8 Carisbrooke Street

Architectural Description: 

Colonial Revival

Historical Narrative: 

Shawsheen Village was named after the Native American name for the river Shawshin, which means Great Spring. . All the streets in the Village were named for Castles & Cathedrals in Great Britain. Carisbrooke St. takes its name from Carisbrooke Castle, Newport, Isle of Wight, England. An Elizabethan artillery fortress, Charles I was imprisoned here before his execution. It is also a Royal summer residence.

Prior to Shawsheen Village this area was known as Frye Village. The town of Andover purchased land from York Street to the Boston and Maine Railroad for the use of a Town Farm or Alms House in 1807.

This home was built as part of the Shawsheen Village development 1918 – 1924 by William M. Wood, President of the American Woolen Company. Wood hired about eight different architects to design the homes and structures for the village. Homes were sold or leased through the Homestead Association who had offices in the Post Office building on the corner of North Main & Poor Streets.

A walk down Carisbrooke Street does not disappoint. Each home incorporates a different look, style and design modifications, most noticeable with the front door entrances. Decorative details on the corner boards and a variety of ornamental trellises add to the “icing on the cake, of the maintained original designs. Most of the homes now sport a variety of different colors and some have garages to the rear. Many have enclosed the open porches for additional rooms on the interiors. The wide street and mature landscape add to the charm of the neighborhood.

After the death of William M. Wood on Feb. 2, 1926 most of the residential and commercial buildings were then sold. Some were held by the Wood family in the "Arden Trust" and others with the American Woolen Company, which had been deeded the property in December 1920. The A.W.Co. Board of Directors authorized its President, Lionel J. Noah, to deliver all deeds, as deemed necessary to the Textile Realty for sale on Dec. 29, 1931.

The Textile Realty then transferred ownership to the Andover Shawsheen Realty Company on June 30, 1932, holding the mortgage on the properties. T. Edwin Andrew, treasurer, was authorized to sell or lease the properties. With the Great Depression sales were sluggish and many homes were rented until the economy rebounded.

One of the first occupants of record to lease the home in 1926 were Arthur & Marion Sherburne. Arthur was a clerk with the American Woolen Co.

This house was sold to Edith J. Donald, wife of Douglas Donald, on October 28, 1933. Douglas Donald [William, Walter S.] son of Walter Smart & Clara E. (Clement) b. Nov. 7, 1883 in his parent's home at 9 Union St. Douglas was the grandson of William & Agnes B. Donald. Douglas was a Wool Buyer for the Kenneth Hutchin’s Co. at 292 Summer St., Boston, MA in 1918. Douglas married in 1920 to Edith Johnson b. Nov. 1890 in Nova Scotia, Canada, dau. of Warren & Mattie Johnson. Edith graduated from Jackson College, became a teacher and taught at the Osgood School grades 1-9 in 1913 then John Dove teaching 3rd grade. They lived at 8 Carisbrooke St. in Shawsheen Village in 1930 census. Douglas died on Jan. 26, 1965 and Edith died April 26, 1973. Both interred in the Donald family lot in South Parish Cemetery.

Douglas & Edith Donald owned the property for 38 years. Edith sold to Stanton F. & Dolores M. Donnelly on July 26, 1971. The deed was transferred to Dolores M. Donnelly on Apr. 4, 1988. The Donnelly family is still the owners of record in 2015, a total of 44 years and only the second owners of the property since 1933.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852, 1872, 1888, 1906, 1926
Andover Street Directories
Mills, Mergers and Mansions, by Edward Roddy 1982
See Map plan #704 - American Woolen Company - Sept. 1927
#878 - June 1932 - Textile Realty Company lot #12
See #7 Argyle St. for Town Farm history

Samuel Abbot - 1804 - 90 acre farm
Inhabitants of Town of Andover - 1807 – 1921 – Town Farm
Varter & Havenes Dagdegian - July 11, 1921 - b. 443 p. 503
Town of Andover, Geo. C. H. Dufton - July 12, 1921 - b. 443 p. 505 - 13.66 A
Town of Andover, July 12, 1921 - Town Meeting Nov. 1, 1921 sell
American Woolen Co., Wm. M. Wood - July 11, 1921 - b. 443 p. 296 - 12.56 acres - lot 1
American Woolen Co.- Nov. 15, 1921 - b. 450 p. 342 - 10 acres- lot 2
Textile Realty Co., Lionel J. Noah, Pres. A.W.Co. - Dec. 30, 1931 - b. 563 p. 334
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - b. 565 p. 87 - 13th parcel
Edith J. Donald - October 28, 1933 - b. 572 p. 495
Stanton F. & Dolores M. Donnelly - July 26, 1971 - b. 1176 p. 105
Dolores M. Donnelly - Apr. 4, 1988 - b. 2703 p. 227

Inventory Data:

StreetCarisbrooke St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameDonald - Donnelly House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1922 - 1923
SourceERDS, ENRDL, assessers' rec./style-njs
Architectural StyleColonial Revival
Roofhip - slate
Major AlterationsShutters removed
Acreage0.163 acre
Map and parcel36-25
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 7/18/2015