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Joined 17-10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 17 October, 2006 - 08:46 pm:   

I was wondering if anyone could help me please. I lived all my childhood in
> Forest-HIll till I was in my twentys but now live in Hampshire. My Grandfather Thomas Clark used to have at
> least one shop there back in the 20s and died when my father was very young, so he was told,
> hence I never knew him but, want so much to learn any thing about him.
> I know he was born in 1872 and was a widower when he married my nan (Mary Weston) at the
> age of 44, they lived in Sydenham and Dartmouth Rd, Forest-Hill and had 4
> children. I dont know anything about his shop/shops,when he died, how he died or what he
> looked like or anything else about him.
> Please could anyone help me as I would love to know and be able to tell my
> father, who is in his 80s now, he so wants to know.
> Thanking you in anticipation and for your time.
> Kind Regards
> Theresa Kenny nee Clark.
> email address;
Joined 07-06-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 17 October, 2006 - 10:39 pm:   

The people to ask would probably be the Local Reference section of the Lewisham Library as they have the records of the area. They will have the census information (I presume he will have lived locally) and probably therefore a profession to point you in the right direction.

Check out the london borough of lewisham website for their contact details
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 18 October, 2006 - 01:03 am:   

If you don't have it already the marriage was registered in Lewisham the reference number is.. 1d 2306 the last figure could also be 3 or 5. A copy of the marriage certificate can be ordered from the GRO online.

To find Thomas on the 1901 census may require his place of birth and/or his first wife's name.

There was a Thomas Clark and wife Elizabeth living in Sydenham but they were in their 70's.

There was a Thomas Clark aged 20, a shipping office clerk living with his mother at Ladywell Park.

Lewisham Local History Library, 020 8297 0682 may be of assistance. If he had a shop it may be listed in the Directory for Forest Hill.
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 18 October, 2006 - 08:18 am:   

Unfortunately there are many Thomas Clark's but here's one plucked out of the 1891 census....

Living at 5 Bovill Terrace, St. Saviours
Thomas F Clark aged 22, Lithographic Writer born Islington, London
Annie, wife, aged 21 born Thurles, Ireland

In 1901 this family is shown at 22 Gabriel Street and with a son Thomas aged 4 born in Croydon.
Joined 24-10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 24 October, 2006 - 11:05 pm:   

Theresa, there was a Thomas Clark who had shop on Dartmouth Road during the 1920s. In 1919 his address was 93 High Street (since renumbered to 136 Dartmouth Road) and from 1920-1925 he was at 90 High Street (now 201 Dartmouth Road). He was described as both a wire worker (whatever that is) and a fruiterer. By a sad irony both shops were severely damaged, if not destroyed, by a bomb in 1941. They were at the Sydenham end of Dartmouth Road, one near the junction with Cheseman Street and the other opposite, near the Bricklayers Arms. Lewisham Local Studies [] has a comprehensive collection of street directories, photographs and maps so, as Loneranger suggests, you should pursue your enquiries with them.

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