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  • Gary Barnett
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    This is from the Croydon Times of 12th October, 1921. So at least two of the ‘cottages’ in Breezer’s Hill survived well into the 20th century.



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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by Jurriaan Maessen View Post

    Ah, that should be this case (complainant not named):
    Yes, that’s the one.

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  • Jurriaan Maessen
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    Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
    Pennington Street

    Harry Christopherson and Bertha Bittner were married on the 10th November, 1884.

    Harry was a Norwegian seaman, the son of a policeman. Bertha was German and the daughter of a carpenter.

    At the time of the marriage, Harry's address was 88, Pennington Street, the premises on which, in 1888, Bertha was alleged to have kept a girl under 16 years old for immoral purposes. The girl, Dorothea Dahloff, of German birth, had been trafficked from Antwerp. At the time, Bertha was described as a 'brothel keeper'.

    Bertha's address when she married was 107, Pennington Street. In 1881, a German woman named Schmidt was the head of the household. Living there also (shown as visitors) were 3 young German women and a Swedish sailor. No prizes for guessing what kind of establishment it was.

    By 1891, the Christophersons were living at 3, Breezers Hill with two single female lodgers.

    Charles Booth's police minder described the prostitution of the area as 'sturdy' and claimed the women did not have bullies to live off their earnings. He specifically mentions the German prostitutes of John's Hill, which he puts on a par with Mayfields Buildings (Shovel Alley) across the Highway - 'the worst place in the subdivision'.
    Ah, that should be this case (complainant not named):

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  • D.J.Adams
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    Thanks for that.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    I’m not sure why they didn’t upload in the correct border.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    1891 Census:
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  • Gary Barnett
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    1881 Census:
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  • Chris Phillips
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    Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post

    I’m sure you’re welcome to pop over whenever you feel like it.

    The more the merrier. :-)
    Amen to that.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by D.J.Adams View Post
    Not interested in horse slaughtering.

    Enough of a problem with a neddie I backed on Saturday

    Genuinely interested in those full census entries.Mary Kelly's background after the West End fascinates me.

    Been seeking a suitable screenwriter for over 17 years IIRC.

    Like to take you up on starting a thread on my suspect.My health is very poor and am way behind in every aspect of my life.
    You would have the gist from my posts on that other place.
    I’ll post the census info tomorrow, if that’s OK. If I forget, remind me. I have a memory like a sieve these days.

    Mary Kelly’s Highway period is the part of her life that interests me most.

    Yes, I’ve some idea of who your suspect is, but I don’t know all the details.

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  • D.J.Adams
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    Not interested in horse slaughtering.

    Enough of a problem with a neddie I backed on Saturday

    Genuinely interested in those full census entries.Mary Kelly's background after the West End fascinates me.

    Been seeking a suitable screenwriter for over 17 years IIRC.

    Like to take you up on starting a thread on my suspect.My health is very poor and am way behind in every aspect of my life.
    You would have the gist from my posts on that other place.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by D.J.Adams View Post
    You just want a chance to make it 3 0

    I joined some months ago.
    I saw that. Welcome indeed.

    There are huge gaps in my knowledge of the case, you could easily claw back those points. Probably best to stick clear of Breezer’s Hill or horse slaughtering though. :-)

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  • D.J.Adams
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    You just want a chance to make it 3 0

    I joined some months ago.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by D.J.Adams View Post

    Popped over here from time to time,reading what I found interesting.

    My all time favorite was quite some time ago

    Scoreboard Gary 2, Dave 0.
    I’m sure you’re welcome to pop over whenever you feel like it.

    The more the merrier. :-)

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  • D.J.Adams
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    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

    I'm afraid I was guilty of assuming too much familiarity with the research. It's just that Breezer's Hill and Pennington Street have been rather a speciality here.
    Popped over here from time to time,reading what I found interesting.

    My all time favorite was quite some time ago

    Scoreboard Gary 2, Dave 0.

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  • D.J.Adams
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    Originally posted by Debra Arif View Post

    I do tend to ramble on.
    A good read.Thoroughly enjoyed it

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