Topic: Watson Residence, 33 Fulford Street (Constructed 1850s - Demolished/Removed 1968)

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Image of 33 Fulford Street from TH 11 August 1968

Image of front portion before relocation to Omata, Taranaki Herald, 11 August 1968

This home was originally constructed for Captain John Watson in the 1850s - it is reputed to have been brought out to New Plymouth, possibly from Devon, as a prefabricated home which was assembled on arrival. 

It seems the home had undergone several additions over the years, and by the 1960s the building consisted of several distinct sections. Based on its style, the main rear portion may have been the original prefabricated home, and this was likely demolished in 1968. The front 'cottage' portion was probably a later addition constructed at some point prior to 1880, and along with the rear portion, is clearly present on Skinner's 1880 Map of New Plymouth. The north-south gable at the eastern end of the cottage was constructed post-1880, and was likely demolished in 1968. 

The front portion was relocated to a farm at Omata in 1968 to be used as a 'farm bach'. The newspaper report mentions that the cottage was to be located near the site of the Battle of Waireka, so was presumably located to a site in the area bounded by Beach, South and Sutton Roads - it is unclear exactly where the cottage was relocated, or if it still survives 50 years later. 

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Watson Residence, 33 Fulford Street (Constructed 1850s - Demolished/Removed 1968)

City:New Plymouth