Our ‘Celebration of Fengates Road’ now becomes a celebration of its residents. Although there are some common threads that run through these chapters, such as childhood memories and community involvement, it is not a single story. Rather it is an interweaving of people, places and events that has shaped the changing character of the road over the past century.
The stories have been told, as far as is possible, by the people who lived them about the people they knew.
Extract from the 1895 conveyance of ‘Blenheim’, number 35 Fengates Road from Mr Saunders Jeal (bricklayer, who almost certainly built the house) to Mrs Ann Bourn (widow). The site plan refers to the original plot numbers rather than the subsequent house numbers.
Above; 1899 letter addressed to Miss Horley at Steyne - number 60 - found behind a fire surround.
Below; shilling found during building works at number 35.