Previous Growth of Doxey 1820-2005

5 - Doxey in 1970 - The big expansion

After the war the need to build more and better housing became paramount. Many houses had been destroyed and more were deemed unsuitable for 20th century living. The main demand was for social (council) housing and two estates were built in Doxey.

The main estate was between Greensome Lane and the Doxey Road where about 160 prefabricated semi-detatched houses were built in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The houses were built of concrete and asbestos and were spacious and convenient. In Doxey fashion the gardens were large. The redevelopment of the estate around 1990 destroyed the original road pattern and the reusing of road names has confused the issue. The road pattern of 1970 is shown below superimposed on the current map.

A smaller estate in The Drive on the south side of Doxey Road was built with 36 houses of the same design. These houses are still standing having been extensively refurbished around 1990.

The increase in population brought other changes. A new primary school was opened in 1960 (previously children went to Tenterbanks in Stafford or Seighford). There was more choice in shops. Palmer's shop at 108 had petrol pumps, opposite there was a Co-op branch and the Post Office which had moved to 82 Doxey also sold a range of foods etc. The owner of the Post Office also set up a small shop for the new estate in Bradbury Rise.

There were now two pubs the Doxey Arms (once the local Post Office) at the end of The Crescent and the Three Tuns near Bradbury Rise. Both had previously been private houses - one half of a semi-detached and the other a large detached house 'Brodick'.

The opening of the M6 in 1962 caused major changes. The road to the west of Doxey Brook was realigned to the north when the Motorway bridge was created. The original line can be seen as the access road to Aston Bank Farm and on the far side of the M6. Seighford Lane was relocated 100m to the west which removed the existing dog-leg. The maintenance and police area was constructed with restricted access to the M6. One result is that on occasions emergency vehicles are routed through Doxey.

A side effect of the M6 was the dumping of spoil in a numbers of places in the area including the the open area south of the Doxey road filling up an old marl pit. A major fill area was the old sand and gravel workings next to Durbers scrap yard behind the co-op and old church. Some of the spoil may have been used to fill the Doxey ponds which had disappeared by 1970.

The area of the ponds either side of the road became part of Doxey Fields, a development based on the Universal playing field site. With the removal of the ponds the road line was straightened The other private development ('New Doxey Fields') was on the higher ground to the north and west of the old Greensome Lane. These new estates provided an opportunity to bring new people into Doxey and to provide alternative local housing when Doxey children started their own families.

The Doxey Marshes were starting to get national recognition and some preliminary conservation work was done, including some realignment of the Sow towards the town.

The two smaller railway lines had closed by this time, the passenger service to Uttoxeter closed before the war and the freight service in 1968 although the line was not finally removed until later. The Newport line was closed in 1964 and became the Greenway  to Derrington and beyond.

  1. The roads were named after 'officers of the former Stafford Corporation who lost their lives in the Second World War'↩︎
  2. The line of the old road is now a grassy area in front of Sherwood and Doxey Cottage. In 1996 a commemorative tree was planted there and the old road surface made digging the hole difficult. ↩︎
Amended : 15-11-19 TOP