Item posted on: 18/07/2008
Name: ALDRIDGE Location: NEWARK
Post: My Great Great Grandfather was John Aldridge who together with his wife Ann lived in Eydon. John Aldridge was a butler and before moving to Eydon was Butler to the Bishop of Fulham.
He died in South Weald Essex, (where his father lived) in 1851 aged 39 years so this is why perhaps Ann Aldridge ran a Laundry business as she had 6 children to support. When she died it was run by her daughter Frances who was married to John Broomfield. Out of the six children only Frances and Elizabeth stayed in Eydon.
Moderator's Comments: Ann (and possibly John) Aldridge lived in what is now 1 Doctors Lane, Eydon. When John died and Ann had to support herself and her family, she started the laundry in a small cottage in a court next door.
When this burnt down in 1905, (see KL001) it moved to the other side of Ann's house, now 2 Doctors Lane, where it continued into the middle of the 20th century.