Thursday, 31 March 2016

Albert Sydney Petter

Marriage of Albert Sydney Petter to Jane Eliza Jull.

birth of son John Gervase Petter 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Hugh Chesterman

Hugh Chesterman, The ODD SPOT, illustrated by Leonard Robert Brightwell, 1st US Edition 1st Printing 1928, original dust jacket Vintage Book €246,57 EUR

Materialen: ink paper, decorated hard cover, original dust jacket, Vintage Antiquarian Childrens book, animal adventures humoristic pictures, Hugh Chesterman, The ODD SPOT, illustrated by Leonard Robert Brightwell, 1st US Edition 1st Printing 1928, Fantasy and Fairy Tales
Verzendt wereldwijd vanuit Virginia, Verenigde Staten

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Spanish gold and at Tankerton inn lyrics by Hugh Chesterman

He also wrote at Tankerton inn also with Howard Fisher and also sung by Reinald Werrenrath

Here a clip sung by Reinald Werrenrath 

In this privately produced recording from 1930, announcer Alexander Woollcott introduces "The Neysa McMein Memorial Record" with Harpo Marx and Reinald Werrenrath performing "Mighty Lak' a Rose". The segment closes with Christmas Greetings.

WERRENRATH, REINALD (1883-1853). His father, George Werrenrath, was a Danish tenor who taught singing in the United States. The son first studied with Percy Rector Stephens in New York City. In 1907 he made his concert debut at the Worchester Festival, and he then had a highly successful career as a concert and oratorio singer. After 1912 he was for many years the director of the University Heights Choral Society. In 1919 he made his stage debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Silvio in I Pagliacci. He remained a member of the Metropolitan until 1921. He appeared on Broadway in The School for Scandal (1923), The Beaux Stratagem (1928) and Music in the Air (1932). He visited England (1921-24; 28) where he sang chiefly on the radio. In 1932 was was awarded an honorary doctorate by New York University. He composed several works for male chorus. (A Concise Biographical Dictionary of Singers, by K.J. Kutsch / Leo Reimens [translated by Earl Jones] / The Chilton Book Company, 1969; Internet Broadway Database) --

"Mighty Lak' a Rose" is a 1901 song with lyrics by Frank Lebby Stanton (1857-1927) and music by Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901). The lyrics are written in an approximation of an African American accent; such "dialect songs" were common in the era. The title thus means "Mighty (very much) like a rose"; this assessment is addressed by a mother (or perhaps an observer) to her newborn son. The dialect has been modified by some singers, such as Frank Sinatra. The song was Nevin's final composition. Nevin died on February 17, 1901, shortly after composing it, never living to realize the song's success. Stanton died in 1927. The full wikipedia article can be found here:


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The children of Frederick Charles Petter

The children of Frederick Charles Petter

Frederick Charles Petter, son of Gervase and father of Archibald Graham, began his married life with Marie Elizabeth Simpson in 1876 in Stoke Newington, an area south of Tottenham with good rail and tram links to the City and a flourishing area for clerks, dressmakers and silk merchants along the London Road, many living above their retail shops and the slightly more ‘comfortable’ in the 1850s–1860s newbuild terraces. The population more than doubled between 1871 and 1881: it was said that the housing development had ‘spoilt the quiet of the fields and brought London nearer to Stoke Newington by 50 miles’. The commercial travellers, craftsmen and clerks lived in Albert Town or Victoria Road, the bricklayers and labourers in the meaner houses off Church Street. Stoke Newington had reservoirs for a clean water supply and tree-lined streets, but Frederick seems to have wanted to get further away. He had achieved this by 1881, at 220 Brockley Road in Brockley, then just outside the metropolitan area in Kent; as we know, by 1891 he had had to somewhat downsize to Argyle Terrace, Denmark Hill. Lizzie Constance and Frederick Charles Gervase (hereafter FCG), the two eldest children, were both born in Stoke Newington, in 1877 and 1878, but there were then two deaths (Mary Ann, born and died 1879 and Thomas Benjamin, born and died 1881) and this may have precipitated the move: the remaining five children were all born in Brockley (Cecil Herbert, 1882; Edith Mary, 1883; Archibald Graham, 1885; Harold Rupert, 1887; Catherine/Kathleen, 1890/1891, see below). One may also speculate that FCG, the eldest son, had fragile health and was better away from the polluted city environment: he seems to have died at only 23 in 1901.

Gervase and Eliza Sarah, Frederick Charles’ parents, were married at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch in 1853, and the professional community of which he and his children were a part seems to have come to the rescue when he died in 1893; possibly straight away, but certainly by 1901, Cecil Henry, the third child was 21 and lodging in Listria Park, Stoke Newington, with Arthur Rust, a commercial clerk to a gas company while he served an apprenticeship as a furrier’s clerk; Edith Mary, the fourth child, was 19 and lodging with John Hadley, a printer in Thurlow Park, Norwood; we don’t know what her occupation was but she married in 1907. Both Arthur Rust and John Hadley had been married in St Leonard’s Church. Archibald was by 1901 living with Lizzie and her husband Charles Albert Rice in Islington, presumably having been a boarder, like his brothers Cecil and Harold, in the Royal Commercial Travellers’ School in Hatch End, Pinner, after his father’s death. As we know, this was the school set up to ‘house, feed, clothe and educate the necessitous children of brethren “on the road” who met an untimely death or became unable to earn their livelihood’. Children had to be ‘destitute’, could join the school between the ages of 5 and 10, and had to leave at the age of 15. FCG was 14 on his father’s death, so may have gone straight into an apprenticeship, but since he was dead by the 1901 census it is uncertain what he did; although we know he was in Cambridge when he died, he was not apparently at the University. Catherine is a puzzle. In the 1891 census she is called ‘Catherine W’ (possibly Winifred) born in 1890. In the 1901 census, there is a schoolgirl called Kathleen Winifred Gretchen living in Beddington in Surrey, born in 1891 and by 1911 a lodger with an unknown family in Sydenham in south London. Both were born in Brockley, but are they one child or two?

Harold Rupert was listed as wounded and missing in action on the Western Front, aged 30, on 3 May 1917, serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the Battle of the Scarpe during the Arras offensive.

thanks Barbara 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Gervase Petter: craftsman, wheelwright and coach-maker

Gervase Petter: craftsman, wheelwright and coach-maker

We now know that Gervase Petter (1819–1900), father of Frederick Charles and grandfather of Archibald Graham, was apprenticed (probably for 6 years and aged 14 or 15, so from about 1833 to 1839) to the village wheelwright in Fyning (a wheelwright’s cottage built in 1904 with a barn for carrying on the business, exists today as a private house). His indentures stated that he was bound after a financial payment to a master who would ‘teach and instruct’ him in the ‘art and trade of the business’ in return for food and lodging, washing facilities and medical attention if necessary. Gervase appears to have carried on the trade after his indentures were complete, as the 1841 census has him still living at home at Hambledon House on his father’s farm in Fyning, making farm carts and carpentering wheels, gates, fenceposts and even coffins for the church.

We know that by 1852 he was in Castle Place in Tottenham, and by 1861 married to Eliza Sarah Forster and living in 3 Church Terrace in Lower Edmonton, where he raised his five children (Walter, Arthur, Frederick, Kate and Albert; there is an eight-year gap between Kate and Albert, so one or more children may have died). Only Church Lane exists today, but there was a typhus outbreak there in 1850 so it must have been an insanitary, crowded area. The nearby Church Street was the commercial quarter of the area, near to imported sources of wood brought by barge down the River Lea to the coach-building firms such as Eleazer Booker in Fore Street: 44 firms in the coach-building and related trades were listed in the 1841 census.

The trade of making a wooden wheel and cart goes back to Roman times and is one of the most skilled trades: there were no mathematical drawings or guides to help the carpenter except the knowledge in traditional practices passed down from the man to whom he was apprenticed. He had to know his trees – oak for the spokes, elm for the hub, beech for the felloes (rim) and ash for the frame of a carriage. He had to be able to saw the wood into a correct length with no knots in it that could cause a weakness in construction and be able to accurately strake the spokes into the circumference of the wheel so that the local blacksmith could nail on an iron rim – there was always a smithy/forge near any wheelwright’s shop.

By 1861 Gervase is listed in the census as a wheelwright and coach-maker, building the wooden frames, body, steps and panelling for vehicles such as the two-wheeled ‘hansom cab’ or the carriage known as the ‘Whitechapel’ which was the favoured transport for commercial travellers after about 1870. The hansom cab, known as the ‘gondola of the London streets’ was regarded as the peak of the coach-builder’s craft. There was also the four-wheeled ‘Sociable’ carriage, patented by Bookers in the 1850s, shown at the International Exhibition of 1862 and in general use by the 1880s. Gervase was clearly a well-regarded craftsman, (we are trying to find if and if so when he was accepted into the Worshipful Companies of Wheelwrights and Coachmakers) and able by 1891 able to afford a home in Park Lane in Edmonton, bordering on the open country of the Pymmes estate, several steps up the ladder from Church Terrace. This may in fact have been the home to which he retired, as coach-building was a physically demanding occupation and by 1891 he would have been 72. Of his sons, we know that Arthur Lewis, his second son, was a draper’s assistant in lodgings in Marylebone in 1871 and an accountant by 1891; both Walter Forster, his eldest son, and Frederick Charles, father of Archibald Graham, were commercial travellers, and Albert Sidney, the youngest son, was a rate collector. His third son, Frederick Charles, predeceased him, dying in 1893, but he did not live to see the death of his eldest grandson Frederick Charles Gervase in 1901, nor his youngest, Harold Rupert, at Arras in 1917.

Thanks Barbara for this information

Saturday, 12 March 2016

the Duke´s Head

In the census of 1851 Jerome Nicholas Vlieland is living in the Duke´s Head Great Yarmouth with his wife .
There are two servants and other people staying as well.

This pub still is there to be visited .And looking at the picture you wonder behind which window they have slept.

It was the place to deliver your mail to London as well.

And also the place to depart from with steamers ,vessels and coaches and trains.

the Duke´s Head
 the Duke´s head now
Public house. Dated 1609. Knapped flint with stone dressings.
Machine-tile roof. 2 storeys and dormer attic; 4-window range.
To the left is a square carriage arch to rear yard. Two 6/6
horned sashes either side of the central doorway. 4
first-floor 6/6 horned sashes separated by a C20 panel
inscribed: `The Dukes Head Hotel'. Immediately over carriage
arch is a square stone plaque with a segmental shouldered head
with the date 1609 and initials S over R I. Gabled roof with 4
C20 dormers fitted with 6/6 horned sashes. Internal gable-end
stacks north and south. In the yard to the rear is a timber
crown-post roof truss attached to a wall: late C14, with
passing braces, from a former Guildhall on the site.
INTERIOR: ground floor opened out and modernised. First floor
front room with early C17 panelling and an elaborately carved
chimney-piece with twin segmentally-arched heads with
keyblocks supported by fluted pilasters. Either side are
engaged Corinthian columns. The panelling round the room is
divided by Corinthian pilasters and there is a modillion
cornice. Remainder of interior C20 in character.
(Various: Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural
Interest: London: 1974-: 19).

The original building dates back to 1609 when it was a merchant house. The bar has comfortable seating and a separate dining area. Close to the Town Hall and Haven Bridge crossing with river views. Recently (2015) refurbished with new carpets, seating and stools and a new paint job.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Jan Hollander en de vinvisch.1765

Van Texel word onder dato den 9. dezer het volgende gemeld: Eènige dagen geleden vond zeker Jan Hollander een vinvis,dien men Woensdag daar aan volgende ging afmaken; leggende op een Zandplaat by de Vlieter, en konde met hoog Water vlot raken. Hy was ruim 70. Voeten lang, van gedaante byna als een Salm, van onderen met bruine en witte stréepen, als een Caapscbe Ezel; zyn Staart en Rug waren glad, en de Buik van onderen geheel wit: het uitterste van zyn Staart liep halfmaansgewyze rond toe, en was 13. Voeten breed: de Kop was met Baarden voorzien, gelyk die van een Walvisch, hebbende in ieder Kaak 346. stuks, die wit waren met zwarte vlammetjes, op zyn langst 3. Voeten en zo t tot niet loopende; in bet binnenfte van zyn Bek was met dik haren met Verkensborstelen bewassen; twee , Blaasgaten had hy in zyn kop, gelyk een Walvis heb; zyne Oogen waren van een vreemde gedaante; hy was ; voorzien met Kleppen, die naar Verkens ooren zweemden , welke over de Ooren toesloegen en aan de smalste zyde vast waren: de Vinnen, waar van hy zyn naam . draagt, waren drie, èén op de Rug en één op ieder Zyde , digt agter het Hoofd , zynde Ovaal-rond en bruin van verf, met het smalle einde aan de Visch vast, het gene uit een . hard dik been of graat bestond, met een dik vel overtrokken, ter lengte van 64. en ter breedte van 3s. Voet, en ¦ rond eindigende: deszelfs Spek was op het dikste 6. en op I het dunste na de Staart toe 2. Duimen dik. Gemelde Visch, is door het Volk van een Schuit eènige dagen van tevoren in het Gat gezien, de welke zelfs een Dregge, waar aan een Lyne geslagen was, in een zyner Neusgaten hebben geworpen; dog de Visch zodanigen Snuif niet kunnende verdragen, repte zig het Gat uit en zwom na Kykduin, weshalven het Volk de Lyne kappen en hun verhoopten prooi verlaten moesten: of de Wonde nu, ofte omdat hy op het drooge geraakt is, hem heeft doen aan zyn leven Schipbreuk lyden, kan men niet bepalen; maar buiten twyfel heeft hy zig van de Dregge weten te ontslaan; dewyl men dezelve niet meer by hem gevonden heeft.

Texel : dated 9 December 1765 they reported the following: a few days ago Jan Hollander spotted a whale .On Wednesday there was almost death but at the high tide he floated .He was more than 70 feet tall, He looked like a salmon , from below with brown and white Stripes as an African Donkey .His tail and back were smooth, and its belly completely white:. the end of his tail crescent and was 13 feet wide,
The head was equipped with Beards, just as a whale , having at least in its jaw 346 pieces that were white with black flames, upon his longest 3. Feet wide .Inside his mouth was with thick hair with Explore overgrown looking like brushes ; two blow holes he had in his head like a whale; his eyes were of a strange shape; he was; equipped with valves, which looked like pigears .Fins, where he its name comes from. there were three, one on its back and one on each side, thickly behind the Head, Oval-round and brown coloured iwith the narrow end at the Fish fixed, consisting of one. hard thick bone or bones existed, covered with a thick skin, a length of 64 and the width of 3s. Foot and round ending: The Bacon was at its thickest, and 6. and thinnest after the tail 2. Thumbs thick. Reported Fish is seen by the people of a ship few days earlyer , they threw a grapnel on a line , which they have thrown in His nostrils; , The fish hurried away and swam to Kykduin, for that reason the people on the ship had to cut the rope.releasing their prey . Suffering from his shipwreck or whether the Wound now bleeding or because he was beached on the dry, one can not determine; But the grapnel he dismissed as they have not found it.