Greendown Place, Greendown Terrace, extraordinary, rare Jewish Burial Ground

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Greendown Place 2017
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Greendown Terrace 2017
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Greendown Terrace – Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Thursday 28 April 1853

Greendown Place and Terrace are on either side of the Forester and Flower (previously The Forrester’s Arms), pub on Bradford Road opposite Mulberry Park.

The Jewish Burial Ground is also adjacent.

The area that is Mulberry Park and previously the Admiralty offices (MoD), used to be known as Green Down or Collibee’s Down after William Collibee (1672 – 1729).

He was an apothecary and mayor in 1719 – 20, who sold the land to by the Duke of Kingston in the 1720s.

The Duke, in turn, sold the land to Ralph Allen in 1744 [1] .

William Collibee’s son Edward Bushell Collibee (1707 – 1795) was four times mayor of Bath

Greendown Terrace is the terrace of 5 houses to the West of Forester and Flower, whilst to the East is Greendown Place and the Jewish Burial Ground.

The rear of the buildings seem to have been an earlier rank of cottages incorporated into the 1850s terrace which added uniform fronts to the buildings.

Greendown Terrace was not completed in 1852 when Cotterell carried out his survey.

His map does show a narrow row of buildings behind a large square structure fronting the road and these must be what is now the rear of the terrace incorporated into the 1850s terrace. The whole terrace is Grade II listed.

The advertisement for the sale by auction of 1 to 5 Greendown Terrace in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette for Thursday 28 April 1853 shows that the terrace was completed by then and called Greendown Terrace.

Greendown Place houses are workers’ cottages which have undergone considerable alteration. The advert for the sale of 2, 3 and 4 Greendown Place from the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette of Thursday 5 August 1869 suggests that they were constructed in about 1830 – 1831.

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2, 3, 4 Greendown Place for sale – Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Thursday 5 August 1869
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Villa Rosa and 10 Greendown Terrace for sale – Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Thursday 4 September 1890

Not all of Greendown Place is listed.

The Grade II listed buildings are Quarry Cottage and nos. 7 and 10. It seems that Quarry Cottage was built about 1750 as two cottages and a grain store. These were converted into one house named Hope Cottage, then Villa Rosa, then Quarry Cottage[2]. I have not yet established any more information about nos. 7 and 10.

The problem with saying any more about the occupants of Greendown Place and Greendown Terrace is similar to the one for Quarry Vale / Bottom.

The occupants occupations in the censuses include (inter alia):

  • Agricultural labourer
  • Blacksmith
  • Cabinet maker
  • Gardener
  • General labourer
  • Insurance agent
  • Linotype operator
  • Mason
  • Print compositor
  • Quarryman

Ths means there are very few references in The Bath Chronicle.


[1] R Irving, The History of the Byfield Mine, Combe Down, The Combe Down Heritage Society, 2005, 21

[2] Andrews / Rightmove estate agency sales particulars, 2013. No supporting evidence.

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