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London and Middlesex / Re: Brentford Petty Sessions and Inebriate Reformatories?
« on: Friday 24 January 20 12:15 GMT (UK)  »

I just found out that my Great Grandfather was sentenced to 3 years in a 'certified inebriate reformatory' convicted at the court of Brentford Petty Sessions. I was wondering if anyone knew how I might be able to find out where he was sent?



I’m not sure if you are aware that registers of ‘habitual drunkards’ are available on Find My Past. They contain brief descriptions of those convicted under The Inebriates Act and photos of the individuals.

Gary Barnett

Virginia Street originally ran from the Highway/East Smithfield down to Wapping. Most of it was demolished when the London Docks were constructed around 1800. At that time, the whole of the southern side of Pennington Street also disappeared. All that was left of Virginia Street was the small section from its junction with Pennington Street up to the Highway/East Smithfield.

Along one side of it ran the London Docks wall and the other was taken up by a sugar refinery initially and then a wool warehouse. The reason it does not appear in the census is that there were no residential properties in it at the time.

England / Re: DAVYS Victorian FAMILY ALBUM now sold
« on: Tuesday 26 November 19 12:26 GMT (UK)  »

I am researching a family named Pitts who lived in the Peterborough Minster precincts in the mid-19th century. The head of the household, Charles Pitts, was described as a servant and on one occasion, while resident in the precincts as a footman. I suspect Charles may have been employed by a senior cleric in Peterborough, possibly the Bishop himself.

In 1860 or 1861, one of Charles’ daughters moved to Leicester where she married a carpenter named Joseph Kinsey.

I’m intrigued by the possibility that at some point Alice may have been employed as a servant in the household of Edmund Davys and may be one of the servants in the photo mentioned above.

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