"Jackson Street ? a long Stretch of History" Petone Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2

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  The lovliest cottage in Jackson Street.
by Kakapo2

This is Petone?s main street ? 2.3 kilometres long - and very picturesque in parts. It runs more or less parallel to the Esplanade, at a distance of about 300 to 400 metres from the shore.

On my photo you see about the lovliest cottage of the whole street. While I was standing there, taking photos and simply admiring it, a local lady arrived and stopped and also admired it as she had not seen it before. We were both totally delighted ? and I was pleased that I had triggered her delight by simply stopping and taking photos. I thought sometimes you really do not see the beautiful things around you because they are always there and you take them for granted.

The street is named after Edwin Jackson (year of birth not mentioned on an information panel in the street, only 1896 as year of death). He was one of the first settlers. He farmed in Petone from 1868, and later sold land for subdivision. He was a borough councillor and owned and operated seawater baths on the Esplanade. The street that was later named after him went over parts of his land, first as rights-of-way passages. Only in the 1870?s it was developed as a major commercial street. Then it was still rather a crooked street. Only in 1925 work began to straighten and widen the street to a width of 21 metres. For that purpose several houses had to be moved back or reconstructed, and some got new fašades. The work was completed in 1938.

Petone claims that this streetscape is the longest and most intact one of the 1910 to 1930 period in New Zealand. The New Zealand Historic Places Trust has declared the street a Historic Area. In 1991, the Hutt City Council established the Jackson Street programme which promotes the retention of the special character and vitality of this street.

Since 1992 the annual Petone Rotary Fair is held in Jackson Street. It attracts people of the Wellington region with its stalls selling everything, from food and drink, plants, artworks, jewellery, etc. There are also carnival rides and music. So a big street party with the street, of course, closed for traffic.

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  • Written Nov 29, 2009
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