Review – The Ashfield Heritage Walk – 26 October 2021

Freedom!!! Our first walk since lockdown lifted.

A group of 19 members met in Allman Park Ashfield for a pleasant stroll to view some old Ashfield mansions from mainly the late 1880s . These homes are a wonderful reminder of a bygone era and include homes owned by the Miles family (of which Bea Miles was a member) who were the owners of Peapes men’s city store which some of you may remember.

(Peapes’ slogan was “for men AND their sons” (the AND was in upper case, to stress the importance of intergeneration consistency in men’s style) and it was the place to shop if you needed any kind of gentleman’s outfit, from necessities to luxuries: jackets, shirts, hats, shoes, “an unusually smart shirt with tie”, “a distinctive overcoat”, “superior flannel trousers”.

Clothes could be bought off the rack or made to measure. Peapes sales representatives also travelled to country towns across Australia to conduct fittings, booking out rooms in hotels, advertising in local papers for men to come and have their measurements taken for suits.)

In the The Cardinal Freeman Retirement Village precinct is the imposing Glentworth, once a convent and a girls’ home.   Ambleside in Seaview Street is also known as The Castle and has been maintained so that none of the grandeur has been lost. Upkeep must be very expensive for these homes – gardens and paintwork take a lot of work.
We had morning tea overlooking Yeo Park in a cafe that previously was used as a baby health centre (thank you Colleen) and admired the beautifully restored Bandstand situated in Yeo Park which was once part of Hurlstone Agricultural College.
From there we returned passing beautiful Trinity College and into the Victoria Square which has even more houses with history attached.
There are many more homes to be described but for those who could not make it today, I am happy to email you more details so you can enjoy the walk too.
Thank you everyone for coming along today.
Judy Mitchell