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  • ID: I0005
  • Name: Alfred Thomas Lapham
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 OCT 1872 in 15 Campbell Street Bristol BS2 8XE Clifton Dec 1872 6a 78 AML BB "Daddy"
  • Death: 30 JUL 1961 in Sun 1830 Thornbury Hospital (Alison and Norah there) HBW 1
  • Event: Tenor voice Sang in Church choir
  • Event: Wright's Bristol Dir. 1901 tailor, 132 Cheltenham Road
  • Event: Census Index 1891 (St James and St Paul-Out, Horfield)
  • Event: Census Index 1891 Alfred Thomas 18 yrs 1973 2 69
  • Burial: AFT 30 JUL 1961 Grave 64 Dark Blue AB , Canford Cemetery, Westbury-On-Trym, Bristol
  • Event: Kelly's 1906 Rougemont, Filton Glos
  • Event: Birth registered 12 NOV 1872 Ashley Gloucestershire
  • Event: Freemason 5 DEC 1906 St Andrews Lodge 2541 Avonmouth
  • Event: Freemason 3 OCT 1906
  • Event: Freemason 25 JAN 1907 Alfreduno T Lapham 568
  • Event: Freemason 25 JAN 1907 recorded Grand Lodge London
  • Event: Lived BEF 1924 Rostellan House Filton
  • Event: Lived BET 1924 AND 1929 Highwood near Charlton
  • Event: Lived 1929 Frampton Cotterell alone
  • Event: Sold 1929 Highgate to Filton Aircraft Co.
  • Event: Census 1891 1891 Clothier's apprentice
  • Will: 17 DEC 1957
  • Reference Number: 5
  • Note:
    Dwelling:120 City Road
    Census Place:Bristol St James & St Paul Out, Gloucester, England
    Source:FHL Film 1341598 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2486 Folio 72 Page 28
    Alfred LAPHAMM38 MBristol City & County
    Fanny B. LAPHAMM40 FPitchcombe, Gloucester, England
    Alfred T. LAPHAM 8 MBristol City & County
    Alice A. LAPHAM 4 FBristol City & County

    From the information someone else found you above, I looked at the
    1851 Census - the following could be your Alfred.

    BRISTOL, St. Peter 1851 Census
    P.R.O. Reference # H.O. 107/1948
    Narrow Wine Street
    LAPHAM Elizabeth Widow/er 43 ? Waist coat Maker Carmarthen Wales
    Elizabeth 17 Waistcots Bristol
    Sarah 15 Waistcoats Bristol
    Alfred 8 Scholar Bristol
    Elizabeth 4 Scholar Bristol

    I haven't got the 1841 Census to check the name of Alfred's father but
    did find a possible marriage -
    St Pauls, Bristol
    12 May 1833 Thomas LAPHAM and Elizabeth SEYMOUR botp Banns

    My mother told me of this so the family lived in Charlton ?

    Carpenters Arms
    Demolished in the late 1940's with the rest of Charlton village to make way for the extension of the runway at Filton airfield. No other details at present.

    Ill chesty in Thornbury Hospital May 1960 letter to Alison July 1960

    lived in retirement
    Grey West
    Marsh Common

    similar address in 1881
    Dwelling:Rougemont House Exeter Rd
    Census Place:Westbury On Trym, Gloucester, England
    Source:FHL Film 1341604 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2503 Folio 117 Page 13
    George T. BRIGHTM62 MExeter, Devon, England
    Occ:Iron Merchant
    Susan BRIGHTM63 FAshburton, Devon, England
    Phoebe SLADEU19 FLuxborough, Somerset, England
    Occ:General Serv

    Buried: Grave 64 Dark Blue AB , Canford Cemetery,
    Westbury-On-Trym, Bristol

    best man and witness

    Dwelling:Hot Bath House
    Census Place:Bath St Peter & St Paul, Somerset, England
    Source:FHL Film 1341586 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2436 Folio 36 Page 29
    Martha CHAMPREYM50 FCompton Martin, Somerset, England
    Bessie CHAMPREYU18 FLpool, Lancashire, England
    Herbert CHAMPREY 9 MN Brit Subject, North America

    B&AFHS 1891 Census Index
    CHAMPNEY Herbert 20 1971 2 69
    CHAMPNEY Martha 60 1971 2 69

    Wrights 1901 Bristol Directory
    CHAMPENY Herbert, 137 Cheltenham Road

    RG13/2401 fo109 pa 20 sch 114 c Boarder George A Brewer s 43 Carrier's clerk Bristol


    after selling his home in Filton to the Bristol Aircraft Company

    Mr Lapham
    The Cottage
    Rectory Lane
    Frampton Cotterell
    from a book of
    Common Prayer
    Hymns A & M

    my mother told me that her children got my grandmother out of the mental hospital and organised the bungalow for her
    "Grey West"
    March Common

    and then he moved in too to their annoyance

    he was a good gardener and sold dahlias at the gate
    and brewed his own cider from windfall apples
    He had a wooden cider press in the shed by his greenhouse which had a large vine growing in it

    he bred goldfish in a large pond

    He told me that once he "stole" some sugar from the larder to add to his brew of cider - but it was baking soda ina sugar bag and ruined the lot.
    Letter from A.T. Lapham to Heather Lapham

    Grey West



    Nov. 10. ‘57.

    My dear Heidi,

    Thank your Mother, Howard and Susie for your letters. Regarding our geneological tree, I am afraid there are not many branches but I will give you a faint outline as far as I can remember. My dear Mother’s name was Fanny Bartley Ball and her sister Anne Phipps Ball. Their Father was Thomas Ball and her Mother Betsy Ball. They were a Gloucester family. Thomas Ball my Grandfather was a watchmaker on his own account and used to make watches and sell them to sea captains that used to trade from Gloucester across the different seas. Ann Phipps Ball was a Court Dressmaker

    And lived at 62 Lancaster Rd., Bayswater, London. I remember my mother taking me there when I may have been about four or five years old, that is eighty years ago. She was a spinster lady and used to say when I got older and had a bother with a girlfriend

    ‘Never mind Alfie. Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all.’ Now for my Father’s forbears. His name was Alfred Lapham and his Father was a Cutler and had a shop in Broadmead Bristol which is all rebuilt now your Mother went through it when she was here. I really forget his Christian name but you can call him any pretty name you like. I remember giving Alison a card case scotch plaid green I think with some letters what he engraved but I don’t think she particularly valued it so perhaps my lady would like to give it to you or let you see it. My Mother was a dear little sewing maid to a Mrs. Darton a Quaker lady wife of Darton’s the book publishers and she used to say to Mother ‘ Now thee do it this way or thee do it’s that...’(?) and when Mother came home to see her people, she could not get out of the way of saying ‘thee’ and ‘thou’. God bless her I say. The same as I say to all of you. Your Daddy as read about cleaning a vine so I enclose ‘Adam the Gardener’ way which is correct tell him to give it to his neighbour. Tell Miss Factor I am glad to hear she is priming up the factors she must not worry and I think she may be a bit slow in the take up but it will come to her as she wakes up and thinks a bit. I have no doubt but what she will make a clever girl and perhaps pass her sister I wonder how? And thinking of wondering, I was wondering where poor old Daddy gets all his money from for you to go travelling about to Birmingham. Then there was my dear little Midge your darling Mum going to Austria, why poor old Grandpa cannot go to Severn Beach – out to the front gate is as far as I go now. But I shall be glad to get my long ride. I heard a wonderful talk on the wireless tonight on the life hereafter. I am getting tired it’s after 9 p.m and I am usually in bed trying to sleep long before this. Never mind, love I have plenty of time to sleep. Please excuse the scribble and the ink is running out. God bless. God bless you all. Try to get Daddy to get confirmed. He will think of my wish when I am gone.

    With all my love to you all,

    Grandpa xxxx

    Father: Alfred Lapham b: 23 FEB 1843 in Bristol [Somerset sic 1871 census] AML BB child hand Grandpa c: 26 MAR 1843 in IGI St Philips, Bristol, Gloucester, England source IGI
    Mother: Fanny Bartley Ball b: BET 1836 AND 1837 in Pitchcombe Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

    Father: Alfred Lapham b: 23 FEB 1843 in Bristol [Somerset sic 1871 census] AML BB child hand Grandpa c: 26 MAR 1843 in IGI St Philips, Bristol, Gloucester, England source IGI
    Mother: Maud -

    Marriage 1 Florence Caroline Evans b: 13 JUN 1877 in St Philips AML BB RGO Bristol 6d 21 5 Merchant Street
    • Event: Single 23 DEC 1897 in St Barnabas Church, Ashley Road Barton R Dec 1897 6a 185
    • Married: 1897 in By Rev T J Wright
    • Event: Address (Marriage Pg) 1897 in 53 Grosvenor Road Parish St Barnabas
    • Event: Witness 1897 in Robert Henry Norgate
    • Event: Witness 1897 in Herbert Champenny
    • Event: Witness 1897 in Mary Elizabeth Norgate
    1. Has No Children Norman Reginald Lapham b: 21 NOV 1898 in AML BB 132 Cheltenham Road
    2. Has Children Howard Bartley Lapham b: 12 SEP 1900 in AML BB Births Dec 1900 Bristol 6a 214
    3. Has No Children Norah Gwendoline Lapham b: 4 MAR 1903 in Births Jun 1903 Barton R. 6a 261
    4. Has No Children Evelyn May Lapham b: 17 AUG 1905 in Filton GLO AML BB Chipping Births Dec 1905 S. 6a 233
    5. Has Children Alison Mary Lapham b: 16 MAY 1908 in Rostellan House, Filton, Gloucestershire UK Chipping Sodbury, Births Sep 1908 6a 223
    6. Has No Children Alfred George (Dick) Lapham b: 19 OCT 1912 in AML BB Reg Winterbourne Chipping Sodbury
    7. Has Children Sheila Lapham b: 2 APR 1915 in AML BB Filton Glos.

    1. Title: Alfred Thomas Lapham * October 15, 1872 + July 30, 1961
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