Although just over 100 years ago, the world was a different place. As our timeline shows: the internal combustion engine had been invented only 15 years earlier (1886), radio had just been invented (1901) and there would be no airplanes for at least another few years. Britain was fighting the Second Boer War (1899-1902) but this probably had little impact on the lives of the people of Heddon.
In 1884, the vicar of Heddon had reported on village housing. 26 out of 64 houses only had one room. A family in one such house (16 feet by 16 feet 7 inches) had nine children. Average attendance at the village school was 133 in 1888, rising to 152 in 1891 with adoption of free education. In 1901 it was forced to close for a time due to an outbreak of diptheria.
Of the 45 people in these two terraces, 8 of the older males worked in the Colliery and 4 in the Brick Works. 22 were children, under 15.