Devonshire Cottages and Villas

In 1906, the Staveley Coal and Iron Company acquired a 99 year lease on some 67 acres of pasture land adjoining Barrow Hill station and adjacent to the old works. This was to be the site of the new Devonshire Works which would provide employment for an additional thousand men and cottages were to be built for these employees overlooking the development.

In July 1907, the Derbyshire Courier reported that the cottages were then under construction  and articles from local newspapers show that people were living there in 1908.

The “Devonshire” was built in two long rows of terraced blocks. There were five blocks of eight cottages and one block of four cottages to each row; a total of eighty eight cottages. These were the homes of the men mainly employed as labourers at the new works.

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Photograph by Tony Othen 1968

Tony Othen Devonshire Cottages

Photograph by Tony Othen 1968

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Prior to demolition

These photographs of the Devonshire Cottages were taken in 1968 and are the work of photographer Tony Othen. Please do not copy for commercial purposes.

Beyond the rows were eight semi-detached villas, built as homes for the foremen,  and Devonshire House, the home of Thomas Smales, the engineer.

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Over the railway bridge were four larger semi-detached villas which were built at a later date (after the 1911 England census).

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Devonshire Cottages: 1911 England Census

1 Callow 23 Blakemore 45 Wood 67 Naylor
2 Watson 24 Holton 46 Hodgson 68 Young
3 Cashmore 25 Saunderson 47 Exford 69 Thompson
4 Cotton 26 Asquith 48 Humphreys 70 Hill
5 Davis 27 Wild 49 Harte 71 Hefford
6 Clarke 28 Spencer 50 Goddard 72 Harrison
7 Sanderson 29 Hill 51 Godbery 73 Lenton
8 Furniss 30 Lewis 52 Knowles 74 Gray
9 Causer 31 Riches 53 Hasman 75 Goodwin
10 Pumphrey 32 Bacon 54 Righton 76 Wood
11 Jarvis 33 Walker 55 Taylor 77 Wilson
12 Buxton 34 Tansley 56 Staley 78 Siddle
13 Gellaty 35 Mottram 57 Harte 79 Frisby
14 Godley 36 Booth 58 Reddihough 80 Malsbury
15 Bennett 37 Briggs 59 Penistone 81 Vardy
16 Painter 38 Randall 60 Edwards 82 Hancock
17 Hibbert 39 Clarke 61 Wood 83 Cockerham
18 Stevenson 40 Broadbent 62 Dirvey? 84 Briddon
19 Spiller 41 Holloway 63 Baker 85 Masters
20 Steventon 42 Holton 64 Vine 86 Hall
21 Kimberley 43 Skinner 65 Bannister 87 Godley
22 Pratt 44 Dale 66 Holt 88 Cocking
Devonshire Villas Devonshire House
1 Parkinson 4 Howe 7 Marples Smales
2 Turner 5 Leverton 8 Drabble
3 Robinson 6 Baker

© Ann Lucas

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