The Gables, Wylcwm Street, Knighton

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  1. Grizel

    Grizel Well-Known Member

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    Well what do you know!!! Am enjoying reading it Terry - now why didn't I connect the names?....
     
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    Thank you very much Grizel. It was a little project I was forced (arms behind my back in the nelson hold) by several members of this site :)

    The main instigator should stick to being 'Chief cook & bottle washer!' ;)
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    I have since found that before the Gables was the Post Office it was the North and South Wales Bank. In 1851 Wylcwm Street was known as the Bullring.
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    You do not make it easy for us do you? :D
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    In the 1903 Trades Directory of Wales - the North and South Wales Bank was in Broad Street.

    The only mention of Wilcome is Wilcome Place where an accountant W A Collin?s (the last letter is smudged) trades from.
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    In the 1901 Directory the bank is listed as being in Broad Street, and Mr Collins is an estate agent/ accountant but no address is given for him.
     
  8. Chimp

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    Thank you MollyMay. The bank moved to Broad Street during the renovation of that street. It moved to a purpose built building. The building is still a bank today.
     
  9. Huncamunca

    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    Have a look at some of the directories on Ancestry. Go into UK City and County Directories 1600s-1900s then choose Wales, All Welsh Counties, and then the date.

    It might pay off to go through each page for Knighton, looking for entries in Wilcome St. I haven't done a systematic search, but here are a couple of examples:

    1895 Kelly's directory for South Wales, image 375
    John Probart Medlicott, mangr. to North & South Wales Bank, & treasurer to county & urban district council, Wilcome street

    1910 Kelly's directory for South Wales (sorry didn't copy image number)
    In the list of 'private residents': Mrs Harrison, The Gables, Wilcome St.

    I can't see Mrs Harrison on the 1911 census. The following people are in Wylcwm Street I think (but are listed as Wylcwm Place in the enumerator's summary book):
    Rowland Tench (manager, Coal & Gas Supply Co), Burford House
    Miss Elizabeth Price, Wylcwm Street (3 rooms)
    widow Martha Parton plus daughter and visitor, Wylcwm St (4 rooms)
    Cornelius Gill, groom & gardener, plus wife and 6 children, Wylcwm St (4 rooms)
    Then comes Thos Wm Graves, surgeon, with wife and a servant, in Wylcwm St (9 rooms) (this is the last of the 471 images in Knighton ED 1)
     
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    On one of the documents I saw last evening there was something to do with Eleanor Palfrey and deeds from Mr Medlicott. Eleanor Palfry was the postmistress in Knighton. I am being sent copies of these documents at some point so will know more then.

    Thomas William Graves lived at the Surgery, which is one building up from the old post office. From the sounds of it The old post office may have been turned into boarding rooms. I know at one point the old telephone exchange used to be in one of the upstairs rooms.

    Thank you Huncumunca, I will take a look tomorrow. It's coming up to my bed time now.
     
  11. The Artful Dodger

    The Artful Dodger Dodging, ducking and diving

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    Our Chimp is getting tired - why - he is a Mod., has a full time job and building a web site of the history of Knighton? I think I've answered my own question!!

    Seriously - Chimp - the site is brilliant and all I can say is "A man's gotta do what a Man's gotta do".

    If you are ever near where I am - the pubs are great, the caff's are OK and you can 'crash' here.

    P.S.
    Bring Smedley's pies with ya!!:D
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    AArrh! was confused by this post....had a nice trip about tho'.

     
  13. Findem

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    Perhaps it's time to stick little labels on objects with their name on the label. :rolleyes: :D
     
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