How did the road get its name?
Sands Lane is so-called because it was the road leading to Sand Field. In the 1891 census, it was called Sand Lane but, later in the 20th century, the name changed to Sands Lane. In 1815, at the time of the Badsey Enclosure, it was described as: “One other private Carriage Road and Drift Way of the breadth of twenty-five feet marked 11 on the said plan, branching out of the said Wickhamford Road in a South-East direction until it enters the third Allotment to John Jones.”
When did housing development begin?
The first house to be built was in the 1860s, on the south side, after the sale of land belonging to Edward Wilson. On the north side, a terrace of four houses was built in 1889 and a further terrace of four in 1893, followed by two semi-detached houses a few years later, following the sale of John Jones’ land. In the early years of the 20th century, some more detached houses were built on the south side, but then further development did not take place until the latter part of the 20th century. A Recreation Ground was created on the north side in 1920.
The road was given house numbers in the 1960s. The numbering appears a bit haphazard, as numbers were presumably left for anticipated future development. The numbers range from 1-24, but there are no numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 14, 16, 20 (the first four houses on the south side, which could have been numbered 2-8, have house names instead).