How did the road get its name?
Sally Close is so-called because of the ancient field name called Sally Close (the field where sallows - an alternative name for willows - grew). This was once part of the Elms Farm on the Wickhamford Estate.
When did housing development begin?
Sally Close was built in the 1960s with access from Manor Road via Coombefield Road. There were 13 pairs of semi-detached bungalows, a terrace of three houses and four detached bungalows.
Odd numbers 1-25 are on the west side (no No 11 but two bungalows with the numbers 11A & 11B) and even numbers 2-36 (including 14A as well as 14) on the east side.
19th and early 20th century auctions
The land on which Sally Close is situated was once part of the Elms Farm on the Wickhamford estate which had been owned by the Sandys family for several centuries. The estate was sold at auction on 10th July 1869 and bought by Captain John Pickup Lord, a Lancastrian landowner who had recently bought a large amount of land in Badsey.
On 15th September 1930 the land was put up for auction again, by the trustees of the late Captain Lord. Now, over sixty years since the former sale, the land was sold off in small parcels rather than as one vast estate. Not all of the parcels of land were sold; that which was remaining was sold in 1950 to Christ Church, which paved the way for housing development.