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17-18a Bond Street

17 to 18a Bond Street…this beautiful large building was my grandfather’s premises. He had a furniture auctioneer’s rooms. They were a big firm; we used to move goods from the Royal Pavilion up to Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace for various royal exhibitions. You can see the industrial doorways – the gantry doorways to allow the goods to be hoisted up. Grandad and Grandma had a flat and (believe it or not) a roof garden above the shop, quite literally.

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  • In the 1871 and 1881 censuses, my great, great grandparents, Walter and Hannah Ottaway and their children lived at 7 Bond St.  Walter was a Master Tailor employing five men.  Hannah died in 1881 and in 1882 Walter remarried and in 1891 he is living at 45 Preston St., and is a licensed victualer. 

    By Wendy Ward (01/12/2013)

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