Sunday, 22 November 2015
In the 1920s my house was "in the occupancy of Mrs Poole" and then "formerly in the occupancy of Mrs Poole". Nothing more was detailed about her - no name, husband, family, occupation. Who was she and what trace was left of her life? Through electoral rolls and census data I have addresses of places she lived but most of these houses have been demolished and even the streets themselves no longer exist. The 1891 electoral roll lists her as "age 20, married, dressmaker neither employee nor employed" but later data lists no occupation.
If you've not had a chance to see You Lived Here Mrs Pool(e), there's still time! The exhibition continues until 20th December 2015 at South Sq Gallery, Thornton (see previous post for details). This work, created over the last 6 months, was inspired by Mrs Poole who lived in my house 100 years ago. Here's a little taster: