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Street history question: Brassey Street

Street history question: Brassey Street

Posted: 5 Aug 2010 11:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Short, Shortt, Redding
Hi, does anyone know anything about the history of Brassey Street in Belfast? Google Streetview reveals only modern council(?) housing.

I'm interested because my great great grandfather, William Short (engineer), and his family crop up in the area, but at sometimes conflicting addresses.

The 1911 Census has his wife Elizabeth and some of their children living at 22 Brassey Street, but he himself appears to be lodging at 7 Great Patrick Street.
In Street Directory records for (at least) 1907, 1910 and 1916 William Short is at 20 Brassey St.
Yet in the 1911 Census the Reddings (no relation as far as I know) are living at 20 Brassey St.; only the death record for Margaret Redding gives 16 Brassey St.

I'm sure it's not worth getting too worked up about house numbers, but I'm curious to know whether these would be mistakenly recorded, or if it were a poor area where perhaps people moved between houses frequently? Sounds odd, but would it be possible?

Re: Street history question: Brassey Street

Posted: 19 Sep 2011 8:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
While doing some research in my wifes family, I found her grandmother lived at 15 Brassey St in 1911 her father is described as a locomotive driver ,which I would have considered not a bad job in those days, so I think your ancestors would not have been living in dire poverty in that area. I can't remember the old Brassey St myself but do recall Majorca St which was near by in the 1970's with people living in it, they were small houses.
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