Bristow Road



Originally known as Barnfield Road, Bristow Road was created by the 1870s, a short road between Sainsbury Road (near Gipsy Hill Station – built 1867) and Whiteley Road (which leads to Salters Hill). Parts of the road were named Alfred Terrace, Whiteley Villas and Ashburnham Terrace. Ashburnham Terrace was the longer terrace, with numbers continuous from 1 to 25 on one section. These houses were later renumbered to alternate odd numbers, 1 to 45 before breaking to a short section of Whiteley Villas Nos 47 and 49. The road was later named Bristow Road.
Opposite on Alfred Terrace, was Harriett Villas (No 2) at the junction of Sainsbury Albert Cottage (No 6) and Albert Terrace (No 8), before the three storey houses from Nos 10 to No 28.
Barnfield Road was renamed by the 1930s, possibly after a local councillor.
Sadly, the houses have since been demolished and the road re-built, with only two original houses still standing.

Maps and Land Ownership

Barnfield Road from a cup coaster – courtesy of J. Ray Heard

 

!805 Map Showing location of Barnfield Road

 
The Norwood Area before Barnfield Road was built – C/ Cassini Publishing Ltd 010909 01 26377 – courtesy of J. Ray Hear  

Barnfield Road has not been created yet. It is still open fields with just Alexandra Road and Victoria Road created there. (c1860) Facebook

Barnfield Road area 1870 OS map extract.  The OS map surveyed 1870 shows that Barnfield Road had yet to be built.  It was constructed following the field boundary just north of Alexandra Road.

 

Barnfield Road off Sainsbury Road (which was originally named Station Road as it led to Gipsy Hill Station). 1884 Courtesy Lambeth Archives – Paid for by J. Ray Heard

 

Barnfield Road area 1894 OS map extract

 
Timeline
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Building of the street
Barnfield Road was created by the 1870s, a short road between Sainsbury Road (near Gipsy Hill Station – built 1867) and Whiteley Road (which leads to Salters Hill).  Parts of the road were named Alfred Terrace, Whiteley Villas and Ashburnham Terrace.  Ashburnham Terrace was the longer terrace, with numbers continuous from 1 to 25 on one section.  These houses were later renumbered to alternate odd numbers, 1 to 45 before breaking to a short section of Whiteley Villas Nos 47 and 49.

Alfred Terrace (arrowed on the left) and Ashburnham Terrace on the right (c1960s).The road on the left with a shop on each corner is Berridge Road. Photo taken with Whiteley Road behind photographer

Opposite on Alfred Terrace, was Harriett Villas (No 2) at the junction of Sainsbury Albert Cottage (No 6) and Albert Terrace (No 8), before the three storey houses from Nos 10 to No 28. Barnfield Road was renamed between 1927 and 1937, possibly after a local councillor. Sadly, the houses have since been demolished and the road re-built, with only two original ones still standing.

Barnfield Road as Bristow Road Berridge at the top

Opposite on Alfred Terrace, was Harriett Villas (No 2) at the junction of Sainsbury Albert Cottage (No 6) and Albert Terrace (No 8), before the three storey houses from Nos 10 to No 28. Barnfield Road was renamed between 1927 and 1937, possibly after a local councillor. Sadly, the houses have since been demolished and the road re-built, with only two original ones still standing.

 

 

 

Architecture
Bristow Road in the Past

Barnfield Road as Bristow Road Berridge at the top

Bristow Road in the 1970s

 

Bristow Road Today

Bristow Street 1919 – courtesy of J. Ray Heard

Numbers 47 and 49 are the only remaining original houses on Barnfield/Bristow Road, which are a slightly different style to Alfred Terrace and Ashburnham Terrace which were further along the road past the junction of Berridge Road.  Numbers 47 and 49 were originally known as ‘Whiteley Villas’  These houses were originally 1 and 2 Whiteley Villas on the 1881 Census.

 

Original houses No 47 & 49 Barnfield

Original houses No 47 & 49 Bristow Road doors

Photos Courtesy of J. Ray Heard

 

 

Significant Street Buildings

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Social History
Some Occupations    Since they were built, some of the occupations of the residents in this road were:-Stone mason, waiters, needlewomen, laundress, carpenter, cabinet makers, teacher, grocer, gardeners, farmer’s wife, shoemaker, railway porters, telegraph messenger, coal porter, plumbers, general servants, postman, staircase maker, coachman livery stables, domestic cook, house painter, bricklayer, draper’s assistant, musician, gas engineer, painter and glazier  jeweller, watchmaker, oilman, cuff fitters clerk, railway signalman, stoker, shop assistant, milk carrier, coachman/groom, furniture porter, printer’s apprentice, signalman SEC Railway, cycle maker, hairdresser, professors of skating, shorthand typist, milliner apprentice, chemist, husband of naval seaman, clerk of West Indies company, carman in dairy upholsterer, motor engineer, tea dealer grocer, butcher’s assistant, sergeant metropolitan police, gauger on railway (LB&C), baker, baker/bread maker, boot repairer, Retired Army Officer.

No 47 and 49 were originally known as ‘Whiteley Villas’  These houses were originally 1 and 2 Whiteley Villas on the 1881 Census.  The occupants at the time, of No 1, were:-

Mr Ernest Holah (aged 27) (single), who was a Chartered Accountant

Mr John Milward (aged 28), a Clerk of West Indies Merchant from Middlesex and his wife Victoria (aged 27) from Norwood.  They had two daughters, Grace (aged 2) and Helen (aged 1 month).  They had a General Servant, Elizabeth Rogers (aged 15) from Croydon.

The occupants of No 2 Whiteley Villas, were:

Mrs Florence Ollis (aged 32), a Teacher from New Swindon and her son (aged 1), born in Norwood.  Boarders, Mr William Forling (aged 40), a Retired Army Officer, born in Calcutta and his wife, Florence (aged 35) who was born in Australia.  Also a General Servant, Emily Aldwin (aged 15), born in Norwood.

1891

47 Barnfield Road

Mr William Carrington (aged 26) (Islington) a Foreman Baker, his wife Emily (aged 26) from Hoxton Middlesex, and son Bertie (aged 3) (Bn Islington).  Mr Albert Burton (aged 28) from Halstead Essex, a Railway Foreman.  Mr David Page (age 56) from Suffolk Laundry man/wash and his wife Annie (aged 48) from Lincoln, who was a Laundress.  Mr George Peckenden (boarder) widower (aged 66) living on own means from Hastings Sussex.  Mr Frederick Macey (aged 18) from Southampton) (single) Laundryman/wash

49 Barnfield Road

 Mr John C Kinvet, (aged 26) (Bn in Norwood), an Ironmonger’s Clerk, his wife Annie (aged 26) from Clerkenwell).  Mrs Henrietta Pollard (aged 48,(widow), working in the Cloakroom at the Crystal Palace (Bn Regents Park), son James (aged 16, a draper’s clerk) (Bn Hornsey), daughter Ann aged 14 – scholar) (Bn Wood Green). Mr Septimus Smith (aged 63, widower), born Oudleigh, Essex, a Spt. Refreshment Dept Crystal Palace.

1901

47 Barnfield Road

Mrs Eliza Newell (aged 84, Widow) born in Lambeth, living on her own means.  Mrs A Page (aged 58, Widow) from Grantham, Lincoln. Mr Charles Moss (boarder) (aged 39) born in Norwood, a Commercial Clerk.  Mr Herbert Smith (aged 37) from Dover, a Washhouse man, his wife Elizabeth (aged 35) from Battersea, a Waitress.

1911

49 Barnfield Road 

Mr Charles Hart (aged 34) from Sussex who was a Bricklayer, wife Susan (aged 30) from Surrey, son Ernest (aged 12), Arthur (aged 10), Albert (aged 1), daughter Edith (aged 9).  Servant/Laundry Maid Alethea Nunn (aged 25).  Servant Miss Ethel Anderson (17) Surrey.  Mr Herbert Smith (37 Dover Kent) wash houseman.  Wife Elizabeth (35 Battersea) waitress.1911

47 Barnfield Road

Mr Herbert Smith (aged 47), a House Painter from Dover, a Washhouse man, his wife Elizabeth from Battersea, a Waitress.  Mr Leonard Meadows (aged 35), an Auxiliary Postman, born in Norwood, his wife Julia (aged 35) from Clapham, their two daughters, Evelyn (aged 9) and Beatrice (aged 4) (Norwood).

49 Barnfield Road

 Mr Charles Hart from Sussex who was a Bricklayer, wife Susan from Surrey, children Arthur (aged 21), a Solicitor’s Clerk, Albert (aged 1), Edith (aged 19), Albert Edward (aged 12), Gladys May (aged 6), Elsie Rose (aged 4) and Servant/Laundry Maid Alethea Nunn (aged 35).

Street Directories for Bristow Road

Advertisements for Bristow Road

Norwood News Saturday, 14 July 1900

Monday, July 9th – Before Mr Garrett

STREET BETTING – Chas. Eggleton, living at 3, Barnfield Road, Upper Norwood, and Wm Hollowell, living at 82 Gipsy Hill, were summoned for betting in the street on divers dates. – The summonses were issued under the recently passed County Council bye-laws, which makes it an offence to bet in the public street. – Each defendant denied the allegations, but Detective Thomson and Hedge swore that on the dates in question, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th June, they saw the defendants betting outside the Gipsy Hill Hotel – Mr Garrett fined each defendant £5, with costs.

Morning Post, Tuesday, 10 December 1889

No salary – A highly respectable person aged 50 with private income, offers her services as matron in small convalescent home or sub-matron and house-keeper in any Institution, where she could make herself useful; good needlewoman, thoroughly domesticated –

M King, 47 Barnfield Road, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood

 

 

 

Residents

    Lewcock, Sydney George, Private 39510 (1894-1917)

    He was born on 26 June 1894 in Norwood, to Arthur and Jane Louisa Lewcock [Bn 1859 } and lived at 19 Barnfield Road.  He had two slightly older brothers, Albert and William and a younger sister, Doris.  His father was a compositor and printer.  He was …


    Scott, Frank Allpress, Private 9231 (1899-1918)

    He was born on 28 July 1899 to Percy (a Laundryman) and Lizzie who lived at 2 Barnfield Road and went to Woodland Road school from October 1902.  He joined the South African Infantry, was killed in France on 19 July 1918, aged 18 and is buried at Longu …


    Tyrrell, Harry, Rifleman R/32951 (1887-1917)

    He was born 1887 in Norwood, to William (a general labourer and carman) and Sophia Tyrrell and lived at 22 Barnfield Road.  He had three brothers and two sisters.  After leaving school he became a milkman (1901, aged 15) and had moved to 67 Woodland Ro …


Memories
‘My Grandparents, on my mother’s side, came to Norwood from Twickenham in 1878, settled down in what was really rural Norwood, but then developing very fast. Grandmother used to watch for Grandfather (a Master Carpenter), returning home from across the hill (Central Hill) to their home in 14 Alfred Terrace, Barnfield Road.  I remember the grape vine that used to grow up the front of the house, laden with bunches of grapes which were apparently all too easy picking from the bedroom window, for my mother and her brothers, Percy and Sid, and sisters Carrie, Alice and Maude.

Gdad Priestley at Barnfield Road

Grandad Priestley at 3 Alfred Terrace, 14 Barnfield Road – photo courtesy of J. Ray Heard

When my aunts and uncles became married, they settled in Norwood.  Uncle Perce next door in Barnfield Road, Aunt Maude remaining a spinster, and Uncle Sid remaining at home with his boot and shoe making.  Aunt Alice married Sid Gillett and lived at 90 Woodland Road. [c1921 until 1939]At 14 Barnfield Road, I remember the large photographs of family marriage, the family albums and family bible.  The most colossal box mangle in the kitchen, the pendulum chain clock that ticked away while Grandad, with his very distinctive white beard, sat and dozed in his chair, and the devil-may-care Uncle Sid, sat in the chair by the fireplace, got some soot from the chimney, and smeared it on his face, which Granddad took with good humour’.

( © Norman Ray)

 

War
The First World War 1914 to 1918

Three residents from Barnfield Road fought and were killed in World War One.  See ‘Residents‘ to find out more about them.

PTE 39150 SIDNEY GEORGE LEWCOCK.  He was born on 26 June 1894 in Norwood, to Arthur and Jane Louisa Lewcock (Bn 1859) and lived at 19 Barnfield Road.  He had two slightly older brothers, Albert and William and a younger sister, Doris.  His father was a compositor and printer.

He was Baptised at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill on 2 September 1894 and when he was five years old in 1899, went to Woodland Road School.  After leaving school, he became a photographer’s assistant.

He joined the Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd/7th Btn and fought on the Western Front.

He was Killed in Action on 17 November 1917 aged 22 and is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.  Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground for the dead of the WWI in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front.

RIFLEMAN HARRY TYRRELL R/32951.  He was born 1887 in Norwood, to William, a general labourer and carman and Sophia Tyrrell and lived at 22 Barnfield Road.  He had three brothers and two sisters.  After leaving school he became a milkman (1901, aged 15) had moved to 67 Woodland Road with his widowed mother and older brother, Frederick and slightly younger brother, Frank.He joined the 12th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps and was Killed in Action in Flanders on 28 February 1917.

PRIVATE FRANK ALLPRESS SCOTT/9231 was born on 28 July 1899 to Percy ( a Laundryman) and Lizzie who lived at 2 Barnfield Road and went to Woodland Road School from October 1902.  He joined the South African Infantry and was killed in France on 19 July 1918, aged 18 and is buried at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.