Wednesday, 25 January 2012

On the Road With Sid

Carry on Camping and Convenience both use a post war housing estate for outdoor scenes.  According to
this is the Pinewood Green Estate in Buckinghamshire.

These scenes have unlocked a memory of mine - something trivial yet a marker for a past life lived.  It's the road surface that does it.  Not Tarmac - ubiquitous to us - but concrete blocks separated by little gaps.  It made a significant difference to the noise of riding in a car - it was more like riding on a train with the rhythmic thumps.  When I was growing up in the 1970s/80, my grandparents lived on a post war housing estate on the edge of Sheffield - which also had roads just like those.  I wondered what happened to these roads.  I'm sure they've been Tarmaced over now.  Why were they originally surfaced in this way?  An internet trawl brought up just one site that might answer my question:
Apparently at one time a high price of oil and so bitumen resulted in many roads being made of concrete.  That would be it then.  A little snapshot of transport history brought to us by Carry on.

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