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The paternal ancestry of Alice Mary Lewcock née Bradley.
Carpet weavers, draymen and glassworkers from Shropshire to Walthamstow via Kidderminster and Camberwell.
Alice Mary Bradley married Francis James Lewcock, son of James and Amy Lewcock.
She was the daughter of William Eli Bradley, glass decorator, originally from the Kidderminster area, and Catherine Gray Simpson, born in Glasgow.
The maternal ancestry of Alice Mary Lewcock née Bradley.
Cotton weavers and potters from Greenock to Walthamstow via Glasgow, Edinburgh and Clerkenwell.
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William Eli Bradley and Catherine Simpson married on 5th June 1892 at St. Peter’s Church in Clerkenwell. They both gave their address 305 Bartholomew Buildings. William’s occupation is glasscutter, Catherine’s isn’t stated, which was not unusual at that time. William’s father, Joseph, is described as a carman and James Simpson as a London Porter. The witnesses were James Simpson and Hannah Irons.
William seems to have broken away from the family trade of draymen, left Staffordshire and by 1891, was boarding in 5 Upper Vernon Street, St James, Clerkenwell, London, working as a glass cutter. (Next door at Number 6 is a William Lea, also a glass cutter, born in Stourbridge).
Farmiloe’s lead and glass factory was a little further south of Upper Vernon Street, in St John’s Street – is it possible that this was where William worked and met his future bride, Catherine Simpson? Both Catherine and her father, James, worked as glass warehouse assistants and were living in Clerkenwell in 1891.
William and Catherine had ten children. Their four eldest children were born in Clerkenwell and by February 10th, 1900, the family were living in Walthamstow where Alice was born, followed by five more children.
In 1901, they were living at 1 Thorpe Terrace. In 1911, they were living at 57 Hale End Road. Their second son, Albert James, died when only a year old and Samuel died in 1911, a couple of months before the census when he was only 9 years old. Their youngest chid, Frank, was born after the 1911 census in the following September.
William set himself up in Hanway Place as a glass decorator. Round the corner in Hanway Street, he started a social club for his workers which still exists today and is known as Bradley’s Spanish Bar.
His picture is still there on the wall opposite the door as you go in, and next to the bar, there is a family photograph of him, Catherine and their children, taken on the day of their Diamond Wedding celebrations in 1952.
After successfully fighting the developers over the years, the bar launched an appeal in April 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, and the enforced closure of bars, to enable them to keep going. Proprietors of historic pub on Hanway Street launch crowdfunder to re-open after lockdown.
We have a copy of a large group photograph of the guests at their Anniversary celebration in 1952, but we do not know who most of the people are. Were Catherine’s Simpson siblings or her Whitehill cousins there? Perhaps William’s siblings were guests.
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We do not know who most of the people are in this picture of the guests at their Diamond Wedding Anniversary celebration in 1952.
Were Catherine’s Simpson siblings or her Whitehill cousins there? Perhaps William’s siblings were guests.
1. Irene Lewcock née Harrison
2. Lesley Lewcock
3. Nicholas Bradley
4. Alma Bradley née Neave
5. Violet Bradley
9. Alan Bradley
10. Alice Lewcock née Bradley
11. Winifred Bradley née Gibbs
12. Dawn Lewcock née de Fraine
13. Caroline Lewcock
14. Catherine Bradley née Simpson
15. William Eli Bradley
16. Robert Bradley
19. Margaret Bradley née Gardner
30. Betty Lewcock née Rich
47. Derek Coles
48. Alan Lewcock
49. John Lewcock
51. Frank Bradley
54. Donald Bradley
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Catherine Gray Simpson, future wife of William Eli Bradley, was born on the 6th September 1872 at 10 David Street in Bridgeton, Glasgow, the oldest child of James Rae Simpson and Catherine Gray Whitehill.
Catherine Gray Whitehill was James’s second wife – they married on the 7th June 1872 at 116 Rottenrow, according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church and Catherine was born in the following September. James was working as an apprentice printer in a pottery and Catherine as a steam loom weaver. They both gave their address as Bluevale Street, Glasgow. This road is to the north east of the Annfield Pottery.
James’s first wife, Isabella née Chalmers, a bread seller, had died in childbirth (no medical assistance) in August 1868, soon after their marriage in Bridgeton the previous April, when they both gave their address as 9 William Street, Mile End. He was a pottery apprentice. At the time of her death, they were still living in William Street. In 1871, James was back with his parents in St John’s, Blackfriars in Elgin Street.
Although Catherine’s family seemed to have stayed in the same street (Rottenrow), James’s parents, David and Elizabeth, moved frequently, so the timeline and map should help to keep track of their movements!
The locations marked on the map are only approximate and have been worked out with the help of the Ward Maps of Glasgow which date from 1913.
Tracing records in Scotland before 1855 when registration became compulsory (in Scotland) is not easy. However, the later marriage and death records give the names of parents, including the mother’s maiden name where known, which at least gives many clues and/or confirmation.
Catherine’s parents as named on her marriage certificate were John Whitehill and ….. … read more ….
James was a pottery worker, as were his parents, David and Elizabeth, and his two brothers, Alexander and David. David senior is listed as a journey man potter in 1861, and a transferrer or printer on pottery on other census returns. Elizabeth was also a transferrer. David junior was a muffel [sic] boy in 1881 and Alexander was a bowl maker.
David was the son of Alexander Simpson and Janet Rae. They had married on the 7th June 1795 in the parish of Barony. Their son Alexander was born on 4th July 1796 and baptised two days later, also in Barony. David’s year of birth is always given as 1813, but I have found no trace of his baptism as yet, neither have I found any evidence of other children or death registrations for either of them apart from Alexander.
David Simpson and Elizabeth McKirdy are recorded as living in the same household in June 1841, at East Hamilton Street, Greenock. [Map: Greenock 1842]. At the time, David was listed as a printer and Elizabeth a transferrer. As he is later recorded as working as a printer in a pottery, it is likely that he was one then. At this time, there were two potteries in Greenock known as Greenock Potteries/Clyde Pottery, which were an amalgamation of Clyde Pottery and Ladyburn Pottery. Clyde Pottery can be seen on the 1856 OS Map of Greenock. The road is now known as Pottery Street which runs off East Hamilton Street near the junction of Port Glasgow Road [Modern map: Google].
Their oldest son, Alexander, was born in August 1841 and christened in August of the following year at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church – the column in the register to state whether he was legitimate is conspicuously empty.
They married in June 1843 in the Church of Scotland at East Parish Church, in Greenock.
A son Joseph was christened in 1844, also at St Mary’s. Their youngest son, David, was christened at St Patrick’s RC Church in Anderston in 1854. I have found no christening record for James and no further record of Joseph. There is a long gap between James, who is consistent in giving his year of birth as 1856 and David, so there may have been other children who I haven’t found as yet!!
David and Elizabeth are described as being in a mixed marriage in the registers, so David must have been a protestant since Elizabeth had been christened in the same RC church on April 2nd 1814 when she was a month old. Her parents were given as James McKirdy and Catherine McKirdy. (Catherine’s maiden name is given McKirdy on Elizabeth’s death certificate and also the christening of her sister Jane two years later.) As yet, the Catholic Marriage registers are not available online, so the trail goes cold here for the moment.
The original St Mary’s RC Church was not built until 1816, so Elizabeth will have been christened at the Greenock Mission, its predecessor. The Mission had been founded in 1808 in a rented hall, Star Hall, for a congregation of about a hundred, who were mainly incomers from the Highlands and Ireland, and visiting seamen from the busy port.
We can imagine what a motley crew our spiritual ancestors were: boatmen, dockers, fishwives, servant lasses (these would consider themselves a cut above the rest), factory workers (including quite young children), street musicians, pedlars, beggars. There would also be a sizeable floating population (literally!) of visiting sailors from foreign parts, fishermen from as far away as the Isle of Barra down to sell their dried cod and ling, possibly some seasonal agricultural workers from Ireland, employed at some of the outlying farms: Bow Farm, Strone Farm, Holmscroft, Drums …………. and all the other varieties of human being that would pass through a busy seaport…..…….. (St Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenock).
… with the Industrial Revolution beginning, and the consequent greater demand for food, local agricultural labour had to be augmented, and many of the extra hands at harvest time were immigrants from Ireland. Industry itself demanded more labour, and Catholics from the Highlands of Scotland as well as Irishmen helped to provide this additional labour….. (Colin Milne – The History of Gourock 1858-1958)
Whether it will ever be possible to trace Elizabeth’s origins is doubtful, even if and when we find her parents’ marriage. McKirdy (and variants) is a common surname in the Isle of Bute and Argyllshire, as it is in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Others’ research into the McKirdy surname suggests several complete lineages to follow up, but much of the online information is contradictory and some it probably far fetched.
By 1851, David and Elizabeth had moved east from Greenock and the family were living at 163 Main Street, Finnieston. The Verreville Glass and Pottery Works were nearby, as was the newly built St Patrick’s RC Church, Cranstonhill, where David was christened. According to Aileen Smart, “Many of the congregation came from Ireland or the HIghlands of Scotland”. In 1861, they were living further north in Bogside, Maryhill, Springburn. I haven’t yet managed to find out where Bogside will have been or the locations of the Hydepark & Springburn Potteries which were operating there between 1837 and c.1879.
In 1871 they had settled in 8 Elgin Street (now Turriff Street), St John, Bridgeton, Glasgow.
Glasgow had a large pottery trade at this time – in 1868, there were 14 potteries in the city employing over 5000 full time staff. As well as making fine china, these potteries also produced large quantities of sanitary ware which was exported to America and the British colonies, as well as other materials such as stoneware, fire bricks and building bricks. It seems unlikely that we shall ever know which potteries the Simpsons worked for once they had relocated to Glasgow, although it looks as though, like many other pottery workers, they moved frequently.
When David died of bronchitic asthma in 1873, from which he had suffered for years, he was living at 113 Drygate, Glasgow and Elizabeth’s address when she died of congestion of the lungs was 41 Marlborough Street, Bridgeton.
David’s oldest son, Alexander, married Maggie Hyslop McGeorge in 1875. They had two children, David and Isabella. Alexander died of phthisis (certified 2 months) in 1880. The address was: 107 Rottenrow Glasgow, just round the corner from Tarbet Street. By 1881, Margaret and the children were in Dennistoun. Their son, was a farm labourer, so had escaped the factory life, but died of typhoid fever, aged 16, in 1892. In 1901, Margaret and Isabella were in Main Street, Shettleston near Glasgow with Agnes (born 1894 and described as an adopted daughter). Margaret was a cotton factory spinner and Isabella a warper. Isabella married John Stobo, a mattress maker, in Barrhead in 1922 when she was 43 when Agnes was one of the witnesses as Agnes Herbert Simpson. Margaret died of senility, aged 88, at the same address in Barrhead, Isabella reporting the death. Isabella, already widowed, died of a heart attack in Barrhead in 1958. A Douglas Simpson, acquaintance, registered her death.
David’s youngest son, David, married Isabella Hamilton Patterson in 1885 and they had two sons, Alex(ander), born 1887, and David, born in 1889. In 1891, they were living at 138 Albert Street in Barony and David was an earthenware printer then. So far, I have found no trace of them after this.
In 1881, Catherine, James and their five oldest children were living at 5 Tarbet Street, Blackfriars in Glasgow. His occupation then was an earthenware printer and his younger brother David was living with them.
James and his family moved to Edinburgh between 1883 and 1887. By that time, he and Catherine had had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls – Catherine was the oldest child and was aged between 11 and 15 years old. Their next son, John Whitehill Simpson was born in Arthur Street, Canongate in June 1887. On John’s birth registration, James’s occupation was a printer (Glass works). The Royal Holyrood Glass Works was situated in the Canongate, a little north of Arthur Street. Catherine’s brother Hugh had first been in Edinburgh in 1871, when he was working as a printer pressman and boarding in Canongate. He and his family were also nomadic and were back in Edinburgh when James and Catherine moved there …..… read more ….
By 1890, the Simpson family had upped sticks completely and were in London, where their next son, Andrew was born in Clerkenwell where they had settled. It was a courageous move to make with such a large young family, but presumably they needed to find work. James found work as a glass warehouseman and in 1891 Catherine was also working as a warehouse girl.
Another boy, William, was born in 1893. They lived in at least three different places in Clerkenwell between 1990 and 1911, but all near each other. James was working as a warehouseman in a glassworks in 1911.
Glasgow had a large pottery trade at this time – in 1868, there were 14 potteries in the city employing over 5000 full time staff. As well as making fine china, these potteries also produced large quantities of sanitary ware which was exported to America and the British colonies, as well as other materials such as stoneware, fire bricks and building bricks.(2) It seems unlikely that we shall ever know which potteries the Simpsons worked for, but it may well have been Bells. Their removal to London appears to coincide with the death of John Bell.
It is hardly surprising that diseases of the lungs caused the deaths of David, Alexander and Elizabeth, but David working until 60 years old may have been. In 1862 the Government of the day sent a Royal Commission to report on the “Employment of children in trades and manufactures not regulated by law”. The Commission’s first report was published in 1863 and concerns the pottery trade as well as several others. Glasgow Potteries
Catherine Gray Whitehill’s parents as named on her marriage certificate were John Whitehill and Elizabeth Christie. In the census returns after her marriage, her year of birth is consistently given as 1847, unfortunately just before official registration began in Scotland in 1855. I have not found a marriage between these two names, although a John Whitehill did marry an Elizabeth Marshall at about the right time. This couple appear with their children from 1841 to 1881 with their children, including Jean – born 18 August 1847. They had a 7 year old granddaughter named Elizabeth Gray (Whitehill) with them in 1881.
The only Catherine Gray Whitehill born anywhere near 1847 to be found in the records currently on ScotlandsPeople, or any census returns, appears with Catherine Gray Whitehill in 1851 and 1861. This Catherine was the widow of Alexander, a weaver.
They married in Glasgow on the 20th March 1829. Catherine’s death certificate from 1864 names her parents as Peter Gray and Catherine.
Alexander and Catherine appear together in 1841 living in Rottenrow with 3 of their 6 oldest children: James, Isabella and John. Margaret, Alexander and William presumably having died.
All the other Catherine Gray Whitehills who appear in the Scottish records are descended from Alexander and Catherine. Whoever Catherine’s parents were, assuming that the details on her marriage certificate are correct, she certainly appears to have been brought up with Catherine and Alexander’s family.
Catherine is listed as a muslin warehouse girl aged 13 in 1861. Catherine was a steam loom weaver in 1871, and when she married James Simpson in 1873, she gave her occupation as a woollen powerloom weaver. Her “mother”, Catherine, was a yarn winder, and Alexander Whitehill, her “father” a weaver both at his marriage and in 1841. Alexander Whitehill, a weaver of Rottenrow died of Cholera in December 1848 – there was a severe epidemic in Glasgow at this time.
Catherine’s mother died in 1864, of paralysis (2 days), and in 1871 she was boarding in Calton at 174 Main Street. There are three cotton factories to the west of Main Street marked on the map from 1878. There was also a weaving factory on the opposite side of the road from the Barrowfield Pottery and a cotton works marked a little further north on the 1878 map.
Like Catherine, her youngest brother, Hugh, also left Scotland and eventually settled in England: Hugh Stewart Whitehill 1845-1947
For some time now, researchers have been trying to find out whether there is any connection between the LUCOCKs of Pyrford and the LEWCOCKs of Farnham.
INDIVIDUAL SUMMARY REPORT for George LEEUCOCK ( -1761)
PARENTS: Richard LUCOCK ( – ) and Rachel LANE (bur.1745) married 28 Feb 1688 in South Warnborough, Hampshire.
Rachel was buried in Odiham on 6 Jan 1745.
Richard married Mary Rundgar on 10 Jan 1724 in Odiham.
John was buried on 30 Dec 1707 in Odiham
Apart from Thomas and Mary, whose baptisms have been sourced online, and those mentioned in the will, the other sons, William and John, are placed here for convenience and need to be sourced before any definite conclusions as to their parentage can be reached!!
The will of Samuel Hare gives the mother’s name and Phillimores Marriage Registers: Volume 6 gives the father.
LEEUCOCK George married HARE Barbara on 28 Jan 1727 in ODIHAM
George LEWCOCK (bef1740-1802)
Richard LEWCOCK (bef1740-1783)
Samuel LEWCOCK (bef1740
These early references have been collected from extracted entries on the International Genealogical Index and other online sources. It is not definitive since not all registers have been transcribed.
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