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I have cycled passed this row of houses many times but for the life of me, I can’t remember exactly where it is located. This row of houses and most of the houses in Greentown were government quarters. Many Eurasians stay in the area but they stay in large fenced bungalows. The government quarters are not fenced at all.
I dont think this row of government quarters was in Green Town at all. The whole of Green Town never had this “category” of quarters. Most probably, this was at Sungai Senam, close to the Police Station (dont know if the police station is still there?) where there were several rows of such government houses.
I am not too sure if that area is “Sungai Senam”, really!
You are now on a road infront of the then Ashby Road Primary School, which is on your right. As you go 300-400 yards further, you will see on your left and right several rows of these quarters. Slightly ahead, as if you are heading for Canning Gardens, you then take the fork-road to the right. Just after you go right, on your right side, there used to be a police station. My memory tells me that
this was called “Sungei Senam Police Station”.
Hmm….. Vague memory but could be where the bangunan persekutuan now stands in greentown
No chance at all that the present Federal Building of Perak sits on this plot.
The little road infront of this block of quarters is not a B-road at all. It is just an inner service-road (D-type). I wonder if most of you are aware that long before we had motorways and highways, there were A, B, C, D Roads and E-type laterite service pathways and lanes? A to D were all tar roads.
All roads connecting big towns were A-Roads. Roads inside or at suburbs of towns were B-Roads. Anderson Road, Ashby Road, Kuala Kangsar Road, for example, were B-Roads. C-Roads were Estate Roads, or roads leading to and from plantations and estates. D-Roads were even narrower than estate roads, and were mainly short “inner-private” linkages to B-Roads in towns.
E-Roads were the laterite (yellow-soil) lanes, pathways, passages, and “roadlets” that could be anywhere, but were mainly in rather remote places.
Well thank you for the above. The basis of ipohworld is education and I have just been educated. No doubt others will feel the same. Thanks again.
This row of houses were government quarters and the road in front is Jalan Mansor. I was living with my parents and siblings in the middle house, no. 1208, from 1947 to 1954. They had been demolished to make way for the Greentown Commercial Centre.
Across Jalan Mansor were houses called “transit quarters” where Government servants also stayed. One of our famous personalities, badminton ace Datuk Ng Boon Bee, lived in one of these houses.
Those were the days when Greentown was really green.
Thank you Mohan for these details. They are very helpful Coupled with Leolim’s information about the different standard of roads this has been a very educational blog so far. More to come?
Jalan Mansor ran parallel to Jalan (Sultan) Abdul Jalil i.e the present road behind Ipoh Parade, but was shorter. The town bus route included this road and others in Greentown as there many houses where the multiracial Government servants lived. Cars were few then, and the bus service was between Greentown and Silibin via the present bus station in Medan Kidd.
The land where Ipoh Parade is now was a rubber estate, but the Convent School was already existing then.
Before Ipoh Parade was built, Eurasians stayed in that area. There were many big bungalows. The lane into this area, if I am not mistaken, is Dulcieville Lane (or Lorong Dulcieville). I remember that the first bungalow on the left had a very large cage which many birds of various colors are kept. The lane splits into two and at the end of one lane was the Eurasian club house. One of my former classmates stayed there with his aunt, who took care of the place. The back of this club house is the now Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil.
Hello Green Towners, This building or quarters is definitely in Green Town.It is located in jalan Abdul Wahab,beside jalan Abidin and at the end of jalan Mansor junction. The site now is quite difficult to identify. Please correct me if my comment is wrong.T.Q.
My knowledge, this quarters is situated at Jalan Abdul Wahab, beside Jalan Abidin and at the end of Jalan Mansor junction.