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Theale History

Theale today is a thriving and dynamic village community which owes its prosperity to its location close to the M4 corridor and the hi-tec industries of ‘silicon valley’. Despite its proximity to Reading, it has maintained a distinct identity and sense of community. Unlike many villages, it continues to support a primary school, secondary school, post office and an impressive array of public houses. The wide range of shops and businesses in the High Street and its bustling life during the working day bear witness to its active commercial life, but it has also retained some residential character. The modern landscaped Arlington Business Park on the S.E. outskirts testifies to its success in attracting a wide range of big name companies to the area. Theale has generally been an adaptable community evolving to meet changing economic circumstances whilst holding on firmly to its architectural heritage and semi-rural character.

There has been a settlement at Theale since the Bronze Age and its growth was related to the importance of the gravel terraces which provided a dry site for habitation and firm trackways above the floodplain of the River Kennet. Its Saxon name derives from a causeway built to bridge the gap in the gravel and carry a track across wet land. Gravel extraction for road maintenance was an important industry from the Middle Ages onwards and there is ample evidence of this activity around Theale today. For much of its history, Theale depended for its prosperity on farming, passing traffic, and craft industries geared to serve their demands,

In the early 19th century following the Napoleonic Wars there was a period of social unrest culminating in the Swing Riots of 1830: a protest against low agricultural wages, irregular employment and payment of tithes. Being a poor county Berkshire experienced much local rioting, rick burning and machine smashing. Theale did not riot but a rioter from West Woodhay was arrested here.

Situated five miles west of Reading on the main road to the thriving port of Bristol and the fashionable spa town of Bath, Theale became a major halt for the change of horses and a comfort stop for passengers. Inns multiplied and by c.1840 there were 11 in Church Street and High Street alone. Theale’s shops could provide for the needs of travellers and local craftsmen could supply everything this growing industry needed. Blacksmiths, harness makers, saddlers, basket makers, wheelwrights, rope makers, soap makers all plied their trade here. A barber-surgeon and a vet also practised in the village at this time to tend to the needs of human and animal travellers. Some of its pubs retain their coaching yards and stable buildings and a pump at the west end of the village reminds us of the need to water the road in summer to keep down the offensive mixture of dust and horse dung. Theale was a service station long before the advent of the motorways.

The completion if the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1810 provided a London-Bristol waterway and Theale became an important link in this chain too. A quay existed south of the village where goods such as coal, iron, stone and rags [for paper] were unloaded and local products such as timber, grain and peat were dispatched. Little remains of this now but the canal still provides important recreational facilities and rural walks. The building of the Great Western Railway from Paddington to Bristol brought a visit to Theale by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but the advent of the railway in 1841 heralded the decline of long distance horse traffic and the canal, both vital to the past prosperity of Theale.

Theale went into decline for much of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Older residents who were children here in the 1920s and 1930s describe a quiet rural community geared to the rhythms of the farming year and the countryside. Theale owed its resurgence yet again to road traffic in the late 20th century. The building of the M4 and Theale’s position at Junction 12 necessitated a village bypass opened in 1971. The motorway gave easy access to London, Heathrow and all parts of the UK and increased Theale’s desirability as a place for industry, residence and commuters. A 1930s population of 900+ has expanded to 4000+ and new housing developments necessary to accommodate this has dramatically changed the face of the original linear village. Houses now stand on the water meadows painted by Constable and only the gravel pits remain to remind us of Theale’s watery past. The village owes its development and survival to its ability to utilise its location and natural resources and its capacity to respond to changing economic trends. Adaptability is the key to Theale’s success and it has weathered its changing fortunes without losing its essential character.

Taken from the trail leaflet A Walk Around Theale

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44 thoughts on “Local History”

  1. I am looking for any information on Edward Goswell (born c1857 in Theale)and family. He was married to Emma Amelia Goswell (born c1857 in Clarkenwell/Islington) and had a son Albert ‘Bert’ Edward Goswell (my great grandfather, born c1898 in Theale).

    According to the 1901 census they all lived in Warwick House, south side Theale street where Edward was a carpenter and Emma a governess. In the 1911 census, Emma is widowed and living with lodgers in a 7-bedroom house in Theale Highstreet. Is this likely to be the same residence as in the 1901 census?

    Any assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated, or even if you can point me in the direction of records that I can search myself.

    Many thanks, Sally Nelson

  2. Dear Sian

    Roy Townsend says: The master’s house and the attached single classroom were built in 1833 as a public elementary school to serve all children within the statutory age. You can see the date plaque over the house door and the school bell on the original classroom. The single classroom was extended in 1865 and when two classrooms were added on the eastern side in 1893 150 pupils could be accommodated.

    Mr Wakeford was the last Head Master to live in the School House. Chris Hern has told us that in 1935 his grandparents Charles and Edith Thacker (nee Risley) moved in after Mr Wakeford left. His grandma lived there until she died in 1956, after which the house was he believes used for storage or similar by the school.

    Chris describes the house thus: It had deficiencies as a dwelling- outside toilet-far outside! and no electricity. Gas lamps were fun! The front parlour to the right was rarely used. Above was the bedroom my brother and I slept in on our many visits with a high level side window looking towards the church. I also stayed there for a longer period in 1955 going to Newbury GS on the bus.

    I hope this will interest your son.

    Daphne Spurling
    Theale Local History Group

  3. I would like to find out the history of the old school house in theale. My son has asked me about it and i dont really know alot about when it was built ect. If anyone has any of this info it would be really helpfull.Thanks

  4. Hi . My family worked for the Englefield estate as Dog men and gamekeepers and I recently saw a photo my dad has of his father aged @ 17 I think – maybe younger (Herbert Leslie Cox) in an Englefield football kit. I would love to know a bit more about this and if anyone has any other photos woud be great to see them.

  5. Dear Trish

    Holy Trinity church in Theale was not built until a hundred years after the records you want. I have looked for but can’t find Samuel’s baptismal record in St Michael’s Tilehurst. Another local possibility is St Mark’s at Englefield but I don’t have a copy to refer to. I suggest you go onto the Berkshire Family History Society website or if you live locally visit their Research Centre next to the Registry Office and the Berkshire Record Office at the top of Castle Hill in Reading. The hours are 10 am to 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    The family could have been non-conformist or Catholic in which case you should visit the Berkshire Record Office.
    Daphne Spurling

  6. I have found the comments on here very interesting.
    Both my sets of Grandparents lived in the village, I was born at 30 Church St (born 1958) which was my nans house Mrs Ball.
    My Gran & Grandad (Mr & Mrs Perrett) lived at 29 Blossom Lane & I lived at opposite at No.30 until i was 6 years old.

  7. Amanda

    Mr Burgess has been in touch with Roy Townsend who gave him some information and some photographs. Blossom Square is now called The Crescent so it is where you live, but the houses have been modified.

    Daphne Spurling
    Theale Local History Group

  8. Hi dose anyone remember blossom square as I don’t come from the area but live in the crescent in theale . I met a chap that was walking threw the village and he asked me if I new I told him it wasn’t around no more and I would try and find out he was looking for number 56 blossom square his name mr burgess if anyone has any info would love to pass this on thank you

  9. Can anyone help me with any information about Frederick Lovegrove who lived in Theale and died in 1933. He was at one time a Lime Merchant for Pincents Kiln and apparently a boxer around the turn of the late 19th and early 20th century. He married a Ethel Mary Fuller. If any relatives who maybe still live in Theale and read this can throw any more light on him it would be most appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Daphne
    My grandfather was a jeweller, and they were no doubt offered the house because my Auntie Bren -Mrs Carter- was a teacher in the school-the infants classes were then in the main building. No doubt the lack of electricity and internal bathroom/toilet would have been unappealing to a new head. I mentioned my aunt’s grumbles about the perceived interference of Mr Stroud with the running of the infants department – in its later separate school, so I would imagine that there would have been another head between him and Mr Wakeford.

    Chris Hern

  11. hello; my grandparents lived at no 4 Gravel Pit cottages on the A4; I was born Wigmore lane. my grandfather George James Money (b1886) worked for Englefield estates and im told he was a champion hayrick builder but can find no information on that. They also had a long term lodger Sid Alexander who I am told was a `barnados boy` but can find no information on where he came from although he lived with my grandparents for very many years.

    any info anyone may have picked up in their searches id be thrilled to know about. Thanks Pat

  12. Dear Chris
    Many thanks for that correction and contribution – memories are not what they were at this distance in time. We didn’t check the electoral roll etc. Was your grandfather the Headmaster after Mr Wakefield? If not, why did they move into the school house. The house is now incorporated into the Primary School.
    With your permission we would like to include your comments on the house in any further writing that we have published.

    Daphne Spurling

  13. I bought a copy of your booklet ‘Theale in old photographs’ from the Berks FHS stand at the Bucks Aylesbury show last saturday. On page 52 you say that Mr Wakeford was the last resident of the School House in 1935. Not so. My Grandparents Charles and Edith Thacker (nee Risley) moved in after Mr Wakeford left. their second(my mother)and third daughters lived with them until their marriages in 1937. I was paptised in Theale church two years later. My Grandfather died in 1944 and my grandma in 1956, after which the house was I believe used for storage or similar by the school. It had deficiences as a dwelling- outside toilet-far outside!and no electricity. Gas lamps were fun! The front parlour to the right was rarely used. Above was the bedroom my Brother and I slept in on our many visits with a high level side window looking towards the church. I also stayed there for a longer period in 1955 going to Newbury GS on the bus with Henry Chandler et al.The elder sister, my auntie Bren, features three times in the book- Mrs Carter, head of infants, probably she retired by the time of the 1960’s photo.She was proud of her independence at Blossom Square and I recall that she and Mr Stroud had the occasional disagreement. She married in 1931 Stanley Carter, son of William Inkpen Carter who appears on page 72. Stanley’s brother Alec took over the shop developing the business successfully.
    I recall Mr Wakeford walking by the house and always greeting my grandmother, and I think his daughter Molly was also a friend of the family. The Thackers moved down from Clerkenwell to Theale in 1914, living just over the river from the station. From my recollection of discussions and from the many photos I have seen of the School house I had assumed that they had moved there by the early 1930’s, rather than in 1935; Are there electoral registers or directories that would clarify this?

    Chris Hern (now Chair of Hounslow and District History Society)

  14. Dear James Snelling

    Apologies for the delay and I hope that you managed to get more information from Hurstpierpoint College.
    How interesting that you have some etchings of local places. We would be delighted to have copies and will try to indentify the locations for you. I suggest you send them to me at ThealeHistory@aol.com which as you may realise I look at more frequently than this site.

    Daphne Spurling

  15. Daphne Spurling,
    Thank you so much for the information about my grandfather Ernesrt Edwin Snelling.
    I will contact Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex and see if I can find more information on his time at the school. If you find more information, please forward on this site. A note, my mother Hope Snelling, wife of James Edwin Snelling, son of Ernest Edwin Snelling was given five (5) pencil etchings drawn by Ada Gertrude Snelling in and about 1845. They depict farm houses, road scenes, and harbor scenes in and around Theale. They are all signed and dated on the back. Do you know of Ada Gertrude being and artist, as these drawings are of minute detail and high quality work. They were mailed to my mother by Normand Snelling’s wife in 1952. Her address at that time was 92 London Road, Wokingham, England. We have them framed in protective glass frames, but I could copy them and sent those copies to you to identify the locations.
    Again Thank You for your work,
    James E. Snelling

  16. Hi
    I am looking for any info you may have on the Pocock family who farmed at Nunhide Farm in 1861.They were Robert,Charles,Elizabeth,Maria,and Sarah(brother and sisters).Their father was Robert and they were all born in Fawley Berkshire.
    Regards Steve Pocock.

  17. Dear James
    I have gleaned a little information about Ernest Snelling’s family from census, parish registers and other records. The various farms are all close and most probably rented which was very common at that time, as was moving between farms. They were obviously successful as Ernest went to a Public School (ie private) and his father was described as a gentleman on Edith’s marriage certificate, also they “lived on own means” in several censuses. You may well already have the census information from various websites, if not contact me at ThealeHistory@aol.com and I can fill in a little more.

    Ernest Edwin Snelling’s grandparents were Thomas Snelling born c1794 in Dorking Surrey and Jane (possibly Palmer as 2 Palmer nieces were staying with them in 1851) born c1804 in Sonning Oxfordshire which is just over the River Thames from Reading. Ernest’s father Thomas was born while they lived in Marylebone London where Thomas senior was a cow keeper. Their daughter Sophia (b c1846) was born in Sonning. By 1861 the family had moved to the 500 acre Sulham Farm near Theale and with them was Thomas senior’s brother James. By 1871 the older Thomas, wife Jane and brother James were at the Farm House, Blossom End Land, Theale farming 73 acres and landowner. (I don’t know where he owned land as these farms were most likely rented) The younger Thomas with wife Martha and son George were farming Nunhide Farm of 200 acres. Thomas senior was buried at Theale in 1775.
    In 1881 Jane was living in Blossom End Lane next door to son Thomas and his family (Martha and children Edith Ida, Ada Gertrude, Ernest Edwin and Frances Jane) at Blossom End Farm. The acreage was now down to 48 acres. By the 1891 Norman Stewart Snelling had been born and Ernest Edwin was a boarder at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex. This school might well have more information about Ernest. His father is described as “living on own means” with no mention of being a farmer. Jane and her granddaughter Edith were still living in Blossom End Lane but she died shortly after census day and was buried in Theale. By 1901 census only Edith Ida was at home (she married Frank Barnes of Belfast in 1903) with her parents. Gertrude was living with her parents in Blossom End Lane in 1911 and when she was buried at Theale in 1917. 1911 is the latest census we can access and neither parent was buried in Theale up to 1932.
    Blossom End Farm covering 32 acres 2 rods 24 perches of land was owned by the Mounts of Wasing from the early 19th century (UK’s present Prime Minister, David Cameron, is descended from them). Thomas Snelling was the last tenant when the property was sold in 1894. The sale bill (Reading Library, Local History Section) described the house as containing dining room, drawing room, five bedrooms, two staircases, domestic offices and tennis courts. There were two slate roofed cottages each with five rooms, whilst some land was rented to the Englefield Estate and the Blue Coat School. In the 1880s, T Snelling, farmer, was a governor of Theale Church of England School.

    Daphne Spurling
    Theale Local History Group

  18. Dear James

    I have noted your request for information on the Snelling Family. Our next Local History meeting is in mid May and I will raise it then and ask anyone I think might be able to help.

    Daphne Spurling
    Theale Local History Group

  19. Thank you sooo much to Deborah and Daphne for the information and to Andy for emailing me. I have now had a look at the area using Google Street View and had a ‘wander’ along Pincents Lane. I’ve checked out all the links you gave me and taken a screen print of the map showing Pincents Farm on http://www.old-maps.co.uk. It is all very useful to my research and I’m very grateful for your help.

    Thanks again,


  20. I am looking for information about my grandfather, Ernest Edwin Snelling, born in Theale, Eng. on June 29, 1875, and left England for US in 1896, brother Norman Snelling. His father was Thomas Snelling born May 4, 1845, died Feburary 18, 1924 and his mother was Martha Whitfield, born December 17, 1845, died December 3, 1931 Any information would be well recieved. I have a picture of their home “Blossoms End”, in Theale taken about 1870. The picture shows Thomas Snelling and Martha Snelling, and her sister, (name unknown). My grandfather became a horse rancher in Montana, and made ten trips back to England between 1900 and 1930, to transport and sell Western horses for use as Polo ponies. He then would purchase Shire and Percheron stallions to bring back to Montana for breeding purposes. He died in Billings, Montana in Oct. 1964.

  21. Hello Caroline
    Re: Pincents Farm

    I have been remembering your question and today found someone who said “That’s where I keep my horse”. I don’t think it is called Pincents Farm now as the new owners didn’t want to farm and let out the fields for horses. My contact thought the house was called Westview – which would make sense from its location. It is on the Tilehurst side of Pincents Manor up Pincents Lane (note there are bollards preventing anyone driving between the manor and the farm without which this narrow lane would be a rat run). Grid reference SU65420 72495 (www.gridreferencefinder.com). I also found it marked as Pincents Farm on the 1883/83 map on http://www.oldmaps.co.uk. Search for Tilehurst and then look at the bottom southwest corner.
    Good luck
    Theale Local History Group
    Andy: maybe you have Caroline’s email address and can forward this

  22. I am searching for information on Florence Emily PRESTON, born in Theale on March 5th 1881. Her father was Charles Preston and her mother Emily Preston, formerly STAMP. I would be really grateful for any information on any of these members of my family. There is a family legend that Emily at one time worked at Mapledurum House.
    With many thanks to whoever reads this. Best wishes Sue

  23. Hi Caroline
    Just on the other side of the motorway from Theale is Pincents Manor. Here is a link to the history of the manor: http://www.pincentsmanor.co.uk/index.asp?upid=6&msid=1
    I wonder if there also used to be a Pincents Farm? It isn’t there any more, but could have been where there is is now a housing estate. I see on previous posts that you can contact the Theale History Group via this address: ThealeHistory@aol.com I expect that they’ll be able to tell you more.

  24. In 1919 my Scottish grandfather John Reid wrote letters from an address in Theale. I think it says ‘Pincents Farm’, although the writing isn’t clear. Does anyone know this place? I can’t find any mention of it using Google. As I haven’t been able to find my grandfather on any census since his leaving Scotland, it would be good to know if this is where the Reid family were living. I also know that his sister Agnes Reid married William Rainnie Wilson on 29 Jul 1919 in Tilehurst and John’s son William Reid was born in Tilehurst on 26 Feb 1923. Thanks for any help or advice.

  25. I am looking for the history of the Fox and Hound pub on station road. I know its around 200 years old and was known in the 1800s as the drum & monkey, but am struggling to find any more information. If you are able to help or point me in the right direction as to were i may find, picture and or information that would be brilliant.

    Many thanks

    Clare Lockwood-Lee

  26. Paulette

    Sorry I have nothing further than the article on the family in the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS) which I e-mailed to you in March.


  27. Shena: I can vouch for the pictures held at the Red Lion. My Grandfather was originally from the village and was able to identify several friends when we took him to visit.

  28. Hi Daphne, I have tried to contact you about the Howes family again via the family history site but it failed, Now I have the birth cert for Julia, I have been able to find some of her family at least one brother was born In Paris, France.
    So her father George Howes was working all over the place, but would love more information on where he was working when Julia was born.
    I have just found out today that Julia died in Southhampton, this still make me wonder
    about her in the 1911 census occupation Stewardess, but i cannot find any records on this.
    if you do have any more information on the Howes Family would love to find out.

  29. Many old photos of the Village were kept by the old Landlord of The Red Lion. He had an extensive collection and occasionally lent them out for projects. I have no idea where he is now but it may be that someone in the Village knows as I would not be surprised to learn that it was his photos that were copied for the Surgery.

  30. Martin
    We asked at our recent Theale Local History Group meeting but no one knew the answer to your early aerial view of Theale. I presume you have asked where the Medical Centre obtained it. Otherwise we suggest you contact David Cliffe of the Local Studies Centre at Reading Library or the Museum of English Rural Life.
    You have probably seen “Theale in Old Photographs” which is nearly sold out but still some available at the Library.

    Daphne Spurling
    For Theale Local History Group

  31. In Theale’s Medical Centre waiting room, are a collection of pictures and photographs. One in particular is most interesting, it is an aerial view of Theale (from a balloon I’d think) looking west along the Great West Road/Bath road taken at the turn of the last century I’d say, as it is before either petrol station arrived, niether had either chapel and `The Angel Inn’ at Theale is still standing. I have been given a copy of this photo, iy looks as though is has been printed on a fairly good quality computer printer, but is nowhere the quality of the original, which would have been iether a half plate or even a full plate camera. I’d love to see the original print as this would reveal much more detail of the village buildings and the two or three vehicles in evidence. I could not find our the scource of this print. There are other pictures too, some were on display in the butchers shop window after they finnished shooting `The Borrowers’ a few years back, I have been unable to scource these either. The Francis Frithe Collection has some nice prints from the late fifties and mid sixties, but nothing earlier. I would like to aquire some of the earlier stuff to frame and display.

  32. I’ve mailed Kathleen McIvor to tell her about the replies, and to put her in touch with Paula.

    Thanks for the interest, everyone. I’m sure she will be delighted by the response.


  33. Paula

    Sorry I do not have her details and can only hope that she will sometime read these letters. I suggest that you contact the webmaster of this site and ask him if he will put you in direct touch with Kathleen.
    All the best

  34. Hi Daphne, I have just reply about Julia Howes.
    im interested in the same person.

    I have come up with mostly the same information
    you have found out in census information.

    Julia was the sister Of Eliza Howes.

    I would like to contact Kathleen McIvor, is is possible you could let me have her email or pass
    my on to her.

    I believe the Howes name was changed from Halse.
    A dutch german is always thought to be a connection with the name
    Thanks for any help

  35. For Kathleen McIvor

    I looked again at the Civil Registration of births and found the probable reference for Julia. I suggest you order the birth certificate for Julia Hows, registered Newbury, July-Sept quarter 1838, reference 6/201. If born in Theale I would not expect her birth to be registered in Newbury, but it looks the most likely.

    Daphne Spurling
    for Theale Local History Group

  36. Kathleen McIvor

    In reply to your request ofr information on Julia Howes, born 1841 in Theale.
    I checked the Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS) transcription of the Parish Registers of Holy Trinity Church, Theale (Baptisms 1832-1947; Marriages 1834-1864; Burials 1832-1932 & Banns 1924-1968) and there was no Julia Howes or Howse. The transcription of St Michaels, Tilehurst include a number of Howes and Howse entries, but no Julia. I have not tried the non-conformist registers.

    In the Theale register I found one entry for Howse with the baptism of Frederick son of George and Mary Ann Howse in 1836. George was a coachman so I suspect that he worked for the Benyons at Englefield Estate and it maybe that other children were baptised at St Mark’s Church, Englefield. Unfortunately the baptismal records St Mark’s Church, Englefield have not yet been transcribed.

    In our on-going project, “History of Theale”, I can find no reference to Howes, but a Leonard Howse moved to Theale in the mid 1930s. He had the chemist shop, and was the billeting officer for evacuees and in the home guard during WWII. What a pity he is a century later than the family you are looking for!

    So then I looked in the census records (taken end March/early April every 10 years) for the Howse family that was in Theale. I used the indexes in http://www.ancestry.co.uk and http://www.findmypast.co.uk

    In 1841 I could not find the father George Howse coachman under Howse or Howes. However 3 Kings Yard in Hanover Square London there is a George Howes, born approx 1801, male servant, with wife Mary and children George (12), Alfred (10) both born in foreign parts, and Frederick (4) and Julia (3) neither born in Middlesex. (Ref HO 107, piece 733, Folio 6/4, page 3). I could not find George Howse or Howes in subsequent censuses.

    In the 1851 census I found Frederick Howes born in Theale, a servant, living at Easthampstead Estate (near Windsor) for the Marquis of Downshire. There were no other Howes or Howse in the household so I couldn’t find his parents or his sister Julia. This is probably the Frederick Howse baptised in Theale. In the 1871 census, Frederick Howes born in Theale aged 32 (about 1839), coachman, was living with Eliza his wife and 4 children was living in Marylebone. In 1901 Frederick and Eliza were still living in Marylebone.

    There is a Julia Howes in the 1851 census. She was born in Berkshire, aged 12 (so born about 1839, which would agree with the 1841 census) living with her mother Mary Ann Howes, laundress, aged 47, born in Suffolk. There were living in Marylebone, London in the household of John Jeffreys, greengrocer, with a coachman and other servants. Mary Ann is described as married (ie not widowed), but there was no husband present.

    In 1861 there were several Julia Howes or Howse but none with the approximate age and birth place and parent names. This does not exclude them as she moved from Berkshire very young and people sometimes wrote down where they remembered as a child rather than correct birth place. I then searched for Mary Ann Howes or Howse born c1804 in Suffolk, there were several but none with family members that would tie in with your family. A few lived alone and so could be the Mary Ann mother of Julia in 1851.

    I tried the Berkshire Family History website. In the Birth Briefs section (a Birth Brief lists up to 4 generations of ancestors), 7 members have Howes and 5 members have Howse among their ancestors but none which immediately tie up with the Theale family. In the Members Interests section (members advertise what names they are researching) 1 Howes in Newport Pagnall 1780–1900 and 1 Howse in Cumnor pre 1900.

    I also visited the Berkshire Family History Society’s Research Centre to check through the other records they hold. But found no reference to Julia.

    To sum up, it seems possible (but no proved) that Julia was the daughter of George and Mary Ann and had the siblings that I found in the 1841 census. Have you tried contacting the company Julia worked for as a Ship Stewardess? The 19th century does seem early to have employed a woman in this capacity.

    Daphne Spurling
    for Theale Local History Group

  37. Iam looking for any information on the Howes family in the first half of the 19th century.I only know one of the daughters was born in Theale in in 1841.Her name was Julia and she became a Ship Stewardess.
    Thankyou Kathleen McI vor.

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