A large property on the corner of Northam Road and Belvidere Road (now Wilson Street.) The earliest recorded occupier was Josiah Puntis, Builder, Decorator and Baptist Minister, in 1847, and the property appears on the 1845 Town Map. In March 1862 Mr Puntis was declared bankrupt, and the property was sold at auction to help pay his debts. It was then described as "two semi-detached dwellinghouses, with handsome balcony and verandah, neat flower gardens in the front, and enclosed by iron railings, situate at the corner of Belvidere-terrace, in the Northam Bridge-road, at Northam, together with a Grocer's Shop and premises in the rear, with a frontage to Belvidere-terrace. The Houses contain eight rooms each, and are in the occupation of Mr McCormack and of Mr Buck, at a gross rental of £48. The Grocer's Shop is let to Mr Puntis, jun., at 3s 6d per week. The property has a frontage to the Northam Bridge-road of 32ft 8in., and a depth forming a frontage to Belvidere-terrace of 93 feet."

Mr McCormack was John Macormac, Foreman Shipwright and later Ships' Architect at Day Summers & Co. He lived at Apsey House from at least 1861 until his death in 1887.


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