The construction of the A52 at Willowcroft Road, Spondon, 1956-57

A set of photographs taken and developed by my father (who lived less than 100 metres away from these works) in the winter of 1956-57.

The first picture shows the construction of the A52, which would eventually split Kirk Leys Avenue into two separate roads – North (on the left hand side of this image) and South.

View of Kirk Leys Avenue towards Borrowash during A52 construction
View of Kirk Leys Avenue towards Borrowash during construction of the A52

The second and third pictures show the bridge supports, ready for the carriageway to be built across Willowcroft Road.

A52 bridge under construction at Willowcroft Road. Taken from the south side.
A52 bridge under construction at Willowcroft Road. Taken from the south side.
View of the A52 bridge construction from thView of the A52 bridge being constructed, taken from the north side of Willowcroft Road
View of the A52 bridge being constructed, taken from the north side of Willowcroft Road.

Next are three pictures of the foundations and drainage of the carriageway being built, facing towards Derby.

View towards Derby from the route of the new A52
View towards Derby from the route of the new A52
View towards Derby from Kirk Leys Avenue (South)
View towards Derby from Kirk Leys Avenue (South)
View of the A52 construction works at the Willowcroft Road bridge
View of the A52 construction works at the Willowcroft Road bridge

Finally, a picture taken from the western side of the bridge, facing towards Derby. Spondon Methodist Church can be clearly seen on the right hand side of the frame.

View of the A52 construction works, towards Derby
View of the A52 construction works, towards Derby. Spondon Methodist Church can be seen on the right hand side.

If you enjoyed looking at these photographs, you might also be interested in these pictures of Spondon Garage, taken in 1952.

11 thoughts on “The construction of the A52 at Willowcroft Road, Spondon, 1956-57

  1. Thankyou so much for putting the photos online of the construction of the A52 on kirkleys ave nth( which is where I live) I also saw my house close from all them years ago, thank you,Diane every.

  2. Hi Tim, I’ve been in Spondon all my life (I’m 56), I’ve lived on Moult Avenue for over 30 years and have really enjoyed looking at the photos. Thanks for sharing them. Gill

  3. Hi Tim, I’d love to see the Celanese photos when they’re done. My Dad worked there for over 30 years so I’d love to see if he was on any of the photos. Gill

  4. Oops, slight boob! Wanted to say I especially liked the finished version of the A52 splitting Kirk Leys in two. I grew up on what became the North side and remember the grass verges we had . It was especially interesting to show my kids what Nannys house looked like all those years ago!

    1. Hi Anne, I knew Margaret and I think we worked together at Celanese club. We lived in Cradfock ave. Pat Connor..

  5. Love the pictures too. My dad, grandad, uncle and cousins all worked at Celanese. Would too love to see those photos.

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