A gazetteer of Pittville house names in the 19th century
(continued...) after Terhill House at Terhill, near Taunton, where he had been brought up; Hawksworth on Albert Road was named by Ann Ord in 1894 to commemorate her mother Isabella Frances Hawksworth and her mother’s family, back to Sir Walter Hawksworth, of Hawksworth, near Guiseley in Yorkshire. Gundulf (now Beaufort House, in West Approach Drive) was so called in 1890 by Royal Engineer Col. Richard Arthur Sargeaunt, because the Royal Engineers traditionally regarded Gundulf, William I’s Bishop of Rochester and castle-builder, as the first “Royal Engineer”.
Major sources for this work have been the census and directory transcriptions of the Pittville History Works group, Steven Blake’s Pittville 1824-1860 (especially for information about the original sale details of plots), James Hodsdon’s Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham (particularly for information on the history of street names), various genealogical databases (especially Ancestry and Find My Past), and the wide-ranging contents of the British Newspaper Archive. But there will be times when I have taken a wrong track, and I would be very grateful for any corrections and improvements readers are able to offer.
An extended version of this introduction was published in The Local Historian (July 2019; vol. 49, no. 3). Click here for the pdf of this issue, and scroll to p. 197 for the start of the article.