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February 2018

Our house through time | Vintage pictures of Whitchurch

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Old Photo of London Road Whitchurch

It’s been a busy few months since our new puppy arrived, it feels a bit like we have been chasing our tail (excuse the pun) and haven’t really had time to blog. As he is settling down we find ourselves with a bit more time on our hands to get back into the swing of things.

One of the advantages of having a puppy is a great excuse to get out and about to explore the local area, it has been fun discovering about our new town and the surrounding areas.  It has now been a year since we moved to Whitchurch and we really do love it out here. It is a great little town with a good sense of community and it really feels like a place on the up.  We have been meeting new people and making new friends (having a cute little puppy certainly helps).

One of the things we like about our little town is the number of societies that make it a vibrant community.  There are some well established ones, such as the Whitchurch History Society and some that have just been reestablished like Whitchurch Folk Club.

Old Photo of London Road Whitchurch
Last year Whitchurch History Society held an event at the parish hall.  They had laid out all their records and old photos of the town for residents to have a look through.  We had a great look at the many photos/booklets etc that had been collected over the years.  We also hit gold with a number of photos of our street.  It is amazing to see that there has not been much change to the row of houses we live in since they were built in the 1890s.

We recently watched the BBC programme A House Through Time, a great documentary looking back at the history of one house in Liverpool.  Although our house is not quite so grand as the one on the programme we were interested nevertheless.  We started looking up records but struggled to find anything about it before the 1960s.   After some more research we found out that the street has been renumbered twice since out house was built.  Armed with our alternative house numbers we started researching again, this time with a bit more success. The original owner of the house was a Mrs Lloyd, it seems she lived in the house for it’s first 26 years.

Old Photo of London Road Whitchurch
We are slowly making our mark on the house and hope we can help preserve it for many future years during our tenure here.  A happy home makes for many great memories and we can only hope we help support this at home.

1st February 2018