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Mile Cross #12

The Slough.


For whatever geological reasons this natural depression sits at the junctions of Drayton Road, Hellesdon Hall road and Galley Hill. This area was referred to as 'The Slough' in an old Raleigh Cycle Guide hidden somewhere in dad's attic, printed long before the estate even existed, noting the bad condition of the roadway here. Up until recently when the Council finally got around to fixing the drainage issues, this place would always fill with water after rain, and from up here on Galley Hill you can see why - If you stand at the bottom and walk in any direction you'll be going uphill.

The Park was added in the late 1920's and presumably got it's 'Sloughbottom' name from it's location.


Once a crossroads of sorts, the junction has been modified heavily over time due to a number accidents and the closure of Hellesdon Hall Road. A chicane was installed at the bottom of the Hill to slow cars down and you can see the older route at the bottom where a little dead end now sits for entrance into to Jack's (The ex-local milkman - more on him later) bungalow. Before this it used to be possible to turn into Galley Hill from Drayton Road without even having to slow down, and on one occasion my Mother was narrowly missed being obliterated by a drunk-driver who tried to do it at about 40mph. He missed her by inches, took out the telegraph pole that can no longer be seen on the left and rolled his car into the Galley Hill Pub Beer Garden, coming to rest up against the luckily vacant children's climbing frame. The telegraph wire fell across Drayton Road much to the surprise of a Motorcyclist who was promptly whipped from his seat and lucky not to be decapitated.


Mum was only walking down the road to fetch me for my tea. I was late because a friend and I had lost track of time whilst trying to complete 'Sonic 2' on his Mega drive. Imagine trying to live with that guilt for the rest of your life!

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Taken on February 15, 2015