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History of houses in Perry Vale triangle?
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23-02-2016 01:26 AM

I've had to look up the history of our house on Kilmorie Road and came across something interesting on the Ideal Homes site:

"By 1894 the street naming was settling down to something close to its modern form, and the last pockets of farmland were being covered by Stondon Park and its offshoots in the north, and by the Leathersellers' estate between Stanstead Road and Woolstone Road in the south."

Does anyone know if this means that the area of land we call the 'Perry Vale Triangle' (which includes Kilmorie Road) was originally owned by the Leathersellers company?

I've discovered who originally lived in the house from the 1901 Census record - the widow of a bootmaker from Kent, and 4 of her 10 children - not sure if that is a coincidence (boots, leather...)

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23-02-2016 09:44 AM

Very interesting - it looks like it is, see:

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23-02-2016 03:11 PM

Thanks it does look like that.
Looking at the occupations of other householders from the 1901 census on my street, they are what was called either 'middle class' or 'skilled working class' industries like merchants, upholstery, warehouse clerk, salesman, milliner, bedding salesman, embroidery stock-keeper, dressmaker, engraver, shipping etc.

Another widow on the street had a husband who used to be a 'hatter' making hats living in the leather area of Bermondsey, she also seems to have moved to the area after her husband died, so it does make you wonder if the Leathersellers made houses available to widows and dependants of those in the industry. A lot of them seem to have had very large families so there would have been a lot of mouths to feed!

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24-02-2016 09:53 PM

Interesting, but I always thought the PV triangle was the group of buildings cornered by the Carers centre, New Island Fish&Chips and Distinguish doors - by Waldram Place.

And I bet that has some interesting history too.

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