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avern (View posts)
Posted: 16 May 2003 7:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
any details on Henry Avern of London cork merchant who owned factoriies in Spain

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cheryl (View posts)
Posted: 13 Jun 2004 2:30PM GMT
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Hello, Just looking at "avern" on the web in connection with my corkcutting research. I notice your message is a year old. Have you discovered them yet? They were actually based in Portugal at a place called Silves near the Algarve. I have photos of the factory etc. There is now a cork museum at the site.

Avern and cork manufacturers.

Posted: 22 Aug 2004 3:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Aug 2004 4:56PM GMT
Surnames: Avern
Cheryl, is there anything else you know about the cork cutting
industry about the late eighteen hundreds. My forebears owned a company called Avern and Sons (Cork Merchants) and in January 1882 formed a partnership with Arthur Barris.The new company was called Avern, sons and Barris. They traded from 154 Minories near Tower Bridge. Later in 1894 Henry Avern and another of the Barris family (who were from Palafrugell in Spain) built the factory you refer to in Silves. I would love to learn a little more about the cork industry, so please let me know what you've got. Thanks. Rick

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

cheryl (View posts)
Posted: 24 Aug 2004 4:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Rick, I wrote an article on corkcutting for the Jan 2004 issue of Family History Monthly - Issue 100. You can get back issues from the magazine. This would give you lots of background information.

The name Avern crops up a lot with corkcutting and as both the name and the trade are not very common, I feel this is more than coincidence. The Minories was the recognised centre for corkcutting firms in London but before that address, there were Averns corkcutting at 75 Oakley St.Lambeth. There is a Sun Life Fire Office record of them there in 1817, and they are still there in the London 1851 Post Office directory.

There is also a James Avern running a corkcutters in Southampton at 12 West St. in 1859.

Earlier still in Chester, there is a Joseph Avern applying for his city freedom in 1706 and a Thomas Avern being given as the corkcutter master on various apprenticeship indentures from 1810 - 1818.

I have a few photos of the Silves factory at work but my computer is not good at sending readable pictures. Can I get them to you by ordinary mail?

Cheryl

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

raven (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2004 3:04PM GMT
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Did any of your Averns live in Chester mine were cork dealers in Manchester and Chester

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

Raven (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2004 3:10PM GMT
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re above Joiseph Averne was granted freedom of Chester in 1707 Isaac Averne was ordaned as Priest in Chester 1764 I think above are my ancestors

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

cheryl (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2004 3:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm afraid I can't give you any more info about the Chester Averns. I don't actually research the surname - I'm just very interested in the history of corkcutting. My references came from a2a.

I was interested to read you had corkcutting Averns in Manchester. I hadn't found them there. What date was this at.

Thanks.

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

Posted: 25 Aug 2004 5:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Cheryl

I have used the e-mail address direct which I hope will work.

Many thanks for your e-mail which was really informative. The Averns listed at 75 Oakley Street are my direct line of family. There was a James living there in 1817 which is when I have the Sun fire record for that house. His son George Adolphus was also a cork cutter in later years and had a brother James Josiah. There are two sons of George who continued the cork cutting trade namely Edmund M and Henry. I believe it was this Henry who started the Company in Silves.

The Averns are later listed at 12 Tracey Street Lambeth and are still involved in the cork business in the early 1900's

I have found a letter from Avern & Sons (Cork Merchants) in the East Kent archives dated 1882 which came from the archives of Margate Brewery. I have scanned this in to my Computer at home and will gladly forward this to you if you are interested. It is evidently the letter informing their customers of the partnership of Avern Sons and Barris. However, I belive that the Arthur Barris referred to is in fact Arturo Barris who was one of Henry's associates in Portugal.

Did you know there is also a cork museum in Palafrugell Spain. there is a reference to Palafrugell in the letter.

I would be thrilled to see any picures you have of the Silves factory. My address is as follows.
23 Worthington Close,
Stilton
Cambs.
PE7 3XF



I will contact the magazine and see if I can get a copy of the Jan issue to read your article.

Many thanks for your info

Regards


Rick

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

Posted: 25 Aug 2004 5:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Don't know yet, at present back to 1780 - all in London.

Re: Avern and cork manufacturers.

Raven (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2004 6:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Elizabeth Avern married Willaim Weston in Manchester 30.12.1830 he was a cork dealer.in a book I found Elizabeth Avern and John Avern (brother and sister?) cork cutters and manufacturers Foregate St. Chester (the book 1816-17) John Avern was the sponser at Thomas Avern Weston christening 1816.T.A Weston was my Great Grand Father. Pigots 1829 Elizabeth Avern cork cutter Hanging Ditch Manchester.
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