Catharine Place is on Map 2c. Catharine Place is shown but not named on the map. Catharine Place is off the south side of Rivers Street, and consists of a terrace on either side of two small gardens (which are marked on the map) and a third terrace running between Circus Place and upper Church Street, so that Catharine Place forms a horseshoe. This third terrace is numbered from 16 (at the Upper Church Street end) to 21. Number 1 is on the opposite side of the road from number 20, and that terrace runs north to number 9 on the corner with Rivers Street. Number 10 is opposite number 9, and that terrace runs south to number 15. Margarets Buildings is through a gap between numbers 19 and 20.
In the 1940 street directory, and on maps dating from just before and just after the war, the spelling Catharine Place is used. In the City Engineer's report and on a mid 1970s map, the spelling is Catherine Place. The buildings bear the inscription Catharine Place, so that will be the correct spelling.
I think it highly unlikely that No. 1 Catharine Place would not be listed by the City Engineer, thus implying that it sustained no damage, when 7 people were killed at that address, and while No. 2 was seriously damaged and No. 20 on the opposite side of the road was virtually destroyed. On inspecting the (now repaired) buildings, the entrances to the end-terrace buildings are round the corner and not along the terrace frontage. So the first building with a front door on the terrace is No. 2, and it seems likely that Nos. 1 & 2 were regarded as a single building by whoever conducted the survey.
The same logic could explain why No. 14 is listed as a "Business Premises", when it is the wall of building next door (No. 15, with its entrance round the corner) that bears the very faded but still visible sign "Medical and Surgical House".
|Number||Name||Type||Damage Level||Surveyor's Comments|
|2||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, unusable|
|3||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, unusable|
|4||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, habitable|
|5||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|6||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|7||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, habitable|
|8||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, unusable|
|9||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|10||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|11||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|12||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|13||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|14||Business Premises||Minor general damage|
|15||Dwelling House||Minor general damage|
|16||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, habitable|
|17||Dwelling House||Major damage, demolish|
|18||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, unusable|
|19||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, habitable|
|20||Norton Dairies||Shop & Dwelling House||Major damage, demolish|
|21||Catharine Cottage||Dwelling House||Serious repairable damage, unusable||[House name now spelled "Catherine". The 1940 directory however shows it as "Catharine"]|
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