I am trying to get a grip on the firm of Dawson & Patchett (F.J. Dawson; W.J. Patchett), builders & contractors in Wadsley Bridge / Wardsend around the turn of the century, 1900.
As recorded (at least) in the Directories for 1902 and 1903, for a time, Frederick Joseph Dawson lived 65 Vere Road and William Johnson Patchett lived next door, 63 Vere Road.
Last Sunday, I therefore went to have a look at Vere Road. It turns out that Vere Road, and the streets in that area (Bickerton Road, Farndale Road, Fielding Road, Leake Road; and the stretches of Leppings Lane and Penistone Road adjacent to them) are truly riddled with sanitary inspection covers inscribed "Dawson & Patchett".
All in all, some 280 houses; I assume that they were all built by Dawson & Patchett. The dates on the elevations range from 1899 to 1906.
Interestingly, one of the two 1899 dates is on the elevation of 220/222 Penistone Road: "TOYNTON - 1899 - COTTAGES". Toynton is the village in Lincolnshire where W.J. Patchett was born. It would seem that the first houses he ever got to build, he named them after his birthplace. How truly romantic!
Incidentally, much of this area was inundated by the floods this summer. A truly sorry sight, still.
Meanwhile, I keep being interested in anything anyone can contribute in re Dawson & Patchett and/or W.J. Patchett. Thanks.