Number 37 Howick Street
Number 37 Howick Street was built at the same time as 35 by the same builder, John Short, before 1870. The first owner was Mr Joseph Appleby who bought the property on 24th May 1870. By the 1871 census he and his wife, Elizabeth, were living there. They were then living next to John Short on the north side, and an empty plot, uphill, on the south side.
Joseph Appleby was a fellmonger, dealing in leather and fur products. He was born in Alnwick in 1833 and was 37 on the 1871 census. His wife was two years younger, born in Richmond, Yorkshire. He had been born to Joseph and Ann Appleby, and baptised on 24 th July 1833. They were then living in Clayport Street, and his mother sadly died in the cholera outbreak in 1849 , when her son was about 16, and already helping his father in the family business (see Ann Appleby under Cholera victims). Joseph’s father, Joseph senior, died in 1872, and son Joseph sold the business in Clayport Street and the house in Howick Street and “retired “ to Hurworth in County Durham where his children were born in 1874 and 1875. So he wasn’t a resident in Howick Street for very long.
By 1881, a widow, called Annie Campbell was living at number 37. She was a young widow and was taking in lodgers to make a living. There were three unmarried ladies living there in 1881. These were Kate Morgan, a twenty three year old school mistress from Scotland, Edith Tillbrook, a twenty one year old dressmaker, from Huntingdon, and Maggie Crawford only nineteen an assistant schoolmistress from Northumberland. Annie’s ten year old son, Malcolm was living there too. Malcolm was born in Darjeeling, Bengal, India on 14/7/1870 and was christened the following November. He was born to Duncan Campbell and Annie Gloholme both from Scotland. Duncan must have died young, and mother and son returned to England. Why they chose England in preference to Scotland is unknown. This is the only mention of Annie Campbell, but her son became a merchant seaman and sailed back and forth across the Atlantic, many times. He arrived back from New York, on the Ausonia in January 1917. This ship was sunk by a German U-boat on May 30th 1918, with 44 men on board. But Malcolm wasn’t amongst them. In 1918 he left from Liverpool on board the Missanabie,( when he was 47), arriving in St. John’s, Canada on 17/3/1918. This ship was also sunk later that year, on 9/9/18, so he was a lucky man! He married Elizabeth Douglas from Scotland on 23/12/1927, in Vancouver, Canada – certificate below.
On their wedding certificate above he was recorded as a widower, age 53, and a master mariner. Below is his Second mate certificate.