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Street Number Changes
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 18:55

In about 1908 the streets in Weston-super-Mare were renumbered so that sequential numbering, up one side and then down the other, changed to odd numbers on one side and even numbers on the other.  This has caused many people researching their families to believe that families moved to another address in the same road when in fact all that had changed was the house number.   By comparing a small sample of the 1901 census with the 1911 census, although many families have moved, it is interesting that 

  • DOWDEN was at No 16 in 1901 and No 26 in 1911
  • TOTTLE    was at No 17 in 1901 and No 24 in 1911
  • CURTIS    was at No 18 in 1901 and No 22 in 1911

This advertisement from 1911 gives both addresses for HARRIS and Son.  Henry HARRIS was at 29, Orchard Street in 1901 and his son, Aubrey HARRIS can be found at 4, Orchard Street on the 1911 census.  These do not tie in exactly with the examples above but in 1911 there were many more addresses in Orchard Street than in 1901, so there had been additional building as well as the changes in the numbering.