North Laine History

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Frederick Street runs between Gloucester Road and North Road.

Built circa 1823-30, an 1868 street directory offers a snapshot of business at that time: two milliners, a mineral water manufacturer, greengrocer, beer retailer and general shop, public house (Blue Post Tavern), dressmaker, insurance agent and bootmaker. In the 1960s at a time when North Laine did not seem to have a future the fire brigade set fire to houses in Frederick St as part of their training. The houses were Council owned and as Terry Etherton says in his memoir in The North Laine Book, the houses had been derelict for some time and steel hawsers were put around the houses and they were simply pulled down like a pack of cards. Later once the Wilson and Womersley Report had been rejected and Ken Fines advocated Conservation for North Laine, the first new houses for many decades were built in Frederick St announcing that North Laine had a future after all.

Today the street offers a mix of building styles, old and more modern cottages on the east side with modern offices on the right.


Frederick Street