Look at this map of Durham City centre. Can you see the Market Place? Now look for Silver Street. If you look at the buildings there, you will see that there appears to be spaces behind. These are the courtyards like the one that the Hamiltons lived in.
1. Do any of these yards have names? What does this tell you about them?
Look how close the yards are to the Market Place where Mary Summers and her sister were living with their servants.
2. What does this tell you about what the Market Place was like in 1901?
So what do we know about the Market Place in 1901? We know that all sorts of people, rich and poor, lived there. We also know that sometimes the poor people were living quite close to their rich neighbours but their lives would have been very different!
Now why not try to find out what people could buy from the Market Place?