The Anatomy of an Edwardian Suburb of Bath


Begun in 2010 with the publication of the 1911 Census online, this study explores the people living in this Edwardian suburb in its first decade.  Late Georgian, Regency and Victorian houses had been built for the upper-middle classes, forming the northern and southern boundaries of the Edwardian estate.  However, it was was the arrival of more than 1,000 people, largely from the middling middle classes that turned this largely rural setting into a suburb of Bath.  This study looks at the building of the estate but its main focus is the people who came to live in the 'new' houses, their origins and their occupations.

 

For each of the streets (find the entries under 'Streets' from the menu, above) in the suburb there are three pages:

1) A Summary page describing the general features of the road and when it was built;

2) A Household page with the contents of the 1911 Census for each separate household;

3) A Statistics page, general statistics and geographical origins, with a growing commentary on these findings.

 

The are also several pages under 'Miscellaneous', including a recent addition on 'House Numbering', a very complex issue in Poet's Corner!

Following soon, the Architects & Builders of the Estate...

More information about the changes will appear on my News Page

 

Richard Williams

16th February 2016
View from Bloomfield Crescent of an emerging Bear Flat c.1910
Bath in Time
The estate appears almost complete, the top of Lyncombe Hill is partly taken up by Alexandra Park but the area to the south (rtop-ight) was still farmed.  The dairy farmer who farmed Lyncombe Hill Farm lived at number No. 83 Shakespeare Avenue!
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