Back St, Hitchin’s slum area

About Dead St, Back St and Queen Street Hitchin, needs lots of research!

Bancroft runs north easterly out of the High Street on the west side of the River Hiz, on the other side of the river Dead – Back – Queen Street run (or ran) north easterly into Whinbush Lane (now Road) on the eastern side of the River Hiz

Our family’s connection with area

  • Death of Jacob from cholera in 1849.
  • 1851 census Eliza Day living with her aunt’s family in Back Street.
  • 1861 GWR senior and Eliza living in Back Street with 3 offspring including GWR and lodger.
  • 1881 John Throssell retired wealthy merchant living at ‘The Acacias’ Queen Street.

Good links

Slum housing in Hitchin (broken link…. 2020)

School in Back Street where GWR may have been educated: Hitchin British School 

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