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In 1914 the north side comprised Corporation Buildings, while there were only four residential properties on the south side, one, number 12, occupied by boot maker Mr W Gould.
The memorial stone for the Corporation Buildings was laid by Mr George S Bennee, the then chairman of the Housing of the Working Classes Committee, on Wednesday August 6th 1902. Also present were the Mayor of Devonport, Mr Edgar M Leest, and his Deputy, Mr T H Gill; the Town Clerk, Mr A B Pilling; the Borough Surveyor, Mr John F Burns; the Borough Treasurer, Mr J B Hoare; a representative of the Devonport School Board, Mr W J Moon; and the Chief Constable, Mr J Matters.
Mr A N Coles was the contractor for the three blocks of buildings, which would provide 63 self-contained dwellings of two and three rooms each. The total cost was expected to be £17,500. After the ceremony refreshments were taken in a marquee erected on the site and in which an inscribed, silver cup was presented by Mr Coles to the Mayor.
The proposed rents for these properties, comprising bedroom, sitting-room and scullery, ranged between 5 shillings and 6s 9d.
Off Ordnance Lane, which ran from Ordnance Street to Cannon Street, were the entrances to Mr H Langmead's waggon works and Mr C Petherick's stables.