(Paras. 1 to 7)
2. The Sequence
: 3. The 1783 Initiative
4. Directional Problems
|6. The Market : 7. Upper Market|
1. : The TardinessA "proper" system of street-numbering was a very
long time in coming to this City. As late as 1883, the
Trades Directory - on which so much pubs-research
relies - was almost devoid of numbers.
Earlier in the 19th Century, only a few principal
2. : The SequenceThe fairly established Market numbering was purely
sequential; and - given the nature/shape of the area -
it had to be. Indeed the idea of odd and even numbers
seems to have been a very modern brainwave !
However, William White's Directory of 1890
used the modern system.
So (most?) earlier systems had been sequential; and,
3. : The 1783 InitiativeThe first such laudable attempt is evident in the
1783 Directory; the Editorial content of which
bewailed the lack of numbering (as well as the
shortage of street name signs).
So the editors decided to show The Authorities
where any street was being extended in length.
Furthermore, where infill was taking place, the
sequence would often be re-run; so that only a
few numbers remained the same for long.
4. : Directional ProblemsThe 1783 system was easy to understand, at the time
it was published, but only in relation to those
main highways which radiated from the centre.
There were many other streets unconnected
Of course, this is still the case today; with great
The Directory of 1802 adopted the 1783 principles
5. : The GuildhallLegend has it that the demolition of the Guildhall
was avoided by one vote in the City Council.
The numbering of "Market" properties would have
made much more sense without the Guildhall - i.e.
if the Market Square had been bounded by buildings
stretching from Lower Goat Lane to Dove Street.
Even today, the seats and taxi-ranks, below
The new prison was built in 1827, so references
6. : The MarketSo, the street numbering??
It began at Lower Goat Lane. Number 1 was the
impressive corner building which stills stands,
and reminds older folk of Messrs. Wilkinson's shop.
Numbers 2,3,4 (at least) were clustered around
These sequential numbers ran down the Gaol Hill,
Numbers may have changed a bit over the years . . .
7. : Upper MarketEventually the numbering reached the top of
the slope, and had to turn North and head back
towards the Guildhall.
These days there are no buildings along that stretch;
as they were, very roughly speaking, where the
Memorial Gardens are now.
Indeed there were, for the most part, two rows
of that street, occupied by the City Hall.
So it was the first, lower, row which