I was at Newport Library yesterday and went through the old voters registers (Electoral Roles).
Hills Pit Cottages were actually occupied until 1961, (not the mid fifties as we thought), but the name changes by this time to Hills Pit Houses.
Resident in 1961 were:-
1) Thomas and Mary McCann, Alan Howsen.
2) Thomas and Rosalind Green.
3) Elizabeth Wilkinson.
4) Walter and Emily Matthews.
It may have been that these houses had become social housing as only Walter and Emily Matthews had been resident in 1958. Any long term occupants seem to have moved out by the mid fifties and may have been condemned at that point as the turn over of occupants is quite rapid.
I have details of occupants at roughly five year intervals going back to 1925, (not every year, although the records are there obviously), if we want to attempt to track some of them.
See you tonight,