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    Unhappy Belfour Street, Battersea

    A big chunk of my family lived at various addresses on Belfour Street, Battersea, between (at least) the censuses of 1881-1901. Birth certificates also give this street. However, aside from a handful of references to it on the internet, and a suggestion by someone that it might be a misspelling of Balfour Street which seems unlikely given the frequency of the Belfour spelling, I've been unable to find a map that shows the street. I know it was close to Nine Elms, but that's about as close as I've been able to come. I can't even find a Post Office Directory for the period that lists it. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

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    https://london1878.com/images/stanford45b.jpg

    On the extreme left of the map, south of the river and north of the railway lines you'll find Belfour Street

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    Thumbs up Belfour Street

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Goodey View Post
    https://london1878.com/images/stanford45b.jpg

    On the extreme left of the map, south of the river and north of the railway lines you'll find Belfour Street
    Peter -- thank you so much. Clearly the street and much of its surroundings have vanished. I was hoping it might have been merely renamed. Not an attractive part of town!

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    Bing Maps has got a good aerial view.

    Not an attractive part of town!
    You wouldn't say that if you lived in one of those apartments beside the river!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Goodey View Post
    Bing Maps has got a good aerial view.



    You wouldn't say that if you lived in one of those apartments beside the river!
    Thanks for the Bing suggestion. I took a look and found Belfour Street, along with the others in the area in the 1878 map, absent of course, and it looks rather as though the area was totally demolished to make way
    for the Battersea Power Station, which was opened in the 1930s. In the 1878 map the houses on Balfour St. are shown as black slabs, suggesting tenements. I'll try looking for an Ordnance Survey Map of the area, which might have more detail.

    Yes, living by the River in Victorian London in places such as this would not have been pleasant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patk View Post

    Yes, living by the River in Victorian London in places such as this would not have been pleasant.
    Booth Poverty Map 1898-99 confirms your view!

    https://booth.lse.ac.uk/cgi-bin/do.pl....l=1&b.p.p.l=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsinore View Post
    Booth Poverty Map 1898-99 confirms your view!

    https://booth.lse.ac.uk/cgi-bin/do.pl....l=1&b.p.p.l=1

    Peter
    Charming! I note with some interest -- tinged with a little dismay -- that the inhabitants of Belfour Street, in Booth's estimation, are of the 'Lowest class. Vicious & semi-criminal.' Not encouraging for my family's history.

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    Default Belfour Street area in film The Happy Family

    Quote Originally Posted by patk View Post
    Charming! I note with some interest -- tinged with a little dismay -- that the inhabitants of Belfour Street, in Booth's estimation, are of the 'Lowest class. Vicious & semi-criminal.' Not encouraging for my family's history.
    If this is still of use (and you haven't already seen it), the ReelStreets film locations website has some stills of the Belfour Street area in Nine Elms. This area was used for a 1952 film to stand in for an area a couple of miles away over near Waterloo.
    https://www.reelstreets.com/films/happy-family-the/

    "Also known as ‘Mr Lord Says No’ (US Title)"
    Last edited by Lesley Robertson; 17-01-2020 at 3:41 PM. Reason: edit cancelled

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