The following families were known to have lived in 1 Crispin Lane Thornbury as tenants:
John Davis – the 1859 rate book and the 1861 census shows John was living in the house. The census shows John was an agricultural labourer aged 60 living with his wife, Elizabeth aged 56 and their son, George aged 15.
John was born in Thornbury about 1801. We haven’t traced his marriage to Elizabeth. They had lots of children, mainly girls: Olivia whose baptism we have not found born about 1826, Maria was baptised on 20th March 1828 whilst the family were living in Sibland and Eliza baptised on 5th July 1829 when their address was in the Borough.
Four daughters were baptised whilst the family were living in Morton: Matilda baptised on 14th May 1834, Elizabeth baptised on 21st December 1836, Harriett baptised on 28th February 1840 who died after only 4 days and was buried on 3rd March 1840 and Ellen baptised on 28th February 1841.
The 1841 census shows that they were living in Kington near to Park Mill Farm. They had six daughters living them: Olivia aged 15, Maria aged 13, Mary Ann aged 9, Matilda aged 7, Elizabeth aged 4 and Ellen aged 3 months.
Four more children were baptised whilst the family were living in the Poorhouse: Hester baptised on 3rd September 1845 and Emma, Mary Ann and George all baptised on 4th February 1846. The 1851 census shows the family had moved from the Poorhouse to live in St John Street. Of their children: Maria, Elizabeth, Ellen, Hester and George were living with them.
The 1871 census shows John was still living there. He was a labourer aged 69. His son, George, also a labourer, was living with him with his wife Rhoda aged 35 from Almondsbury and their son Samuel aged 3 months. There was also a boarder, Thomas Davis aged 5. John died in Thornbury Workhouse aged 80 and was buried on 20th January 1881.
Charlotte Morgan – the 1881 census shows Charlotte was living there. She was described as a nurse a widow aged 69 born in Whitfield. She was living with four of her grandchildren: Charlotte Morgan a servant aged 18 born in Bristol, Thomas W. Ashcroft aged 12 and Alice Charlotte Ashcroft aged 8, both born in Thornbury and Amy Alice Morgan aged 1 also born in Thornbury. Charlotte was the widow of Thomas Morgan. Read more
Albin Prosser – Albin Prosser was listed as living in 1 Crispin Lane according to the 1894 and 1899 rate books and the 1901 census.
Albin was born in Iron Acton in 1847. He was the son of James Prosser, a painter and his wife, Caroline Louisa (nee Higgs. In 1871 the Prossers were living in Kingswood near Wotton Under Edge. Albin had become a painter. He married Mary Stokes in the Dursley area in 1873. Tragically Mary died later that year aged 22, presumably in child-birth as their son, George Ernest was born in the same quarter 1873 as Mary died.
The 1881 census shows Albin living with his parents in Kingswood. He was a widower aged 29 and working as a painter and glazier. His son, George Ernest aged 7 was also living there. On 6th June 1881 Albin married Elizabeth Morgan in Thornbury. Albin and Elizabeth had William baptised on 2nd April 1882, Annie Charlotte baptised on 6th April 1884, Bessie baptised on 27th December 1886 and Mary baptised on 3rd August 1890. The 1891 census shows Albin living with his mother in law, Charlotte Morgan at 4 Crispin Lane. They had their four children living with them as well as Amy Prosser who was described as their daughter. Amy was aged 11 and the daughter of Elizabeth Morgan before she and Albin married.
The 1901 census shows Albin was a house painter aged 50 born in Iron Acton. He was living there with Elizabeth aged 52 born in Thornbury and their children: William a saddler aged 19, Annie aged 17, Bessie a dressmaker aged 15 and May aged 10.
The trade directories show that Albin moved to live in Gillingstool in 1910. The 1911 census shows that Albin, Elizabeth and their daughter, May, were living in the house near The Black Horse, later known as Appledore. Albin was a house painter aged 60. Elizabeth was aged 61 and May was aged 20. Albin and Elizabeth were listed as living there in the 1918 electoral register. Albin died aged 71 and was buried in Thornbury Cemetery on 27th January 1923. The burial records describes Albin as a painter who had died in Gillingstool. Elizabeth died in Rudgeway aged 89. She was buried in Thornbury Cemetery on 2nd December 1938.
Selina Rickards – the 1911 census shows that Selina was living in 1 Crispin Lane which was described as having three rooms. Selina was a laundress aged 60 from Wanstead in Essex. She was described as being married for 25 years and having had four children, all of whom were still living. One of those children, Sidney, aged 21 was living with Selina. He was a carpenter and wheelwright born in Falfield.
Jack Oates and his wife, Elsie May – occupied the house in the early 1920s. The photograph on the left is of John Oates and his motorbike outside number 1 Crispin Lane. We know from the Infants school register that they had moved to 12 Eastland Avenue by 1929. Click here to read about this interesting family
Harold and Irene Barton – lived in the house now known as 1 Crispin Lane from 1929 to 1934/5. They finally moved to a council house at 34 Bath Road where Stephen was born in 1950. Irene died on 26th July 1978 aged 74 years. Harold died on 4th February 1990 aged 89 years. Read about the Barton family
Tom and Florence White – they occupied the house from about 1935 until it was pulled down in the late 1960s. Read more