My great-grandparents

5 Preston Park Avenue taken in December 2006
32 Preston Park Avenue taken in December 2006
41 Preston Park Avenue taken in December 2006

My great Grandparents Charles & Ann Blaker lived in these houses.

I believe they moved into Number 5 called ‘Bickley’ when it was first built. They are shown there in the 1918-1926 voters list and also in the 1915 Kellys directory.

They then moved up the road to number 32 and are shown there on the Voters List from 1927-1949.

It looks like Ann then moved to number 41 Preston Park Avenue from the 1950 & 1952 Voters List.

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  • Back in the 1960s and into the 70s my family GP, Dr Freddie Eyton-Jones used to operate a single-handed GP practice out of a large detached house in Preston Park Avenue. He was a real old-school GP and ended every consultation with a jelly baby. Does anyone out there remember him?

    By Martin Scrace (17/09/2015)
  • May be be connected maybe not, but we have just unearthed an old British Rail railway health and safety notice circa early 1960s – it has Redhill Written into the location and states that FMM Eyton-Jones is the contactable / official medical Doctor. We have now placed it on proud display at our Depot at Redhill.

    By Greg (28/04/2019)
  • Hi Martin. I certainly remember Dr Eyton-Jones in Preston Park Avenue and his jelly babies, even when we were adults!! He was a lovely man and we (my brother was born in 1953) stayed with him from birth until he retired.

    By Julia (25/06/2019)
  • My grandparents ran Parkdean Nursing Home in Preston Park Avenue, think it was number 42. I lived with them, and remember the huge grounds at the back, and the old man next door who used to play croquet with me!

    By Toni Kemp (11/02/2020)
  • Yes yes yes. A lovely Dr Who would call in on my Nan if he happened to be passing. He looked after me until he retired.

    By Joyce Evans (24/02/2020)
  • Yes, I remember Dr Eyton-Jones. I was born in 1955, and he was still giving me a jelly baby when I was in my mid-twenties! A wonderful man (and not just because of that).

    By Nigel Harding (18/09/2020)
  • Dr Eyton-jones was my grandfather so it’s great to read such kind comments about him. Without doubt he was truly devoted to his patients. As children, my brother and I would often sneak into his empty surgery out of hours to eat from the jelly-baby box and to play with the buzzer under his desk that he used to summon his patients. The secret’s out!

    By Paul Eyton-Jones (13/02/2021)
  • Very low key comment from me compared to this wonderful doctor, but Preston Park Avenue was my paper-round in the early 1960s, but only on a Sunday. During the week I had the [then] large villas, all flats at that time, along Preston Road opposite the Park out to the Rockery. But the boy who did PPA did not like the idea of all the big Sunday papers so I did his round..and mine! I was working from the big building at the bottom of Dyke Rd Drive which was then the newsagents. Several of the large properties along PPA had coach houses or stabling at the rear which had also become residential and these also had to be delivered to.

    By Dr Geoffrey Mead (13/02/2021)

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