21 Charlotte Street.Bath.

An Illustrated look back at its Past

The building you see today was built in 1872 by Thomas Shackell. It was one of a group that were constructed after the opposite side and two end buildings had been built in the initial phase by 1840. The earlier buildings are in sharp contrast and are Georgian in appearance designed by George Manners. 
The site Charlotte Street was built on has an interesting history. It was originally a field  in an extensive farm whose base was Barton Farm House, where Jolly’s department store stands today. Over the years these fields were developed and formed a new area of Bath outside the City Walls. Charlotte Street was to be a link with Queen`s Square and the Bristol Road. Three fine buildings were included in its layout - these were the Savings Bank, Moravian Chapel and Percy Congregational Chapel, all of which are still standing, although with different uses today. 
Thomas Shackell lived and had his builders yard at the rear of the Street in Monmouth Place. He purchased the land from the Rivers family - heirs to the Estate in 1870. Unfortunately he overstretched himself financing the construction of the houses and was declared bankrupt three years later. There was a large auction of all his properties including 17 - 21 Charlotte Street in August of that year. No, 21 was bought soon after by Mr. Francis Edmunds Potts a Chemist at 18-19 Northumberland Place in Bath. He was only there briefly before it was sold to the Rev. Henry Freeman. By 1900 Edwin Wise a Wardrobe Dealer with premises at the rear at 6a Monmouth Place was the new owner. He was there for 12 years until selling to Miss Rosa Tice who let it as apartments. She lived there until the beginning of the War when it became home to 15 men during this period. After the War, Guy Phelps lived there and let  it Rooms out to five other people. The next owner was Harry Creasy and his wife until 1967 when it was purchased by Phyllis Cernajeves who was to live there until her death in 2013, when it passed to her son and subsequently sold to the present owners, who have restored it and bought it back to its former glory.

These are the original Plans for nos. 18/18a & 19/19a Monmouth Place at the rear of 21Charlotte Street. They were built by Thomas Shackell as accomodation and Offices/ Wharehouse for his building business. Nos. 18/18a were demolished in the 1970`s and are under the car park at the side of 19/19a today.
After his bankruptsy in 1873, Thomas Shackell moved with his family to Weston Super Mare, where he was landlord of the Bath Arms Hotel. He later returned to Bath and was living at Crundale House, Prior Park Road at the time of his death in 1904. He was buried at St. James`s Cemetry on the Lower Bristol Road in Bath.
An aerial view looking down on to Charelotte Street in 1920.
The same view today with few changes, apart from the demolition of 18/18a Monmouth Place.
A similar view showing the siteof Thoms Shackell`s Office and Wharehouse with the adjoining Car Park where the two cottages formerly stood.
A Close up of Shackell`s properties today.
Charlotte Street today showing no. 21and 22 on the extreme right of the photograph.
1874 being built - empty
1876 - 78 Potts Mr. Francis Edmund. Chemist at 18-19 Northumberland Place.
1880-85 Cheshire Rev. Henry Freeman
1890-91 Head Robert & Head Miss. (Hancock & Head)
1892 Salisbury William B., clerk of works.
1900 -1912 Wise Edwin (E. & M. Wise), Wardrobe Dealers 6A Monmouth Place
1912 - 39 Tice Miss Rosa, dressmaker, appartments
1940 Rhymes John. Miss Roper
1945 15 men living in house
1947 Phelps Guy
1951 Guy Phelps and 5 other people
1955 Creasey Harry
1963 Creasey Mrs.N.
1967 Cernajeves Phyllis
1970 Cernajeves Phyllis
1980 Janis and Phyllis Cernajevs
2002 Phyllis Cernajevs
2013 Phyllis Cernajevs