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Swiss Cottages 1890's

Postby mydogsandme » 06 Apr 2021, 18:12

Would anyone know where number 2 Swiss Cottage would have been. My great grandfather moved there from Reffley Farm in the early 1890's. I don't believe it connected with Swiss Terrace on Gayton Rd as the census has listed it on Gaywood Rd. I expect there were a good deal more cottages in Gaywood than shops then.
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Re: Swiss Cottages 1890's

Postby Tresagreen » 06 Apr 2021, 20:01

There is a Swiss Terrace in Tennyson Avenue
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Postby EWW » 06 Apr 2021, 20:05

I do not know where that Swiss Cottage is but by coincidence I lived in Swiss Cottage Burkitt St. Right here.

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Postby Tresagreen » 06 Apr 2021, 21:16

2 Swiss Cottage is listed as St Margarets Kings Lynn, I may be wrong, but don't think that covered the Gaywood Rd area did it?

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Postby mydogsandme » 07 Apr 2021, 07:59

Hmm not sure of that one but didn't think so. Eww I had several family members living down Burkitt St at one time. My great aunt and both my great uncles. Apparently one was a master bookmaker with a shop at the end of the road sometime around the 30s-40's.
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Postby EWW » 07 Apr 2021, 08:24

A Mrs Hammond owned Swiss Cottage before I bought it. Did you know her? The first time I walked in the place I fell right through the floor.
Luckily the gap under the boards was only about eighteen inches deep. :)
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Postby Tresagreen » 07 Apr 2021, 09:52

Going back to the Tennyson Avenue one, this could be what you are looking for. Another member Leigh wrote, " when I was at tech in 1990, I lived down the road ( mount st) off Tennyson Avenue and a friend of ours lived at No 1 Swiss Terrace. The houses were absolutely tiny, but really cosy. You had to walk through other family members bedrooms to get to our friends room, which always felt a bit awkward, especially late at night"........... They could have been the cottages that were there in 1891. It has been known for houses to be more than 100 years old :roll:
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Re: Swiss Cottages 1890's

Postby desira37 » 07 Apr 2021, 09:54

Ev
A Miss Elsie Hammond lived in Burkitt St. when I knew her . When did you move there ?
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Re: Swiss Cottages 1890's

Postby EWW » 07 Apr 2021, 09:57

In the 90s Ms Marple :)
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Postby desira37 » 07 Apr 2021, 10:04

Ms Marple title belongs to Teri
Elsie died in 1995
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Postby EWW » 07 Apr 2021, 10:34

I was looking at the wrong post desira. Senior moment. I think I bought it in 96 and completely gutted it back to bare brick.
The kitchen even had a flagstone floor in it and an outside loo with no roof and a broken door. I lived in it while I was
renovating it and got pneumonia and pelurisy. No window glass, one cold water tap and a calor gas fire for heating.
Nearly killed me but got it done.
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Postby desira37 » 07 Apr 2021, 11:15

Our outside loo had a roof & a door that I never closed properly as you couldn't see with it shut the ceiling had a hole in the top left hand corner from the rats next door and if you filled the coal bucket you banged the door first.
Every time mum complained to aunt Lil she would say she was to old to have things repaired the bomb damage was never put right either.
Mum always said next door had no water to the outside loo and they flushed with a bucket of water.
If Elsie's floor was like ours it had a stream running under it and when ours rotted & collapsed she had to do something about it and concrete floors were put down.
But I don't think we lived in the terrible conditions we see on the television today with slum landlords.
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Postby EWW » 07 Apr 2021, 11:20

The kitchen had the flags laid straight onto the soil. I knocked that half of the cottage down and rebuilt it.
The outside loo was a bucket of water job also. How the old girl managed I dunno. It must have been grim
for her.
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Re: Swiss Cottages 1890's

Postby Nuggets » 07 Apr 2021, 17:32

When I first met my Wife she was living with her family at Swiss Cottage 2 Denmark Road.
This is a small cul-de-sac at the bottom of New Road Gaywood. The previous owners were Mr and Mrs Spiers
My wife's family lived there from approximately 1963 to 1983. As this location is not too far from Reffley Farm I wondered if this house might be a possibility.
Photo of house taken today.

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Re: Swiss Cottages 1890's

Postby Tresagreen » 07 Apr 2021, 17:33

Spoke to ' a lady who knows' and she said Swiss Cottages and Swiss Terrace were one and the same. Definitely off Tennyson Avenue.
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