Archaic Huthwaite Addresses

Recalling past yard names proved a popular pastime between elder residents when Mrs Betty Smith ran a Living History Group. Graciously sharing her written group notes aids fullest listing. Attempting to actually plot all those old yards to assist readers enquiries, seemed to merit including all other past addressed areas, lanes or dwellings, which have frustrated family genealogy research. This full indexing will hopefully clarifying all older forms of known addressing recognisably once given Hucknall Huthwaite ancestors.

Cary 1805

My press research and talks with past generations has helped identify some lesser known areas. Residents could easily recall Harper Lane, and clear reason behind how it become called Station Road. But a related Bakers Bank or even Harper Terrace never did readily spring to everyone's mind. And fewer still seemed ever aware the B6026, or the principle Huthwaite thoroughfare mapped earlier by broad county coverage, used to be called Hopkin Lane before addressing that known related landowners yard upon another obscurely classified Church Street. So while we're all still learning, I'd be pleased to attempt answering any further found historic references.

Although some yard names identified obvious commercial concerns, most reflected an influential landowner. The case of one meadowed area descriptively still called Herrod's Hill, belies references becoming generally given turning poorer farmland into rentable housing developments. Worker cottages had already formed full length of Main Street by end of the 18th century. Thereafter lined by communal water wells, that area continued supporting a growing stockinger cottage industry, before modern coal mining invited a far greater influx of colliers.

The Yards

From around 1890, more residents could eventually claim and defend their own private "Back Yard". But it was still among older styled, though newer built communal yards, where many working families continued sharing a residentially named and numbered address for census and postal services. Yards like Pilsworth, Club, Swan and Sampson, even formed recognised branched streets connecting Back Lane. Although a Factory Yard recognised industrial progression of the established hosiery trade, the addition of Wright's Yard still oould not fully house all the miners who arrived to work the biggest industrial site called Pit Yard.

Advantaged eventually by piped mains water under Urban District planning allowed this emerging mining community to begin siting wider residential expansion. Stricter building guidelines, especially covering Public Health Acts, led local Councillors to order slum clearances from the 1930's. That also necessitated them to begin building replacement properties. The Huthwaite landmark generally called Strawberry Bank became residentially lined and formally addressed as such from 1933. Also prominently sited beside it, the naming of Woodland Avenue bears historic recognition from the Cottage long stood below. By the time UK postcodes were introduced from 1959, all the communal yards and most older dwellings had disappeared.

There had also been need to signpost and thus uniformly address all the roads and streets. This however, didn't stop Councillors slipping mention back to Harper Lane after opening their Chesterfield Road housing scheme. Influential recognition was historically given to one modernised area addressing Boots Yard. Even that family built mansion failed to escape a demolition order, despite it being lastly occupied by a wealthy Councillor Coupe J.P., who'd locally overseen how other property improvements were suitably enforced.

Named Properties

Densely populated streets finds majority of properties are simply sequentially numbered. Instead of just isolated dwellings bearing names such as Woodend or Mill Farm, these once descriptive references have been carried on into building areas like Mill Lane or Mill Close. Personalised residential naming may thereafter be regarded continuing a posh trend. Built on wealthy grander status still recognises The Elms and The Beeches. But after yards and streeting, even modest terraced properties are found named.

The opening of a New Hucknall Colliery left old Pit Row cottages to fall into dereliction. New company built housing formed an entire Newcastle Street. A coal subsidy allowance presumably fueled its Warm Gate nickname for later entering a Huthwaite Recreation Park. Their other terraced blocks include Bainbridge Terrace and Prospect Close 1888, 1888 Prospect Closeand while coming way short of homing all their workers, this block type of addressing continued to be incorporated when leaving it largely down to private enterprise to randomly fill in all the roadside gaps.

Earliest found dates 1887 beneath weathered initials facing the main Sutton Road highway. Similarly designed properties filling a New Street reveals how small named blocks formed seamless terracing elsewhere. A 1908 Providence Villas presents another of many lasting examples, showing how blocks were more easily addressed prior fully lining all the roads and street with a modern day odd and even renumbering system.

Modern Developments.

Finding 1916 addressing given to older McKinley Cottages shows they had claimed a higher Blackwell Road number. When they became suitably replaced, modern homes filled the gap by just adopting already recognised postal addresses. We've seen some vast changes since. The 21st century unexpectedly saw start of another housing boom, and squeezing in a few small blocks adds names as well as new estates.

Hard fought industrial rewards only became fully realised from the 1970's. It bought affordable homes, plus personal transport. When giving everyone a broader choice of larger town stores, this Huthwaite mining community gradually lost its variety of shop fronts. Then came mass closure of coal pits, swiftly followed by the hosiery trade. Whereas these two major industries had invited 19th and rapid 20th century residential expansion, a 21st century population boom reuses relatively cheap land to leisurely house commuters.

Postal deliveries can be confused with modern addressing. Splitting premises into flats can divide existing numbers by adding A, B, or C. Harder still if inserting a few houses between established rows. Unless of course, that small block could be given an individual name. Something perhaps ending in Close or Place?


Written 09 Jan 13 Revised 30 Aug 13 © by Gary Elliott