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.

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