I've gone back into the server and checked the 1871 addresses listed either side of my Henry Pearson's entry, and you're right, the writing is awful! However it does appear to be a court house, in a court of 10, accessed between numbers 43 and 44 Vauxhall Road. The oldest map that I've been able to find was 1888 (courtesy of NLS), which is not as detailed as yours.I could not find a court 7 on Vauxhall St, possibly because it had disappeared between 1871 and the maps I have. But went to look for it on the 1871 census, and could not seem to see it there either, though the writing is appalling (even worse than mine). Could you just check that.
Lizzie. In your original, you did say Vauxhall St. an easy mistake to make though. Unfortunately both existed at that time. The map below shows court 7 Vauxhall road in redWow!! Thank you!
I've got 2 that refer to courts: 1861 census, 5 Court, 2, Potter Street and 1871 census 7 Court, 6 ho, Vauxhall Street.
They then move to Heanage Street and I have direct street addresses for them. Does that mean that the house simply faced the road instead of the court? In 1881 they are at 79 Heanage Street, (between Courts 12 and 13 as the census was taken), and in 1891 at 90 Heanage Street (close to Court 16).
This really interests me Mikejee, how often do street numberings change around? And what prompts them?? I’m assuming (this being the case) that trying to work out where any given house was at any given time becomes a question of hard earned knowledge and experience rather than there being a reliable way to work it out.Regrettably, I cannot Lyn. Around 1900 it would be close to Lancaster st on the south side, but in 1861 it would seem to have been close to Lancaster St on the north side. Have no way of identifying no 2
I think the retention of the Inge Street Back to Backs by the National Trust, (however sanitised and prettified they are accused of being) is incredibly valuable. I was explaining to my Canadian step-mum on Sunday how the court system worked, why they were called back to backs, why they were built and why they were eventually demolished. In order to do so I pulled up some of the images (both NT and historic) and the explanations made much more sense to her with visual backup.i myself was born in my nans back to back in paddington st in 1953 nan loved it so much that she had to be dragged out of there in the late 1960s for demolision and of course many folk were still living in back to back houses as late as the late 1970s...possibly a little longer