34-60 Parfett Street

c.1800 houses

3 Nottingham Place
Contributed by Pugwash on Nov. 8, 2020

My 2nd Great Grandfather Samuel ffitch and his family lived at 3 Nottingham Place, as is given in the 1851, 1861, and 1871 census records. 3 Nottingham Place is now known as 56 Parfett Street. The upper end of the present Parfett Street was formerly Nottingham Place, and the houses were then numbered 1 to 20 down the east side (north to south), and then 21 to 40 up the west side (south to north), as given on a fire insurance plan of London, dated 1890. Nottingham Place was renamed Parfett Street towards the end of the 19th century (though exact date of renaming has not yet been confirmed).

It is also recorded on bombsight.org which maps the WW2 bomb census, that a high explosive bomb fell on the upper end of Parfett Street very close to number 56, sometime between 7 October 1940 and 6 June 1941. Is it possible that this accounts for the cross-brace wall bolts between 56 and 54 Parfett Street, and the now flatter roof of number 56? There also appear to be two further circular (bracing?) bolts on the upper storey on the left side of the house. In addition, there are also what appear to be two fire insurance(?) plaques attached to number 56.