Warning: Absolutely No Research Was Done For This Post
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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