Tanners Lane (work in progress)
Tanners Lane is the only street name that survives today from the 1778 enclosure map. On this site we have already investigated the location of the Tannery. We have also looked at the history of the Leys which connects with Tanners Lane and the origin of the Co-operative Society building on the corner of Wide Street and Tanners Lane.
On the maps below you can see that in early C20th not only were there houses on the side of the Tanners Lane up from the Co-op but there were also two rows of houses at right angles to the Lane. The first of these is at the top of Tanners Lane. As you walk up the Lane, just before you reach the entrance to May Farm, you can see on the left a small alleyway which runs along the bottom of the gardens to several terraced 3 story houses, once numbered 2,4,6,8,10 and 12 Tanners Lane. The second of these, Rookery Row at the bottom of the Lane, no longer standing, was a terrace of three-story houses.
|1824. Little different to 1778. Position of tanyard clearly marked. No residents are listed in Rookery Row.|
|1883. Co-op just built. Rookery Row shows 8 houses in terrace. Terrace in plot 308 extended into plot 309. More houses on same side as Co-op.|
|1901. One detached house on plot 309|
|1921. Little change|
|1963. Start of new estate. Wide Lane extended and Rookery Row now demolished and replaced with semi-detached houses. House numbers shown on map. Surgery in first part of Leys.|
Below is some of the information collected for the last 'Walk Round Hathern' event for 10 Tanners Lane.
From maps it seems that 8-10 Tanners Lane were built shortly after 1824. By 1963 8 and 10 became one house as shown below :-
Below is a picture of the fire insurance plaque for the house :-
Also on display during the Walk were various house sale documents and details about previous residents. These are to be added below.