Who used to live in my house?

If you have an interest in certain parts of Brighton and Hove in East Sussex, you may be interested in the great website http://www.mhms.org.uk

My House My Street is a database of street histories.  There are only a few streets listed at the moment as it is an ongoing project, but it is still a great source of information about who lived where at various times.  I find the occupancy data containing 24 streets to be a real eye opener.  The information lists names, ages and occupations of the residents.

I am lucky enough to have my first home listed on this website, so instead of concentrating on my family history in this post, I shall relate my first home’s history as found on this website.


My first home was 45 Lower Market Street, built on three storeys we lived in the maisonette consisting of the top two floors.  The data begins in 1871, when there were eight residents listed, Joseph Jones, the head of the household was 37 years of age and a milkman.  His wife Elisa was 34, and they had three children; Alfred aged 13 was an Errand Boy, Rhoda aged 8 and Samuel aged 4 were scholars.  They also had three boarders living in, John and Anne Uins aged 72 and 60 and Louisa King, 25.  John Uins is listed as a Bath Chair Man, I’m not too sure what this was although I imagine bath chairs were rather like wheelchairs.

Ten years later, in 1881 only three residents were listed, the Balcombe family; Walter the head of the household was aged 54 and his occupation is listed as Groom 8/- and I am not too sure what this was.  S. A. Balcombe his wife was 50 and S.E. Balcombe his daughter, 24.  His wife and daughter are listed as dressmakers.

After the passing of another decade, in 1891 the residency was up to eleven, consisting of two families.  Perhaps one lived downstairs and the other upstairs, as we did later on.  The Dywood family consisted of a husband, wife, three sons and three daughters.  The head of the household was William C. Dywood, aged 37 and a Greengrocer’s assistant.  His wife, Jemima was 38.  The sons were William C, aged 13, Alfred aged 12 and Albert aged 4.  The daughters were Alice aged 10, Nellie aged 8 and little Kate, 1.  The other family were the Plumbs.  Elijah, the head of this family was 55 and a Coachman – Domestic.  His wife was Jane, aged 54 and they had a son, Alfred aged 10.

Into the twentieth century, and in 1901 five residents were listed: Frank Puddick the head of the household was 31 years of age, a Milk Carrier and he lived here with his wife Kate 32, and Carry their daughter, aged 9.  Also living here at that time were two boarders listed as T. Timmons aged 16, a Grocers Assistant and T. Payne aged 40, a Butcher.

The last information is from 1911.  Vernon Allen aged 44 is listed as the head of the household, his occupation registered as a Gardener.  His wife Mary Allen was 61.  There were three others listed also:  a servant, Mary Thomas aged 39, a Domestic Servant; a boarder, Caroline Standford aged 43, a servant; and a lodger, Eliza Johnston, aged 46, a Domestic Cook.

I believe my parents must have moved into number 45 in the early 1950s, and we moved out in 1963.  This photograph was taken outside our house in Lower Market Street I think.

Gordon Dinnis and Jackie

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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6 Responses to Who used to live in my house?

  1. Jemma says:

    I am so enjoying your blog posts Jackie – you’re an inspiration 🙂 I had to Google ‘Bath Chairs’ and there’s a nice photo of them here: http://www.cityofbath.co.uk/history/body_bathchair.html

    • Jemma thank you for that link! It explains wonderfully well about Bath Chairs, and the photos are great. I shall look out for more information about them now, I love getting side-tracked on the family history trail 🙂

  2. Jen HaHA says:

    How fascinating to read the history of your former residence! I was sad when my grandmother’s house sold after she passed away. I really thought the family was going to keep it but those who said they would didn’t (long story) and I already have a house.

    Cute pic!

    Hyperlink again
    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

    • Jen, thanks for commenting, it’s quite surprised me how many emotions and feelings are tied up in houses we’ve lived in. I still live near enough to my first home that I can walk past it anytime I want to. Thanks again.

  3. Pingback: Bath Chairs in Hove « Meeting my family

  4. rose2852 says:

    What a great resource!

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