Buildings in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England
This page is devoted to showing photos of, and giving a little information about, some of the houses and other residential buildings, past and present, in Newark-on-Trent, England, but it is by no means comprehensive, and will be added to from time to time. Many of the photos were taken because of a family history interest in a particular building, but they nevertheless illustrate a range of Newark housing. It is an adjunct to my main Newark page.
This photo (100,665 bytes), taken on 17th January 1991, shows a typical 1950s semi-detached three bedroomed house in Grange Road on the southern edge of the town.
This is a much smaller 19th century terraced house in Smith Street (photo 86,869 bytes). The narrow arch on the left provides access to the rear of several of the adjacent houses. An estate agent's newspaper advertisement said "the accommodation comprises lounge, dining room, lobby, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom, garden to rear", but originally, like many houses at that time, it had no bathroom, this being created later by converting one of the original three bedrooms. The photo was taken on 30th January 1991.
This side road off London Road, with the Congregational Chapel on the junction, was built during the 19th century. The houses vary in both design and age, but those shown are very similar to those in Smith Street as shown above, including the conversion of the third bedroom to a bathroom; it was all fully built before 1900, but did not exist at the date of the 1829 map shown elsewhere on this site. Part of the Magnus School in Earp Avenue faces the end of this road. There are gaps every so often (2 are visible in the second photo) between the houses providing pedestrian access to the rear of the whole of the relevant group by means of an alley which separates the houses from their gardens. These photos (91,695 and 28,452 bytes respectively) were taken on 13th March 1991.
Handley House, in Northgate, is an example of the homes lived in by the more well-to-do members of the community. The Handley family, who lived here for many years, were bankers. They provided the town with at least two members of Parliament (one of whom was elected along with W.E. Gladstone on his first election to represent the town in 1832), and held many other offices, such as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, magistrates, councillors, etc. This photo (29,569 bytes) was taken on 21st February 2001.
At the end of World War 1 there was a general movement to build "Homes for Heroes", on the basis that returning soldiers should have something better than old slums to return to. Letchworth Garden City was held up as the best designed town in Europe, and its architect, Barry Parker, was engaged to design a new estate for Newark. Although the council modified his plans to cram in more, smaller, houses to save money, the basic design was implemented between 1920 and 1922 as the Hawtonville Estate. This photo (25,323 bytes), taken on 13th July 2003, shows Carlton Road, a typical example of the roads on this estate.
These cottages consitute sheltered accommodation for elderly residents, with a resident warden, on Sherwood Avenue. Some of the homes are accessed from the adjacent Balderton Gate. The bungalows shown face the end of the old General Hospital. This photo (32,543 bytes) was taken on 14th September 2002.
Little Oaks, and its neighbour The Oaks, provides a residential and nursing care home for the elderly and infirm, just outside the Newark boundary in London Road, Balderton. This photo (85,732 bytes) was taken on 17th March 2001.
This house on Appleton Gate, once a shop, is all that remains of a Victorian group of back-to-back houses known then as Tenter Buildings, which housed a thriving community. The photo (20,301 bytes) was taken on 9th December 2000.
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