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Pratt - English brick and tile manufacturers

Posted: 31 Aug 2007 3:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pratt
Hello,

I am seeking any information whatsoever on English brickmakers called Pratt, their brickworks, methods, employees and families.

My great X 3 grandfather, William Pratt, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, but moved to Cheriton Bishop in Devon around 1841 and managed the brickworks there until his death. His son, my great x 2 grandfather, managed another brickworks, the Tilery at Red Post, near Launcells, Cornwall, from about 1860 onwards.

I am particularly interested to find out if William came from a brickmaking family in Warwickshire and/or to hear from anyone with ancestors who worked in one of my ancestors' brickworks, but I'd be fascinated to learn anything Pratt- or brick-related!

Re: Pratt - English brick and tile manufacturers

Posted: 30 Jul 2008 10:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pratt
Hi Melanie,

I think we may have corresponded before, in repect of Elizabeth Anne Pratt/John Bennett etc.

I am related to the 'Pratt - English brick and tile manufacturers' through Frederick Pratt [born Launcells Tileyard in 1874]. Frederick, my Grandfather, was son to James Pratt, who ran the Tileyard at Launcells, Cornwall.

I started on the family tree some years ago, but pressure of work forced me to put it to one side. I am now semi- retired and am hoping to start working back to William's roots in Warwickshire.

In the meantime, I would also be interested in any information on either of the brick and tileyards at Launcells or Cheriton Bishop.

I will keep you posted on anything that I am able to find out.

Re: Pratt - English brick and tile manufacturers

Posted: 31 Jul 2008 9:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pratt, Turner
Is that Frank? I'm so glad you got in touch - I lost your e-mail address when my computer crashed a few yeas ago and I had to replace the hard drive.

I haven't done much more research on the Pratts - I found a William Pratt of the right age in the Stratford-upon-Avon records and traced some of his family, but I now think it's probably not him - he seems too well-to-do to be ours.

I did discover that James Pratt's mother, Ann Turner, was also from a brickmaking family near Coventry.

An old schoolfriend of mine is now vicar of Launcells, so I hope to go down and do some investigations at some point, but as I'm now caring full-time for elderly parents, it's been hard to find the time.

Re: Pratt - English brick and tile manufacturers

Posted: 31 Jul 2008 7:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pratt, Turner
Hello Melanie,

Yes it is me. As I explained, I am now semi-retired and keen to pick up the the family tree where I left off.

Like you, I have managed to find the wedding of William Pratt and Ann Turner and my wife and I are hoping to travel up to Warwickshire for a few days to try and access some of the Parish Records. Apparently most of the records are held at the Warwickshire County Records Office, but those for Stratford upon Avon are held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

I was intrigued to learn that an old school friend of yours is now the vicar of Launcells. Behind me as I am typing this is a copy of a watercolour of Launcells Church that was sold on behalf of their Appeal Fund. Have you visited the grave of James and Elizabeth Pratt in the churchyard? If not, when you do visit you will find it on the north side of the Church. In addition to James and Elizabeth, at the base of the gravestone is a memoriam to their son, Frederick Pratt, (i,e., my grandfather) who went down with his ship at the Battle of Jutland in World War I.

Like you, we have also had problems with our computer. In our case, our previous e-mail address became infected with spam. Unfortunately, our ISP at that time had little or no filtering system and it all ended up at our computer. Albeit our own firewall pushed it into a separate spam box. So unfortunately, you would not have been able to contact us anyway.

If you would prefer to contact me directly, rather than through the Ancestry notice board, I can now be reached at spindriftfdp@yahoo.co.uk.

Regards

Francis (Frank) Pratt

Re: Pratt - English brick and tile manufacturers

Posted: 5 Jan 2011 5:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi
I am attempting to find out more about the PRATT family I saw you on the Ancestry boards hope you don't mind me writing.
I saw you were looking into the Pratt family from Warwickshire and wondered if you have any information that may help me in my research with regard to the PRATT line in my tree.

I have Arthur Pratt, Walter Pratt and an Ernest Pratt born around 1894-1896 their mother was a Mary Pratt My grandfather was the Ernest Pratt and no father is on his birth Certificate so finding this very difficult. I do know that his mum Mary Jane Pratt was known as grandma Harvey to my Mother and siblings I believe she married twice as far as i can find once to a Arthur Sheldon

Marriages Jun 1899
Pratt Mary Jane Warwick 6d 1275
Sheldon Arthur Charles Warwick 6d 1275

then to Charles Harvey

Marriages Jun 1919
Harvey Charles Sheldon Warwick 6d 1911
Sheldon Mary J Harvey Warwick 6d 1911

I have not obtained certificates due to finances but sure they are right but not sure if she was married before as in records it states that after her marriage to Arthur Sheldon she had the three boys before marriage

1911 Census Household Transcript



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Name: Relationship to head: Marital Status: Years married: Sex: Age in 1911: Occupation: Where born: Report error View Original Page
SHELDON, ARTHUR HEAD MARRIED M 41 FARM LABOURER WARWICKSHIRE CUBBINGTON
SHELDON, MARY JANE WIFE MARRIED 14 F 39 LAUNDRESS LEAMINGTON WARWICK
PRATT, WALTER WIFES SON BEFORE MARRIAGE SINGLE M 18 FISH MONGER LEAMINGTON WARWICKSHIRE
PRATT, ARTHUR WIFES SON BEFORE MARRIAGE SINGLE M 16 ERRAND BOY LEAMINGTON WARWICKSHIRE
PRATT, EARNEST WIFES SON BEFORE MARRIAGE SINGLE M 13 SCHOOL BOY LEAMINGTON WARWICKSHIRE
PRATT, FREAD BROTHER IN LAW SINGLE M 28 LABOURER GENERAL LEAMINGTON WARWICKSHIRE




So if you are able to shed any light on this line be most grateful


Thank you
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