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Belle Isle Cottages nos. 1, 2

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Belle Isle Cottages nos. 1, 2
8th June 1950 Image shows two brick built cottages with sash windows. This row helped make up the hamlet of Old Belle Isle, a simple row of cottages built by Brandling in 1793-4 as housing for colliery workers. With no gas or electricity the rooms were lit by parafin lamps and hotwater supplied by whatever could be boiled on the fire in kettles and pans. The only entrance to the village is via rough tracks making regular coal deliveries in winter an impossibility. In the image a young man sits in the doorway of the cottage. On the left while outside a bicycle leans against a paving stone.

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David Theobald

if there was no proper road leading to these houses how would an ambulance or fire engine have got there if needed?




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