Thanks for that MWS. I've looked for the marriage you suggested but I think it's probably at the Register Office as I haven't found a church service yet.
I lived in 3 Driffold Cottages in 1963 for a few years. My parents rented it for a couple of years. I don't know who the landlord was. They must have a really interesting history. I think they were all sold together and converted in later years.Alberta, my theory is also that Joseph and Robert became estranged although Robert was still a butcher in 1894 so this possibly didn't happen immediately after Joseph's marriage. Robert was 94 when he died and lived in the parish of St Michael's at Driffold Cottages opposite to what is now the Odeon in Sutton (or whatever its called now).
I'm reluctant to buy a certificate at this stage as I have a few more avenues to explore (probably more like cul-de-sacs than avenues!)
MWS , Baptism of Nellie Victoria, I followed this up and they were living at 164 Summer Lane in 1894 and then 181 in 1901 and 170 in 1911 (where he seems to have stayed until his death). I wonder if the houses were bigger in the moves?
Thank you both for this added information. Very helpful.
Thank you for the photograph. They were a bit more basic when we lived there. Entered through front door into a living room. Kitchen through from that, with a bath in it, covered by a board to use as a work surface. Through the back door to an outside toilet, one of 4 in a block. Small garden semi shared.cba, What a coincidence! I passed the cottages on Tuesday on the way to the library and thought they must all be owned by the same person. Thanks.