I am researching my family history and have found that my grandmother, Lucy Pigden Born 1891, was discharged in Dec. 1911 from the Workhouse at Lewisham to 3 Relinque Road Lewisham. She was 20 and unmarried and gave birth to my uncle in the workhouse.
My family name is Harris. Also, as Lucy Harris she is in the 1922 Electoral Register. at 3 Relinque Road. Has anybody any history of this road or the Pigden family that would help me in my research?
Hope this helps/is of interest
Thank you very much for the information in your post. You answered a couple of questions for me as I was trying to find out when the Relinque Road houses were built and when they were pulled down.
In the 1911 census Lucy's father and mother, Benjamin Thomas (1862 – 1921) and Annie Pigden (1862 – 1916), are shown in No.3 Relinque Road with 5 of their children but not Richard. 2 other are adults were living the same house. Would you by any chance know how many bedrooms the houses in Relinque Road have and did they have inside toilets? Studying the 1901 Census, the odd numbers 1 to 13 had 39 adults and 18 children (57) living in the 7 houses.
Lucy married my grandfather, George Henry Harris in July 1916 and my father, same name, was born in December 1916. I have found my grandfathers WW1 record, he joined up in 1916 and was discharged unfit in April 1917, not war wounds, to No.3 Relinque Road. He died 3 months later in July 1917. This left Lucy with her eldest son, Thomas, Arthur Pigden aged 6 and my father George Henry Harris aged 9 months. Lucy Harris is in the 1922 Electoral Register at No.3 Relinque Road. After that I can only find a Lucy Harris in the Electoral Registers in Hammersmith. She re-marries in 1927 to a Bert Denyer (1896 – 1937) and after that she is shown in the 1939 Register living with my Father and Mother at 23 Rathfern Road, Lewisham.
Re.Relinque Rd.- these were typical' 2 up 2 down' terraced houses of the period ie. 2 bedrooms upstairs,one for parents and one for children, and two rooms downstairs- a kitchen and front room( or living room) The toilet was outside in the back yard and there was no bathroom; baths were taken either in the tin bath,brought in from the back yard into the front room and filled with hot water,or the local public Bath House was used,which was just down the road at Bell Green(this still survives,used as an architectural salvage shop) A number of the roads around Bell Green were the same-it was a poor area,probably the poorest part of Sydenham.The Wells Park Rd. area of Upper Sydenham was another poor area at the time
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I have been doing some work into my family history. And saw my great great grandma lived in Relinque road and died in a bombing. Was there a greengrocers down Relinque road at number 12? As we believed they owned the greengrocer’s? Her name was jemima (Jane) Morris and her husband was Henry Morris
Any info would be amazing