Diamond Cottage

Warning: Absolutely No Research Was Done For This Post

Stuart asks:

I am trying to trace whether a house which was called ‘The Cottage’ existed on Diamond Terrace around 1910-1930, which Parish it was in and who lived there. Does it still exist and are there any photographs?

The Phantom replies:

This is a typical example of The Phantom treading ground as shaky as that upon which Diamond Terrace itself stands.

The short answer is that I don’t know – but I’m willing to be that the above photo is of Diamond Cottage, on the southern bend of the cute little path that makes up Diamond Terrace. I took the picture some months ago, having been utterly charmed by the place and, in the spirit of not actually checking any of my facts today, haven’t been up since the crack of dawn to trudge over and spy in the windows just to make sure. That’s what visits to the Heritage Centre are for.

According to Darryl Spurgeon (I did make it the two steps across the room to the Phantom Bookshelf – I’m not that lazy) it’s from 1844, and though I’m not going to swear to it, I’ll make an educated guess and suggest that it’s in the parish of St Alfeges(BTW if anyone from St Alfeges is reading this, I am also beginning to get questions about Advent Windows…)

I don’t know who would have lived there, though I can invent some ex residents for you if you like. If you prefer real people, the parish records of St Alfeges are now held at the Metropolitan Archives, specifically in the A2A Database. I confess a (very) quick search didn’t dredge anything up, but, as I warned you at the top of this post, today’s is one hell of a quick post…

I am sure there are local history fans or residents of Diamond Terrace (even the cottage itself – hell – if I lived in a place like that I’d have researched its history to the last scullery maid) who can help further – so now I’m sending this out into the ether and looking forward to replies…

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6 Comments to “Diamond Cottage”

  1. OldChina says:

    Looks great. I’ll take it.

  2. Steven says:

    The 1901 census indicated that 12 people lived here at the time – the parents were in their early forties, the father working as a woodturner in Deptford and the mother as a nurse/nanny for privileged children next door ( the cottage was built for the express purpose of housing servants ). They had ten children, with great names like Mabel and Maud, whose ages ranged from 14 years to 6 months. I have lived here since 1992.

  3. Wow – thank you Steven – I had a feeling that anyone who lived in a place as lovely as that would have made the effort to find out about it. If there were 12 people living there it is either larger than it looks from the outside – or they lived in utter squalour!

  4. Carol says:

    Very interested to hear the background of such a lovely house, thanks Steven.

    I bet Mabel and Maud will be back in fashion as names soon, if they’re not already.

  5. Nick Martin says:

    The 1911 census has Diamond Cottage reported as a house with 5 rooms (excluding bathrooms & scullery), and it housed the YULE family. George Yule was a ship’s steward in the merchant service, and there was also his wife Florence, seven daughters, two sons, and his mother-in-law. I would imagine it would have been quite cramped !

  6. Stuart says:

    Wow, what a lovely cottage (House) thanks guys for your investigations and hard work. The link with Ships Steward and ‘The cottage’ is especially interesting. Our ultimate question was around my wife’s Grandfather Arthur (b. circa between 1917-1925) & Great Grandfather (whom we believe was a steward @ the Royal Naval college) – Surname ‘Page’ but we wanted to find the house first. If this is where we have found, we have some unsubstantiated stories that there was a ‘Cave’ in the garden. The extended family may even have been spread over three properties in close proximity within Diamond Terrace (although the comment about 12 people living there may indicate the extent of the house or houses). It has been a bit of a challenge to find ‘Page’ ancestors as searches on ‘Page’ give huge lists of information, most of which is totally irrelevent !) Anyhow many thanks for now. Please keep us updated on anything else that may be of interest – Many Thanks & Kind Regards