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Name Change for Watson's Balk

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

At a meeting of the Sanitary Committee, held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday, the 20th day of February, 1912 (present, Councillor S. Dyer (in the Chair), Alderman L. Mainprize (Mayor), Aldermen Andrew and Bennett, and Councillors Hill, Nightingale and Rennard), the question of workmen's dwellings having been considered, resolved: that a field on the west side of Watson's Balk, containing 8,315 sq.yds., or thereabouts, be purchased from Mr H. N. Babington, and his co-owners, at the sum of £350, subject to a satisfactory agreement, and subject to the approval of the Local Government Board, for the purpose of the erection thereon of workmen's dwellings.

25 cottages in Watson's Balk and Marton Road

At a meeting of the Highways Committee, held on Tuesday, the 28th day of October, 191 (present, Councillor Lambert (Chairman), Councillor Hill (Mayor), Alderman L. Mainprize, and Councillor Davis), resolved: That three new lamps be fixed in Watson's Balk in positions to be determined by this Committee at their Meeting of the 30th of October.

At a meeting of the Highways Committee, held on Thursday, the 30th day of October, 1913: (present, Councillor Lambert (Chairman), Councillor Hill (Mayor), Aldermen Collins and Rennard, and Councillors Collinson, Davis and Dyer). The Committee inspected Watson's Balk and gave instructions to the Borough Surveyor with respect to the repair of the road and the positions of the three new lamps.

At a meeting of the Sanitary Committee, held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday, the 16th day of December, 1913 (present, Councillor Dyer (in the Chair), Councillor Hill (Mayor), Aldermen Andrew, L. Mainprize and Rennard, and Councillors Johnson, Nightingale and Storr), resolved: The erection of the Working Class Dwellings in Watson's Balk being nearly completed, the Committee instructed the Town Clerk to give notice to Mr J. W. Wilson, the Clerk of the Works, to terminate his duties on the 27th of December.

At a meeting of the Highways Committee, held in the Town Hall, on Monday, the 20th day of September, 1920 (present, Councillor Lambert, Mayor (in the chair), Aldermen Collins, Collinson and L. Mainprize and Councillors Byass, Gant and Nettleton), a petition from occupiers in Watson's Balk, asking that the name of the street as regards the latter word, should be changed, having been considered, resolved: That the street now known as Watson's Balk be denominated Watson's Avenue.