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90 Anson Road

35 Green Lane

Building type

Victorian terraced house built just after the start of the twentieth century.

Date

The plot, lot number 400 was sold by the London and North Western Railway Company on the 16th November, 1900 for £38. The builder had two years in which to build a house to the value of not less than £150.

Click here to look at 1899 map of building plots

Architect

Architect unknown but the house was built by Mr. Arthur William Hawley of 29 Buckingham Street, Wolverton.

Materials

The house is built in red brick, the bricks to the front of the house being of much better quality than of those to the rear. The house stands on a plinth of blue engineering bricks into which cast iron ventilation grilles have been inserted.

The roof which would have originally been slate has now been replaced with concrete tiles but the terracotta ridge tiles and chimney stack remain in place.

Plan

The house has a single bay to the front. At the rear of the house there is a double depth wing to the left with further single bay.

Features

Most of the remaining original features are on the front aspect of the house and are listed below:

  • Terracotta mouldings below the gutter
  • Terracotta storey band between the upstairs window sills.
  • Original sash windows
  • Bay window with red brick mullions
  • Terracotta moulded arches above the porch and windows
  • Sunflower design keystone above porch with a pair of decorative capitals either side
  • Encaustic tiles in the doorway
Encaustic tiles
  • Cast iron air vent below the door and in the blue engineering bricks
  • York stone steps
Sunflower design keystone above porch
decorative capital
Cast iron ventillation grille in blue engineering bricks

There are only a few remaining original features left inside the house, some plaster mouldings in the hallway, cornice and picture rail in the front reception room. There is a fireplace in one of the bedrooms.

Interior

The interior of the house comprises of a hallway, two reception rooms which have been opened into one room and a further room at the back which would have originally been the kitchen. This room has a small cellar leading off of it which would have been used for storing food. Beyond this is our kitchen which would have been the scullery and an outside barn which was the coal shed and outside toilet, this has now been converted into a bathroom. Upstairs there are three bedrooms.

Subsidiary Features

There are no subsidiary features.

History

The house was first bought by Sidney and Elizabeth Coles. Sidney Coles played football as a professional for Derby and his services were obtained by the railway company in 1888 to find other players of such quality. He was engaged at the works as a Coach Trimmer.

Sidney and Elizabeth Coles moved into 35 Green Lane with their two children. Elizabeth died in 1946 and Sidney lived on there. At this time a Mary Baker appears on the Electoral register who we believe looked after him until he died in 1956. He and Elizabeth are buried in the council cemetery in Wolverton.

Between 1956 & 1957 Mary Baker was still in the house.

The house was then sold to:

1957 - 1962 Alan T Carver & Pamela E Carver

1962 - 1987 Albert H Wilson & Doreen M Wilson

1987 - 1988 Michael Wibberley

1988 - 1998 Brian & Fiona Collins

1998 - Graham & Denise Doull

Extra information

No additional information.

Sources

Information from conveyance documents, the H M Land Registry and the electoral registers.
The Train Makers - Bill West


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