You have just walked past the remains of the walled estate known as Nettlehirst House. This was once a fine mansion house built by William Burns, a toy merchant in the 1870s; adding on to an earlier house his family owned. After he died, Nettlehirst became the home of Thomas C Kerr and his family whose business involved heavy haulage contractors and engineers. They installed electricity into the house in the mid 1920s with a private generator. Unfortunately, an electrical problem occurred in July 1932 when the family were out and caused a fire which gutted the house. Sadly, the shell of the house had to be demolished for safety reasons and was never rebuilt.