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A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: PoWs forced to cut height of Portsdown Hill

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An unsigned note landed on my desk from someone who was delighted to see this recent picture of the New Inn at Drayton with the terraced row of cottages – Wellington Terrace – alongside. It was taken in the 1900s.

The writer, who has been at Drayton since 1957, says he or she has been trying to convince friends for years that the cottages did exist.

The note says: ‘In those days the village had every commodity that we needed without having to go anywhere else.

‘The cottages were demolished and the people rehoused and we were led to believe this had been done to make space for a library, but this never happened.’

A touchy subject for all Drayton residents.