Francis Chapman’s home

These three items were very kindly provided by Austin Fleckney. Click on the pictures for a much larger version.

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This seems to be another of the E R Lovell postcards. These cottages, much altered, are still present in Tyrells End in 2011. Austin’s father-in-law, Francis E Chapman, lived in number 51 (the house numbers have changed since then) which was the second from the left of the four houses in the terrace.

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Here’s the rent book. The house was rented from the Bedford estate, paying £4.55 per year. No more than nine people could live there – but children didn’t count! That would have been a real squash.


Here are the receipts for some of the rent.


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