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He was also a keen diarist from the age of 15 right up until days before his death and he would often write as a columnist for the Living at Fairfield in the last few decades of the 19th century was Thomas Travers Hayes (junior), his stepmother Elizabeth and a few servants. Although he was at one time a keen athlete and cricket player, he had suffered from gout since his twenties and he passed away at Fairfield after a short illness in 1893 aged only 43.

Elizabeth Hayes continued to reside at Fairfield until her death in 1896.

A notice of her death appeared in the and it recorded that she worked for the Hayes’ for upwards of 50 years and no doubt she was a trusted servant and almost part of the family, having lived with them as they moved from Bethesda House to Fairfield.

The Hayes Family: Late 19th Century William Hayes passed away in 1869, leaving everything to his son Thomas Travers Hayes.

When Elizabeth passed away in 1867 the ” and many businesses closed their shops as a mark of respect to her passing.

In 1870 Thomas married again, to Elizabeth Sharp and they continued to reside at Fairfield.

Fairfield Fairfield was built in the late 1830s or early 1840s and was among one of the first houses on the road, its neighbour was Pennington House.

William George Gray (1862-1918) was born in Knockcloghrim, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and came to Britain as a young man. In 1888 he married Emily Victoria Openshaw at Thornton in Lancashire.

Together they had several children: Leonard (1889), Bertha (1891), William (1893), Doris (1896), Kathleen (1898), Mary (1900), Emily (1902-02).

The reason it was built was so the inhabitants of the house could enjoy an open green space away from the narrow terraced streets and mills a few hundred yard away – until they too caught up with St.

Helens Road later in the 19th century as the town expanded.

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