Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Henry John Langridge

I know little about this man. Chailey Parish Magazine notes in January 1916 that Henry J Langridge has attested but is medically unfit. It later mentions Langridge, Gunner H, RGA, England but I believe this to be Herbert Langridge who is commemorated elsewhere on this blog.

Henry J Langridge is probably Henry John Langridge who was born at Maresfield, Sussex around 1882 and who, at the time the 1891 census was taken, was living with his family at Maresfield Street, Maresfield. The household comprised Adam Langridge (aged 53, a general labourer born in Fletching), his wife Mary Langridge (nee Waite, aged 51, a laundress) and Henry (a ten year old scholar). Fifteen year old Jessie Frances Billings (a laundress’s assistant) was also living with the family.

By the time the 1901 census was taken, the family was living in Maresfield village, Henry (aged 19) recorded as a bricklayer’s labourer. Mary Waite (aged 22, Adam Langridge’s niece and also recorded as a laundress), was living with the family as well.

Henry was certainly not the only child. The 1881 census return records George Langridge (aged 18) and Annie Langridge (aged 11) while the 1871 census notes a six year old Mary Langridge (although Anne is also recorded as being six years old).

By the time the 1911 census was taken, 29-year-old Henry was married and living at 4 Longhurst Cottages, Chailey with his 30-year-old wife, Fanny Limber Langridge and their two children: Mary Elizabeth Langridge (aged six), and Francis Henry Joseph Langridge (aged one). Henry's trade is given as an assurance agent for the Prudential.

Photo, courtesy of Google, shows Longhurst Cottages, North Chailey today (2014).

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