robin Hood Intersection 0 0
27th June 2012 at 8:14PM
Fantastic photo - I used to live very near here until recently. I'm trying to tell from the photo - is the A3 a dual carriageway at this point? I've never been sure whether it opened up as a Dual Carriageway in 1927 or whether it was widened later.
The Kingston By-Pass was originally a three-lane road. It was progressively widened to a six-lane dual carriageway, with the Robin Hood section being the last to be done around 1965.
I think that the tall mast is in fact a streetlight. There was no main lighting on the Kingston By-Pass apart from tall lights that were placed at major junctions; I think this is an example. There did used be an air-raid siren at Robin Hood Roundabout; it was to the immediate left of the row of houses at the far left of the picture.