Arthur Baldock (1854-1915)

Arthur Baldock was born in Congerstone, Leicestershire to parents Charles and Fanny. His father was in 1861[1], a wheelwright, employing 2 boys, and his mother a dressmaker. Ten years later[2], still living in Congerstone, Arthur, aged 17, was an apprentice carpenter. Presumably to his father, who was now described as both a “carpenter and cottage farmer of 3 acres”; his mother was still dressmaking.

Albert married Mary Ann Scruton in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire in 1879 and they appeared to have then moved to Langton, Leicestershire, where their first daughter was born. By the 1881 census they were living in The Avenue[3], Loughborough and Arthur was working as a joiner, presumably with the firm; rising to become foreman of the joiner’s shop prior to 1891[4]. By 1885[5], the family had moved to No. 11, Charnwood Road, a newly built large double fronted detached brick-built property, standing in the corner of a large plot of about ⅕ of an acre[6], fronting onto Middleton Place[7] and Charnwood Road.

 

No. 11, Charnwood Road, Loughborough
No. 11, Charnwood Road, Loughborough

The couple had four children, Caroline Nellie, born in 1880 in Langton, who died unmarried in 1961, aged 80, whilst living in Loughborough; Charlie Herbert, born in Loughborough in 1883, who died in 1963, also aged 80 and, again, living in Loughborough; Alfred, born in 1888, who died aged nine months on 7th March 1889[8]; Winifred Elsie, born in Loughborough in 1891, married Thomas G. Fry in Loughborough in 1916 and died a few months before her mother in 1919, whilst living in Kent.

Albert died on 21st January 1915, aged 61, still living at No. 11, Charnwood Road. In his will[9] dated almost twenty years earlier, he left his entire estate, valued at £1,110 15s. 6d.[10], to his wife, who continued living in Charnwood Road[11] until her death four years later, on 23rd July 1919, aged 65. Mary Ann left an estate valued at £1,158 12s. 1d. appointing Charles Herbert, a solicitor’s clerk at Messrs. Moss & Taylor, Wood Gate and Caroline Nellie (a spinster) her executors and trustees[12]. In her will, Caroline Nellie received £50 free of all duties whilst the remainder of the estate was to be converted into cash, placed in trust and divided equally between the two remaining siblings. The will also stipulated that the trust should purchase, wither by auction or privately, the adjacent semi-detached property, No. 3, Charnwood Road, where Charles was then living[13].

 

Nos. 1 (right) & 3 (left), Charnwood Road, Loughborough
Nos. 1 (right) & 3 (left), Charnwood Road, Loughborough

 

References:

  1. Census Return.
  2. 1871 Census Return.
  3. Now part of Gladstone Street, it was originally the road that extended WNW beyond Gladstone Street’s junction with Lower Gladstone Street.
  4. Census Return.
  5. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1885.
  6. Approximately 800 sq. metres.
  7. At the time known as Middleton Park Place.
  8. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 16th March 1889.
  9. Leicestershire Record Office.
  10. Probate Records.
  11. Originally known as Charnwood Park Place.
  12. Probate Records.
  13. Leicestershire Record Office.