|Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.
Drayton ManorThe Drayton Manor estate was enclosed with boundary walls. Along the Sutton Road from the Beacon House ( now fashioned in the Spanish style ) to the 'cut' there were blackberry bushes and thick scrub to enclose the pheasants. This form of boundary also existed from Bullocks End, Drayton Bassett to the village.
The estate had three main entrances, all gated with lodges. These were 'Drayton Road Lodge', the present entrance to the theme park, the 'Swiss Lodge', now demolished, opposite Bonehill Mill and 'Lichfield Road Lodge', opposite Plantation Lane, near the Robert Peel Hospital.
Burleigh Lodge was the retirement home for the head gamekeeper, so it was here that my great grandfather spent his later days.
The active head gamekeeper when I was a child was Mr Pat Davidson. His round started at Broomfield House, a private club quite near the old A5 and continued over the ornamental wooden bridge where the 'Mill Race and Cut' form the Mill Lane Pool, then over the flood gates and waterfall, named on the deeds as' the cascade'.