Family of Frederick Bridge of East Kent, 1848-1915
Frederick Bridge age 25? Frederick Bridge age 60

Two studio portraits of Frederick Bridge.

Ivy, Amy, Fredk., Olive, Ianthe (sitting)

The first picture of Frederick was in Walter Bridge's album, the second was given to me by Ianthe Bridge. The family group is a small snapshot now belonging to James Holdstock.

date location record name description note
16 Dec 1849 Ashford (Beaver) Birth Frederick Bridge son of James & Anne (Family bible)
3 Apr 1881 Richborough, Ash next Sandwich, Kent Census RG11 993/45 #52 Frederick Bridge head, unm. farmer's asst. (bailiff) 32, b. Kent, Ashford
Annie Bridge sister, unm. housekeeper 30, b. Kent, Ashford
Oct-Dec 1887 Eastry Marriage Index Frederick Bridges & Amy Jane Cornes vol 2a/1765
5 Apr 1891 Mongeham St., Great Mongeham, Eastry, Kent Census RG12 739/108 #118 Frederick Bridge head, auctioneer's assistant 41, b. Kent, Ashford
Amy J Bridge wife 30, b. Kent, Woodnesboro'
Olive A Bridge daughter 10 mo, b. Kent, Gt Mongeham
3 Mar 1901 Aylesham Farm, Womenswold, Kent Census RG13 791/67 #15 Frederick Bridge head, farmer, employer 52, b. Kent, Ashford
Amy J Bridge wife 40, b. Kent, Woodnesboro'
Olive A Bridge daughter 10, b. Kent, Gt Mongeham
Ivy K Bridge daughter 9, b. Kent, Gt Mongeham
1902 Thanet Birth Ianthe Elvy Bridge dau. of Fredk. & Amy
2 Apr 1911 Chillenden Court, nr. Canterbury, Kent Census
RG14 4561 64.3.2 #26
Frederick Bridge farmer 62, b. Kent, Ashford
Amy Jane Bridge wife, marr. 23 yrs 50, b. Kent, Woodnesboro
Ivy Kate Bridge dau. s., housework 19, b. Kent, Womenswold
Ianthe Elvy Bridge dau. s., 9, b. Kent, Womenswold
Walter George Bridge nephew 1, b. Pretoria, Transvaal, S. Africa
Walter's mother Mary was in a nursing home at the time
Jul - Sep 1917 Canterbury RD Marriage Index Olive A Bridge & Ernest H Holdstock vol 2a/2131
Mar 1920 St. Peter's Lane, Canterbury Amy Bridge purchased "The Red House" for herself and her two unmarried daughters, for the sum of £430/3/7d. Ianthe kept the cleared banker's draft and gave it to me around 1980. At the bottom is the note a/c A J Bridge showing that the money came from Amy's account, not her husband's. (The payee C A Gardner was a solicitor acting for the seller; John Galt was the manager of Amy's bank.)
Jul - Sep 1920 Canterbury Death Index Frederick Bridge age 71 vol 2a/879
Jul - Sep 1950 Canterbury Death Index Amy J Bridge age 90 vol 5B/206

After their mother's death Ivy and Ianthe invited my mother to visit and we stayed with them in the Red House in the summer of 1951. My grandfather had also visited and Ianthe told a story of how "Uncle Walter" (age 80+) crossed the main road by waving his stick at the cars and walking straight across.

Later when I came to live in Kent I got to know Ianthe well. She told me that her father had effectively lost his farm when the first Kent collieries opened in 1913; the wages on offer were double the going rate for farm-workers and all his men quit to work in the new mine. This may explain why it was Amy who purchased the Red House, if she had some money of her own.

Ianthe was also convinced that Sir Frederick Bridge was a cousin, all the more so because she was a musician herself. She described how as a girl her father had taken her to hear the great man give a recital on the organ in the parish church. However, he had not ventured to introduce himself. I have not been able to discover any relationship.

Olive with John and Binty

  • Olive BRIDGE 1890-1969 m. Ernest HOLDSTOCK 1866-1949
  • +>John HOLDSTOCK 1918 m. Janet SKINNER
  • |+>Henry John HOLDSTOCK 1947 m. Mandy
  • ||+>Daniel, Hannah and 2 more
  • |+>Gregory HOLDSTOCK 1949 m. Joan
  • ||+>Harry and Jack
  • |+>Peter James HOLDSTOCK 1954 m. Clare
  • |+>Alice, Verity and George
  • +>May Christine (Binty) HOLDSTOCK 1919, unm.

John & Janet, Olive, Ernest and Henry

Family of Horace Bridge of Sydney, Australia 1857-1946
Horace Bridge Horace in old age The old dandy

Two studio portraits of Horace Bridge and a remarkable pair of pictures of him taken 50 years apart.

On the back of the picture of the young dandy is written in pencil "HB 50 years ago"; however, the two prints seem to have been made at the same time, since the they are the same size and on the same glossy paper. Probably they were made as a pair, copying a 50 year old portrait and with deliberate irony photographing the old man in the same pose. These two copies were sent to someone in Frederick's family in England.

date location record name description note
19 Feb 1857 Ashford (Beaver) Birth Horace Bridge son of James & Anne (Family bible)
1879-1882 Studio of J S Hazard, Clapham, London Photograph

The first portrait of the young Horace came from the album kept by his brother Walter and is a carte de visite from a studio in Clapham. The design on the back boasts of an award given in 1789 and Horace emigrated in 1882 so the picture must have been taken between these dates.

The hand-written inscription "This belongs to Cinderella ..." must refer to his sister Olive.

3 Apr 1881 23 Dungannon Terr., Fulham, London Census RG11 71/103 #73 Herbert Gardner head (with family), manager of grocery business 29, b. N Mimms, Herts
Horace Bridge boarder, grocer's clerk 24, b. Kent, Ashford
25 May 1882 Sydney, New South Wales Passenger list for the Lusitania Horace Bridge unassisted immigrant 2nd class (1 of 8; most were 3rd class
3 Feb 1890 Wesleyan ch., Wickham, NSW Marriage reg. 1890/4031 Horace Bridge, son of James (farmer) & Mary Adelaide Corry, dau. of Arthur (confectioner) HB 32, b. England, grocer
MAC 22, b. NSW
1890 Woollahra, NSW Birth Harold H Bridge #38379/1890
1893 Woollahra, NSW Birth Hilda M Bridge #39638/1893
1896 Paddington, NSW Birth Clarisse V Bridge #15348/1896
1891-1906 Denison St., Woollahra, NSW Sand's Directory of NSW Horace Bridge In '06 house number is 20 Woollahra is a suburb of Sydney
1907-14 70 Holdsworth St., Woollahra, NSW Sand's Directory of NSW Horace Bridge

Horace's children, Hilda, Harold and Clarisse and, on the right a picture of Hilda and Clarisse that was sent to my mother. After WW2, when shipping came back to normal but rationing was still in force in England, Hilda used to send parcels of goodies to my mother. They continued to exchange letters and cards for some 20 years.

Jan 1915 Sydney, NSW Letter Horace Bridge Letter to the Ashford Institute (see above)
1924 Brown St., Bronte, NSW Sand's Directory of NSW Horace Bridge Bronte and Bondi are also suburbs of Sydney, near Woollahra
1930 36, Sir Thomas Mitchell Rd., Bondi North NSW NSW Electoral Register Horace Bridge agent
Mary Adelaide Bridge keeping house
Hilda Maude Bridge photographer
Clarice Virginia Bridge keeping house
1933 Waverley, NSW Death Mary A Bridge dau. of Arthur & Mary A #4029/1933
1933 36, Sir Thomas Mitchell Rd., Bondi North NSW NSW Electoral Register Horace Bridge agent
Hilda Maude Bridge photographer
Clarice Virginia Bridge keeping house
1936, '37 and '43 1 Brown St., Bronte, NSW NSW Electoral Register Horace Bridge
Hilda Maude Bridge photographer
Clarice Virginia Bridge keeping house
1946 Waverley, NSW Death Horace Bridge son of James & Ann #22537/1946
1949, '54 51 Stanmore Rd., Stanmore NSW Electoral Register Hilda Maude Bridge photographer
Clarisse Virginia Bridge also reg. in Bronte
1973 NSW Death Clarisso Virginia Bridge dau. of Horace & Mary Adelaide #54564/1973
1978 NSW Death Hilda Bridge dau. of Horace & Adelaide #2951/1978
1911 Paddington, NSW Marriage Harold H Bridge & Vera L Hallett #10225/1911
1924 Yass, NSW Sand's Directory Harold Horace Bridge Stubbs & Co.
1930 Lead St., Yass NSW Electoral Register Harold Horace Bridge stock & station agent Harold and Vera were divorced later
Vera Lottie Bridge
1936, '37 and '43 Lead St., Yass NSW Electoral Register Harold Horace Bridge stock & station agent Amanda must be Harold's adopted daughter, who later married
Amanda Bridge
1949 1 Brown St., Bronte NSW Electoral Register Harold Horace Bridge agent This had been his father's house. Clarice was registered in two districts
Clarice Virginia Bridge
1949 Mosman, NSW Marriage Harold H Bridge & Annie Ruby Gilbert #17923/1949
1954 20 Flood St., Bondi NSW Electoral Register Harold Horace Bridge agent
Anne Ruby Bridge
17 Dec 1964 20 Flood St., Bondi Letter to NJB from Harold Congratulations and Christmas greetings. Said he had received a letter from cousin Clayton Allsop of Paarl: "Full of family news but nothing political or contentious. Possibly afraid of the Gestapo." (This was the time of apartheid under the Verwoerd government.)
Also gave ages of himself and his sisters (74, 70 and 68). No mention of Annie.
19 Dec 1965 51 Stanmore Rd., Stanmore, NSW Letters to NJB Christmas greetings from Harold and from Hilda, who mentioned her (adoptive) niece and family.
1972 Sydney, NSW Death Harold Bridge son of Horace & Adelaide #5491/1972
Family of George Bridge of Tenterden, 1802-
date location record name description note
3 Feb 1807   Birth George Bridge son of James Family Bible
Apr-Jun 1837 Tenterden Marriage Index George Bridge & Stephanana Wincer vol 5/399
1837 Tenterden West Kent Poll book George Bridge also 1847 and 1852
1847 Ashbourne Mills, Tenterden Bagshaw's Directory George Bridge corn miller
30 Mar 1851 Ashbourne Mill
Tenterden Kent
Census HO107 1620/239 #176 George Bridge head; miller and farmer (103 ac, 6 men) 44, b. Kent, Ashford
Stephana Bridge wife 35, b. Kent, Rolvenden
Mary Bridge dau., scholar 11, b. Kent, Tenterden
George Bridge son, scholar 9, b. Kent, Tenterden
Thomas James Bridge son, scholar 8, b. Kent, Tenterden
Walter Jesse Bridge son, scholar 6, b. Kent, Tenterden
Ann Elizabeth Winsor visitor, widow 59, b. Kent, Sandhurst
Emily Winsor visitor 24, b. Kent, Rolvenden
plus two assistant millers
Apr-Jun 1853 Tenterden Death Index Stephana Bridge vol 2a/311
After the death of his wife George moved to Sevenoaks where for a time he ran the Greatness Mill in partnership with David Pryer, whose great great grandson Roger has recently found these pages and sent me some extra information about the mill, including the fact that the 1871 census showed that George had returned to farming. (Due to a transcription error this entry had not been indexed correctly and my on-line searches had not found it.)
7 Apr 1861 Greatness Mill, Greatness, nr. Sevenoaks, Kent Census RG9 488/93 #60 George Bridge Head, widower, Miller 50, b. Kent, Ashford
Mary Bridge dau., unm. 21, b. Kent, Tenterden
George Bridge son, unm., Clerk Miller 19, b. Kent, Tenterden
Thomas J Bridge son, unm., Miller Son 18, b. Kent, Tenterden
Emily Bridge dau., scholar 8, b. Kent, Tenterden
Emily Winsor sister-in-law, unm., housekeeper 30, b. Kent, Rolvenden
7 Apr 1861 Market Sq, Aylesbury, Bucks. Census RG9 866/9 #41 Walter White Head, mar, bookseller 62, b. Bucks. Aylesbury
Walter Jesse Bridge apprentice (bookseller), miller's son 16, b. Kent, Tenterden
1865 Greatness, Sevenoaks W. Kent Poll bk George Bridge
1868 Stidolph's Heath, Sevenoaks W. Kent Poll bk George Bridge
2 Apr 1871 Wilderness Farm, nr. Sevenoaks, Kent Census RG10 922/94 #136 George Bridge Head, widower, Farmer (200 ac, empl. 9 men & 6 boys) 64, b. Kent, Ashford
Thomas James Bridge son, unm. 28, b. Kent, Tenterden
Emily Winsor relative, unm. 39, b. Kent, Rolvenden
Helen Winsor relative., unm. 22, b. Kent, Rolvenden
Caroline Ford servant (domestic) 21, b. Kent, Sevenoaks
John Richardson servant 16, b. Kent, Sevenoaks
6 Apr 1871 Sevenoaks Death Index Thomas James Bridge age 28 vol 2a/293

Thomas was killed in an accident; Ianthe Bridge recalled that her father Frederick had gone to help his uncle at that time. The other two sons had moved away.

Roger Pryer also sent me a photograph of George's son Tom that must originally have been kept by David Pryer's wife. The picture turned out to be identical to this one, which is from the album belonging to my grandfather (Walter), not labelled but better preserved. The back is blank, as expected for an early photograph (say, 1860-65).

Oct-Dec 1875 Sevenoaks Death Index George Bridge age 68 vol 3a/330
Sons of George Bridge
2 Apr 1871 Brackley Cottage, Beckenham, Kent Census RG10 872/36 #167 George Bridge Head, unm, BA Schoolmaster 29, b. Kent, Tenterden
with several assistants, servants and 21 resident pupils
3 Apr 1881 52 Hamilton Rd, Preston Sussex. Census RG11 1099/34 #63 George Bridge head, unm., Curate of St. James Darlington 39, b. Kent, Tenterden
Ferdinand Avery boarder 19, b. Paris, France
Jane Whiskard housekeeper 40, b. London, Mddx
5 Apr 1891 The Rectory, Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire Census RG12 1255/103 #76 George Bridge head, unm., clerk in Holy Orders. 49, b. Kent, Tenterden
Lady June StMain boarder, own means 85, b. unknown, imbecile
Hon Fred Methuen boarder, own means 39, b. Italy
Charlotte Johnson visitor, own means 59, b. Kent, Goudhurst
also a cook and 2 housemaids
31 Mar 1901 The Rectory, Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire Census RG13 1497/98 #102 George Bridge head, unm., Clergyman, C. of E. 59, b. Kent, Tenterden
Annie Bridge cousin, district visitor preacher 49, b. Ashford, Kent
Frederick P. Methuen boarder, no occupation 49, b. Wilts, Corsham
also a cook and 2 housemaids
2 Apr 1911 46 Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells, Kent Census
RG14 4808 50.1.9 #180
George Bridge head, single, clergyman (retired) est. church 69, b. Kent, Tenterden
Annie Bridge cousin, single, private means 60, b. Kent , Tenterden
Frederick Paul Methuen boarder, single, private means 59, Wilts., Corsham
also a general servant
7 Apr 1861 Market Squ., Aylesbury, Bucks Census RG9 866/9 #41 William White mar., bookseller 62, b. Bucks., Aylesbury
Walter Jesse Bridge apprentice, miller's son 16, b. Kent, Tenterden
2 Apr 1871 9 Railway Terrace, Kensington, London Census RG10 44 p82 #457 Walter Jesse Bridge Head, unm, stationer 29, b. Kent, Tenterden
Jane Winsor visitor, unm. 28, b. Kent, Rolvenden
Harriett Smith servant, unm. 26, b. Kent, Goudhurst
5 Apr 1891 7 the Quadrant, Kew Rd, Richmond, Surrey Census
RG12 620/50 #36
Walter J Bridge single, stationer 57, b. Kent, Tenterden
Jane G Ward wid., Nurse (sick) 29, b. London, King's Cross
13 Aug 1909 11 Milverton Terrace, Leamington Letter from Walter J Bridge (c/o E Orford Smith Esq) to Tanfield cousins in South Africa. Seemingly a man of leisure and evidently a confirmed bachelor. He refers to the Winsor-Lord family (his mother's family) and to cousins in South Africa but not by name.
2 Apr 1911 4 Clarendon Crescent, Leamington Warwickshire Census RG14 18746 393.2.17 #117 Edward Orford Smith retired solicitor, private means 69, b. Kent, New Romney
Walter Jesse Bridge invalid attendant 66, Kent, Tenterden
also Mr. Smith's wife and daughter and three domestic servants
Family of William Bridge of Birmingham, 1812-1890
date location record name description note
29 Apr 1812   Birth William Bridge son of James Family Bible
Oct-Dec 1837 Romney Marsh Marriage Index William Bridge & Louisa Wiles vol 5/560
25 Aug 1839 New Romney Baptism Mary Jane Bridge William & Louisa cabinet maker
17 Feb 1841 New Romney Baptism Elizabeth Bridge William & Louisa cabinet maker
6 Jun 1841 Town and Port of New Romney, Kent Census HO107 479.6/10 p13 William Bridge Head, upholsterer 25, b. Kent
Louisa Bridge 20, b. Kent
Mary Bridge 1, b. Kent
Elizabeth Bridge 3 mo, b. Kent
Robert Bridge Apprentice 15, b. Kent
Probably William's nephew Robert 6, later a cabinet maker in Ashford. Ages were deliberately rounded down to the nearest multiple of 5.
24 Dec 1843 New Romney Baptism Louisa Bridge William & Louisa cabinet maker
24 Feb 1846 New Romney Baptism Sarah Ann Bridge William & Louisa cabinet maker
30 Mar 1851 26 Ryland St
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Census HO107 2051/96 #40 William Bridge head; upholsterer 38, b. Kent, Ashford
Louisa Bridge wife 32, b. Kent, New Romney
Mary Jane Bridge daughter 12, b. Kent, New Romney
Elizabeth Bridge daughter 10, b. Kent, New Romney
Louisa Bridge daughter 6, b. Kent, New Romney
Phoebe Bridge daughter 2, b. Kent, Ashford
Sarah Julian visitor, dress maker 37, b. Notts, Colston Bassett
7 Apr 1861 Morvilla St, Ladywood, Birmingham Census RG9 2129/92 #200 William Bridge Head, mar, cabinet maker 49, b. Ashford, Kent
Henry Cladish son-in-law, gardener 27, b. St Nicholas, Isle of Thanet
Elizabeth Cladish dau, upholstress 20, b. New Romney, Kent
Phebe Bridge dau, scholar 12, b. Ashford, Kent
William Bridge son, scholar 9, b. Birmingham, Warks
Sarah Anne Bridge dau., scholar 6, b. Dudley, Worcs
Laura Bridge daughter 2, b. Birmingham, Warks
7 Apr 1861 The General Hospital, St George, Birmingham Census RG9 2156/25 p3 line 16 Louise Bridge Unmarried, housewife 42, b. Kent, Rowley
Several errors in this return: "Louise", Rowley (no such place in Kent), "unmarried housewife". Higher in the same column (marital status) there is an entry of "unmarried" with ditto marks on the lines beneath, down to the line for Louise, where the word has been repeated. Most likely she was in hospital for a difficult childbirth.
2 Apr 1871 10 Icknield Port Rd, Birmingham Census RG10 3096/55 #14 William Bridge Head, cabinet maker 58, b. Kent, Ashford
Louisa Bridge wife 51, b. Kent, New Romney
Mary Jane Bridge dau, unm. upholstress 31, b. Kent, New Romney
Phoebe Bridge dau, unm. bridle stitcher 22, b. Kent, Ashford
Sarah A Bridge dau., warehouse assistant 16, b. Worcs, Dudley
Laura Bridge dau. scholar 12, b. Warks, Birmingham
Jul-Sep 1883 King's Norton Death Index Louisa Bridge age 64 vol 6c/219
Jan-Mar 1890 Chorley, Lancs Death Index William Bridge age 79 vol 8c/625
William Bridge junior
2 Apr 1871 Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, Glos. Census RG10 2667/54 p17 line 19 William Bridge scholar 19, b. Warks, B'ham
Oct-Dec 1878 West Bromwich Marriage Index William Bridge & Mary Kate Barber vol 6b/1057
about 1880 Silas Eastham, 100 Lord St., Southport Carte de visite in Walter Bridge's album

Not identified but possibly William Bridge junior. The photographer came from Manchester and did at some stage have a studio there as well as in Southport. Alternatively, the picture might have been taken during a seaside holiday.

3 Apr 1881 11, Brighton Rd, King's Norton, Worcestershire Census RG11 2947/84 #35 William Bridge head, schoolmaster 28, b. Warwick, B'ham
Mary Kate Bridge wife 24, b. Warwick, B'ham
William Bridge son 19 mo, b. Worcs, King's Norton
William Bridge father, cabinet maker 68, b. Kent, Ashford
Louisa Bridge wife (of William sen.) 63, b. Kent, New Romney
Laura Bridge sister, unm. upholstress 22, b. Warwick, B'ham
5 Apr 1891 18, Hawthorn Grove, Heaton Norris, Lancashire Census RG12 2795/104 #28 William Bridge head, art master 39, b. Warks, Birmingham
Mary Kate Bridge wife 36, b. Warks, Birmingham
William Bridge son 11, b. Worcs, Sparkbrook
Mary Kate Bridge daughter 6, b. Worcs, King's Heath
Leonard James Bridge son 2, b. (blank)
31 Mar 1901 20 Norris Bank Terrace, Heaton Norris, Lancaster Census RG13 3288/93 #180 William Bridge head, artist (painter) (own account) 49, b. Warks, B'ham
Mary Kate Bridge wife 47, b. Warks, B'ham
William Bridge son, woodcarver 21, b. Warks, B'ham
Mary Kate Bridge daughter 16, b. Warks, B'ham
Leonard J Bridge son 12, b. Warks, B'ham
Harry W Bridge son 4, b. Lancs, Heaton Mersey
Winifred W Bridge daughter 2, b. Lancs, Heaton Norris
Harriet Patrick boarder, unm., own means 42, b. Oxon, Chipping Norton
2 Apr 1911 20 Norris Bank, Dedsbury Rd., Stockport Census RG14 21425 443.7.7 #357 Mary Kate Bridge head, widow 55, b. Warks, B'ham
William Bridge son, letterpress woodcutter 31, b. Warks, B'ham
Mary Kate Bridge dau., drapery warehouse asst. 27, b. Warks, B'ham
Leonard James Bridge son, joiner 23, b. Warks, B'ham
Harry Wiles Bridge son, office boy 14, b. Lancs, Heaton Mersey
Winifred Wiles Bridge dau., school 13, b. Lancs, Heaton Norris
Harriet Patrick boarder, unm., charwoman 56, b. Warks, Little Compton