William’s family lived at 9 Bottons Place. There were about 25 small brick and tile cottages in the road. William’s had four rooms and an outside washhouse. Bottons Place was part of New Richmond, a new working-class suburb that developed from the 1820s. The area was built to house workers like William’s father, a journeyman builder. The Richmond Railway opened in the 1840s and ran along the end of Bottons Place. William’s father would probably have used the railway to travel between his home and work.
Can you find Bottons place on the map? Try the bottom-right corner. You can scroll the image around to explore different parts of it.