The top of Whitley Street before there were shops

Whitley Street at the beginning of the twentieth century

Around 1900, the top of Whitley Street was entirely residential. Conduit Crescent was built in the first half of the nineteenth century and the houses beyond, which curve to meet Highgrove Street, were built about the turn of the twentieth century.

The old postcard (pictured) was posted in 1908 and shows Conduit Crescent on the left and the newer houses on the right with verandahs and front gardens.

In 1908 Smith’s street directory says that William Hussey lived at no. 73, William Ward at 75, Bernard Wild at 77, James Hooper at 79, which was called ‘Japscott’, and Mrs Hussey at 81, ‘The Nook’.

Whitley Street 25 June 2018

The frontages of all these houses have now disappeared, as have the low garden walls, hedges and chimneys, but we can still admire the brickwork.

  1. The fate of the Whitley Conduit
  2. Smith’s postal directory 1908