Nineteenth century housing development in Newlyn
The period 1800-1914 created the settlement of Newlyn as we see it today. Until the 1870s structural change was minimal - a few villas and a new church. However, from the 1870s, hillside terraces were built and thatch became slate, transforming the visual look of each place.
In 1801 Newlyn had a population of about 1,360 people and in 1901 this had increased to 3,750 people. Most houses were small with two-thirds being of four rooms or less in 1891. Parents slept in one room and children in the other. However by the standards of other fishing towns this was not overcrowding.
In Street an Nowan villas and terraces were built for the new middle classes, from the 1850s.