Alphington Place off Chapel Road was described in the early 1920s as a row of four stuccoed and thatched cottages and garden land covering one and a half acres. Villagers nicked named Alphington Place as soap suds alley because of a laundry connection and a water pump can still be seen in one of the gardens.
In 1841 there were six cottages in the terrace, Susan Cook, Mary Fisher and Elizabeth Buckingham lived in no. 1. Other residents were: Martha Ellis, Mary Pepper laundress and daughter; Thomas Johnson and his wife; George Crowther 1 servant and Henry Dorville, his wife and 2 servants.
In 1851 James Crowther labourer his wife, 4 children and 2 visitors in no. 1; John Williams general servant his wife and niece in no. 2; Mary Crockwell her son a draper in no. 3; Peter Passmore agricultural labourer and his wife in no. 4; Richard Hillmore agricultural labourer and his wife and son a tailor in no. 5 and John Lee a cord wainer his wife and daughter in no. 6.
In 1861 John Barnstable land merchant his wife, 6 children , grandmother and border in no. 1. John Short cord wainder his wife and border in no. 2; Samuel Basterable railway porter his wife, son and border in no. 3; Peter Passmore now a gardener and his family in no. 4; Richard Underhill agriculture labourer and his wife in no. 5; Sarah and Elizabeth both laundresses and Thomas Carpenter in no. 6.
In 1871 Ann Greenslade laundress her son fireman on railway, Elizabeth Marshall dressmaker and George Gill gardener in his wife in no. 1; John Short now a shoemaker and his wife with Christopher Babbage and Susan Hooper in no. 2; James Davey agricultural labourer his wife, 2 children and granddaughter in no. 3; Peter Passmore still in no. 4; Charlotte Venn plain needle woman in no. 5; Sarah Underhill and Mary laundresses in no. 6.
In 1881 Daniel Farley gardener's labour his wife laundress 4 children and 2 visitors in no. 1; Ann Greenslade still in no. 2; William Hodges platelayer railway labourer his wife and 2 children in no. 3; James Counter agricultural labourer his wife 5 children and 2 borders in no. 4; John Smith blacksmith's labourer his wife and 2 children in no. 5; John Pike his daughter laundress and 2 grand daughters laundresses in no. 6; also in no. 6 was George Stone dairyman his wife, brother, nephew and a boarder.
In 1891 residents were: Mary Gill farm labourer, son and a lodger; George Stone dairyman his wife and nephew domestic gardener; John Sanders carpenter and son; Daniel Farley gardener his wife laundress and 5 children; Charlotte L. Howell laundress; William H. Hodges platelayer and his wife; Charles Bright labourer his wife and 4 children; Thomas Finch agricultural labourer his wife and 8 children; Mary Underhill laundress; Ann Greenslade laundress; Richard Rodgers agricultural labourer his wife and 4 children; Samuel Wills cripple paid by parish his wife washerwoman; Martha Davey washerwoman.
In 1901 James Brewer gardener's labourer his wife and 6 children in no. 1; Charlotte Howell laundress in no. 2, Mary Ann and daughter laundresses in no. 3; Thomas White his wife and son and 2 lodges in no. 4; John Finch still in no. 5; Elizabeth Rowe laundress, son gardener, daughter laundress and boarder laundress in no. 6; Samuel Wills and wife in no. 7.
In 1911 residents were: Elizabeth and Bessie Rowe laundry work and nephew; Richard Lockyear groom gardener his wife and 6 children; Thomas Finch daughter and granddaughter; Susan Hodges laundress and niece; Charlotte Howell private means daughter in law and daughter; Elizabeth Brewer and daughter.
In 1922 records show four cottages and some garden land let to: Mrs Bessie Rowe; Mr H. T. Loram; Mr Lockyear and Mrs E. Rogers. The remainder of the gardens were let to Mr G. D. Rickards; Mrs C. Edgcombe and Mr J. J. Brewer. In the gardens were sheds, a fowl house and an Iron laundry.
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