Welcome to Kemnal Road

Kemnal Road has a most interesting history and continues to be a pleasant place to live. This site celebrates the history of its residents and houses.

Foxbury 1931 drawing

The site has been designed to be of interest to past and present residents of the road and of those accessed through it - Acorn Close, Copperfield Way, Dickens Drive, Dorrit Way, Home Farm, Marlowe Close, Pickwick Way, and, most recently, Queenborough Gardens.

(The picture above is a drawing (dated 1931) of Foxbury from the east. This house, still here, was built in Kemnal Road between 1875 and 1877).

There are two parts to this website:

A History of Kemnal Road

...setting out what we have found about the road, its houses and their residents.

(This history is also available in book form. The book is entitled The Story of Kemnal Road (193 pages) printed in May 2011, which you can obtain for £7.50 (or £9.50 incl p&p). You can order a book for collection by contacting us, or via paypal:


Kemnal Residents' Association

...formed over 40 years ago to act on behalf of residents to maintain the road and footpaths.

It also represents residents' interests where this is felt necessary.

Copies of the KRA constitution, annual newsletter and AGM minutes can be found here, as well as information on neighbourhood watch etc.

A Message Board can be viewed here for important new messages.


A booklet containing extracts from Agnes Tiarks' diaries during the Great War is available for download


We have now included a number of picture galleries on this site, for which you will need Flash player installed on your computer. These can be found on the navigation bar on the top left hand side of most history pages.

Please let us have any comments, or additional information you may have about the road. See New Information for the latest information, and personal recollections from many people who lived and/or played here.

Enjoy your trip down Kemnal Road!