The centre cottage in this picture, with the bricked up door, would seem to be my great great grandfather's house from all the evidence gathered. I was quite excited to find it but short of nerve ant time to knock at the door. I now regret this. The cottages were originally called just "Holm" or "Holmes" (depending on the census) and this was likely number 1 or 2. Interestedly on one census "1" seems struck out and "2" added. More recent occupiers have tastefully added the large extension to the left (west) in similar stone. Examination of the stacks in another photo of the whole row suggests there might have been another cottage at the end. I'm not sure about this and would appreciate help. The row of cottages show on several old maps. In the 1840's large Cotton Bleaching factory would have been visible just at the left of this picture.
Thanks for the enjoyable commentary!!
There is so much one could say about the alterations done to the cottages. I could be quite critical about the choice of stone for the door and those plastic window frames are so out of keeping with the age of this lovely old building ;>)
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Photo taken in Bolton, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location