Number 17 Holland Street 1881 – Emma Beardsell, Dressmaker

Please note Caldwell Street was called Holland Street in 1881 – see here.

Kelly’s Directory 1881 tells us that at 17 Holland street lived Emma Beardsell, a dressmaker.

 Click here to see where this property would have stood on a modern day map.

Expanding on the info taken from Kelly’s Directory and looking at the Census we find out a little more…

Well actually we don’t. The census records I have for this part of the street in 1881 are badly damaged and so I am unable to delve any further with Miss Beardsell. I have looked at the 1871 and 1891 Census, both of which show a different set of people living at number 17. Miss Beardsell will remain a mystery.

One thing that is apparent is that there were many dressmakers in this area, a rather lowly profession. The plight of the women whose lives were spent trying to find good light and a sharp needle, some of whom eventually went blind, is documented here.

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