My English Grandparents

Alfred Thomas Marlborough – My paternal Grandfather

Alfred Thomas Marlborough was born on December 29, 1879, to Henry Marlborough and Sarah Eliza Marlborough/Ashby of 37 Ironmonger Street.  He was baptised at St. Lukes Finsbury, on May 7, 1880.  Henry is listed as a labourer in the baptismal record.

In the 1881 census, the 2 year old Alfred T. is living with his parents and siblings at 38 Ironmonger Street.  Henry’s occupation is labourer and Alfred’s older siblings are listed as scholars, except his eldest brother William J (15) who does not have an occupation listed.

I think these are 4 of the 7 Marlborough brothers. Alfred Thomas is at the left.

In 1891 he is part of a very large family living at 37 Ironmonger Street.  The family are: Henry Marlborough – 48 (father), Sarah E Marlborough – 46 (mother), and siblings: Edward G Marlborough – 21, Harry J Marlborough – 18, Louisa E Marlborough – 15, Annie E Marlborough – 13, Alfred T Marlborough – 11, Florence A Marlborough – 9, Albert F Marlborough – 7, Walter C Marlborough – 5.  Henry is now listed as a warehouse man, as is Edward G.  Harry is a packing case maker and Louisa is a pupil teacher.  All the others are listed as scholars (i.e. in school).  William is no longer living with the family at the age of 25.

Ironmonger Street no longer exists.  We can see it on the 1869 map, but it is now in the middle of an open space and no trace appears. It would have run across the present Radnor Park from the middle entrance to St Lukes Garden behind Bartholomew Square to Lizard Street. 

Click twice on the maps below to get an expanded view.

On Booth’s Poverty map of London from the late 1890s this street is shown in PINK: Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings.

In 1901 most of the family are still together, although Harry has left and the family is now living at 5 Elmore Street.  Family member’s jobs are listed as:  Henry and Edward G are oil and colour warehousemen;  Louisa and Florence are teachers; Annie is a dressmaker; Alfred T is a labourer in a sundries warehouse; Albert F is an engineering draughtsman and Walter C is an office lad.

In 1911 the family are still mostly together.  Henry has died and Sarah is now the head of the household and listed as a widow.  They are living at 2 Digby Road, Stoke Newington.  Edward is now a Labourer (colourman), Louisa an assistant teacher with the London County Council, Annie appears to be unemployed, Alfred Thomas is a loading porter at a distillery (Buchanan’s who made Black and White whiskey), Albert is an engineering draughtsman and Walter is now a Furrier’s Clerk.

Digby Road is now called Digby Crescent.

Jane Maria Brittain – My paternal Grandmother

Jane Maria was born on June 5th, 1879, in Islington, to Samuel Brittain and Martha Brittain/Brown.  Martha must have registered the birth.  She made her mark as a cross so she couldn’t write which explains why Jane was registered as Jane Brittan.  The copy of her birth certificate that I have was produced for Jane to go to school.

Jane was baptised on June 22.  Her parents were listed as Samuel and Martha Brittan of St. Philip St. and Samuel was registered as a milkman.  It’s not clear where the baptism took place, but most likely it was St Philips.

The 1881 Census shows her living at 2 St Philip St, Islington, with her parents and two month old sister Martha. St Philip St is now St Philip’s Way.  On Booth’s Poverty map of London from the late 1890s this street is shown in PURPLE: Mixed. Some comfortable others poor. 

On 15/11/1886 Jane was admitted to Angler’s Gardens School. This school was located in a very rundown street and Angler’s Gardens itself was demolished in 1877.  It ran off Popham Road towards Lower Road, but didn’t go through.  The entry in the school register indicates that the family were now living at 45 Popham Road, Islington.  Granny had come up from Angler’s Gardens Infants school where she had spent 3.5 years  She continued to Standard 5 which she entered in 1890.  By then, the school was called Popham Road School.  It is now called Charles Lamb School.  She left on 26/12/1891 aged 12.  I think she continued with school till she was 14, but I’m not sure.  Her sister and brother (Martha and Edward) also attended the same school.

In 1891, the family were still living at 45 Popham Road.  Samuel Brittain is listed in the census as a labourer.  In 1901 the whole family is still in the same house, but Samuel Brittain works as a “drug grinder”, Jane and sister Martha are both “box makers – cardboard” and Edward is a “tailors cutter”.  In 1911, they are still all in the same place and doing the same jobs.  On Booth’s Poverty map of London from the late 1890s this street is also shown in PURPLE: Mixed. Some comfortable others poor.

Beach Party in the Early 1900s – Jane and Alfred are on the left of the photo

Jane Marlborough/Brittain and Alfred Thomas Marlborogh Married Life

Jane Maria Brittain married Alfred Thomas Marlborough on March 30, 1918 at St Philip the Evangelist Church in Islington.  Jane’s father, Samuel was listed as a Railway Porter, while Alfred’s father, Harry was listed as a (deceased) Oil and Colourman.  Jane was living at 8 Canon St and Alfred at 8 Mattison Road, Harringay.

The electoral record for 1918 shows Jane and Alfred Marlborough living at 73 Arlington St.

On June 8, 1919 their son, Alfred Edward Marlborough was born.

In 1922 through 1939 the electoral rolls show that Jane and Alfred Thomas Marlborough remained at 73 Arlington Street (now called Arlington Avenue).  Also living in the same house through the period were their very good friends Alice and Alfred Lys.  The area near their house was hit 4 times by high incendiary bombs during the Blitz and there could have been other bombs later in the war.  I’m not sure how long they stayed in the house, although my mother said they were still there in 1944.

Jane Brittain Marlborough and Alfred Thomas Marlborough in the early 1940s

I have no electoral roll evidence of residence for Jane or Alfred Thomas during WWII.  However, in 1945 Alfred Edward was listed at 41 Ecclesbourne Road.  Where were his wife and parents?  It looks as though he stayed there for a few months, then Jane and Alfred Thomas took over when he moved to Elmore St.

In 1946, Jane and Alfred Thomas are listed at 41 Ecclesbourne Road along with Nathanial G. Turnell.  This is “Uncle George”, Jane’s brother-in-law and widower of her sister Martha who died in 1945. 

Alfred Thomas died in 1947.  He was buried on November 19, 1947 in Islington Cemetery which is located in East Finchley. George Turnell died in 1949. 

In 1950/51 Jane moved to 57 Ockendon Road to live with us.  In 1959 the whole family moved to Stanmore where Jane continued to live with us till her death in 1967 at the age of 86.  Jane is buried in Harrow Weald Cemetery.

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