Originally called New France, then France Street
Brunswick Street runs from Hendford as far as the junction of Penn Hill after which the road was named Belmont and then became Park Street, although today it is Park Street from Penn Hill as far as Central Acre.
In 1825 "the new road belonging to Peter Daniell" was referred to in Thomas Binford's marriage settlement. This was a new road which, combined with Park Street running from the east, replaced the circuitous and somewhat steep route of Addlewell Lane and Chant's Path. It is shown, albeit un-named, on Watts' map of 1831.
Originally, however, the new road appears to have been known as New France and Pigot's Directory of 1830 listed Henry Hann as a painter, etc. of New France. It seems that after a few years the 'New' epithet had worn off and the road became known as France Street.
The Minutes of the Town Commissioners of 7 April 1835 state "Ordered that the new Street called Brunswick Street be forthwith completed and made good with hard materials by the Owners of the several Houses Buildings Grounds Lands and Hereditaments within and abutting upon such Street, by making a footpath on the north side of the said Street from one end thereof to the other of the average width of three feet six inches throughout, and by stoning the intermediate space of carriageway between such footpath and the opposite side of the said Street with good dew stone properly broken and laid on six inches in thickness at the least and by making and completing a good and sufficient drain throughout to the said Street communicating with the Common Sewer in the said Street for carrying off the water from the sides of the said Street and from the Houses Buildings and Yards situated in or abutting upon the same." The list of owners of properties in Bond Street listed in the minutes are tabulated below.
|Houses and other premises||Owners' Names|
|On the north side of the said Street|
|House No 1 from Hendford||George Rendell|
|House No 2||George Rawlins|
|House No 3||George Rawlins|
|House No 4||John Wilmott|
|House No 5||John Wilmott|
|House No 6||John Wilmott|
|House No 7||John Pickford|
|House No 8||John Pickford|
|House No 9||Henry Whitmash|
|House No 10||Henry Whitmash|
|House No 11||John Bide|
|House No 12||William Saint|
|On the south side of the said Street|
|House No 1 from Hendford||Charles Nossiter|
|House No 2||William Dix|
|House No 3||George Harris|
|House No 4||George Harris|
|House No 5||George Harris|
|House No 6||George Harris|
|House No 7||George Harris|
|House No 8||George Harris|
|House No 9||George Harris|
|House No 10||George Harris|
|House No 11||George Harris|
|House No 12||W L White|
|House No 13||John Bide|
Robson's Directory of 1839 listed both beer retailer Robert Hickman and cooper Edward Lucas as 'of France Street'. Both men were listed as being in Brunswick Street by 1850. However in 1835 the Town Commissioners had ordered that "the new street called Brunswick Street be forthwith completed". It was named as Brunswick Street in the 1841 census.
The designation of this new stretch of road was made in honour of the Saxony Duchy linked to the Crown through the Hanoverian dynasty.
The road was quite quickly populated with buildings; residential Brunswick Place and Brunswick Terrace on the north side and more light industrial properties such as glove factories and leather dressing yards with just one or two residences to the south. Most of these properties, residential and industrial alike, were demolished in the 1960s.
This map, based on the 1886 Ordnance Survey, shows Hendford running across the top left corner with Chant's Path running across the top half of the map and Brunswick Street running across the bottom of the map.
A postcard dated 1906 looking along Brunswick Street with Brunswick Place and Brunswick Terrace at left.
Brunswick Place at right, seen from Brunswick Street in the 1960s. The road at the far end is Hendford.
Brunswick Street seen from Hendford and photographed in the 1960s. Brunswick Place and Brunswick Terrace were down Brunswick Street, on the left roughly where the three cars are. At right is Nichols Tannery, specialising in processing lambskins and suede.
Photographed in the 1960s, this photo looks along Brunswick Street towards Hendford with the steps to Chant's Path at right and the entrance to Aldondale Gardens at left. Brunswick Terrace is the tall block of houses just left of centre with the next block to the left at a slightly lower level. Brunswick Place was the next block of houses to the left ending by the building on the road whose flank wall has three black windows.
Courtesy of Chris Rendell
The Hendford end of Brunswick Street photographed in 1985.
Preparing the new car park in Brunswick Street during 1988.
Brunswick Street today. The site of Brunswick Place and Brunswick Terrace is this grassy bank opposite the entrance to Goldenstones. Photographed in 2012.