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Listed: Grade II

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From Listed Building records: Terraced House. Early C18 altered in early C19. Old tile roof, chimney to left. Brick, grey headers, red stretchers, dressings and vertical bands flanking windows, dentil eaves. 2 storeys and attic. One build with nos. 21 and 22. 2 gabled dormers with 2 light leaded casements. Two 3 light casements with cambered heads to first floor. One wide casement with glazing bars to left of ground floor. Central boarded door under flat hood on cut brackets. Canted, oriel bay to right with glazing bars and flat head.

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- 23 Charnham Street, Jun 2010

- Charnham Street, c1905

- Charnham Street, c1907

- Charnham Street, 1966

Caveat:

The history of ownership and occupation of the properties in this part of Charnham Street is very speculative. Records are sketchy, and confusing. This page is the current "best attempt" to clarify the history of these properties, but much further work still needs to be done. It is possible that the historic boundaries do not match the modern ones.

Timeline:

1841 Census:
     Robert Bunce (35), grocer, wife Maria (25), 1 son, 2 daughters.
     Amelia Lawson (30), grocer,2 sons, 2 daughters.
     Ann Dennis (70), 1 other lady
     Mary Coxhead (71), independent, 1 servant.
     James Wise (40), cordwainer, wife Jane (43), 1 son, 1 daughter.
     Richard Palmer (45), ostler, wife Elizabeth (40).
     James Jupp (30), tamper, wife Mary (30), 1 son, 5 daughters
     Thomas Sprules (58), pianoforte maker, wife Martha (50).
     William Burtt (50) The Bear (?this entry appears out of position in the census).
     Harriett Moulding (50) inn keeper (at the White Hart, later Wesleyan Chapel, and 20 Charnham Street)

1851 Census:
     #61: James Wise (50), boot and shoe maker, wife Jane (52), 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 lodgers. (?21 Charnham Street)
     #62: Richard Palmer (57), servant, wife Elizabeth (50).
     #63: Richard Stagg (26), servant, wife Emily (28), 1 son, 2 daughters.
     #64: Amelia Lawrence (46), grocer, 1 son, 1 daughter.
     #65: Elizabeth Alexander (65), 1 son, 1 grand-son.
     #66: John Matthew (28), saddler, wife Rachel (30), 1 son, 3 daughters, 1 servant.
     #67. Alfred Pearce (24), ostler, wife Emily (24), 1 son, 1 daughter.
     #68: George Naulder(?) (56), smith, wife Martha (55), 2 sons.
     #69: Nimrod Knight (60), carpenter, wife Anne (64), 1 daughter.
     #70 William Martin (61), relieving officer (?26 Charnham Street)
     -- House uninhabited --
     #71 Richard Phelps (42), cabinet maker, wife Susan (40), 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 visitor.
     #72: Francis Pocock (31), rope maker, wife Sarah (36), 2 daughters, 1 servant, 3 lodgers.
     #73: William Perkins (35), tailor, wife Elizabeth (40), 4 daughters, 1 son. (24 Charnham Street)

1861 Census: George Taylor (57), miller, grocer, wife Mary (53), 2 sons, 1 daughter.
1871 Census #81: George Taylor (67), grocer and baker, wife Mary (63), 1 son, 1 servant.
     #82: Henry Taylor (27), harness maker, wife Emma (26), 1 niece, 1 lodger.
     #83: Stephen Taylor (52), carpenter, wife Susannah (56). 2 sons.
     #84: James Wise (70), shoemaker, wife Jane (72).
     #85: (Lodger) Henry Mills (32), coachman, wife Ellen (35).
     --Chapel--

1881 Census: #83: Stephen Taylor (63), carpenter journeyman, wife Susannah (66), 1 son.

1891 Census: #77: Joseph Hawkins (67), baker, wife Priscilla (62), 2 daughters.
1894 Charnham Street Floods: Marlborough Times of 17th November 1894 reported "The houses opposite the Bear Hotel occupied by Messrs. Palmer, Hawkins, Mepsted, Taylor, Noon and others, soon had about 2ft. of water in their sitting rooms".

1901 Census: Louis Cooke (35), baker & shopkeeper; wife Alice (34), mother and visitor.
1903 Kelly: Louis Cooke, Baker, Charnham Street. Also Mrs Alice Cooke, Dress Maker.

1906 Cosburn's Dir: Jessett & Hunt, bakers etc, Charnham Street (not confirmed as being at 23 Charnham Street)

1911 Census: #131: Richard Hanham (62), joiner and carpenter, 1 daughter, 5 rooms.  [also 1920 Kelly Dir: Miss Catherine Hanham, newsagent, Charnham Street]

1916 Cosburn's Dir: F Jessett, baker etc.
1920 Kelly Dir: Frederick Jessett, baker, Charnham Street.
1939 Blacket's Dir: F Jessett, Bear Corner Bakery
1940 Blacket's Dir: F Jessett, Bear Corner Bakery

c1995 Jimmy & Moyna Johnson

See also:

- Charnham Street floods, 1894

- Charnham Street floods, 1932