Edmund Child - blacksmith, arrived
in town (M)
George Edmund Child - Ironmonger,
brass founder and engineer succeeds his father in
the business although the latter lives for a further
27 years. George proves to be a man of many talents.
He is a skilled architectural draughtsman and pioneer
in gas engineering. (SMHS)
George Edmund Child becomes the design
engineer for the newly established Southwold Gas Works
Company. Later he is commissioned to implement gas
works projects for many other municipal and corporate
gas projects. (SMHS). At its peak, in 1861, the Child
company workforce is 13 men and 2 boys
George Edmund's two sisters, Maria Tolhurst Child and Mary Newman Child, become schoolteachers, opening their own school for young ladies, first in the High Street and later at No 17 Cumberland Road.
George Edmund Child - becomes bankrupt but the business struggles on. By the 1871 census The workforce has become considerably depleted. now employing just 6 men. George dies in 1888 and is succeeded by:
George Edmund Child Jr - Ironmonger.
Although only 20, George Jr suffers long-term ill-health and dies in 1905 at the age of 37.
Frederick Wright - Coach Builder
(K1896). This business appears to be sharing the G E Child premises.
The G E Child business appears to be still trading (see bill head, right)
but the fondry is dismantled very soon after and the premises sold.
(Note: The 1871 Census has 'Edward' rather than 'Edmund' for both father and son)
No 9, including the yard and workshops, is acquired
by Denny & Son at No