Friday 13 March 2009 8.41am
I only found out last week about the bombed block. I live in the smaller of the remaining three, opposite the little row of shops (now cafes and a health bar of all things!). Do you know exactly where it was, David. I've looked at those old poverty maps and it looks like it was really close to the school, on the space that is now the school's garden.
In the 50's there was a fire in one of the big blocks and a lot of people died. They removed the top two floors that were in the pitched roof (is there a proper name for that). They also added fire escapes, and doors all over the buildings. These have now gone but despite very good brick matching you can just make out the old doorways.
I don't know where the were. In the 1911 census they were living in 27a Guinness Bldg, Snowsfields. There were 10 people, g'dad g'ma, 4 boys and 3 girls and g'dad's brother, living in the 4 rooms which included the kitchen. I can't find the 1901 but they had only 2 rooms and a number of the children, plus one listed as adopted who was actually the daughter of a stepbrother. There were 14 children of whom only 10 survived to adulthood as far as I can trace. Charles who was on the 1911 died when he was run over by a horse and cart, and had previously nearly drowned when he fell into the Thames with his sister. Must have been a bit of a tearaway.