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Merton Place



In 1809 William and Sarah Dorrington (licensee of the "Richard I") lived at No 1 Gales Row, Straitsmouth. Their son William later lived at No 3, John at No 4 and, in 1842, their daughter Emma’s son, Alfred Boultwood was born at No 2.

Emma’s husband, Thomas Boultwood, later became a beer retailer in Merton Place, Lewisham.


In 1848 Thomas and Emma Boultwood were living in Lewisham, when a daughter, Harriet, was born. Her birth certificate gives her parents’ address as Merton Place, Lewisham, and Thomas’s occupation as “beer shop owner”. The Piggot’s directory for 1847 has Thomas Boltwood running a beer shop in Martin Place which I assume is a misspelling.


The London Gazette of June 10 1862.

Thomas Boultwood, late of Merton-place, Lewisham, in the county of Kent, Beershop Keeper; House Agent, and Distraining Broker, and now of No. 7, Mina-road, Old Kent-road, in the county of Surrey, out of business,- having been adjudged bankrupt under a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy, filed in Her Majesty's Court of Bankruptcy, in London, on the 3rd day of June, 1862, is hereby required to surrender himself to John Fisher Miller, Esq., a Registrar of the said Court, at the first meeting of creditors to be held before the said Registrar, on the' 24th day of June instant”



Less than two months later, on July 29, another article appeared saying Thomas Boultwood had been discharged from bankruptcy.

Emma appears to have died in the next few years and Thomas was placed in the Lewisham workhouse as a pauper.

In 1871 Thomas Boultwood, beer house keeper aged 69 was in the Lewisham Workhouse. The following year he was admitted to the Kent Asylum, possibly due to dementia, where he died in July 1873.



BOULTWOOD Thomas 1848-62


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