People do seem to have moved much more frequently than we do today. I think they went
quite small distances according to the size of their families and the state of their
finances. My Ball great-grandparents appear in four successive censuses living in Park
Street (immediately behind the Central Library or it was when I lived in Plymouth) each
time at a different number. Add to this that my great=grandfather, Samuel Robert Ball was
living in Gascoyne Place i.e. the next street, just before he got married. Moving must
have been easier in those days!
As to ownership, there were many private landlords because property was seen as a safe
investment and rents were low, so that people often did not choose to buy even when they
could have done so
Sent: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 5.38PM
Subject: [DEV] 19th century housing in Plymouth Barbican area
Many of my 'Tucker' ancestors were fishermen living in the New St., Casltle St.
& Lambhay Hill area of Plymouth which I understand is now known as The Barbican. I am
puzzled by how frequently their families moved about within these same streets, perhaps
just a few houses away every few years. Would it have been adapting to the size of their
families? Also, who would have owned these properties, presumably there was no Local
Authority housing in those days?
This is only meant to be a general enquiry, not relating specifically to my ancestors but
I would be interested to know' listers' thoughts on this matter.
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