|parents||Thomas Punch & Ann Brown|
|born||25 October 1838, Limehouse, London, England|
|baptised||26 October 1838, St Anne's Church of England, Limehouse, London, England|
Ref 2 has Emily's parents, Thomas and Ann and their young family, living in Tower Hamlets, London, Parish of St Dunstan, Stepney in 1841.
With them are their children:- (Thomas) James (16 yrs), John (14 yrs), Sarah (12 yrs), William (10 yrs), Charles (8 yrs), Eliza (6 yrs), Louisa (4 yrs), Emily Martha (2 yrs) and Maria (1 yr).
Google Maps - Stepney, Limehouse, Poplar Locations
Charlton is in the south-east London metro area, not very far from Emily Martha's birthplace of Limehouse (near Poplar).
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|Next to the church stands Robert Martin's house. In 1881 it was newly built and Mr. Martin has recently moved in with his wife, five children, two servants and two nurses to look after the children. He was born in Devon but has done well for himself since coming to Charlton. Ten years before this he was living in one of the small cottages in the village but his toolmaking and mechanical horseclipping business was already thriving, for he employed five men and seven boys even then. By this time he was employing thirteen men and five boys with a workshop behind the house. Three old cottages next to the church have been pulled down to make way for his new house with its large front door and wrought iron weather vane to proclaim his success. Inside it would probably have had a bathroom which was still a rarity in those days and the ground floor would have been lit by gas-light. A gas-fitter had been living in the village as far back as 1851 and old postcards show the gas-lit lamposts along the street. Go down by the side of the R.A.C.S. supermarket and walk along Fletching Road so that you can see the back of his house with its tall four-storey tower which must still have a fantastic view.|
I have just come across your website and your email address. I wonder if you have any information on the following.
I am trying to trace details of my great-great-grandfather's company "Martin & Co". It was started by Robert Martin with his two sons Alfred and Albert. Albert left it to his son Ernest, in 1932.
They were manufacturers of Horse Hair clippers, later becoming hairdresser's clippers, from about 1875 until at least 1927. Robert Martin lived at No 1, The Village, Old Charlton, Woolwich from 1881 until 1906 and with his sons, had several business addresses over the years, including:
1861 - 4 Upper Market Street, Woolwich
1873 - Old Charlton, Kent
1881 - 15 Rectory Place, Woolwich, Kent
1890 - Charles St, Plumstead, Kent (from Patents)
1891-1900 - 229 Burrage Road, Plumstead, Kent
1893 - North Kent Works, Charles Street, Plumstead, Kent (from Patents)
1910-1928 - 4 Nightingale Place, Woolwich Common, Woolwich (business address? - printed on hair clipper sales pamphlet and from patents)
1913 - Owned factory and adjacent land in Woolwich Dockyard. Owned freehold property, address 9, Gildersome Street, Woolwich (from Will)
London Docklands ca 1904
St Anne's, Limehouse