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My ggg grandfather was a tailor at 13 & 18 Waterloo Street in 1800s. Does anyone know if this would have been a business address or would he have been working from home?
His son (also William) and his son(Joseph) continued in the same trade.
No 13 in the years surrounding that seems to be listed as being occupied by solicitors or accountants, though there could still be flats occupied as homes in the building (Directories of that time only listed firms and gentry or well off businessmen). No 18 does not list the occupant, so was probably residential. Incidentally , probably no connection, but in the 1876 directory there is a William Swift , architect & surveyor at 17 Bennetts hill, not very far away.
There is a Tailor named William Swift born Birmingham 1838/1839 he married Harriet Horton in stafford in 1862 she was born in Penkridge, thay had a son Joseph in 1863 who also became a Tailor.
1871 they are living in Lapley Staffs
1881 they live in Penkridge
1891 in Stafford.
thanks alberta that could be the family...reason i asked it because there are service records 1889 for a william swift on ancestry but the writing is very bad but looks like father william joseph...mother looks more like juliet other siblings of which one could say joseph