A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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10 Dalton Square Now Where The Town Hall Is Located

A Memory of Lancaster.

My Great Great Grandmother Jane Oversby worked for a widow, Mrs Margaret Rossall, who lived at 10 Dalton Square, Lancaster. I visited Dalton Square and counted the houses from 2 - 9; then sent down the other side Numbers 11 onward. I could not find 10 Dalton Square until a local person told me that the Town Hall is not as old as it looks. It was built at the beginning of the 20th Century as a gift to the town by Lord Ashton. Before the Town Hall stood a large Mansion - 10 Dalton Square, that was large and had another entrance at 2 Robert Street, so was listed at both addresses on early Census lists. I was sent old photographs of this large mansion. After Mrs Rossall's demise, the house was sold to the Coulstons - and industrial family in Lancaster - who bequeathed it to the Poor and Sick of Lancaster, to be cared for by the Poor Nuns. This Catholic establishment then became known as Nazareth House. The property became inadequate for their needs, so was sold and a new and larger Nazareth House built elsewhere in Lancaster. The original house was then sold and demolished to make way for the Town Hall to replace the smaller older Town Hall in Market Place. The Square was also dug up, landscaped and the statue of Queen Victoria erected there in 1906 instead of erecting that monarch's statue in Williamson Park, as originally planned.
My Great Grandmother, in 1871, went on to marry Mr James Hargreaves and members of the family then worked for Sir Thomas Storey: as coachman, gardener; maids, etc at his various homes. Memory of Mrs Helen R Rogan - family in Lancaster = Hartley; Hargreaves; Oversby; Hornby;

With thanks to retrokev54 for this memory of Lancaster

Added 11 November 2016


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