THANKS go to Chronicle reader Kenneth Turner who rang us with information about this mystery photograph.
Mr Turner, 71, a retired plant operative of Shelly Road in Blacon, spotted the picture in the Nostalgia pages of the Chronicle of December 14.
Mr Turner confirmed that the building is in fact Lache Hall, Lache Lane.
According to our eagle-eyed reader, it was owned by a Mr Warburton and subsequently a Mr Chaloner who turned it into a scrap metal merchant’s.
Mr Turner can remember playing with the Chaloner children, Billy, Gordon, Raymond, David, Geoffrey and Marjorie, in the grounds of the house in the early 1950s.
The Chronicle contacted Raymond Chaloner, 69, now retired from the family business and resident in Kiln Lane, Hope. His family lived in Lache Hall from 1941-57.
Mr Chaloner remembers the house was set in 14 acres among apple, pear and greengage trees. “Once we found a swan’s nest in the grounds,” he said, “the swan wasn’t very happy with us so we ran like hell away. It had four cygnets that summer.”
Mr Chaloner’s father started the scrap metal business, still in the Chaloner family, from Lache Hall in 1943.
He began by buying surplus generators. When the war ended he bought up surplus MOD supplies at auction. The grounds of Lache Hall where often littered with scrap cars waiting for attention set among the fruit trees and greenhouses.
Mr Chaloner remembers the Turner family particularly fondly: “Sonia Turner was the first girl I kissed!” he said.
When the Chaloners moved Lache Hall was demolished to make way for housing.