A Walk around Sea Mills Garden Suburb – Hallen Drive

Continue past the Community Centre and turn right into Alveston Walk (there’s another original 1920s road sign on the corner). Turn left into West Parade. The houses in this section of the Parade are MGB2s designed by Maidman and Greenen. This is a three-bedroom, non-parlour housing type of which 686 were built on the inter-war estates. At the end of West Parade, turn right into High Grove then left into Hallen Drive. Stop opposite what was once Sea Mills Infant School (5).

Land was reserved for a school on Hallen Drive in the original estate plans, but it was not built until the 1950s. By then, the mixed infant and junior school on Riverleaze (which you will see later) had become too small to accommodate both age groups. The school closed in 2012. the buildings were demolished in March 2021 and the site is currently being redeveloped to create a new school for Children we SEMH needs.

1970’s Nativity play at the Infants School
Hallen Drive School shortly before demolition, showing its distinctive curved roof

Library and Community Centre / Haig Close (directions to next stop)

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