Yesterday at about 3.00 p.m. we set off for Thornton Heath, catching bus 198 in Lebanon Road, to find a house where Stephen’s great grandfather lived with his family at the time of the 1891 census. He tracked this down using Ancestry.com. The house address is 69 The Drive, Thornton Heath. The bus took us from outside of our housing estate directly to Thornton Heath and home again.
This area was opened up after a railway station was built. The town centre appears a little shabby, but there are rather nice homes on the hill. As well as finding the actual house we walked up to what was a water tower for the town and is now used for flats (rather posh ones). We talked to a woman who had done some research on the building, though she said there wasn’t very much to go on and she is not sure when the building stopped being used as a water tower and was converted in homes. She lives in a little row of nice fairly modern houses that share the garden and parking area of the WT.
Details from the census are: Henry James Robinson, 29 years of age, a farm labourer, married to Emma and their son Henry John, 7 years of age.
Taking photos in the late afternoon, with sunset at about 4.15, meant there wasn’t much light. I’ve done a bit of work with them in Lightroom, but they are still rather dull, especially processed by WordPress for uploading here. Never mind, they document the visit.