Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Alfred Lockwood

This is my great grandfather, the father of my maternal grandmother, Maud Annie Lodge, nee Lockwood. He was born in 1853 in Almondbury, Yorkshire.

I have an old book of birthdays and important dates called The Golden Text Book which bears the following writing on the inside cover,

"Alfred Lockwood, Practical Pianoforte Tuner, &C., 29 Albert Terrace, Burley Leeds."

The next page  reads,

"Miss Thackrah, January 1880".

The next cover reads,

"Miss Thackray, A present from her lover, Alfred. January 1880."

The 1861 census makes it clear that Alfred's family were part of a larger household. The address is Silver Hill, Almondbury. The head of the household was a James Taylor, Merchant. It looks like Alfred and his family lived and worked on the estate of the Taylor family. Looking at the actual handwritten copy of the census, James Taylor lived at Fenay Hall.

Details from census and other documents have Alfred working as the following,

1871 - clerk
1880 - piano tuner
1881 - musician
1891 - coal merchant
1901 - limited companys secretary

He married Eliza in 1884 in Leeds, Yorkshire. He appears to have lived in Almondbury up until 1880 when he was living in Burley. From then on, he seems to have lived in Headingley with or cum Burley, Yorkshire. He died in 1906.

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