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Hardwick's Yard and Judson's Yard, off East Street

27th October 1911. In the foreground is a cleared area off East Street, situated between Zion Street, on the far left, and Cavalier Street, off the picture to the right. The large building on the left is noted as a Mission Room on a 1910 map. It is at the end of a row of back-to-back houses. A group of children are gathered in the centre to pose for the photograph, in front of a wooden fence which surrounds Hardwick's Yard. An open door on the right of it leads in to the yard. To the right of the picture is the entrance to Judson's Yard.

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Claudia Procter(nee Wilson

My gt Uncle Alfred Wilson, lived at No 1 Zion Sq in the next street lived Ann Ratcliffe at No12 Cavalier St, they got married in 1897 at St Saviour's,




Graham A. Schofield

This image is intriguing, showing as it does, a domiciliary area being 'gated-off'. If you look to the right, it is clear that Judson's Yard is not. Old maps tell us that Hardwick's Yard was quite small; - - - narrow as you can see here, and containing only eight dwellings. A high wall is visible beyond the fence. This high wall is marked on maps, which show Zion Square, containing only twenty-one dwellings, being behind it. According to the maps, the only access to Zion Square was, apparently, via the gated Hardwick's Yard. To the right can be seen part of the opening to Judson's Yard ( a more comprehensible image of this can be seen on picture number, 20091124_169833 ). Further to the right would have been Cavalier Street, and beyond that, St, Saviour's Row. This latter location is also of interest, as the maps show it to be a cul-de-sac, having access only from, Ellerby Road, and unless the cartographer has made a mistake, the maps indicate that this too, also appears to be 'gated'. There seem to be no other streets anywhere else in the area which are shown to be closed off, and that begs the question, "Why only Hardwick's Yard/ Zion Square, and St.Saviours Row?" Could it have been that a small number of particular immigrants who had settled in these two areas, had been/were being subjected to violence and abuse from time to time- - - hence their homes being 'folded' in relative security. If this turns out to be the case, then perhaps there may be some historical record of it waiting to see the light of day again.




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