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.

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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Prayer card for Gerard SHARKEY 1968

Prayer Card for Gerard SHARKEY

Died aged 57 3rd March 1968 and was interred at St Marie’s, Standish (Wigan) on 7th March.

He was born Gerard Baldwin SHARKEY on 20 October 1910 in Wigan and he was living at 42 Wigan Road at the time of his death.

1911 census: 61 Grove Lane, Standish with parents William and Elizabeth SHARKEY. William was a coal miner. Boarding with the family at that time were John Thomas, Lucy and Annie Baldwin aged 24, 22 and 20 respectively.

1939 register: 61 Grove Lane, Standish with Lucy Baldwin (b 2 Mar 1889, single, cotton weaver) and John W SHARKEY (b 28 May 1915, single, painter and plumber).

Dear Mother postcard, Dorothy Parr, Widnes, 1915


TUCK’s postcard of a Coldstream Guard.

A postcard written to Dear Mother, I hope you have arrived safely. I have enjoyed myself very much there. Yours, Dorothy. Dated 5 August 1915, sent from Chester to Mrs Parr of 47 Irwell Street, Widnes, Lancs.

Looking to be returned to the PARRS family.

Research notes: we found Dorothy Parr in the 1911 census, at 47 Irwell Street, Widnes. She was 11 years old and living with her parents, George Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Parr, along with her two brothers, Frances Naylor and James Ronald. Dorothy’s father, George, was a schoolmaster at the local council school.


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