Friday, 28 April 2017

Squire Heaton birth

Squire Heaton son of James Heaton and Elizabeth 

Squire Heaton (Squire Eastwood’s father) turns out to have been a schoolmaster in the romantically named but probably very poor settlements of Attercliffe-cum-Darnall (1851), Eccleshall Bierlow (1861) and Nether Hallam (1871), all outside Sheffield. The workhouse in Eccleshall Bierlow had a certified schoolmaster in residence in the 1860s, and I wonder if that was him, I can only at present find the incumbent in the 1880s.
Also, 321 High Holborn, Squire Eastwood’s trading address when he died in 1918, had an amazing history, housing a bankrupt lacemaker (1835); John Blissett, the foremost gunsmith in England, with a Royal Warrant (1851–1876), and John Walker, a society jeweller; The Unicorn Press (1930s), who published cutting-edge fiction and poetry; and Favre-Leuba (1960s), the oldest and most prestigious Swiss precision watchmaker!

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