Opposite is an early proposal dated Dec 1916 of a possible layout for the first homes to be built in Shortstown - these plans were obviously updated very quickly as work began on the houses along The Highway in 1917 which are not all shown here. The plan does not include any houses in the street we know as South Drive and up to at least 1950 no houses with odd numbers between 25-39 were ever built there, although houses 26-44 certainly existed in these years on one side of the road. (Only odd numbers 41 & 43 were actually built).
Although it is not too clear on this image there is a reference to 'bungalows erected' just below the compass (top right hand corner) - this tells us that the two wooden bungalows known as 1 & 2 The Highway (long since gone) were already in place as early as 1916. The houses were designed by a Mr J T Cackett who was a senior partner in a team of architects based in Newcastle who had designed many public buildings and monuments there. The arched style of the houses in The Crescent and East Square were very fashionable at the time and it is good to see once more a full view of The Crescent now that the hedges have been trimmed back.