Townshend Cottages Silver Jubilee and Coronation parties

Harry Robertson

I lived at 5 Townshend Cottages from 1929 to 1938, with my parents and sister, and my grandparents Jim and Elizabeth Washington. These photographs show Jubilee and Coronation street parties. I have some pictures of Barrow Hill Road which I will upload later.

This page was added on 17/06/2011.

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  • just carrying out some family history about my father-in-law Stanley Staniford who was born at 33 Townshend Cottages in 1919, his grandfather Joseph Staniford lived at 43 Townsend Cottages. if anyone has any details about life in Townsend Cottages pre WW1 I would be grateful.

    By Peter Roake (04/01/2021)
  • Dear Janet, of course you are the right family. I remember the Sangsters, I believe my mums best friend was Ivy Sangster, I hope this is right. Freddie was my best friend at school and for years afterwards. Any idea how I can reach or get in touch with him?regards,Kenny Poulton. Please try and reply to me.

    By Kenny Poulton (28/01/2018)
  • Hi Ken

    My Uncle was called Freddie Bassett and his wife was Rose they live opposite us in Pettie House on Townshend Estate. I moved there from Carlton Hill with my Mum Clara and Dad Reg Bassett and my sisters Ann and Pat in 1959; they previously lived in Townshend Cottages. The Bassett’s were quite a big family living there in that time. Fred had a son called Dinko (nickname I think) and a daughter  I cannot remember her name I was born in 1954 so I am now 60 but they were quite a bit older than me. My other Uncle George Bassett lived in Eamont Court he had a son called Archie and a daughter but I did not know her either.

    My Mum’s family name was Thompson and before that her Mother’s name was Sangster. I did not see this post because I do not log into the site very often I will try to more often so please let me know if we are the family that you knew.



    By Janet Bassett (30/09/2014)
  • Are you any relation to Freddy Bassett who lived in 28 eaumont court. If you are please contact me,thanks. Ken Poulton

    By Ken poulton (01/04/2013)
  • My father’s family lived in Townshend Cottages until they were demolished after the Second World War. Their name was Bassett. My mother’s family were living in Frederick Street (now McKennel Street) when she was born. Their name was Thompson. Her mother’s family were Sangsters. Both sides of the families came up from the West Country, in approximately 1860’s to live in St John’s Wood. My parents lived in St John’s Wood all their lives, when first married in the cottages with my father’s family then in Charles Lane, and then Carlton Hill (where I was born), finally, coming to live in Townshend Estate, on the land of where the Townshend Cottages once were in 1959, until their deaths in 1984, and 2005. My sister, daughter and I, all live in flats there until this day.

    By Janet Bassett (09/09/2012)
  • I was born in the stables at the bottom of Townsend cottages. Ilived in 88 St Johns Wood Terrace from 1942 till 1951 and then moved to Cochrane Street. My dad worked at Jordans green grocers in Charlbert Street and I went to Barrow Hill School.

    By kenny poulton (12/06/2012)
  • Lovely photos! Sad many of the old places no longer exist. My ancestors lived in Portland Cottages and somewhere called Oak Tree Mews. I’m talking about the 1830s/40s.

    By Susan Ault (30/03/2012)
  • Harry, did you know my dad George Farmer, he lived in Newcourt St, in the row of houses next to the Police Stn, which are long gone, now flats.

    By Terry Farmer (08/02/2012)
  • Harry, it is good to hear from you. It has taken us a while to get back to you, as we were not sure how you came to add the photos! Normally they go through one of our editors. We are always glad to learn more about our area and I am pleased that you may have more photos to upload. In the meantime I would like to know more about these – what is your email address?

    By Louise Brodie (10/08/2011)

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