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Summary:

Pair of semi-detached dwellings (9 and 10 Charnham Street) built c1839 by the Gibbons family, for the adjacent iron works.

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- 9-10 Charnham Street, Nov 2015

- Map of Charnham Street & Eddington, 1810

Timeline:

c1839: After the agricultural "Swing Riots" of 22 Nov 1830, when much damage was done to the Gibbons iron works at 16 Bridge Street, the Gibbons family set about designing and building a new foundry on Bell Mead in Charnham Street (now Somerfield Petrol station and shop), which eventually opened c1839. See Gibbons Iron Works. They also built two semi-detached houses adjacent (now 9 & 10 Charnham Street) for their use, and their foundry manager. [See Reading Museum of Rural Life].

1851 Probable date of building.

1851 Census: Richard Gibbons (64), iron founder, wife Mary (66), 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 daughter-in-law.
1861 Census: Richard Gibbons (74), iron founder, 1 son (Henry) (33), 1 daughter, 1 servant.

1871 Census #96: Henry Gibbons (42), agricultural implement maker and iron founder, employing 7 men, 4 ?carters and 2 boys, wife Ann (30), 2 daughters, 1 nephew, 1 servant.
1881 Census #95: Henry Gibbons (56), iron and brass founder, wife Annie (40), 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 sisters, 1 servant.
1891 Kelly: Henry Gibbons, Charnham Street.
1891 Census: Henry Gibbons (66), Iron founder and agricultural engineer, wife Anne (50), 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 servant.
1894 Charnham Street Floods: Marlborough Times of 17th November 1894 reported "... In the houses of Mr. Wren and Mr. Gibbons, the water rose to a great height, and the fire in the grate at Mr. Gibbons's was put out."
1895 Kelly Dir: Henry Gibbons, Charnham Street.
1901 Census: "Kennett Works House": Henry Gibbons (76) Mechanical Engineer, with wife Anne, sister Rachel Lacey (70) and Annie Kate, servant.
1903 Kelly: Henry Gibbons
1911 Census: #110: Henry Gibbons (86), retired engineer and iron founder etc, wife Ann (70), 1 daughter, 10 rooms.
1916 Cosburn's Dir: H Gibbons, Charnham Street.
1916 Cosburn's Dir: W Gibbons, Charnham Street

1920 Kelly Dir: Mrs Gibbons, Charnham Street.

1939 Blacket's Dir: Vacant.
1940 Blacket's Dir: F J Payne

See also:

- Charnham Street floods, 1894

- Charnham Street floods, 1932

- Gibbons Iron Works