Huskisson Street

Huskisson Street When the sun shines, as it did all day long on the late summer Sunday when I took these photos, parts of the area begin to glow. The rendered houses look particularly good when their shadows are flooded with reflected light.

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The house on the corner of Huskisson and Catharine Street. I've been told by several different people that this house was built for William Huskisson, who held high office under several Prime Ministers in the early nineteenth century. If this is true, then he couldn't have lived here for long. Huskisson was struck and killed by a train at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester railway in 1830 - the world's first railway fatality. His death was an eerie omen of the fate of Canning area - its original purpose quickly outmoded by the new suburban living offered by the railways.

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Cast iron was becoming freely available in Britain at the time this area was being built. Some adventurous architects incorporated the new material into the structure of their buildings, but in Canning its use is confined to ornamentation. I like the economy shown here - a seperate plaque for South meant fewer moulds had to be made.

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As you walk along some streets in the area, you can guess at the age of the houses. Like geological strata or tree growth rings, each block reflects its era. By the time this end of Huskisson Street was developed, Victorian builders were coming up with houses like this. Stick a big candle in it and cut yourself a slice.