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11 Queen Edith’s Way, Westlands/The Hollies

History of 11 Queen Edith's Way


Mrs Little


Fanny M Little, b 1869, private means

Kate H Chevill, b 1877, servant

Olive A L Mitchell (Starr), b 1922, servant

This property was a residential home for many years until 2016 operating under the name of The Hollies

2019 house demolished to be replaced by new housing

CAH sent this note in 2023:

My husband, then a single man used to know 3 men in 11b the top floor flat in the period 1967 to 1972, there were 2 self contained flats in no 11 Queen Ediths Way, ground floor 11a and second floor 11b. It is spooky that we now live at no 8 QE way having moved here in May 1981, we were married in 1975 and started life in Stansgate Avenue.

11 Queen  Ediths Way became the Hollies,  a care home, mostly for dementia clients, in the early 1980s.  Conversion and later more buildings were added. There were many covenants attached, ie that nothing should be built beyond a certain line, and various reuses came forward but were not given PP. However once the whole house and exterior buildings were demolished by the property developers,  all these covenants were never referred to again.  Plans went to appeal  by developers and 53 apartments reduced to 42 and the basement tanking, very high water table there due to springs linking with Coldhams Brook, now on building level. No building work has started at all.

RL added:

I knew the Hollies well. My father, David Lilley,  stayed there for several months after his stroke in 2010. I used to walk him round and round the front as he recovered his ability to walk. I also persuaded the owner to get a piano so I could play to my father. Later when the Hollies closed the owner donated the piano to our church. St John the Evangelist had a close relationship with the Hollies. There were regular visitors and every year the choir went to sing carols. 


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