Martens Avenue, Barnehurst, 1934

Martens Avenue, Barnehurst, 1934 - click to enlarge

Development and destruction. This view shows the scale of work necessary to lay the infrastructure that precedes house building.

Embryonic roads, in this case, Martens Grove, are grooved with deep trenches to take drains and emerging houses are cocooned with scaffolding.

The building of the estate was preceded by the felling of ancient woodlands, part of the grounds of Martens Grove house.

The estate was built by Ayling, one of a number of builders active at the time.