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Norman Street

According to the 1901 census, Annie (Bone) and William Styles were living at 17 Norman Street, Felling. The Ordnance Survey maps of the area in both 1898 and 1901 show some few half-built streets but there's no street labelled Norman Street.

Felling in 1921

Felling in 1921

Felling in 1967

Felling in 1967

By 1921 there's another Ordnance Survey map which, whilst showing more streets and housing, still fails to show a street with that name. But it is there, near Thomas Street, Ann Street and George Street.

Norman Street is perpendicular to Christies Lane but it just isn't labelled. One must assume, I suppose, that it was there in 1901 too. OS maps are bound to lag new building since they show real estate (not future or fantasy estate).

Moderately interesting that the five streets meeting at Victoria Square junction somewhat resembles the notorious New York district known as the Five Points.

It was still there, and even visibly labelled as Norman Street, in 1967. It's near the centre of the map on the right, a short piece of road just above the letter 'w' in Split Crow Road (what a lovely name) and parallel to it. It joins Buller Street to Christies Lane, and Norman Street thus forms the crossbar of a capital H. So that's where Annie Bone was on March 31, 1901.

The 1921 map, above left, shows the disused Felling Quarry. By 1967 this has vanished from the map. Nowadays it's all green and all of those small streets combing upwards from Split Crow Road have been demolished and rebuilt as something a little more unstructured. Below is a google view of modern Felling, with the above right 1967 street map with the help of those nice people over at GeoReferencer transformed to fit over it. Currently, Norman Street is completely built over with new housing transversely covering where it was.

The ghost of 1967 over modern Felling
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Paul Sampson,
Mar 21, 2012, 5:31 PM
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Paul Sampson,
Mar 21, 2012, 6:48 PM
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