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A Brief Miscellany G

The Georgian Period Visitors to Newark frequently remark that the town is lucky

not to have lost much of its Georgian heritage to the ‘Knock it All Down and Rebuild Brigade’. Certainly evidence abounds to illustrate a Georgian influence. Tere is a super-abundance of Georgian-style houses here; even though many are actually Victorian, they still carry many of the classical hallmarks of the earlier era.

In 1725 the Duke of Newcastle declared that Castlegate was

too narrow to accommodate the increasing traffic flow and should be widened. Without much further ado the width of the road was increased, regardless of consequences for anyone who lived there; or was it? It is easy to believe that there was a continuous row of houses more or less the whole length as it is now, but this is unlikely. Frequently, descriptions in leases and deeds will speak of ‘messuage with appurtenances to- gether with stable and garden’. Te stable implies enough space


for access. Furthermore, the number of leases for Castlegate is not huge, but nevertheless some displacement of people must have occurred. Mostly these were better quality houses, owned by the up and coming newly rich industrialists and businessmen.

Reference to Attenburrow’s map of 1790 still shows a gap be-

tween the Boar Lane range and that of Castle Gate. At around 65 years, the rebuild programme was an extended one. Te map also shows that the widening of Castlegate and most of the construction of what amounts to terraces of large, impos- ing houses was complete except for a few at the south end. It was boom time for all connected with the building trade.

Te foregoing discussion concentrates on the Great North

Road but redevelopment was widespread throughout the town. In the Market Place a similar scenario was unfolding in the demolition of existing properties to facilitate the construc-

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