1-25 Orchard Road
When Bemerton Village was put up for sale in 1838, this area was a meadow known as Ox Close. The subsoil was highly suitable for making bricks, and the road was built on a former claypit which was worked in the mid 19th century. These houses were built in the first decade of the 20th century.
Who lived here?
1 Orchard Road
Among the first residents in 1911 were John and Edith Evans, who lived in this property with their four children, one son and one grandson. John was a railway wagon repairer and the eldest child Eva was a domestic servant.
3 Orchard Road
Charles and Alice Harding and their four young children lived in this house in 1911 while Charles, who originated from Andover, was a house painter. Alice, then a widow, was still here 1950.
5 Orchard Road
In 1911 Arthur and Ethel Anscombe and their baby daughter lived here when Charles was employed as a solicitor's clerk.
7 Orchard Road
Herbert and Ellen Thornton lived in this house in 1911 when Herbert was a baker.
9 Orchard Road
In 1911 Frank and Fannie Bray lived here with their three sons. Frank, like his eldest son Lionel, worked on a dairy farm.
11 Orchard Road
This house was not recorded in the 1911 census. Ernest and Ellen Stratton, who in 1911 lived at 23 Orchard Road, were here in the 1950s and 1960s.
13 Orchard Road
Francis Mead, a carpenter, lived here in 1911, along with his wife Frances and baby daughter also called Frances. Sadly, the baby died when only ten months old but her mother was still here in 1960.
15 Orchard Road
In 1911 William and Georgina Ingram lived in this property with their five children and three visitors. William was a bricklayer's labourer and his eldest son Bertram was a mechanic at the Scout motor works on the Churchfields Estate.
In 1911 Frank and Alice Everett were living at 4 Orchard Road but by 1925 they were living here, when Frank was a railway shunter. Members of Frank's family were still here in 1960.
17 Orchard Road
This house was not recorded in the 1911 census but by 1950 James, Alice and Lilian Gordon were here. James was still living in the house in 1960.
19 Orchard Road
John and May Giddings and their five children lived here in 1911, along with a boarder Alfred Bird. John and Alfred were both coal porters on the railways.
21 Orchard Road
Philip and Tryphena Rook and their two young children lived in this house in 1911 when Philip was a foreman shunter.
23 Orchard Road
In 1911 Ernest and Ellen Stratton lived here with their two young children. Ernest was a locomotive fireman.
25 Orchard Road
This property was built in the 1980s.
2 Orchard Road
George and Mary Martin lived in this house in 1911 when George was employed as a railway engine driver.
4 Orchard Road
In 1911 Frank and Alice Everett lived here with their two young children while Frank was a railway shunter.
By 1925, Frank and Alice had moved to 15 Orchard Road and were replaced in this house by Mr F. Reasy.
6 Orchard Road
Frank and Edith Francis and their young daughter Winifred lived here in 1911 along with a boarder called Thomas Terfell. Both Frank and Thomas worked as turners and fitters in the local Scout motor works.
8 Orchard Road
In 1911 Frank and Eva Sanger lived in this property with their two young sons, Frank and Leonard. Frank was a railway engine stoker. Frank and Eva and their family lived here until the 1980s.
10 Orchard Road
Henry and Susan Hopkins were married but had no children and lived here in 1911 when Henry was a railway engine stoker.
12 Orchard Road
William and Eliza Colwills, and their son Henry, were here in 1911 when both William and Henry were employed in the trade of shoeing and general smith.
14 Orchard Road
John and Sarah Hobbs and their young son lived in this property in 1911 when John was a railway fireman. By 1960 John and Sarah were still living here.
16 Orchard Road
In 1911 Richard and Alice Arundell and their baby son Jackie lived here; Richard was a railway fireman.
18 Orchard Road
Walter and Dorcas Hathaway and their three young children lived here in 1911 when Walter was a railway fireman. The Hathaways were still living in this house in 1970.
20 Orchard Road
George and Lucy Read were here in 1911 when George was a railway engine stoker.
22 Orchard Road
In 1911 Fred and Edith Gregory lived in this house with their young daughter Bessie. Fred was employed as a bread baker.