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) an apothecary and mayor in 1719 – 20, who sold the land to by the Duke of Kingston in the 1720s. He, in turn, sold the land to Ralph Allen in 1744. William Collibee’s son Edward Bushell Collibee (1707 – 1795) who was four times mayor of Bath
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.
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. 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
- Cabinet maker
- General labourer
- Insurance agent
- Linotype operator
- Print compositor
Ths means there are very few references in The Bath Chronicle.