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Artefacts in Gwydir Street



Here are some items found in houses in Gwydir Street. Click on photo for for larger version.

Number 7
Bathroom
Found in garden
Found in shed

Number 9
Found in garden

Number 125
Found under floorboards
Found in garden

Number 127
Found in garden
Found under floorboards

Next to Hot Numbers
Found in garden


Number 7


Bathroom

We moved into our house in 1979 and somehow never got round to replacing the bathroom fittings. The bath taps (and the maze) are recent, but the bath, sink, and sink taps are original (although I don't know how old they are). But we did paint the outside of the bath, to high-light the splendid legs!

Bathroom Bathroom

Bathroom Bathroom Bathroom


Found in garden

More than half our garden is vegetables, so a fair amount of digging has been done in the last 45 years. Here are some of the things that we have found.

There are various pieces of dolls. They are not all the same doll, as the size and style varies. Even the pink bit is part of a doll's face - you can see a bit of eye lashes. I wondered if these dols, being made of china, broke, and the little girls decided to have a funeral, and buried them in the garden!

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Another toy

car

Round objects: The clay balls are probably marbles. The glass balls may be the stopper inside a bottle of fizzy pop.

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There is one larger ball, which is broken in two (both sides shown below). I don't know what this is!

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Another stopper

round

Tobacco was smoked in clay pipes. These had long stems, and were very breakable! So bits of pipe stem are quite common. Sometimes you find the bowl. The stem varied in width within a single pipe.

pipe pipe pipe

I don't know if the red piece is from a clay pipe. It does have a hole through the middle.

pipe pipe

This is an unknown item of brass. I have polished it. The obvious suggestion is that it is a drawer handle, but the screw goes up too far - you wouldn't be able to get your fingers round it! Perhaps just a decoration. Yes, it does look like the Bronze Flower Path on the pavement up Castle Hill, but that dates to 2002, and I can guarantee that this is (a lot) older!

brass brass

This is a bit worrying - a (fired) bullet! We're in a built-up area, you know... The dimensions suggest that it's a .303 rifle cartridge. These were used by the British Army from 1889 right through to the 1950s. They fitted the Lee-Enfield rifle (which had a similar service life), the Bren machine gun, and Spitfires up to about 1943. One suggestion was that it was a blank cartridge. I hope so!

bullet

Someone has lost their key. (It doesn't fit our back door - I tried!)

key

This looks like a plumbing fitting - possibly something to do with watering the garden.

plumbing

A pulley?

pulley

A padlock

padlock

Oyster shell

shell shell

I have no idea what this is! Pretty, though.

thing thing

There are a lot of bits of crockery. Old fashioned flower pots had large holes in the bottom, so you needed "crocks" at the bottom before filling with earth.

Marmalade

crockery

Blue and white ware, like willow pattern, were popular.

crockery

Other decorated pieces

crockery

Other pieces, such as rims, handles and a foot.

crockery

This brings back memories of a 1950s childhood, with teedy bear decorated plates!

crockery

This looks too crude for crockery. Perhaps some architectural decoration.

crockery

Metal bits. Two are GPO buttons (see Found in shed). One is, I suspect, a fly button or an underwear button! The last seems to be a stud of some kind. The photos below show both sides of each.

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Found in shed

GPO badge (see above). The 1891 census said that George Charles Wilson was head of household in 7 Gwydir Street, 24, postman.

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Cambridhe Coronation medal for Edward VII (1902)

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Number 9


Found in garden

This little bottle used to hold ink. It says Judson on one side, and London on the other. The name "Judson" has the N the wrong way round. Perhaps a mistake in the mould, or even a fake?

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This looks like the bottom of a bottle.

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Some pieces of clay pipe (two photos of each piece). The bowl is splendid!

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Some pieces of crockery (two photos of each piece)

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Number 125


Found under floorboards

Newspapers (1923) - click on picture for large version:

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Newspapers (Norwich Argus 1867) - click on picture for large version:

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Other - click on picture for large version:

found under floorboards


Found in garden

found in garden


Number 127


Found in garden

Police button

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Small brass door handles

found in garden

Broken ceramic artefact

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Pottery

found in garden

Cast iron washing line pulley

found in garden

Clay fireback

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Crabtree bekelight toggle light switch

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Glass bottles

found in garden

Glass bottle

found in garden

Glass bottles and buttons

found in garden

Clay pipe bits

found in garden

Rear cycle reflector

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Rectangular metal plate with B

found in garden

Stone balls

found in garden

Rusty metal artefect and nail

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Coal

found in garden

Washers, coil, and bulb

found in garden

Whisky label

found in garden


Found under floorboards

Draughts piece, counter, marbles

found in garden


Next to Hot Numbers


Found in garden

On 5 November 2022, a group of residents had organised to tidy up the pocket garden next to Hot Numbers and plant out Spring bulbs. As we were digging and clearing weeds, we pulled out a small plastic/resin figurine of a clown on a unicycle with another clown on its back. Unfortunately the head of the clown was broken off but we also found that nearby as well as another small toy of a baby teddy bear climbing up on the back of a mummy teddy bear. We should possibly have taken them back with us but they were quite creepy in the dusk hours and we wanted to leave them behind the tree as a weird Gwydir mascot. Sadly when we were planting bulbs again the following Autumn they were nowhere to be found...

found in garden

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