The road junction around the Prince Albert, a busy meeting and passing point, was previously referred to as Rodborough Pike.
Opposite the Prince Albert was a small cottage in the grounds of Pike House. It has been altered but there appears to have been a toll window in the front.
Irene Connor born in 1917 and speaking in 2009 remembered…
“Every Sunday morning all the children would be going out and going to their Sunday school and when it was Whitsuntide and it was the processions they would meet …you know, with a band and process all the way up the hill and sing a hymn and what have you. It was really a big family day then.”
George Evans born in the 1930s, recalled…
“Every Tuesday Lyons ice cream van used to deliver the ice cream to the Post Office on the corner of Rodborough Hill and I remember waiting there for it to come in. Without a cornet was a penny and if you had a cornet it was tuppence.”
Many of the former buildings at Rodborough Pike have been demolished for road improvements.
The Boulevard cottages at the top of Walkley Hill are some of Rodborough’s oldest buildings dating from the 17th century.
The Boulevard cottages back onto the former bowling green which was constructed in 1911 and appears to have been previously been communal cottage gardens with a freestanding scullery building. A strip of land at the back of the site gave access to Rodborough Hill.