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Knowles Street

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William Knowles died on the 5th December 1926, leaving behind 6 children. He had served the town faithfully, being a Church Warden at Saint Andrews Mission, and for a time, after the First World War, served as the Urban District Council Surveyor. He was married to Mary, and was a builder in the town during his working life, houses he built included parts of Hermitage Street.

Before his death he owned most of the houses which he had built on Hermitage Street, and presumably rented them. He also had property on Burton Street, owning most of the lower odd numbered terraced block to number 83. By the time of his death he had two farms, Oakmount, and Keepers Cottage, both of which were in Clayton Le Dale, and left his family the considerable sum of over 8,000 upon his death.

Is it possible that Knowles Street is named after this townsman? He certainly had one of his sons living on the street when he died in 1926, but did he build them as well?

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Deeds to 117 Hermitage Street.