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BOOTMAKER’S COMMONPLACE BOOK.
BOOTMAKER’S COMMONPLACE BOOK.
BOOTMAKER’S COMMONPLACE BOOK.
BOOTMAKER’S COMMONPLACE BOOK.
BOOTMAKER’S COMMONPLACE BOOK.
BOOTMAKER’S COMMONPLACE BOOK.
PUCKLECHURCH, BRISTOL MANUSCRIPT, SMART,Edmund
Unpublished manuscript1840
SMART, Edmund. Pucklechurch, 1840’s 50’s Commonplace Book, autograph manuscript with pasted in calendar from an Almanack for 1853, pp111, ruled red leaves, browned, bound in original vellum, soiled and marked, brass clasp, 12mo, approx 8.4 x 13.4 cm. A detailed source of information on the Pucklechurch area (near Bristol) in the mid 19th century.Some of the wide ranging things that Smart recorded include: the Fleur-de-Lys pub (still there), “Oct 30 1848 Inquest at the Fleur-de-lis Inn on the body of Charles Gardener who came by his death through drinking boiling water from a tea kettle - Verdict Accidental death “ ; Rev William Pentrice Barrett ( Rector of Siston) , “ Lee Wm Fishponds by the train….Dec 26 1853”; “ The Rev. T.B. Convey vicar of Pucklechurch ….. has pleasure in testifying to the assiduity attention & ability which Mrs Watson, who has been under his particular notice for the past 5 years as Mistress of the Nat: School in his Parish…“.”Bells cast by Rudhall of Gloucester” , and “amount of Bell work by Rd and Moses Cole £1080:1s 10d”….” Inquest at Pucklechurch at the White-Hart Inn, touching the death of Rachael Williams that jumped in the Old Wood Pit”…” Joseph Boulton met with his death through falling down the new pit by the green….”.1852 The water busted in at Shortwood upper pit and killed two men.” …”Jan 21 1853 Accident in the new pit near Copham’s house the engine ran & throw’d 3 men & 1 boy to the bottom”… “Great Britain was launched in Bristol and christened by Prince Albert”…” Great Western steam ship launched in Bristol July 19 1837”… “George Goodman London 10855 the makers name & number of watch”…” Joseph Orchard’s wife was killed by cart loaded with timber at West Littleton being turned over upon her Thursday August 18th her husband leading the horse at the time, he was tipsy”.Sep 18 Elias Parker died at Tiraconderago Bay Nr. Melbourne Australia typhus fever”…In addition to the various coal mining entries above, there is a very interesting petition recorded thus: “To the Charitable and Humane. The humble petition of the Colliers of Coalpit-heath sheweth that your petitioners not having any employ of any kind for the last six weeks are with our wives and families in the melancholy state of starvation destitution we are therefore compell’d to solicit your charitable assistance to relieve us at present from actual starvation- your kind assistance will be gratefully accepted by your suffering fellow creatures. The distressed colliers of Coalpit Heath.” We think it likely that Edmund Smart might have been the author of this petition on behalf of the miners. There are several letters apparently written on behalf of distressed or destitute individuals in the book. A large number of deaths, marriages, removals and arrivals, accidents and events of interest are also recorded. A very entertaining little manuscript. [There is an Edmund Smart, widower and former bootmaker born about 1813 in Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, England living in Stapleton, Gloucestershire with his daughter Harriet and relations of the Smart family recorded in the 1881 Census. It seems likely that Edmund was named after King Edmund the 1st.In a field at the back of the Star Inn Puclechurch formerly stood the palace of the Saxon Kings, where King Edmund I. was slain by Liofa or Leolf, a robber in a.d. 946. He seems to have been a reasonably well educated man, and certainly a bootmaker- there is a page recording sales of boots and shoes “ Miss Coney to Edmund Smart” and another pricing boys and girls boots according to size, and the prices for soleing the same. It seems, given these entries, that the identity of Edmund Smart is nailed.]
condition: Fair

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