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Old 31-10-2016, 07:44 PM   #176
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Lightbulb New Cottage

John Everett Millais, "Autumn Leaves"..
I have always had a problem with New Cottage..Some writers of Ripper books have stated that Polly Nichols' body was discovered in Bucks Row outside a house with this name, but others, outside No. 9.. It has always puzzled me why the first house of a row should be qualified by it's own name..In modern photos of this site one sees a row of small terraced cottages, all identical, and I have assumed as I'm sure others have too that Polly's body was found slightly to the right of this building. In fact, this doesn't seem to be so..When the row of cottages was built (probably in 1864 when the street was named Bucks Row) they stretched from North Street (Brady Street) right to the edge of the National School for Boys and Girls (later the Board School), and were numbered consecutively from No 1, beside the school, to No 30 at the North Street end, on the corner of which stood The Roebuck (John and Charlotte Turner, beer retailers. All this is seen on the 1873 Ordnance Survey map..

On the Ordnance Survey maps of 1894 and 1913 this cottage is clearly seen at the end of the row, being of a slightly different shape, with a space between the house and the railway cutting that was a small stable yard.. On the 1938 map, the cottage is still there, but on the 1948 map it is gone, along with the next house as well, which naturally leads one to the conclusion they were bombed during the war.. This map also shows that the numbering has been changed from consecutive to even running Ășnumbers, now starting at No 6, which is the house shown in Tom Cullen's book, Autumn of Terror (opp. Pg 177)...The writers quoting New Cottage as the murder site are correct, but the ones suggesting Polly was found outside No 2 are also correct, because, at some time between the late 1880s and the post-war period, the numbering was changed to run as even numbers from No 2 to No 48 ..The confusion has arisen because no one has ever explained that New Cottage (and the first house of the row) no longer exist.. One has believed - or I certainly have! - that the first house of the row (Cullen's picture) was No 2 New Cottage..In the overall scheme of things this is merely a small and insignificant matter, but nevertheless, I particularly enjoy researching these odd inconsistences and trying to correct small details whenever possible, and my research in this instance has clarified, at least for me, the riddle of New Cottage... more than 1, Inspector, I assure you. 11, to be precise..It may irritate you, Inspector, but sometimes women have superior minds..You'll simply have to accept it...
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