The Story of Palmerston Villa - From Farmer to Landlord

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From Farmer to Landlord 

In the absence of documentation such as builders’ receipts or letters it is difficult to establish when houses were built. It then becomes a piece of detective work using whatever information is available. It is uncertain exactly when Elizabeth Tipper built Palmerston Terrace onto the end of Yeoman Cottage (as it is now known). I have tried to piece together a history from photographs; poor rate books; census returns and maps, but there are still uncertainties.

detail_showing_palmerston_terrace_dark_2In the rate book of 1840 Elizabeth had just two tenants, William Bowman, who lived in Yeoman Cottage, and Phillip Foreman, a gardener who lived in a cottage next door and used the field behind presumably for his trade. However the census of 1841 places Foreman in Yeoman Cottage and lists tenants occupying three of the houses in the terrace, which suggests 1840-41 as the approximate time for building. They were typical two up two down labourers’ cottages and probably had Old_photo_Palmerston_latera thatched roof as can be seen from the detail taken from an old photograph shown left. The bedrooms appear to have dormer windows. In the distance in the photograph shown left, taken just a few years later, around the turn of the century. Palmerston Terrace can just be seen. The roof now has the shallower camber. The photo at the bottom of the page, taken recently, shows this more clearly.

palmerston_terraceThe ordnance survey map of 1870 shows just three houses in the terrace, which ties in with the record of the 1841 census. However the 1851 census suggests four houses, as is the current situation. At some time before 1851 the pair of semi-detached cottages called Palmerston Cottages was built, again two up two down labourer’s cottages. These too were most probably thatched, as it was a cheaper option than the hand made Kent Peg tiles. Use of slate as a roofing material had to await the arrival of the railways.

Palmerston_Villa_MapThe map  shows the full extent of the property owned by the Paramors of Palmerston Villa. There was now income from five cottages (soon to be six) and the fields. In1851 the baker, Stephen Philpott, was living in Yeoman Cottage while waiting for the two cottages further up the road to be converted into a bakery. Philip Foreman, the market gardener lived next door while his son, Edward lived in the first of the two cottages. Soon after the Philpotts moved into the bakery and Yeoman_extensionPhilip and his wife moved into YeomanCottage.

At some time before 1870 a weatherboard extension was built onto Yeoman Cottage (left). This was a shop. Perhaps it was built for Stephen Philpott, but it is more likely to have been built for Edward Foreman who ran a grocery business. He moved into Yeoman Cottage some time between 1851 and 1861, presumably when his father died.

In 1868 the house next door (now number 157) became the residence of the village bobby. The first to move in was PC Edward Drury. From 1878 to 1886 his place was taken by PC Henry Fowler and he was replaced by Alfred Palmer who lived there until 1891.


#1 J.P. Hollingsworth 2013-01-24 13:17
Interested to read about the Paramors. Can there be any connection made between them and the Paramors who owned a brewery in Margate in 1880s?
Best wishes,
#2 Jim 2013-01-24 14:22
Not that I am aware of. It would be interesting to try to trace all the strands of the Paramor family. I believe they originated from Huguenot refugees who settled in East Kent in the 17th century. There have been Paramor(e)s in Great Mongeham since the early eighteenth century, not to mention all the other Paramor(e)s in East Kent.
#3 Grant 2013-10-08 04:53
Most interesting to only just discover my Grand Father Archer owned that historical property for just a little while and hence contributed to a tiny part of its history; not a Paramor though(!). But he decided to make a life for himself in Australia after that.

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