72 St. Mary's Road

From Historical Hastings
72 St. Mary's Road
General information
Address72 St Mary's Road
Advertisement for Bones Timber company in 1881

In 1881, number 72 St Mary's Road was owned by F. R. Bones - the proprietor of the well known timber merchant who had their business premises at Earl Street[1], Francis being resident in Rye at the time[2]. In 1886, Thomas Cousins was a tenant, renting two rooms at £1 per month. August 1892 shows a 'Mrs. B.' advertising for a tenant.

By 1894, the property was advertised as being up for sale tenanted at a rent of 10s per week; the description revealing four bedrooms, three sitting rooms, a breakfast room and, unusually for the period, two toilets[3]. It would appear that a Mr Frank Heathfield was either the purchaser or the tenant - a probate dating to 1912 revealing him being resident then[4].

In 1937, there is an obituary for George Phillips aged 67 - ex dispensing pharmacist of the Sussex Drug Stores at 10 Robertson Street, listed as residing at the address. George started the post as an errand-boy and worked his way up to this position. He was advised to take an outdoor position for health reasons and later in life worked for the Borough as a gardener. He was survived by his wife, the couple not appearing to have any children[5].

The British Newspaper Archive does not appear to have any further mentions of the address post-1937.

A search of planning applications reveals that the windows were replaced in 1970 by presumably the, then resident, Mrs Dunkley - attachment 2 is the permission letter [6]

References & Notes

  1. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 19 November 1881 Pg. 0004
  2. UK Census return 1881
  3. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 10 March 1894 Pg. 0004
  4. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 26 October 1912 Pg. 0005
  5. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 13 March 1937 Pg. 0012
  6. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref HS/FA/70/00268