Henry Wallis - Inn Keeper of the Old
A little echo from many years ago when Withernwick
would have been a rather different place to live.
The Falcon would still have been three separate cottages, not a pub. The
village pub would have been the Old Gate on High Street.
In the 1860's the inn keeper was Henry Wallis, sadly the only 'hard'
evidence of him is this memoriam card.
Henry had been born in Cheshunt Common in Hertfordshire in 1820 (baptised
on 14th July 1820).
So he had certainly come quite a way to end up as an inn keeper in
He must have been a reasonably prosperous man as he is on an electoral
register dated 1868, as time when the right
to see the 1868 electoral register (it will open in a new window).
to vote depended on wealth. The memoriam card suggests that he was well
know and regarded, we can perhaps guess
there was a service in St Alban's church followed by burial in the
Below is the 1861 census record for the Old Gate
A bit difficult to read so here is a transcript.
||Year of Birth
||Place of Birth
||Son - Tailor
|Francis Ellen Lawson
||Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
||Radcliffe on Trent,
Some interesting points.
John is called Henry's son but Henry would have only been 17 when John was
born, it is possible. If correct it does indicate that the
family had lived in Withernwick since about 1835.
It is unlikely we will ever see a photo of Henry, cameras were no common
in his lifetime, however William Mc Arthur sounds like an
interesting character. Born in Ceylon (how did he come to be in
Withernwick?) and a photographic artist. So maybe we can imagine Henry
and his family being photographed by William, that would be a remarkable
image from 1861.
The Old Gate was obviously also being used as a lodging house. We can
easily imagine that Henry Morley and George Mumby were itinterant farm
workers, men did seem to often travel some distance in search of work.
There is a bit of a problem with the 1841 census. There is a Henry Wallis
born in 1820, but with a different wife named Mary, a daughter named Jane
no son called John. It is possible that Henry could have been married
previously, Mary and Jane could have both died. Henry could have then
married Susanna who had a son John by a previous marriage. There is no
sign of them on the 1851 census which might give us
more information on this.
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