Friday, 15 July 2011

Mary Ann Berks in Bagshaw's 1851 Directory of Shropshire

By 1851, Pigot's directory has competition in the form of Samuel Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Shropshire.

Bagshaw provides a much more in-depth and detailed profile of Shropshire. The sections appertaining to Wellington alone are probably too lengthy to post up on this website, though they make an interesting read.

What is of great fascination to me is that in the trades directory section there are two very definate references to Mary Ann Berks (variously spelt Birks and Birch - see previous posts). Mary Ann was the sister of my g-g-g-grandfather William Millington, a journeyman shoe maker who settled in Lee Bank, Birmingham from the 1820s. 

The first reference is in the alphabetical listing and the second is in the index of trades under 'bakers':

Click on the images to view a close-up version of each page.

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