Jeanette Hancock and Judy Edridge celebrating South St on Sunday as part of Heritage Week. Story on page 2. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

History comes alive on South St


One of Nelson’s earliest streets came to life on Sunday to celebrate Heritage Week.
More than 500 people walked the street, ducking in and out of the 150 year old cottages and making the most of historic South St. Residents of the street decked it out with vintage vehicles, cycles, Devonshire tea, homemade lemonade, baking and preserves for the event.
Co-organiser Kaye Hill, says it is the first time South St has been a part of Heritage Week but this years harvest and transport theme fit perfectly. “The people that lived in the homes originally were workers, labourers and jam makers. We think the street really fits into the theme and it was a great opportunity to open their doors and invite people to come and have a great day.”
A storyboard depicting the history of the street was also unveiled after being donated by the City of Nelson Civic Trust and Kaye says it will be a huge asset to the street.
“It is a great way to preserve the heritage and it will be great for visitors to find out about the homes and what they mean to Nelson.”
Kiara Barnett says she went along to the event to check out the cottages which she describes as extremely well preserved.
“I think it is beautiful and a fantastic step back in time. The cottages are lovely.”
Heritage Week runs from April 13–21 and encourages the public to uncover and explore some of Nelson’s history, with different events held in different locations throughout the city.