Hamilton Villa, South Road published by Eddie Prest on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 16:02
I am researching Hamilton Villa in South Road from the period 1860-1900. My great grandfather’s brother was living there at the time of his death in 1890, so I would like a street directory screen shot for my family history records, and any old photos of the houses opposite Prince Consort Gardens, which was still South Road back in those days.
Can I access census records just by using Hamilton Villa as a link, as I would like to know who also lived there between those years?
I know this is not in your time frame but in 1920 Henry BUTT got planning permission to convert Hamilton House at 5 South Road into flats. As with all his conversions it was then called Hamilton Mansions. Was this the same house? If so it was on the north side of South Road and can be found on early maps. Am I correct in thinking it is the house marked in red on this map?
Unfortunately I do not have access at home to a directory for years before 1900 but the censuses do reveal who lived there but yes you can search by address on Findmypast, however, do not put in Weston-super-mare just use South Road and the county Somerset. I did notice that in 1891 it was called Hamilton Villa and a John COOK was head of the household. You can get an image of the house today - Hamilton Mansions - on google street view.
Submitted by Eddie Prest on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 9:01
Thank you Richard. This is really useful information as not only does it show Harriet as a widow still living there 7 years after husbands death, it also notes Alexander, one of the brothers operating as a butcher in West Street (something I already knew).