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The original houses in the area were very slum-like tight rows with people living in appalling conditions. A local religious man Edward Barnard invested into building small new terraces. The area became known as Barnard's town, later to become Barnardtown. Because of this, early OS maps do not show the name of the area.
A condition of building the "new village" was that there were to be no pubs in the area and the names of the streets are that of church figures, e.g. Morden Road, Canon Street, Bishop Street, &c.
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