Baker, Mrs Gladys, nee Brewster

Notes on Mrs Gladys Baker (nee Brewster), born c 1897

For interviews with Mrs Baker, nee Brewster,see interview tapes 17 and 64
.

Family tree of the Brewsters and Mrs Baker
Above: family tree of the Brewsters and Mrs Baker

Notes on Mrs Gladys Baker

Residences
First on west side of Maldon Road, south of what is now number 4, at saddler and harness maker’s shop with parents.
Next on east side of Maldon Road at what is now number 25, saddler and harness maker’s shop with parents.
In 1930 at 4 Guithavon Street with parents
When married, at 29 Avenue Road for the rest of her life.
Except spent five years during Second World War from July 1939, in New Zealand, because were there for six month holiday when war broke out.

Relatives
Parents stayed at the saddler’s shop till after the Second World War.
Uncle was Mr Glover who had the cycle / motor shop at 38 Collingwood Road. Three Glovers men married three Brewsters.

School
Miss Bird’s private school in Newland Street till about eight, then to the National School in Guithavon Street.

Work
No regular work – helped at home.
First World War – drove baker’s delivery horse and cart for Ardley’s at 137 Newland Street. Wore trousers which caused some concern amongst the inhabitants.

Married
1930 or 1931 at Witham parish church, Harry Edward Baker, born c 1872. Son of the Baker who had Baker’s builders of Danbury and born in Danbury. He had been in Canada and Australia as a young man. and then spent 24 years in New Zealand as a builder. Died in 1954 aged 82.

Children
None.

Died
September 1991 aged 94.

Niece Mrs S Sharpe, 69 Moorland Park View, Walton, Chesterfield, Derby

Extracts from relevant documents

Directories
Year    Original entry
1874    Brewster Alfred James, shopkeeper
1882    Brewster Alfred James, shopkeeper
1886    Brewster Alfred Jas. shopkpr. & saddler
1890    Brewster Alfred James, saddler
1895    Brewster Alfred James, saddler
1899    Brewster Alfred Jas. saddlr. Maldon rd
1902    Brewster Alfred Jas. saddlr. Maldon rd
1906    Brewster Alfred Jas. saddlr. Maldon rd
1908    Brewster Alfred James, saddler & shopkeeper, Maldon road
1910    Brewster Alfd J & Son, saddlers, Maldon road
1912    Brewster Alfd. J. & Son, saddlers, Maldon road
1914    Brewster Alfd. J & Son, saddlers, Maldon road
1917    Brewster Alfred J. & Son, saddlers, Maldon road
1922    Brewster Alfred J. & Son; saddlers, Maldon road
1926    Brewster Ernest Alfred, saddler, 25 Maldon road
1929    Brewster Ernest Alfred, saddler, 25 Maldon road
1933    Brewster Ernest Alfred, saddler, 25 Maldon road
1937    Brewster Ernest Alfred, saddler, 25 Maldon road

1891 census
RG 12/1423, f.27, p.23, schedule 147, Maldon Road
Alfred J Brewster    Head    Mar    44    Harness maker (employer)    born Essex, Boreham
Annie Brewster    Wife    Mar    45        born Essex, Witham
Ernest A Brewster    Son    S    19    Harness maker  (employed)    born Essex, WItham
Eleanor L Brewster    Dau    S    17    Dressmaker    born Essex, WItham
Annie E Brewster    Dau        12    Scholar    born Essex, WItham
Elsie M Brewster    Dau        6    Scholar    born Essex, WItham
Frederick M? Brewster    Nephew        2        born Essex, South Weald

1901 census
RG 13/1725, f.30, p.22, schedule 158, Maldon Road
Ernest Alfred Brewster    Head    M    29    Harness maker (worker)    born Essex, Witham
Emily Mary Brewster    Wife    M    29        born Essex, Hatfield Peverel
Gladys M Brewster    Dau        3        born Essex, Witham
Alfred E Brewster    Son        2        born Essex, Witham

1901 census
RG 13/1725, f.27, p.16, schedule 104, Maldon Road
Alfred Brewster    Head    Mar    54    Harness maker (employer)    born Essex, Boreham
Annie Brewster    Wife    Mar    55        born Essex, Witham
Elsie M Brewster    Dau        16        born Essex, Witham

1930 Electoral register, 4 Guithavon Street
Ernest Alfred Brewster
Emily Mary Brewster
Gladys May Brewster

1938 Electoral register, 29 the Avenue
Baker, Harry Edward
Baker, Gladys May

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