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Waterloo Street

Anita Boydon

New Member
Hi
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.
Thank you
 

brummy-lad

master brummie
Hi Anita and welcome to the forum.
What was the surname? can you narrow the year down at all? 13 & 18 would seem to be businesses but haven't found a tailor in the years I've looked at.
 

Anita Boydon

New Member
Hi. Sorry I missed his name off. He was William Swift and was there in 1873. I'm ashamed to say I don't really know Birmingham too well - I was born in Walsall so not a million miles away
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
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.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi anita...when and where was william born...do you have him on the census years

lyn
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
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.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
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

lyn
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
just had a look at williams siblings on the 71 and i think siblings names match those on the service records i have found

lyn
 
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