2. No’s 9 – 14, 1859 – 1900

No. 9 Mornington Road

1861 Ling, Charles Alfred.  His wife had a daughter on 8th January 1861 (Morning Post 11 Jan 1861)

1861 Census: No. 9 Charles Alfred Ling, silk mercer and linen draper 37; with wife Mary, 33, and two little daughters, Alice and Catherine, 1 year old and 3 months. There were two servants – a general domestic, Harriett Farly, who was 21 and from Eastbourne; and a 13 year old nurse maid, Jane Knight, who came from Petworth.

1863, 1865, 1867 street directories continue to list Charles Arthur Ling.

1870 street directory lists Captain Peter Macyntire.

1871 Census: No. 9  Captain Peter McIntyre (not present at census); his wife Mary, 45, and their four daughters, Jessie, Mary, Agnes and Annie, aged from 11 to 23; and a domestic servant, 19, Maria Winisted from Plaistow.

1874 Masson, Capt. His wife gave birth to a daughter on 20 Oct. 1874 (reported in Morning Post 26 Oct 1874) The London Street Directories 1870 – 1875 have the resident at this address as Captain Peter McIntyre.

1881 Census: No. 9  Catherine Hemmingway, 35, merchant’s wife, with her son and mother-in-law, were in residence on census night – Henry William Hemmingway presumably out on business – with their general servant, Helen Shadpole, 16, from Wales.

1882 street directory lists Henry William Hemmingway.

1886 Hunt, John Rider, a builder and contractor at St Paul’s Works, St Paul’s Road, Bow Common was living here when subject to the ruling of the High Court of Justice in Bankruptcy, case No. 709 of 1886. “Last day for receiving proofs: April 19, 1887 [London Gazette, April 1 1887]

1891 Census: No. 9 John and Florence Hunt, a manufacturing contractor, 39, with a servant, 22, Elizabeth Parker, who was born in South Walshaw, Norfolk.  John Hunt’s business presumably survived the bankruptcy hearing.

1895 street directory has Rev. John Willliams Lewis, M.A.

No. 10 Mornington Road

1859 – 1865 Robertson, John.  London Street Directories.  His wife had a daughter Augusta on 16 January 1861 – (shortly after their neighbour Mrs Ling had given birth to Catherine at no. 9.) (Morning Post, 18 Jan. 1861).

1861 15th January, a daughter was born to Mrs Robertson at No. 10 Mornington-road, Bow – a notice in the Morning Post, 18th January 1861

1861 Census: No. 10  John Robinson, was a sail-maker and ship chandler, 26; with wife Jane, 27; George, a 1 year old son, and Augusta, a 2 month old daughter; they had a nursemaid Jane, 21, and a cook Eliza, also 21.  Probably Robertson, as recorded in the street directories and in the birth announcement in the Morning Post, was the correct name.

1866, 10th October, the death of Mr William Archer, Deputy of the Ward of Vintry, reported in London City Press, 20th October 1866 as having taken place at 10 Mornington-road, Bow.  The Ward of Vintry was one of the 25 Wards of the City of London.

1867, 1870, 1871 street directories have William Oakley.  Picture of William Oakley from descendant David Oakley’s monograph about his ancestor, William Oakley 1822 – 1890. (Read David Oakley’s monograph HERE).

William Oakley1871 Census: No. 10 William Oakley, iron founder, 49; his wife Annie, 44, and their sons Henry, 21, Thomas 19, Walter 16 and George 14 – all listed as being iron founders. There two further sons, Charles, 10 and Frederick, 8,  and four daughters, Annie, 12, Emily, 5,  Ada, 3 and Flora, just 9 months. 11 children in total. They had two servants, Rebecca Dowling, 21, from Dedham, Essex, and Emma Bird, 19, who was a local lass.

Oakley Ironfounder ad

William Oakley’s foundry was in Bromley High Street, adjacent to where the Moulders Arms stood, and now roughly where Dorrington Point, E3 3EL stands.

1872, Lloyds Weekly Newspaper, 7 January 1872, reports on the prosperity of the nation, the shortage of labour, and the awarding therefore by employers of shorter hours – the nine hour day – and increasing wages. “Mr Oakley, iron founder, Bow; Alvey and Bolton, printers, White-street; Messrs Peak, Frean and Co, biscuit manufacturers, Bermondsey, and Mr W Smith of Wells-street, Oxford-street, have conceded the nine hours’ point… ”  The report continues to outline the varied progress of the movement for a nine-hour day across Britain, with strikes and struggles and violent altercations to achieve what William Oakley had already granted in Bow.                                                                                  But just over five years later, there is this report in November 1878. “At the court of bankruptcy, this morning, the case of William Oakley, who is an ironfounder carrying on business at Bromley-le-Bow, came before Mr Registrar Murray.  The debtor, who has filed a petition for liquidation, estimates his liabilities at £16,000, with assets of the like amount. ”  Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, 1 November 1878. £16,000 might have been about £1.8 million in today’s (2018) currency.  David Oakley comments:  “Most likely, the foundry produced wrought iron, superseded by steel.  Invented in 1856 the Bessemer process could produce several tonnes (1000kg) of steel in 30 minutes.  By comparison, only 7 cwt. (365 kg) of iron could be smelted in a puddling furnace over a two-hour period.  In 1870 British wrought iron production was 3 million tonnes.  By 1900, production was just over 1 million tonnes and by 1930, 113 tonnes”

No 10 is the only house in the street furnished with an iron boot-scraper. Descendant David Oakley is pleased to think that this was a product of the Oakley iron foundry.

1873 street directory has no resident for No. 10.

1875 lists Thomas A Young.

1881 Census: No. 10 unoccupied.

1882 street directory lists Ferdinand May.

1891 Census: No. 10 unoccupied

1895 street directory has no resident for No. 10.

1896, advertisement in East London Observer, 4th April 1896: “Wanted: two large bedrooms and two sitting rooms in good part of Bow or Mile End. – Write with terms, which must be moderate, to R. A. R. 10 Mornington-road, Bow-road.”

No. 11 Mornington Road

1861 Hide, Thomas Cummings. His wife had a son on 13th June 1861. (Morning Post, 27 June 1861).  London Street Directories have them here 1863 and 1865.

1861 Census: No. 11  Thomas Cummings Hide, marine engineer. 35, wife Johanna, 38, and two children, George and Thomas aged 3 and 1. A housemaid, Harriet Hunt, 27, and nursemaid, Louise Perkley, 34.

1867 – 1875 William James Murray in London Street Directories.

1871 Census: No. 11  William James Murray, 45, carman agent [a carman was a driver of a cart, transporting goods]. His wife, Rosina, 41, and six daughters, three sons, aged between 4 and 20, one of whom was a clerk to a carman. They had a domestic servant, Deborah Parish from Suffolk. She was 30.

1871, the resident at this address was advertising for “General Servant – Wanted a thoroughly respectable Person, in a private family, about 24 to 30, able to do plain cooking: must be an early riser and have good character; no bed rooms, boots or knives; good wages.” (Clerkenwell News – 6 February 1871).  1875 the resident at this address was advertising for “Governess (good) required for two children, aged 9 and 10, for 2 ½ hours daily (Morning).”  (East London Advertiser 31 Jul 1875). 1876 a ‘Mrs M’ at this address – may be Mrs Murray – was advertising again for a servant: “GENERAL SERVANT wanted for Private Family, strong, active, early riser, 25 or 30; another servant kept; no boots or knives, light washing, good wages.” (Ipswich Journal, 6th May 1876)

1881 Census: No. 11 John Waters, tax collector, aged 60, and his wife, Marylin, 51 (57?), sister-in-law Maria Clough, 41 (47?), with their sons, John, 21, a solicitors clerk, and Avery, a medical student 19.  Mary-Ann Hartland was their domestic servant, 31, born in Aldgate.

1882 street directory lists John Waters.

1891 Census: No. 11 70 year old John Waters was a Poor Rate Collector – i.e. a property tax collector; his wife, now listed as Mary, was 61 (67?).  His 51 (57?) year old sister, Maria Clough was ‘living on her own income’.  They had a 40 year old cook, Maria Hartland, still with them, and a young servant girl, Eliza Christmas who was only 14.

1895 street directory has no resident for No. 11

No. 12 Mornington Road

1861 Census: No. 12 John Farnan, dyer, 47, wife Ellen, 26, three sons, John (15), presumably by an earlier marriage, William John (10?) and Frank (1), a daughter Mary Ann, 12.  They were all born locally. They had a 20 year old nursemaid, Jane Codlin, who had been born in Camberwell, and a domestic servant, Sarah Harvey, 21, born in Rye, Sussex.

1863 street directory: John Farnan Esq.

1865, 1867 street directories list Hutchinson, Robert Ramkin, esq

1870, 1871, 1873, 1875 street directories list John Bingeman

1871 Census: No. 12  John Bingeman, corn  merchant, 41; his wife, Henrietta, 42; they had a 13 year old son, Alfred Edward, and two daughters, Annie and Florence, 12 and 11, an 8 year old son, Charles – all still at school. Hannah Ascott, 22, was a general domestic servant, assisted by housemaid Clara Pattenden.

1881 Census: No. 12  Elizabeth Longstaff, a widow, 66, lived with her son Harry, 30, a coal merchant; and a grandchild of 26 and a niece of 5. They had a servant, Emma Price, aged 20.

1882 street directory lists Harry Longstaff and Mrs Longstaff.

1883 Foskett, Robert,  Listed 1883 in Essex Field Club archives. (www.essexfieldclub.org.uk/archivetext/s/042/o/0262)

1891 Census: No. 12  Alfred White, barge and ship builder, age 50, born in the Isle of Wight, his Islington-born wife Kate 27.  They had young sons, Joseph, 7, and Stanley, 1, and a servant, 16 years old, Emily Rhodes.

No. 13 Mornington Road

1861 Census: No. 13  Thomas John Lambert, architect surveyor, 33; wife Mary Ann, 31 – and a son Horace of 5 months. They had two servants, Jane Molyneux, 20, and Mary Tyler, 23.

1863, 1865 street directories list Lawrence Hawkings Johnson Esq.

1867 street directory list Robert Ramkin Hutchinson Esq.

1870, 1871, 1873, 1875 directories list Rev. James Roe

1871 Census: No. 13  James Roe, curate of St Thomas Stepney, 40; his wife Clara, 35; a daughter and son, Emily and James, age 3 & 2, and a sister-in-law Harriett age 33.  They had a cook, 45 year old Emily Hargen, a nursemaid, 21, and a domestic servant, 20, and an under-nurse, 17.

1881 Census: No. 13  Isaac Lee Stokes, an iron merchant, 35, and his wife Mary, 33, and their 8 year old son, Frank.  They had a cook, Joan Harris, 30; and a general servant, Georgina Warren, 18.

1882 street directory lists Isaac Lee Stokes.

1884 Flavelle, Thomas, a commercial traveller, died on 9 January 1884. Effects: £159.12s 6d. He was formerly of Leeson Park County Dublin, afterwards of Warrenpoint County Down. Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) were granted to:  Calder, Grace Lynn, wife of David Calder.  Her address also 13 Mornington Road.

1891 Census: No. 13  Alfred Jay, and his wife Welcome, were 45 and 42 years old.  He was a Commercial Traveller. They had a 19 year old daughter, Rachel, a son of 17, Joseph, a tailor; a son of 16, Moss, a printer; a son of 14, Edgar, a warehouseman; and Bertie, 13, was still at school. Kate Kent, 25, was a general servant; George Barham, 18,was an errand boy.

1894, 1898 Mrs Alfred Jay – an entry in the Jewish Chronicle, 9.3.1894,  returns thanks to father Israel Cohen. On June 30th 1898 the wife of A. Percy Cohen had a daughter, at Mornington Road, Bow, though the announcement in The Era doesn’t specify the house number. (The Era, 2 July 1898)

1895 street directory gives Alfred Jay.

No. 14 Mornington Road

1861 Census: No. 14, Martha Smith, proprietress of houses, a widow of 41(?), two daughters, Martha and Mary Ann, 3 & 5. They had a cook – 50 year old widow, Sarah Corman, and a housemaid, Elizabeth Ballance, 29, both these being born in Garforth, Leeds.

1863 street directory lists Mrs Smith.

1865 street directory lists Mrs Stanistreet

1870, 1871 street directories list John William Compton

1871 Census: No. 14  John William Compton, wholesale clothier, 27; his wife Mary, 26, a 1 year old son Charles, and a little daughter Emily, five months old. There were two nursemaids, Jane Keable and Eliza Warner, local girls aged 16 and 15, and a domestic servant, Catherine Harrison(?), 26, from Dorchester.

1873 street directory gives Arthur William Pamphilon

1881 Census: No. 14 George B Vane, 53, living on an annuity, his wife Emily, 52, and 6 daughters – Emily L., Fanny, Clara, Ada, Florence and May – ages 25 – 9.  Miriam Sutton, 23, was their general servant.

1882 street directory lists George Booth Vane.

1884 Vane, George Booth. – an accountant, got into a dispute with Drury Lane Theatre, reclaiming money for a box the theatre had double-booked. When his wife and children got to the theatre they found the box already occupied by another lady and eight children – they had to go home without seeing the performance. (Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, 16 March 1884)

1891 Census: No. 14 unoccupied.

1894, 1897 Roe, Reverend David, Wesleyan Minister.  He wrote a letter to the Editor of The Hastings and St Leonards Observer – Saturday 29 December 1894:  “STARVING POOR OF EAST LONDON  Sir, Accept my grateful thanks for kindly placing my appeal in your valuable paper, and please allow me to acknowledge from “A well-wisher,” 7s. 6d.; A.M.; “a tiny offering from a friend in Hastings for the benefit of the poor in your parish,” 10s.  I desire, on behalf of my poor brothers and sisters in this over-crowded part of London, many of whom have been overtaken by sickness and misfortune, to express my heartfelt thanks, and trust that others may be found in lovely Hastings and its picturesque surroundings who will entrust me with some small portion of their gifts, either cash or clothing, on behalf of the suffering poor and the starving children for whom I plead.  I am, Mr Editor, emboldened to appeal through you for a little help, as many in Hastings know me and my work, and if any friend would like to come on a tour of inspection I shall be pleased to act as guide. Yours truly, (REV.) DAVID ROE, 14 Mornington-road, Bow. E.”  Another similar letter in January 1895. Rev. Roe still lived at this address in 1897. [Charles Booth’s notebooks to his survey of London, Miscellaneous District 12, p.146-171. LSE library]

1895 street directory lists Rev. David Roe.

Bryant, Charles Clement, Wesleyan Minister, who entered ministry in 1875, died 1926, also lived at some time at this address, with S A Bryan, Annie Blanch Bryant, C Bowden Bryant and H N B Bryant. – listed in a directory of Wesleyan Ministers.