21. The Broadway

Heritage Trail Location 21 



An early 1900's postcard by local photographer - Mr Harrison. Looking east along the Broadway from the Railway Crossing. Woodhall Spa railway station and the pedestrian bridge can be seen on the left hand side

The wide, tree lined, Broadway was part of the design of Richard Adolphus Came, the London architect employed by the Syndicate who took over the Spa from Mr. Hotchkin. Mr. Came envisaged a small garden city in the midst of the flat agricultural land surrounding Woodhall Spa. The Broadway was created at the beginning of the 1890s and we can imagine it then, with horses pulling smart carriages along the straight, leafy, road while fashionably dressed visitors strolled along the pavement under the glass and wrought iron canopies in front of shop windows.


Early 2000's photograph by the webmaster. Note that the station fence is still there and used as a notice board, but trees have replaced the platform

Mr. Erdmann Voss, hairdresser, was one of several Germans living here before World War 1. He later moved to Station Road.

Mackellar`s was well patronised from Edwardian times, when as well as the expected beer, cider, spirits etc. and various European wines, the shop also advertised wine from California and Australia, “in flagons and half flagons.” Mr. H.R.Maynard was a chemist on the Broadway in the early 19th century.



Broadway Shops


The Broadway (Jan 2012). Note the original building in the foreground has been demolished and replaced with one now occupied by McColls the newagents


Photo 3 - Broadway shops circa 1920's



The Broadway (Jan 2012). 


Broadway shops 1st World War era (Postcard in webmaster's collection)