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105 Sedgwick Street

History of 105 Sedgwick Street

105 Sedgwick Street was home to my paternal Grandparents Frank Mansfield and Hilda (nee Ferguson). Frank worked for the railway, as a track layer, I believe. Hilda was a seamstress. They were born in 1899 and 1901. The house was previously owned by my great grandparents, Ernest Ferguson who was a tailor’s cutter, and his wife. Ernest was born in 1866. They had three children, Hilda, my grandmother, Sidney and Dorothy.

My grandfather grew show chrysanthemums and dahlias and had a shed and outside loo. The house comprised three reception rooms downstairs and a lean-to scullery. Only the back room was used, and there was always a fire in the grate, from steam engine coal. It smelt of coal, carbolic soap and polish. There were several layers of wall paper on the walls by the 1960s.

My great great grandmother, mother to Ernest, was a publican in Barnwell in the 1800s.  (contributed by LS 2020)


Ernest Ferguson, tailor’s cutter


Frank Mansfield


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