Dearest Father, Amy Wright 1913 – Alvanley, Nr Warrington

Beautiful birthday postcard sent to Dearest Father, Mr C Wright, Post Office Row, Alvanley, Helsby, Nr Warrington posted on 25th February 1913 from Chester


Dearest Father

Just a line to wish you many happy returns of the day. I am sorry I quite forgot to write this and post it yesterday I was so busy washing and ironing. Will try and write tonight. Much love to all, Amy x x x x x x x x

I found Amy and her father, Charles Wright in the 1901 census for Alvanley. Charles aged 31 was a blacksmith, his wife Mary was also 31 and they had three other children: Harold Seymour Wright, age 10, Blanche age 5 and Ellen/Nellie age 10 months.

1907 Indenture – James Owen SPEAK apprentice jeweller, watch and clock jobber, Rawtenstall, Lancashire

This indenture made on the .. July 1907 between John Thomas Speak of Whitehead Street, Rawtenstall, in the county of Lancaster, Warehouseman and James Speak, son of the said John Thomas Speak on the one part and Thomas Coupe and James Greaves, Watchmakers and Jewellers, (of 19 Rock Street, Bury) of the other part (thereafter called the masters) of the second part. Witneseth herewith that for the consideration of Thirty Pounds now paid to the said masters, the father doth out and place the son, the said James Speak of his own free will and choice as apprentice to the said Thomas Coupe and James Greaves for the term of Five Years commencing November First 1906 to be taught and instructed in the trade or business of clock and watch jobbing and repairing and the various branches thereof including the buying and selling of watches clocks jewellery silver and electroplate. And that the said son, James Speak, shall during the said term shall diligently faithfully and honestly serve his masters and obey and perform their lawful commands and also the reasonable commands of others in authority relating to the said business and shall not absent himself from service of the masters during the said term and shall not carelessly improperly or negligently spend or waste any of the monies, effects, tools or chattels of his masters which shall be entrusted to him by his masters or come into his hands by their order or appointment during the said term but shall truly account for and pay to the said masters all moneys and other things which he shall be entrusted with or come into his hands on his masters account. Also shall not take in or do any work on his own account during the said term but shall conduct himself as a good and faithful apprentice.

In consideration whereof the sum of Thirty Pounds now paid by the father to the masters and if the service of the son and of the covenants hereafter contained on the part of the father, they the masters doth hereby covenant and agree with the father and also with the son that they will during the said term of five years use their best endeavours to teach and instruct or cause to be instructed the son as their apprentice in the said trade or business of clock and watch jobbing and all other things incidental thereto as aforesaid. And the masters hereby agree with the father and son that they will pay the son during the first year the weekly wages of two shillings and during the second year the weekly wages of three shillings and during the third year the weekly wages of four shillings and during the fourth year the weekly wages of five shillings and during the fifth year the weekly wages of six shillings.

And the father doth hereby covenant and agree with the masters that after the expiration of the said five years, the son shall not set up or carry on the trade or business of clock and watch jobber or deal in jewellery in the Borough of Rawtenstall under a penalty of one hundred pounds to be recoverable as for liquidated damages and further that the father shall and will at his own expense provide or cause to be provided for the son good and sufficient meat and drink, washing, lodging and suitable clothing mending and medical attendance and all other necessaries during the said term. Also suitable tools and all articles necessary for carrying on the business of watch and clock jobber. Also the father, his executors or administrators, shall and will during the said term make good and pay to the said masters their executors or administrators on demand made by them any sum of money which may at any time be found due for or owing by the said son or arising out of any … or upon any balance of account to the masters executors or administrators. And it is also agreed that the son shall be allowed a fortnights holidays in each year during the said term.

In witness thereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day of the year.

Signed sealed and delivered by the said

John Thomas Speak

James Speak

Thomas Coupe

And James Greaves

In the presence of

I was curious to see if James Speak had served his apprenticeship so I did a little bit of digging.

In the 1911 census, (still living at) 3 Whitehead Street, Rawtenstall was John Thomas Speak, age 55 and a chapel caretaker, his wife Louisa age 50, his son James Owen Speak, age 19 an apprentice jeweller (yay!), Ethel Jane, 18 a milliner, Norah, 14 at school and Edward Milton Speak age 7. James was just a few months off serving his apprenticeship.

In 1915 James married Josephine T WILLIAMS in Heslingden and I could find three children: Edith L, born 1918; Muriel born 1921 and Ethel born 1925.

Between 1925-1936 the family moved to Flintshire and all three children were married there. Edith became Mrs Owens, Muriel became Mrs Jones and Ethel became Mrs Gabriel.

James Speak died in 1967 in Rhyl.

There must be some family out there who would like this fabulous piece of their history back.

Looking for:

Helen J GABRIEL maybe married Mr Pierce in 1969 maybe then became Helen Dove??? Would be around 71 now

Judith M LEWIS who would be around 75 now

and Richard Lewis

George J M Lewis who would be around 80, possibly married to Jennifer Corbin?

David R JONES who would be around 78 now.

All from the Flintshire area originally.

Come on social media – let’s get this shared and sent back home.

Beautiful memorial cards, TOOLEY – 1917, 1918 – Northamptonshire


who died 16 October 1917 aged 66

Interred Lowick Churchyard, Mon 22 Oct 1917


Agnes Augusta TOOLEY

who died 16 January 1918 aged 63

Interred in Lowick Churchyard

Mr and Mrs TOOLEY died within just 3 months of each other. How sad this must have been for their family!

I managed to find John and Agnes TOOLEY straightaway on the 1911 census at Lowick Lodge Farm, Lowick (8 rooms). John was a farmer, he had been married to Agnes Augusta for 32 years and they had 9 children, 7 surviving.

Children living with them:

Charles Heneage TOOLEY, 24, farmworker

Edwin Harry TOOLEY, 21, farmworker

Agnes Augusta TOOLEY, 19, dairy worker

Frederick Ernest TOOLEY, 17, farmworker

Mary Louise TOOLEY, 16, dairy and house work

Along with John’s nephew, Raymond Frederick William JOHNSON, 18, wheelwright.

In the 1901 census, John was a clerk of works on the estate and the 1901 census also revealed their older children:

Susan E TOOLEY, 21, post office clerk; and

John W TOOLEY, 19, Droper’s Assistant

This is the Lowick in Northamptonshire (not to be confused with other Lowicks in England.

There must be some descendants out there who would like these cards? Let’s get them sent home

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Letter of thanks HOWARD & BRITTON 1929 Prestwich and Darlington

Letter of thanks addressed to:

Mr & Mrs Britton & Family

West Farm

Low Coniscliffe


Postmark: 24 Dec 1929 Manchester

Mrs Howard desires to express her sincere thanks for the kind expressions of sympathy received in her bereavement.

The many tokens of affection and regard have been a great consolation.

Okehurst, Prestwich

Dec 1929

I did a search on ancestry but there were quite a few Howards in Prestwich at that time. A lucky google search gave me a dog advertisement posted by a Percy Howard of Okehurst, Deyne Avenue, Prestwich so now we had a full name.

Percy Howard was born in Moss-Side, Manchester c1871. His wife, Elizabeth was born around the same time in Shuttleworth.

In the 1911 census they had been married for 12 years with no children. Percy was a Manufacturer’s Agent in the woollen trade (in 1901 he was working under his own account).

Staying with them that night at ‘Okehurst’ was Percy’s sister, Catherine Jane, her husband Harold SWITHENBANK and their son Harold, aged 8. ‘Okehurst’ had 8 rooms.

Rest in peace Percy. I hope we can find some of your family to pass on this sentimental letter ♥️

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Elianore Christina Elizabeth DOBBS 1875

Elianore Christina Elizabeth DOBBS 1875 Sponsor/Baptism Remembrance Card

Sponsor was Elizabeth DOBBS

Elianore was born in Hampshire in 1875 – the daughter of Humphrey and Elizabeth DOBBS (nee HOLDER).

Let’s get this back home

Postcard to Miss C Neale 1904

Sent to Miss C Neale, 37 Hearsley Road, Highfields, Sheffield

Posted in Penistone, 20 Sep 1904

Am sorry but can’t find either have looked all over. Will send a letter before Saturday. Am going to S on Wednesday Wish you could come. Have lots to tell you about W.

With love


1851 Letter Messrs Howcliffe & Son, Stogumber, Taunton

7 November 1851

To Mrs Tripp?

Dear Madam

We are much obliged by your favour of the 5th visit and greatly regret that W Rowcliffe must go to London on Monday, and will be engaged there all that week and part of the next. WCER? will however be most happy to wait on you on Monday, if that will be agreeable to you. Unless we hear from you to the contrary by return of post, he hopes to be at the Hele? Station by the train which arrives there at 12.27. But should there be no immediate necessity for seeing one of us WR —— will not fail to go to you the first moment his business will permit him to leave London. We beg to thank you for your very kind visit —- with best compliments of ——

Ps we will beg for the favour of an —- at all events by return says —- WCER shall go to you on Monday or WR as soon as he can get away from London.

Miss Annie Lavender 1911 Leeds, Yorkshire

Postcard of Whitmore Bay, Barry posted on 2nd February 1911 from Barry.

Dorisbrook, Barry 2.2.1911

Dear Annie

I got the pen, papers and also your nice P.C. Come over here and bring Alice & Annie & Eva. You could do a nice paddle here, better than the River Aire. Next address c/o Grand Canary Coal Co, Las Palmas. Canary Islands. We should get there in 10 days time and stay there 10 days. Well love to all and be good. Hope to see you all in summer if I don’t stay in NY. Stevie

Posted to Miss A Lavender, 29 Grove Hall Drive, Beeston, Leeds, Yorks

Miss Annie Lavender appears in the 1911 census with her family at the same address on Grovehall Drive. The property is described as having 6 rooms.

Annie Clarice Lavender, born 20th Feb 1884 in Worcester, was the eldest daughter of Joseph and Prudence Lavender. Joseph was a shoemaker and later an Engineer’s Timekeeper. The family had moved up to Leeds from the Midlands, living at 15 Beverley Avenue, Beeston before the move to Grovehall Parade.

Other children for Joseph and Prudence includes: William Miles Lavender, born c1886, Harold born c 1888, Joseph H, born c1889 and Evelyn.

Annie died, unmarried, in 1975.