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Emilia

Bottom of the Moor/St Mary's Gate

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Emilia

My great-great grandparents, William and Sarah Simpson, lived on New George St between about 1860 and 1875. They were 'cow-keepers'. New George St changed its name around 1900 to Boston St and is near St Mary's Gate.  I heard tell of relatives having "a farm down the bottom of the moor". Sarah was a widowed cow-keeper in 1871.

Does anybody know if there was a farm or farms there, and when it stopped being a farm?

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Emilia
12 hours ago, SteveHB said:

Area known as Little Sheffield, here's a section map dated around 1850, plenty of areas, fields, allotment style gardens, where cows and other livestock would have been kept.

https://maps.nls.uk/view/102345217new_g_st.jpg

https://maps.nls.uk/view/102345217

Thanks, that's brilliant!

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SteveHB

Was William also a coal dealer?

Simpson William, cowkeeper and coal dealer, New George Street. From White's directory, published 1862.

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Edmund
44 minutes ago, SteveHB said:

Was William also a coal dealer?

Simpson William, cowkeeper and coal dealer, New George Street. From White's directory, published 1862.

More than likely - in May 1860 William Simpson of New George Street was fined £1 10s, as the examiners of weights and measures found that he had in his possession a false and defective beam and scales. His death notice referred to him only as a cowkeeper though (he died aged 39 on 6th September 1869 at New George Street).

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