Allerton Terrace consists of a block of six terraced cottages numbered 14 to 24 High Street, Meldreth. The cottages were built in 1904 to house railway workers. Each cottage had a rear extension with a small lean-to toilet and shed on the back of the extension.
The houses are not shown on the 1910 Land Valuation map (LVD), but the name of the terrace has been handwritten onto the map and the return lists six men who occupied cottages in the High Street owned by GNR. These cottages are likely to be those making up Allerton Terrace as all of the occupants listed in the 1910 return were occupying the cottages in the 1911 census, with the exception of Chas Disbrey.
The occupants of the cottages were:
- Wm Knott
- ? Hagger
- Geo Fincham
- Chas Disbrey
- Wm Vellum
- Alf Gray
Five of these occupants are listed as living in Allerton Terrace on the 1911 census, and one cottage is unoccupied.
In the census we can see the following occupants in the cottages:
- Alfred Gray aged 64 with his wife and 2 sons (plus 3 other family members – a son and his family – who were listed as visitors). Alfred was born in Hitchin and worked as a railway signalman.
- William Vellum, 41, with his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters. William was born in Lincolnshire and worked as a railway porter.
- Frederick Hagger, 42, with his wife and 2 sons. Frederick worked as a house painter.
- George Fincham, 34, with his wife and son. George was born in Linton and worked as a railway porter.
- William Knott, 59, with wife and boarder. William was born in Stevenage and worked as a signalman.
Both Alfred Gray and William Vellum were living in Meldreth in 1901, Gray in Chiswick End and Vellum in the High Street.
In the 1921 census, the following are listed as occupants of the cottages:
- At no. 1: John Allen and his wife, Susan. John worked as a signalman at Meldreth Station.
- At no. 2: William Vellum, his wife Mary and daughter Fanny Rachel were still in their cottage. William was a Goods Porter at Meldreth Station.
- At no. 3: Frank Farnham, his wife Maude and their children Kenneth and Joan. Frank was the only occupant of the cottages who didn’t work for the Great Northern Railway. Instead, he worked for Shepreth Mutual Provident Society.
- At no. 4: George Gentle, his wife Edith and their daughter Gladys. George was a Ganger, Foreman Platelayer at Meldreth Station.
- At no. 5: George Fincham and his wife Maud were still living there.. George was a platform railway porter at Meldreth Station.
- At no. 6: William Knot and his wife Emma. William was a Signalman at Meldreth Station.
Former Meldreth Local History Group member, the late Brian Pepper, lived in Allerton Terrace from 1940. Brian’s father, Leslie Pepper, was in the Home Guard during WWII and we have a page of Brian’s memories of this time elsewhere on the site.
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