History Month Fact 25: Bluecoat Boys

25 May 2011

In 1819 Forty boys in the Bluecoat School are clothed and educated under the terms of the Lady Frances Winchcombe trust. A further 40 to 50 boys are educated on payment of a small subscription. All are taught reading writing and arithmetic.

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History Month Fact 24: Local Industry

24 May 2011

A rather specialised local industry was that of making sacks, rope and twine. This was carried out in a small factory of Carter and Son at Newtown along the Bath Road to the west of the village near St Johns Road. Here Albert Carter employed a total of ten (three men, two boys, three women …

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History Month Fact 23: Local Government

23 May 2011

Local government in the 1880’s was a rare source of employment, so much that the only full time representative was W M Draper who lived in The Broadway. He was Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages. He was also Relieving Officer, which meant that he was personally involved in distributing charity to those in need, …

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History Month Fact 22: Charles Wheeler

22 May 2011

During the 1880’s there were about half a dozen smithies in the parish, probably the largest was that of Charles Wheeler near the King’s Head in the Broadway (or Broad Street as it was then known). He employed three men who were probably members of his family, Charles, George and William.

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History Month Fact 21: Building Firms

21 May 2011

In 1881 the census lists only two building firms in Thatcham. One was run by the Bailey family of Crown Street. It comprised Mrs Jane Bailey, a widow, her daughter and two sons. They employed nine ‘mechanics’, three boys and seven labourers; and is described later as ‘builder, undertaker, contractor and timber merchant.

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