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Old Park Passage (was between Nos. 14 & 15)


Park Passage in 1876

Park Passage

 

 

The entrance to Park Passage was between 14 and 15 Holywell Street (above left). The extract from the 1876 map (above right) shows the entrance marked with a diagonal cross.

There were six houses in this passages: thirty-seven people lived here in 1861, and forty in 1881.

Below: a glimpse of Park Passage (now the car park of Holywell Bed & Breakfast at No. 14) today:

Park Passage with gate open today

Park Passage, off Holywell Street, in the censuses

1841

1851

1 Park Passage
Richard Drury (41), a tailor, lived here with his wife Selina (38) and his children Alfred (19), Richard (17), William (15), Selina (13), Edwin (9), Frederick (7), and George (3).

2 Park Passage
John Pryor (52), a groom, lived here with his wife Amy (59), who was a college kitchen woman, and his children Emma (23) and George (21).

3 Park Passage
Caleb Robbins
(42), a shoemaker, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (42) and their children Caleb (13), Eliza (11), and George (8).

4 Park Passage
Lidia Vickers
(67), a widowed college servant, lived here with her daughter Mary (35) and her grandchildren Mary Bellenger (16) and Charles Bradley (4).

5 Park Passage
Amelia Gardner
(41), an unmarried coat maker, lived here with her nephews John and James Lines, errand boys of 16 and 11 respectively. Lodging separately in the same house was Harriet Quarterman (62), a widowed laundress.

1861

Park Passage
Henry S. Hughes (39), a college servant, lived with his wife Emma (37) who was a dressmaker, and his children Henry (5), Samuel (3), and Emily (1).

Park Passage
William Bunce (41), a bootmaker, lived with his wife Charlotte (43) and his daughters Keziah (2) and Sarah (15), who were both seamstresses, his son William (13), who was a reader with the University Press, and his younger children Charlotte (12), John (10), Arthur (8), Alice (5), and Susan (3).

Park Passage
Caleb Robbins
(52), a boot & shoemaker, lived with his wife Elizabeth (52) who was a laundress, and his children Eliza (21), George (18, a printer’s warehouseman), and his London-born grandson William Gardener (2).

Park Passage
Richard R. Drury (57), a tailor, lived here with his wife Selina (48) and his sons Edwin (19) and Frederick (17) who were both tailors, and his younger son George.

Park Passage
Margaret Mallam
(52), an unmarried laundress, lived here with three lodgers (a bookbinder forwarder, a needlewoman, and a groom.

Park Passage
William Smith
(36), a gardener, lived here with his wife Sarah (29) and his children Sarah (12), Hannah (10), George (6), and John (3 months), as well as his grandmother, Susannah Smith (63)

1881

No. 1 Park Passage
Thomas D. B. Jones
(44), a general labourer, lived here with his wife Lucy (29) and his children Harry (9), Joseph (8), William (7), Alice (5), George (3), and Kate (1).

No. 2 Park Passage
John Bull
(38), a shoemaker, lived here with his wife Emma (48) and his children Mary Jane (12), Robert (9), William (8), and Emma (5). There was another family lodging with them: Richer Tagg (54), a general labourer with his wife Emma (40) and their son Charles (7).

No. 3 Park Passage
Alfred Halfacre
 (26), a coach smith, lived here with his wife Catharine (26) and his sons Ernest (2) and Roland (3 weeks).

No. 4 Park Passage
Elizabeth Robbins
(80), a widowed charwoman, lived here alone.

No. 5 Park Passage
Mary Ann Taylor
(42), a plumber’s wife, was living here with her children Frank (14, a baker’s errand boy), Gertrude (9) Ruth (8), Sidney (7), Annie (5), and Rosamond (3).

No. 6 Park Passage
James Edwards
(40), a gardener, lived here with his wife Hannah (41) and his children James (16, a gas fitter), Ruth (15, a domestic servant), Alice (14), John (12), Frank (9), Douglas (6), Ben (40). A 68-year-old hawker, Thomas Linders, was lodging with them.

1901

No. 1 Park Passage
Samuel Hounslow
(37), a cabinet maker, lived here with his wife Eva (35) and his daughter Eva (10).

No. 2 Park Passage
John Bull
(58), a boot & shoe mender who worked for himself at home, lived here with his wife Emma (71) and his son William (25), who was a groom.

No. 3 Park Passage
Arthur Carter
 (28), a cab driver, lived here with his wife Elizabeth (26), his daughter May (8), his father-in-law James Allen (50, who was a wheelwright, and his mother-in-law Louisa Allen (42), who was a carriage finisher.

No. 4 Park Passage
Frank Taylor
(34), a cabinet maker’s porter, lived here with his wife Deborah (35) and his children Emily (6), Ethel (4), Sidney (3), and Gertrude (1).

No. 5 Park Passage
Robert Taylor
(60), a house painter, lived here with his wife Mary (61) and his daughter Rosamond (22), who worked as a general servant, and his grandson Lewis Cartwright (3).

No. 6 Park Passage
Elizabeth Fortescue
(52), a widowed charwoman, lived here with her daughter Fanny (27) who worked as her general servant. She had a boarder who was a domestic coachman.

1911

No. 1 Park Passage
Not listed.

No. 2 Park Passage
Thomas Haydon
(64), a carman, lived here with his wife Ann (63).

No. 3 Park Passage
Not listed.

No. 4 Park Passage
Frank Taylor
(44), a widowed furniture porter, lived here with his children Emily (16), Ethel (14), Sindey (15), and Frank (4).

No. 5 Park Passage
Mrs M. A. Taylor
(73), a widowed housekeeper, lived here with her son Sidny (37), her daughter Rose Coombs (31) and her daughter’s husband Arthur Coombs (31), and her grandson Lewis Cartwright (13).

No. 6 Park Passage
Elizabeth Fortescue
(64) a widowed municipal office cleaner, lived here with her unmarried daughter Fanny, (38), cleaner at Holywell Church.

 

Occupants of Park Passage listed in directories etc.

No.

1872

1875–1876

1899

1

Mrs Smith

No listing

2

J. Bull
Boot & shoe maker

Thomas Hayden

3

Miss Mallam

Robert Taylor
Plumber & glazier

No listing

4

Mrs Robbins

Frank Taylor

5

Charles Stapleton
Boot & shoe maker

Mrs Highdon

No listing

6

Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown
George T. Plaister

John Webber

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