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The writing's on the wall. [May. 25th, 2013|11:05 pm]
Mark Rimmell
I'm back from Cornwall. While I was away Jo asked if there was any decorating stuff she could do. I suggested wallpaper stripping and Jo set to with gusto. Under the old paper amongst some clues to previous and original decoration Jo found this...

under the paper
So we've now got a new date for the house. I had previously narrowed the build date down to sometime between 1898 and 1903, this was based on a map dated 1898 with the plot empty and a local directory entry for 1903 naming the occupant at the time. Still don't know if the house was build for the first occupant I know of. Can't make-out the whole name  George Richard A?f??he Brown. Jo has established there was a decorators firm called Brown & Son advertising in the town around the 1890s but it's a long shot it's the same Mr Brown given how common the name is. Next step is a trip to the library for another look at the local directory I mentioned.
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[User Picture]From: nemesis_to_go
2013-05-26 05:55 pm (UTC)
Are you going to preserve George's message? Or will it vanish under a
new layer of Woodchip?

There's another house near you with all the same architectural features as yours, although on a slightly grander scale. It has a stone marked 1898 set into the brickwork. I'd be willing to bet that was built by the same firm who did your house.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2013-05-26 10:23 pm (UTC)
I may put dear old George's message behind some panelling and place a little door over it.

I wouldn't be surprised if that house was built by the same chap.

We popped into the library today and have a full name and address for the 1890's Brown and son decorators. This means we can check the census and see if the son was by any chance George Richard A?f??he Brown.
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[User Picture]From: nemesis_to_go
2013-05-27 10:00 am (UTC)
At Richmond station they uncovered some 1980s vintage posters, advising people of new-fangled things like trains with push-button doors.

Instead of covering them up again, they've put perspex over them and picture frames around them!
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2013-05-27 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ah... the dim and distant past that was the 1980s.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2013-05-27 05:45 pm (UTC)
Did I mention that April the 4th 1898 was a Monday?
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[User Picture]From: ian_wyrdness
2013-05-27 08:08 pm (UTC)
So your house was built on a Monday? It's just the later extensions that seem to have been built last thing on a Friday afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2013-05-27 10:40 pm (UTC)
It does seem that way at times.
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