Looking beyond the cottage, you can see a green patch, to the right of this is where King Edward street is today. To the left of the cottage are two large houses. The one on the right is Ford House and that on the left is the old St James vicarage.
There are old maps (come on Barry) showing a track leading past the cottage down to St James' Church (a fair distance from the vicarage) The path went on to Gateshead Hall mentioned in Emily Bronte's book Jane Eyre. This building was incorporated into Clark Chapmans factory.
Until recently, streets facing south (up the hill seen in the photograph) had the following names. Ford St. Emily St (almost opposite Ford House). Bronte St. Allehusen Ter. Jane Eyre Ter. John St. You can see the connection between these streets, the Brontes and Allehusen's chemical works. I lived and played as child in this area and often pinched pea swabs from the vicarage garden. Ford House is a Catholic Priests house and is directly behind St Wilfred's Church - it still exists. The vicarage has gone being replaced by a walled small housing est.
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