Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Are these May Cottages?

In the 1891 Census, and again in the 1901 Census, three cottages appear in this part of town. They are recorded as May Cottages - numbers 1, 2 and 3. Their placement in the census would suggest that they are in the vicinity of Radcliffe Street.

I had never heard of May Cottages before but it seems to me that these might be likely candidates. They are out of keeping with the Green Lane houses on the other side and just fill in a little triangle of land behind Aylesbury Street and Radcliffe Street. There were actually three cottages there 50 years ago and it looks as if the garage and the room above it is a later addition. I dimly recall a builders yard here at one time.

Later they were numbered as Green Lane and I suppose the May Cottages name was dropped. Why they were called May Cottages in the first place is another mystery.

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