8. John Robert Gibson
At death "of 5 Church Road, Highgate".
Effects at death 8097.4s.6d.
In 1878 described as Stockdealer, 3 Copthall Buildings, City of London.
These still exist off Copthall Avenue.
At the time of the 1881 census was resident at 79 and 81 Almack Rd, Hackney (which existed at the time of the 1771 census, but as yet without housing).
In 1871 aged 38 was resident at 227 London Road, Hackney, listed as member of Stock Exchange.
In 1867 was resident at 8 St Georges Terrace, Dalston.
It can be deduced from the birth-places of his children according to the 1871 census that he moved from Walthamstow to Hackney between 25 July 1859 and 20 August 1860.
In August 1860 on the birth of his daughter Grace Isobel was resident at 5 Bellgrave Terrace, Hackney. See RG9 - 157 - folios 38-9.
In 1871 the family had one general servant Mary Brown aged 32 and one nurse aged 25.
In 1891 he was listed at 79 and 81 Almack Road as Stock Jobber Agent. Grace I. as Teacher of Languages
- School. Herbert Moxon as Solicitor's clerk. Daisy Stella as Type writer. Kenneth Lockhart aged 17 as Broker's clerk, Amy Ethel aged 19 as student (general). Mary A Brown was their Nurse domestic Sevant. Eliaza Louisa Harling as General servant domestic.
Some questions for further research Where did JRG and his brothers go to school? Are there any Stock Exchange records about him?
How did he get to work from Hackney and Lower Clapton? Probably by tram.
His brother James Innes Gibson died as an Army officer in Singapore in 1858
Hackney Downs previously amid fields was edged north by Downs Rd. bordering the Powell's Land offered for sale in 1861 and south by Downs Park Raod in both which building had started. A few middle class rows already led northward from Hackney Downs along London Road (later Clapton Way) and Avenue (later Midhurst), Oak Field and Nightingale roads to the planned line of Kenninghall Rd.
Lower Clapton spread quickly as the London & Suburban Land co. Laid out Chatsworth Road along a filed path from Brooksby's Walk to Ond Lanee, filling the space between that and Lower Clapton Road with the western ends of Clifden, Glenarm and neighbouring roads between c. 1867 and 1870. Farther East 61a were leased to a market gardener for 53/4 years in 1867, before they too were taken for the east part of the company's Clapton Park estate. Plots in Elderfield Road were conveyed to Edward Withers for its Clapton Park no. 2 estate in 1872-3. On the main road the Alderson's house made way for the striking Round Chapel, founded in 1869 to meet recent enormous immigration.
Growth was stimulated by the opening of Clapton railway station in 1872, followed closely by the arrival of tramways at Lower Clapton and their extension in 1875 to Clapton common. The spread of building however was limited by public control of the MKill fields, Hackney Downs and Clapton Common from 1872.
A History of the County of Middlesex Vol. X Hackney Parish. ed. TFT Baker 1995 Inst of Historical research by OUP.
According to Rate values established 1880 he OWNED both properties in Almack Road.
Both 24. According to his grandson K.W. Gibson the houses were linked by a door in the top storey.
He is actually mentioned as resident in Almack road on th back of the 1894 Lower Clapton Old Ordnance Survey Map publ. by Alan Godfrey 57-58 Spoor St, Dunston Gateshead.
9. Mary Allen
Residence at death 99 Mayola Road, Lower Clapton, Middlesex.
10. William Thorndycraft
Born in Wick Street, parish of South Hackney.
marriage in 1866 was resident at West Street. In 1881 resident at 61 Percy St., Hackney
In 1891 had moved to 70 the same street because his wife had been appointed caretaker of the schools - Minnie 16 dressmaker, Henry 13 Baker's assistant, James 12 scholar Robert B 10 scholar - lame from birth - Edward 8 scholar.
11. Jane Ann Bolton
Birth Blackburn XXI 12 Sep 1846.
In 1866 on her marriage was resident at Handley Road.
Caretaker of South Hackney parochial School. Opened as St John's capel (also known as Norris's charity) school in new building with wings for 50 Boys and 50 girls flanking rooms of master and mistress; land in Park Pl., Grove Street given by Revd. H.H. Norris, whose endowment was assisted by J. DE Kewer. 57 b and 24 g in 1841, when g clothed; financed mainly by subscriptions. 82 b and 32 g in 1833. Settled in trust by Norris as Sth Hackney parochial or chaarity schools 1834 140 b, 40 g by 1846. Bldng of St Jn of J/m church necessitaed move 1848 to site given by St. Tmoas's hosp. in Greenwood's Row (later Percy and later Kingshold Rd)., where school for BG designed by Hen. Currey. Master and mistresses certificated 1855. 50-60 boys and 30 G completely clothed 1861, when master took some paying pupils. Parl. grant by 1860. Roll 1871: 126; a.a 114. Transfer of G scholl rejected by S.B.L. 1871. I school built on adjoining ssite, given by St. Thos's. hosp., 1875. BG school enlarged 1883. Total accn. 1890:535; a.a 422. Accn. 1909:266 M, 110 I. Reorg. for JM & I 1939. Bombed in war and rplaaced by St. John Of J/m (q.v)
12. James Barnes
Elizabeth Hedges, his aunt, was described as living with James and his wife in 1841 and and 1851. Also resident in 1861 was Elizabeth Chandler, boarder and plaiter.
It would appear to be canals and the carriage of cola which bought James Barnes to Aylesbury.
14. Henry George Cope
He used to serve coffee at the Stock Exchange. He was also a joiner and possibly worked for Eyre and Spottiswoode.
In 1841 he was 63 Cornwall Rd - eating and groceries - his father William was the Coffee House keeper.
In 1845-53 the premises were described as Eating Rooms in the P.O. Directory. In 1852 he resided at Chaple St. Somerstown and married.
In 1856 he was at 4 George Court Strand where he was a joiner.
In 1861 at 4 George Ct, St Pancras, Westminster Middlesex
1862 he was at 3
Bedfordbury (behind St Martins in the Field) where he was a "greengrocer".
In 1871 he was still at 3 Bedfordbury, but a carpenter.
Then later in 1870s he moved to 35 Commercial Rd. Presumably he took over the Coffee shop, becuase his father, William, had gone blind.
There was a timber yard between Commercial Rd and the river. At no 32 there was a builders.
Once at low ride on the river He floundered in mud up to his waist and had to be hauled out before it sucked him down.
Has pneumonia 2 months before death; 2 years before father, who was blind. Will 25/01/1881 under 300 pounds sterling to Sophia.
15. Sarah Alecia Arrowsmith
Of Skinner St., St. Pancras, Middlesex.
At the time of her marriage stated to be a "Junior" i.e. under 21. The witnesses were F. Arrowsmith and S. Lee (all four were illiterate).
Francis Arrowmsith was a warehouseman who lived with the Copes at 4 George Court, next to 52 Strand (cf. 1861 Census) until emigrating to Alberta Canada. His sister used to write to him on Sundays in her brown silk dress (Ada Cope told Ethel Barnes).