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Researching London Businesses/Workers

Researching London Businesses/Workers

Posted: 4 Jan 2013 12:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gough

My trail of ancestors has led me to a family living in 1850, in Rawstorne Street, near Finchley in London (Charles Gough, 35 Rawstorne Street). On the 1851 census the family are all involved in the clothing trade, with the Father being a Tailor, the Mother a Dressmaker and the eldest daughter being a Shoebinder (someone who prepares the parts of a shoe - in the 1850s, probably for machining).

I've started to look at trade directories, but I can't find any mention of the family, so should I assume that they were employed by a company? If so, is there any way of finding out which company that was?

Reading up on Rawstorne Street, there was clothing manufacture in the street, but that was apparently after 1890:

Really grateful for any advice or pointers. After getting comfortable with researching my ancestors through census and BMD records, I'm now keen to take it to the next level and find out much more about them, where they worked and how they lived.



Re: Researching London Businesses/Workers

Posted: 11 Jan 2013 12:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
They may have worked for a contractor, a lot of this kind of 'piece work' was contracted out. so even if you were to find out which companies were in the area, the family's names may not appear in the books. Do any of the documents for the family list the father as a master tailor? If so, he may have been apprenticed and been a member of the Tailors Copmpany. I believe the records are held at the London Metropolitan Archives, you could email them for further information

Re: Researching London Businesses/Workers

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 2:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have trouble finding a cabinet maker called William Henry Spencer Churchill of 5 Charles Street, London who married in St Martins -in-the -fields in 1864.As far as I can find out Charles Street was in W.1. so he must have had some money to have married in this church
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