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Gerrard's Court

Gerrard's Court

Gerrard's Court

1930s

"Gerrard's Court could be entered and exited from King Street to the west and Church Street to the north, the passage from King Street emerged straight into the court which then opened out to the South. Continuing straight on past two houses, Nos 1 and 2 or 3, one would then walk maybe 10 or 12ft and then a sharp left would reveal a passageway to the north and into Church Street. Along this passageway were sited 3 or 4 cottages but of course they were not counted as belonging to the Court.

The entry into the court was by passage approximately 20ft long and 5ft wide, and to the left as one entered was the pub, the Running Horse, to the right a row of houses. These houses backed onto the court and at the back of their yards was our 'Wall'. The houses on the North face of the court were faced with pebbles, not any of your little namby, pamby pebbles, but good round large ones, cobbles I suppose, about 3" to 4" in diameter. These were symmetrically placed in the manner of bricks, and formed an extremely durable building. I believe that the houses on the southern side were also of the same construction but those on the eastern side were rendered and scored to look like blocks. I recall No.1 as having 3 floors and that access to the first and second floor was by an extremely narrow and enclosed twisting wooden staircase."

Bert Nelson