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Two Victorian houses demolished

Two old Victorian buildings are being demolished to make way for town houses.

The Victorian houses were very historical but the planning permission for the demolition of the buildings and the rebuilding had been granted in 2018 and is predicted to be finished by 2021.

Imperial Houses have plans to replace the old buildings with nine four-storey town houses with private parking.

While the history and foundations of the buildings are been torn down, the new buildings will be more modern and helpful in creating more housing space for the ever-growing population of the city.

The two buildings were formally owned by the NHS but before 1930, the Victorian buildings had other uses that the city had a different role.

A historian website for the buildings claimed: “In 1865, a house at 63 Romey Road, Winchester, became home to the Carlisle Memorial Refuge for Female Convicts. It housed, sox months’ prior to their liberation, female convicts whose conduct had proved satisfactory in prison.”

In 1882, the house was changed from housing convicts to becoming known as the “Diocesan Home for Training Girls for Service or Emigration” and the main task of the girl’s home was to “‘rescue friendless girls from evil surroundings before they have fallen into degradation’

“Part of the property was used as a boarding school for ladies which allowed the girls to gain real-life experience as housemaids. The girls cleaned their guests’ rooms, made their beds, cooked food, and waited on tables at meal times.”

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