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339 Devon Street West 2017.

339 Devon Street West 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive home was probably constructed in late 1894 or early 1895 for P. B. Ross Snr.

Peter Ross purchased the section on which 339 Devon Street West is located on 27 November 1894. Peter Ross, Mechanical Engineer, is first listed as living at this location in the 1895 edition of Stone's Street Directory. He appears to have shifted to Wellington about 1905, retaining ownership of the house until 1907, when it was sold to M. Williams. the property was sold

341A Devon Street West 2017.

341A Devon Street West 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This villa was probably constructed about 1899.

The section that the house is located on was originally part of New Plymouth's Town Belt. However, a shortage of land meant the Town Belt was either sold or leased, for farming, and later residential purposes. This area of Town Belt B was subdivided into smaller lots in the 1890s by the Runciman's.

341A Devon Street West is located on part of sections 2 and 3 of this subdivision - and was created

5 Gaine Street 2017.

5 Gaine Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house was probably constructed between 1899 and 1902. It isn't marked on DP1323, surveyed in June 1899 (other houses on the surveyed sections are indicated), and no permit can be found for the home in the NPBC building permit books (from 1902 onwards).

The section was originally part of the Education Reserves of New Plymouth, and DP1436, surveyed in February 1900, indicates that the Taranaki School Commisioners are still the occupiers of this section. 

265F Tukapa Street 2017.

265F Tukapa Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa was probably constructed for M. Thomas sometime between 1897 and 1903.

It was reported in the Taranaki Herald of 13 February 1897, that "Mr R. Gleggs 26 acre farm at Westown" had been sold to "Mr M. Thomas for £575".  A cottage was on the property at the time of sale, although it is unlikely this was the present building. Later in 1897 Thomas advertised for tenders for grubbing gorse at his Westown property.

Thomas advertised

2 Aubrey Street 2017.

2 Aubrey Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

A permit was granted by the Borough Council to S. Coad on 18 August 1922 for the construction of a house on Town Section 193, Weymouth Street - Coad was the builder and the estimated construction cost was £570.


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