An 'historic' find by our letting agents

An 'historic' find by our letting agents

Lettings Partner Lucy Nolan discovered a piece of local history when visiting a Dorchester apartment

Lettings Partner Lucy Nolan, recently let a property in Trinity Street, Dorchester, where she discovered a charming snapshot of local history. 

These names and dates etched on the original window glass record the whereabouts of the Kerr family.  A very brief online research discovered the family are listed in the 1891 census, and were originally from Grange Gorman or Kinburgh, Ireland. Father, Elias was then aged 41, a widower, and a physician MD.  He had 7 children Ethel then 15, Arthur 14, William 12, Waller 10, Harry 8, Mark 7 and Frederick 5.

The first etching on the glass is dated 1906, so 15 years later, and presumably some of the children had enlisted and been posted abroad.  The second and third listings are from 1907 and 1912.

The owner of the building has considered donating this historic record to the museum, but afraid of damage to the glass, has decided to leave it in situ.  It’s a lovely piece of history, and presents a lovely opportunity for a genealogist to find out more about this intrepid family!

This fine town centre property combines commercial and residential accommodation. The freehold building is managed by George Rogers of our commercial department, whilst Lucy lets and manages the residential apartments. For further information about Symonds & Sampson's range letting and management services, please do get in touch.




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