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5 Kingston Street

A Widow and her Granddaughters

The 1888 Ordnance Survey Town Plan records numbers 3, 5 and 7 Kingston Street as Bay Terrace.


Robert Fisher, a 57-year-old colliery agent from Littlecot in Wiltshire is head of household.  he is married to Mary, a 59-year-old from Rockbeare, Devonshire.  The couple have two grown-up daughters living with them: Kate, aged 27 and Frances, aged 22.  There is no occupation listed for either of the daughters.


In 1891, Number 5 is home to Sarah Brown, an 82 year old Widow living on her own means. Living with her are three of her grandchildren, Emily Brown, a 30 year old working as a Registry Office Keeper, Ada, a 25 year old working as a music teacher, and 10 year old William, who is in education.  Sarah Brown is likely to be wealthier than most in the area, as she could afford to finance having a domestic servant, 14 year old Ellen Beaumont.


In 1901, number 5 is now the home of Henry Slack, a 56 year old Widower. Hailing from Norwich, he works as a railway guard. He lives with his 28 year old daughter Ethel Slack.


By 1911, Henry Slack is now retired, aged 66, listed as a ‘pensioner.’ Ethel, now 37, works as a Health Visitor.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, 1888 Ordnance Survey Town Plan


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