George West lived in Great Tichfield St, London

Those UK census records are such pieces of gold for genealogists.

In the 1841 Census, George Edmund West was recorded in the census, with his wife, Mary Ann (Allen) West and two children, Jane and George.

George was working as a carpenter.  His neighbours were working as painter, coachmaker and smith – all similar types of trades.

They lived in Great Tichfield Street, in London.  As far as I can work out from the unbelievably complicated British parishes and counties and boroughs and all that stuff – the street is now in Westminster but in 1841 was in St Marylebone.  If I am wrong, please, any of my English cousins, correct me!

It seems Wikipedia has an entry on Great Tichfield Street.  It says that in the mid 19th century – the very time of this census – this street was well known for

“dirty shops and dingy private dwellings…where children never washed” (quote from Pevsner and Cherry, 1991, London 3: North West).

Sounds like your typical Dickensian street.  It was part of the maddening changes that occurred in London and Britain due to the industrial revolution.

George later went onto the work as an engraver and ultimately took up the new art of photography.  He later moved down to Gosport in Hampshire.

His story illustrates the great changes that were occurring in people’s lives during the 19th century.

Here is an map Great Tichfield Street from 1827, made by Christopher and John Greenwood at the time.  The northern part of the street was named Cirencester Place in this map. [from Wikipedia].


[ Image: Christopher (1786-1855) and John Greenwood (1821-1840) ]


Here is what it looks like today:


[Photo by Oxyman, {from Wikipedia}]










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