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Address look up....update 8 May

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 10:29

I'm looking at the history of the house, not tracking the occupants, and it is possible that it wasn't built until after 1901.

The address is
Berkeley House
96 Windmill Street
Gravesend, Kent

This is the schedule for 1911

Emily Walters
Age in 1911: 48
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1863
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Hackney, London, England
Civil parish: Gravesend
County/Island: Kent
Country: England
Street Address: Berkeley House, 96 Windmill Street, Gravesend
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Mathematical Mistress
Registration district: Gravesend
Registration District Number: 44
Sub-registration district: Gravesend
ED, institution, or vessel: 14
Household schedule number: 96

Emily Walters 48
Ethel Martins 26
Gladys C Whiturill 25
Winifred H Tamton 24
Gillal C Tamton 22
Else Lowe 21
Winifred T Hawke 18
Margery G Jones 18
M Kathleen Mills 18
M Evelyn Walters 18
Mary J Swing 17
Violet H Baker 17
M Ethelwyn Price 17
Winifred M Taolnder 17
Mary Easton 26
Florence Salmes 19

Apart from the last 2 who are servants, the rest are single lady school teachers at Milton Mount College.

Thank you for looking

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 13 Apr 2013 10:35

Article from the Kent Archaeological Review, Autumn 1971 ...
Therefore in 1895, Berkeley House in Gravesend was acquired as a Junior School which it remained ... Every old or interesting building in Kent cannot of course be preserved ...
cka.moon-demon.co.uk/KAR026/KAR026_?Milton.htm - Cached

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 13 Apr 2013 10:38

Address Berkeley House, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent Reference RG13/0714/030/09
Roberta Walstehholme Head of household Single 48 Years Headmistress of Preparatory School Belper, Derbyshire
Katherine J. Davis Lodger Single 24 Years Assistant Mistress (School) Grimley, Worcestershire
Isabella Hammond Pupil Single 19 Years Student Teacher York, Yorkshire
Alice Robinson Pupil Single 20 Years Student Teacher Northallerton, Yorkshire
Kathleen Smith Pupil Single 20 Years Student Teacher Dorking, Surrey
Winifred Clarke Pupil Single 20 Years Student Teacher Frome, Somerset
Eleanor Moon Pupil Single 19 Years Student Teacher Halesowen, Worcestershire
Edith Barton Pupil Single 11 Years Southwark, London, County of
Gladys Bowden Pupil Single 8 Years Dawlish, Devon
Margaret D. Cooper Pupil Single 10 Years St. Neots, Huntingdonshire
Gwladys Griffith Pupil Single 13 Years Garth, Breconshire
Eunice Jones Pupil Single 13 Years Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire
Elsie Parry Pupil Single 11 Years Sutton St. Helens, Lancashire
Margaret J. Williams Pupil Single 13 Years Swansea, Glamorgan
Catherine J. Williams Pupil Single 11 Years Southport, Lancashire
Nelly [?] Wilson Pupil Single 11 Years Bristol, Gloucestershire
Emily Allard Servant Single 29 Years Housemaid - Domestic Northfleet, Kent
Louisa Moore Servant Single 20 Years Cook - Domestic Poplar, London, County of
Edith Stone Servant Single 16 Years Kitchenmaid - Domestic Gravesend, Kent


Article from the Kent Archaeological Review, Autumn 1971 ...
Therefore in 1895, Berkeley House in Gravesend was acquired as a Junior School which it remained ... Every old or interesting building in Kent cannot of course be preserved ...
cka.moon-demon.co.uk/KAR026/KAR026_?Milton.htm - Cached

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 13 Apr 2013 10:40

The history of the town of Gravesend in the county of Kent ...
... of The history of the town of Gravesend in the county of Kent ... The first Meeting-house of this connexion, in Gravesend, was ... of the Dover Road, next to Berkeley ...
www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/robert-?peirce-cruden/the... - Cached

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 10:42

Thank you Ann! All I could get up on t'internet was modern for sale notices :-(

George_of_Westbury

George_of_Westbury Report 13 Apr 2013 10:44

This is 1891

891 Census transcription details for: Berkley House, Windmill Street, Gravesend
National Archive Reference:
RG number RG12
Piece: 647
Folio: 62
Page: 20
Reg. District: Gravesend
Sub District: Gravesend
Parish: Gravesend
Enum. District: 16
Ecclesiastical District: St James
City/Municipal Borough: Gravesend
Address: Berkley House, Windmill Street, Gravesend
County: Kent

Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
AMBLER, Sarah Head Widow F 59 1832 Living On Her Own Means
Islington, London
AMBLER, Ellen B Daughter Single F 32 1859 Kinder Garden Teacher
Holborn, London
AMBLER, Rosaline M Daughter Single F 17 1874 Student Teacher Gymnastics
Holborn, London
KING, Mary E Boarder Single F 38 1853 Teacher Music
Brixton, London
STOCK, Beatrice M Boarder Single F 29 1862 Teacher Music
Devonshireport, Devonshire
HERON, Caroline Boarder Single F 27 1864 Teacher French
France
SELKIRK, Agnes M C L Boarder Single F 16 1875 Scholar
Scotland
DENHAM, Charlotte Boarder Single F 16 1875 Scholar
Halifax, Yorkshire
JONES, Kate Boarder Single F 18 1873 Scholar
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
JONES, Constance M Boarder Single F 14 1877 Scholar
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
WOOD, Florence Boarder Single F 13 1878 Scholar
Barnsley, Yorkshire
BRIGHT, May L Boarder Single F 13 1878 Scholar
Plaistow, Essex
FIRTH, Marie St J Boarder Single F 18 1873 Scholar
India
FIRTH, Isadora St J Boarder Single F 15 1876 Scholar
India
LEE, Ada Servant Single F 22 1869 Housemaid Domestic Servant
Northfleet, Kent
TAYLOR, Ada Servant Single F 19 1872 Housemaid Domestic Servant
Gravesend, Kent
COPLESTONE, Elizabeth Servant Single F 21 1870 Cook Domestic Servant
India


1901

1901 Census transcription details for: Berkeley House, Windmill Street, Gravesend
National Archive Reference:
RG number RG13
Piece: 714
Folio: 30
Page: 9
Reg. District: Gravesend
Sub District: Gravesend
Parish: Gravesend
Enum. District: 19
Ecclesiastical District: St James
City/Municipal Borough:
Address: Berkeley House, Windmill Street, Gravesend
County: Kent

Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
WOLSTENHOLME, Roberta Head Single F 48 1853 Headmistress Of Preparatory School
Belper, Derbyshire
DAVIS, Katharine J Boarder Single F 24 1877 Assistant Mistress (School)
Grimley, Worcestershire
HAMMOND, Iabella Pupil Single F 19 1882 Student Teacher (School)
York, Yorkshire
ROBINSON, Alice Pupil Single F 20 1881 Student Teacher (School)
Northallerton, Yorkshire
SMITH, Kathleen Pupil Single F 20 1881 Student Teacher (School)
Dorking, Surrey
CLARKE, Winifred Pupil Single F 20 1881 Student Teacher (School)
Frome, Somersetshire
MOON, Eleanor Pupil Single F 19 1882 Student Teacher (School)
Halesowen, Worcestershire
BARTON, Edith Pupil Single F 11 1890
Southwark, London
BOWDEN, Gladys Pupil Single F 8 1893
Dawlish, Devonshire
COOPER, Margaret D Pupil Single F 10 1891
St Neots, Huntingdonshire
GRIFFITH, Gwladys Pupil Single F 13 1888
Garth, Brecknockshire
JONES, Eunice Pupil Single F 13 1888
Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire
PARRY, Elise Pupil Single F 11 1890
Sutton St Helens, Lancashire
WILLIAMS, Margaret J Pupil Single F 13 1888
Swansea, Glamorganshire
WILLIAMS, Catherine J Pupil Single F 11 1890
Southport, Lancashire
VINSON, Nelly Pupil Single F 29 1872
Bristol, Gloucestershire
ALLARD, Emily Servant Single F 20 1881 Housemaid Domestic
Northfleet, Kent
MOORE, Rosina Servant Single F 20 1881 Cook Domestic
Poplar, London
STONE, Edith Servant Single F 16 1885 Kitchenmaid Domestic
Gravesend, Kent


George

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 10:47

Thank you :-D

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 13 Apr 2013 10:59

1871
TAYLOR, Elizabeth Ann Head F 32 1839 Lancashire (Schoolmistress)
TAYLOR, Emily Sister F 26 1845 Lancashire (Schoolmistress)
Piece: 890
Folio: 36
Page: 4
Registration District: Gravesend
Civil Parish: Milton
Municipal Borough: Gravesend
Address: Berkeley Crescent, Milton, Gravesend
County: Kent

(Marriage Notice in Newspaper 1878 for Emily above, of Berkeley House,Gravesend)

Chris :)

1881
TAYLOR, Elizabeth A Head Single F 40 1841 Principal Ladies Boarding School
Manchester, Lancashire
Piece: 874
Folio: 60
Page: 10
Registration District: Gravesend
Civil Parish: Gravesend
Municipal Borough:
Address: Berkley House, Windmill St, Gravesend
County: Kent

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 11:08

Thanks Chris, but Berkeley Crescent from memory is down by the Clock Tower.
Interesting that Emily's marriage notice says Berkeley House. May be there/are were 2 of them?

Interesting that it's a school, so may be? Or it could be that the house is named after the original lodging house location for the teachers?

Although no expert on Architecture, I don't think it dates from 1871. Its a rather grand Victorian family house, now divided into 6 flats where the oustide could do with a lick of paint

Edit - was typing while you posted the 1881 :-D

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 11:23

Chris - were did you find the marriage notice please?

ArgyllGran

ArgyllGran Report 13 Apr 2013 11:32

Perhaps the Gravesend Historical Society or Library could help you.

http://www.discovergravesham.co.uk/useful-contacts.html

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 11:38

Yes - that might be the next port of call :-)

+++DetEcTive+++

+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 12:02

Thank you everyone for your help. It's been a wonderful voyage of discovery.

Next stop the library :-D :-D

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 13 Apr 2013 14:13

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries.
The Standard (London, England), Monday, August 26, 1878

August 21st at the Church of the Annunciation, Chislehurst, by the Rev. H.R. Russell, vicar. W.A. Blakemore of Bickley, Kent and Salisbury Street, Strand, to Emily Taylor, of Berkeley House, Gravesend, youngest daughter of the late John Taylor, of Manchester.

(as the above)

Chris :)

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2013 22:10

Thank you Chris.

It would seem to imply that the Misses Taylors first had a school in Berkeley Crescent, then moved sometime between 1871-1878 to 96 Windmill Street, naming the house Berkeley House. Possibly that was to provide a connection to their previous school building in Berkeley Crescent.

Fascinating. :-) :-)

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 8 May 2013 20:02

Update - a time line. Thank you for everyone who contributed.

1872 - The first occupant of Berkley House was Miss Elizabeth Ann Taylor and her sister Miss Emily Taylor who were listed in the Hall’s Gravesend, Milton & Northfleet Directory. The property was run as an Educational Establishment.
They had previously run a boarding school in Berkley Crescent and probably named the house after that.

1878 (21 August) – Emily Taylor married William Agutter Blakemore of Bickley, Kent and Salisbury Street, Strand giving her place of residence as Berkley House.

1881 – Elizabeth Ann Taylor is still listed as the Principle of a Ladies Boarding School at this address, with 2 assistants and 9 pupils aged between 9 and 16. They employed a domestic servant and a cook.

1882 – Elizabeth must have moved as the person running the High School for Girls is now Miss Smiles.

1883 & 1884 - Miss Hanney is the occupant. There is no mention that it is still a school although this is likely to be the case.

1891 – Now a widowed Mrs Sarah Ambler and her daughter Ellen are the principle residents. Ellen is a Kindergarten teacher. There are 4 other teachers listed on the census, along with 9 Scholars of ‘High School’ age.

1895 – Berkley House is acquired by the Milton Mount College. The College was founded in 1871 as a Boarding School for the daughters of Congregational Minsters. Its purpose was to be run as a Junior School

1901 - The school was being run by Miss Roberta Aldenholme, the Headmistress of the Preparatory School, aided by one Assistant Mistress, and five Student/Pupil teachers. They had 9 Boarders and 3 domestic staff.

1909 – Milton Mount College opens a Kindergarten in the House.

1911 – Miss Emily Walters is named as the Head of the household. She is a Mathematical Mistress employed by Milton Mount College. Also living there are 3 other teachers and 10 Student teachers as well as 2 domestic staff. As there are no pupils listed on the census, one must assume that the school was run as a Day School, or that the pupils lived else where.
The 1911 census was the first in English history were the occupants were asked about their living space. Miss Walters counted 20 rooms excluding kitchen, scullery, bathrooms, offices or outbuildings.

1913 & 1914 ¬– Miss Walters is still the Head of the Household

1918 - Milton Mount College relocates first Cirencester and later Crawley

1920 – Berkley House has 8 couples living there, suggesting that it is now a house of multiple occupancy.

1922 ¬– Either the property was vacant, or it was not used as a home as it is omitted from the Kelly’s Directory.

Records are missing until 1945

1945 - The owner/occupier Mr William E King offers Berkley House at Auction, but fails to sell. The Auction Schedule says that an Addition was built at the Rear, and that the property has lately been let off as Flats.

1945 – 1948 Mr King and his wife Mary are the only people listed on the Electoral Roll.

1949¬ ¬– William and his wife have let part of the house to a Mr Cramer and to a Mr & Mrs Woodward.

By 1952 - Mr and Mrs King had managed to move as they are no longer listed on the 1952 Electoral Roll. Instead, there are listings for 5 numbered flats.

1984 – There are 7 occupied flats listed on the Electoral Roll

1990 – There are 6 occupied flats.

Although we can’t be completely sure, there is a high probability that Berkley House was used as a School from the time it was built about 1871/2 until 1918.

The research still hasn’t uncovered what the ‘doors which go nowhere’ ***were for, but with a history of multiple occupancy either as a School or since 1952 as ‘official’ flats, they probably used to open on to a fire escape.

*** this is a half glazed locked, glued shut with paint door at the end of a corridor on a flank wall.