History “… is like a box of chocolates …”

Yesterday I needed to take photographs of two houses I want to include in a forthcoming blog: one house is on Canwick Road and the other on Monks Road.  My wife kindly dropped me off at the north end of Pelham Bridge and I set off on my adventure.

In the course of the journey I took a total of 156 photos, there was so much more I saw than the two houses.

Here is one of the ‘extra’ photos:

mid-19th century terraced houses, monks road, lincoln

At first sight nothing remarkable about this mid-19th century row of terraced houses built for the better-off professional classes, in need of tender loving care and blighted by poorly designed double-glazed windows and the ubiquitous wheelie bin.

These seemingly two double-fronted houses are. in fact, four single fronted houses.  The plaque to the left of the right hand door shows number 67 and it can be seen from the wheelie bins that the houses are numbered 65 to 71.

This is the artificial stone lintel above the right hand door:

artificial stone lintel

From this lintel it can be clearly seen that the houses were previously numbered from 43 to 46.  All the houses were unoccupied in the 1861 census, so they must have been newly-built or in the course of being built at that time.

Monks Road in 1872 as far as Baggholme Road

Monks Road in 1872
as far as Baggholme Road

In 1871 number 43 was still unoccupied but the others were:

  • 44 – John Heywood, age 42, cashier at engineering works.  Under where born: “travelling on the continent”, his son, Edward, was born at Heywood, Lancashire.  Is there a story here?  Did John ‘adopt’ the name Heywood to cover up some secret?
  • 45 – Elizabeth Bullivant, 65, living on here own means, born in Aisthorpe.
  • 46 – George Williamson, 48, Manager Steam Engineer, born Gainsborough.

Sometime between 1889 and 1894 the houses were renumbered to the current sequence.

When house numbering first began, under the Postage Act of 1765, buildings were often numbered in sequence, 1 to x on the left hand side from a main road and x+1 (opposite x) to the last number on the other side – a clockwise sequence (Lincoln’s High Street retains this numbering sequence).  Later buildings on the left would usually be odd numbers and the opposite side would be even. In the case of Monks Road buildings were numbered sequentially on what would be the right and when the numbering changed number 1 was still on the right.  I believe the reason for this is that the first houses were built on the right as on the left was Monks Leys Common.

When these four houses were built behind them would be many of the major engineering works of the City, but in front would be a pleasant view of countryside leading up the hill. To left would be the recently opened cattle market with a great view of the Cathedral above it.

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