York Place, St Mary's/Castlefields, Shrewsbury

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Lucy.bron
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Good afternoon! I'm really hoping someone can help me. My great grandmother was born in a cottage in York Place in St Mary's, Shrewsbury in 1878. York Place doesn't appear on any OS maps of any date, but from my research it seems they may have been at the top of Beacall's Lane possibly at numbers 7 to 15. The houses currently on this site are called Lancaster Terrace. Are these the York Place cottages?! Is anyone aware of York Place cottages? Thank you

Michael J Hulme
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Hello Lucy

The subscription web site Find my Past allows you to search for a place name when doing a census search.  I selected the 1871 census and then near the top of the screen moved the blue slider from Person to Address by clicking Address.  Entering York Place as the street and Shrewsbury as the town just brings up one place with 17 results.

Click on the first image icon and this will (hopefully) bring up the beginning of York Place and show that it was close to Beacalls Lane and (pencilled in) the Castle Vaults.  If you work through the York Place pages you will reach New Park Road which should give you a feel for how the census enumerator was working and possibly help to locate the position of your family.

You can do a similar exercise with the 1881 census but notice the search boxes are in a different order.

It seems that York Place was a small group of houses leading off Beacalls Lane and whilst they are not named on the Ordnance Survey maps which are available on the Internet through the National Library of Scotland there are some parts of Shrewsbury which were mapped at a scale of 1:500.  I don't know if these extended to the area you need but if you get chance to visit Shropshire Archives it would be well worth checking.

Mike

Lucy.bron
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Mike, this is fabulous. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. I didn't know you could search in this manner - I will give this a go through Findmypast. I have never been to Shrewsbury before, but plan on visiting this year and hope to visit the Archives.

Again, thank you so much for your time. It is really appreciated.

Best wishes

Lucy