HENRY AND GEORGE PICKNELL

Bakers


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This advertisement was published in about 1860, which means that the business had been in existence since somewhere around 1780, although it was not then Picknell's. Henry was born in 1803 in Cuckfield, Sussex, son of butcher Walter Picknell and his wife Sarah, and he was baking at 26 High Street, Ewell by 1841 when census records started.

26 High Street
A later picture of 26 High Street.

Henry and his wife, Margaret (nče Reeve, born in Ewell in about 1789), probably had five children, of whom only three survived into adulthood, and the youngest of those, William Henry, died in 1844, aged just 18. The others were Margaret (c.1828) and George (c.1832). Henry farmed as well as baked and all of the family helped out, so when Henry died on 5 November 1870 (his wife having predeceased him in 1863), George and Margaret carried on but then, on 13 June 1873, Margaret died too. A few weeks later, on 20 July, George married the considerably older (born c.1818) Mary Ann Bushell: she was a dressmaker who lived in West Street with her cousin Mary Ann Hards (daughter of builder James Hards. Unfortunately the new Mrs Picknell died just under a year later, leaving George alone again - but not for long. On 5 December 1875 he married Miss Hards, who was also somewhat older (born c.1820), but she lasted a lot longer than the first Mrs Picknell, dying on 17 January 1898.

Grave of Henry
Grave of Henry, both Margarets and Mary Ann
(1st wife of George) in St Mary's Churchyard, Ewell.
Image source: Gravestone Photographic Resource..

George had retired by 1891 and by 1901 a niece, another Mary Ann Hards (daughter of James Bushell and Susan Hards), had moved in. She was still there in 1911, but George died on 28 February 1912 (his address being given as Ranmore, Ewell). The bakery was taken over by John Turner Wilkins, who died in 1916, and his family continued the business until the 1930s.

Linda Jackson
August 2013


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