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Issue 27 December 2002

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Dear Messenger,

The Burngreave Historical Society thought you might like some information on the Osborn House ‘mystery’.

It was never the home of Samuel Osborn. The first time the property appears in directories is in 1879. It was home to one John Watts, a clog clasp, shoe rivet and later skate manufacturer whose business premises were on West Bar and Bridge Street. The house was called Lee Wood House and number 138.

Mr Watts occupied the house until the end of the First World War when it became home to Foreman’s Mutual Benefit Society. At present we have no details of this organisation and would welcome any more information. They were here until 1942 when they moved to Clarkehouse Road.

After the Second World War the house became a hostel for boys and was now called Osborn House. The reason for the name is still not sure.

136 Burngreave Road was built about 1895 for Enoch Coupe a local contractor. In 1942 it was acquired by St Catherine’s Parish for use as a youth club. Eventually the house was pulled down and the present Parish Hall erected. The land was owned by the Duke of Norfolk from whom the freehold was purchased and now belongs to the Diocese of Hallam which is in possession of the deeds. 138 and 136 were separate plots, this is clearly shown on the 1881 and 1905 Ordnance Survey maps.

138 was obviously the home of a wealthy man and it seems strange it did not have a carriage drive. If any one does have more information we would be glad to hear from them. Burngreave Historical Society can be contacted through Burngreave Library.

Yours sincerely,
Bernadette Lamb

 

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