Swaythling Housing Society, established by Herbert Collins and others in 1925, purchased land for housing development in the Wide Lane / Mansbridge Road area of Swaythling in the 1920s. The houses in Pilgrim Place, off Mansbridge Road, were the first to be built. An existing stable block was converted to a house and named Walnut Cottage. Development continued along Wide Lane to Walnut Avenue, which was built in the early 1930s.

Further reading:
Herbert Collins 1885-1975: Architect and Worker for Peace, by Robert Williams, p25-27. (HS/i)


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