Green Lane

This is the lower part of Old Ferry Road, once known as “Green Lane”. The curve in the foreground leads to the Old Ferry Wharf, in the background is the hill to Pleasant Street and Portland Street.

The fence on the left enclosed the South End Lawn Tennis Courts, and from there to the shore stood Regal willow trees.

Two of them were named for King George III and Queen Charlotte, and two others for Mr. and Mrs. James Creighton of “Brooklands” who had them planted perhaps in the late 1700’s.

When this picture was taken about 1900, they were of an enormous size. The whole road was a beautiful shady walk from the wharf all the way up to the present Portland Street.

The Fence on the right borders Dr. Parker’s fields at “Beech-wood”, and ran along near the location of the house at 71 Newcastle Street.

The route of the obliterated road to the shore is identified by manholes of the sewer pipe running to (what used to be) Parker’s Wharf (at the foot of Old Ferry Road, its remains still visible at low tide – particularly pronounced in this picture the morning after Hurricane Juan).

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