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In addition to the families listed on the main page relating to this property, there were also several families known to have occupied the property as tenants:

Job Hodges – in the 1840 Tithe Survey the property was plot 175 made up of two units both owned by Frances Gayner, a house and yard occupied by Job Hodges and a stable and yard occupied by Thomas Inman Councell.

Job Hodges was born on 8th February 1801 and baptised on 11th November 1804.  He was the son of James Hodges, a gardener, and his wife, Hester (nee Shill).  Click here to read about James and Hester

Job took over the house his father had built on the Burnt House Orchard in Crispin Lane.  This house later became known as The Crispin, and is now known as 2 Crispin Lane.  Following the deaths of his parents in 1824 and 1825, Job bought out the interest of his brothers and sisters in the property which had been determined in his father’s will.  He bought the property and the cottage adjoining for £300, raising a mortgage for £200 from Mary Leach, widow of Thornbury.  Job repaid the loan from Mary Leach by taking out another loan raised from James Withers of Thornbury, carpenter.  James Withers died in 1828 aged about 81 years, and Job’s debt was inherited by James’s son, Luke Withers who had been born in 1777.  It would appear from the deeds that Job Hodges defaulted on the loan because Luke Withers received the title to the property in Crispin Lane on 20 January 1838.

Job Hodges was a hallier.  On 4th March 1824 he married Emma Ford and they had eight children: Ellen baptised on 31st October 1824, Sarah baptised on 19th July 1826, Emma baptised on 16th March 1828 who died after 3 weeks and was buried on 11th April 1828, Henry baptised on 12th August 1829, Emma baptised on 29th December 1835, George, Charles and James all baptised on 10th June 1840.

The trade directory of 1839 shows that Job was a hallier and now living in Silver Street.  The 1840 Tithe Survey confirms that Job and his family had moved to 5 Silver Street.  In the 1841 census Job Hodges was a hallier aged 35 living with Emma aged 35, Sarah aged 15, Henry aged 13, George aged 9, Emma aged 8, Charles aged 7 and James aged 18 months.  Job died in 1841 aged 39 years and was buried on 28th October 1841 in the same grave in St Mary’s churchyard as his father.

The death of Job Hodges appears to have broken up the family.  The 1851 Census shows that his sons Henry and Charles Hodges went to live in London where they worked in a warehouse as porters.  Charles was only 14 years old at this time.  Job and Emma’s daughter Emma aged 16 had become a servant in a household in Clifton by 1851.  Also in the 1851 census Emma Hodges was aged 45 living in Silver Street in Thornbury with her son James aged 11 and a lodger James Stenhouse a journeyman carpenter aged 20 from Falkirk, Scotland.  We do not know what happened to their other son George.

Henry Hodges stayed in London where he married Mary Ann Baylis on 23rd October 1854 in Southwark.  Mary Ann was also from Thornbury and she was the daughter of Walwin and Hannah Baylis

James Hodges also moved to London.  He may have married Elizabeth Cameron in Whitechapel in 1863.  The census of 1871 shows him living in St Giles Cripplegate with his wife Elizabeth from Essex and their seven year old daughter who was born in London.

We are not sure what happened to Emma after the 1851 census.

Sarah Thomas – in the 1861 census the house was occupied by Sarah Thomas.  Sarah Thomas was a widow aged 67 living with her daughter, Anne aged 22 and three lodgers.

We have been unable to trace Sarah’s marriage with John Thomas who was a gardener in Thornbury.  They had several children baptised in Thornbury: James Hopton Thomas baptised on 3rd February 1828, Sarah baptised on 26th February 1831, Charles baptised on 4th May 1834 and Anne baptised on 10th September 1837.

The 1851 census shows John and Sarah Thomas were living in St Mary Street.  John was a gardener aged 58 born in Bridgewater.  John died aged 69 and was buried on 18th March 1860.

On 2nd August 1856 when the trustees of Charles Gayner sold the property to William Henry Councell, it was described as ‘all those two messuages or tenements formerly in one site in Silver Street formerly known as Chipping Street in the respective occupations of John Thomas and (blank) with the bakehouse stable yard and premises thereunto adjoining and belonging‘.

John died aged 69 and was buried on 18th March 1860.

The 1871 census shows 5 Silver Street was occupied by Sarah Thomas and her married daughter and her family.  Sarah Thomas was a a widow aged 78 who was sharing the house with William Underhill a labourer aged 27, his wife Annie aged 29, their sons, William E. aged 3 and Frederick L. aged 3 months, and another married couple, James Sanigar a labourer aged 51 and Maria aged 50 from Almondsbury.  Sarah died aged 79 and was buried on 10th December 1871.

Gibbons – the 1876 rate book shows the house was occupied by someone called ‘Gibbons’.  In the 1871 Sarah Gibbons appears to be sharing the house next door at 7 Silver Street with Sarah Barnard.  Sarah Gibbons was a widowed laundress aged 64 living with her niece Priscilla a dressmaker aged 28.

Elizabeth Barton – the 1880 rate book shows the house occupied by Elizabeth Barton.  The 1881 census shows Elizabeth Barton was an unmarried annuitant aged 52 from Hill.  The 1885 rate book shows the house occupied by Miss Barton.

Elizabeth was baptised on 24th August 1828 at Hill.  She was the daughter of John Barton, a yeoman and his wife, Sarah.  The 1851 and 1861 censuses show Elizabeth was living with her parents at their 70 acre farm in Hill.  By the 1871 census her father was a widower aged 83 and Elizabeth was living with him, her unmarried brother Thomas and Maria Palmer aged 15 who may have been a niece.

Thomas Smith – the 1890 rate book shows the house was occupied by Thomas Smith.  The 1891 census shows Thomas was a carpenter aged 54 born in Thornbury living with his wife, Amelia aged 34 born in Bristol and their daughter, Gertrude Ann a domestic servant aged 15 born in Cardiff.  In the 1901 census the family were living in St Mary Street.  Thomas was a carpenter aged 61 and Amelia aged 44 living with their son, Thomas aged 10.  Click here to read more

Maurice Poulton – the 1894, 1899, 1905 and 1907 rate books show the house occupied by Maurice Poulton.  Click here to read more

The Williams – the 1911 census shows that Mark Williams and his son, Hector Williams were living in two rooms.  Mark was a widowed carpenter and wheelwright aged 73 born in Alveston.  Hector was also a carpenter and wheelwright, unmarried and aged 36.  Mark died in 1916 aged 79.

The 1918 electoral register lists Arthur Chandler Williams and Hector Williams living in Silver Street, presumably at 5 Silver Street.  The 1921 electoral register lists Arthur Chandler Williams, Arthur Graham Williams, Mary Selina Williams and Hector Williams all living in Silver Street.  ‘Graham Williams’ was living in 5 Silver Street when it was sold by the Councells on 17th May 1923.

Arthur Graham Williams was born in Alveston in 1869.  He was a son of Mark Williams, a carpenter of Alveston and his wife, Lucy.  Arthur married Mary Selina Chandler on April 18th 1892.  The 1901 Census shows the family living in Alveston.  ‘Graham’ was a carpenter aged 32 born in Alveston.  He was living with Mary Selina who was aged 32 born in Grosvenor Road, Bristol and their children: Kathleen Bella aged 8, Arthur Chandler aged 6, Nesala Lottie aged 4, John aged 2 and Francis aged 10 months.  They had a boarder Hector Williams, a postman and carpenter aged 26 born in Alveston.  The 1911 census shows the family living in Rangeworthy.  Graham was now a wheelwright and carpenter.  The census shows he and Mary Selina had had 10 children but five of those had died.  Arthur Chandler, John and Francis were still living with their parents.

From the 1927 register, only Graham is listed and he was living in Chapel Street.  He died in 1936 aged 66.

Click here to read about the OWNERs of the property, many of whom also lived there