I'm currently trying to do a little research on my current residence, which is 33 High Street, Bangor. Obviously it is located a few doors down from the British Hotel, which is a Listed Grade II building. On the Hotel's page on your site, a b&w photo shows the beginning of our building (which is now officially 33/35 High Street). So I know it was built at the time of that photograph (though there is no date on it), but would like to know if the listing applies to these properties too (they appear to be built in the same brickwork as the BH, though I know this doesn't necessarily mean they were built at the same time
or together), and what they were used for. I have trawled some of the directories on your website dated after 1851 (I used that as a base from when the BH was built), and can seemingly find 32 and 34 High Street as shops. I am just curious as to what my residence was!
If you own the house then the deeds might be a fascinating insight into the history of the building.
Maps can be useful sadly there is a map called Captain Johnson's 1854 which I've never been able to get hold of. This is the era that the big railway development took place and the British Hotel and that end of the high street really came into being.
Those pictures are absolutely brilliant! From what I work out then, we are the one absolutely dripping in ivy. It's so lovely. Do you know the chronology of those photos? And what was happening in the picture with all the horses/ceremony?
Sadly I don't own the building, I only rent the first floor flat. I don't know what inspired me to find out, really, but i'm a history graduate from Bangor, so that probably has something to do with it!
I will keep going through the directories then, and see if I can find anything. From the pictures it looks like it could just be someone's home, which is lovely. The fireplaces we have would indicate that, too.
Thanks so much for these pictures, they're amazing.
Matt, you make a reference to lots of "old newspapers" for reference purposes - where can I find these - in the Library or the Town Hall ? Papers are THE key for my own researches.
Any help gratefully received.
In the basement of the University library (Main Arts) there is an openly accessible room called 'the stack' in there (on the left) is the collection of local newspapers dating back to 1700-1800's many of which have been bound by year. It's quite amazing to see really. There are tables/reading space there too.
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