Joseph Wiles of St Albans, 1816-1903
Joseph Wiles & Son
St Albans &
Clock Stand, Old Corn Exchange, EC &
2 Catherine Court, Seething Lane, London
"Wiles, St Albans"
April 10th, 1900
Exors of the Late Mr W Bancroft of Stotfield
This receipted invoice caught my eye because I wanted to know whether the firm was linked to Wiles & Lewis, of St Albans, and also because there were both St Albans and London addresses. ... and what did the firm sell?
As the timeline shows, Joseph Wiles was the brother of Edward Sutton Wiles. Joseph started in St Albans as a grocer circa 1850 but later became a corn merchant, his son Thomas continuing the business in London.
Both Joseph and his brother Edward S. Wiles are frequently mentioned in local newspapers and only a few early "cuttings" are included in the timeline.
|1816||Family Tree||Blunham, Bedfordshire||Parents Thomas Wiles & Hannah Sutton. He was the brother of Edward Sutton Wiles, of St Albans|
|1846||2nd March||Baptist Chapel, St Albans||
A meeting resolved "That in the opinion of this meeting it is much to be regretted that in the town of St Albans there should not exist a school for children conducted on the British system, and that it is highly desirable to attempt the establishment of one, with the greatest promptitude and energy." As a result of this meeting land was purchased in Spencer Street and Joseph Wiles became the Secretary of the board of trustees.
|1848||Herts Mercury||St Albans||On the 6th [September], at the Baptist Chapel, St. Alban's, by the Rev. W. Upton, Mr. Joseph Wiles, to Miss Jane Wright Young, both of St Albans.|
|1850||Herts Mercury, 2nd February||
|1851||Census||Fishpool Street, St Albans||Joseph Wiles (34, born Blunham, Bedfordshire) was a baker with wife Jane W Wiles (29, born Islington, Middlesex), daughter Jane (1, born St Albans) and two journeyman bakers and a general servant.|
|1852||Family Tree||St Albans||Daughter Emma born in St Albans 25 August. (Family tree shows her married to William Walter and mother of Edward Wiles Walter in 1877)|
|1854||Herts Guardian 16 May||St Albans||
The Church Rate Question
The opponents from principle to the church-rate, have in several instances this week, subjected themselves to the loss of some of their goods and chattels. These half politicians, half puritans, and half lawyers in the matter, allowed the officers to walk into their houses, and then fastened up the inner doors, leaving them as they fancied, the choice only to take whatever happened to be in that part of the premises where they were allowed admission. ... ...
Mr. Joseph Wiles, sack of best flour worth £3 5s,, for 9s rate
|1855||Herts Guardian. 10 April||St Albans||
St Albans Easter Sessions
Mary Kent 54, widow charged with stealing 1 cake of the value of 1s the property of Joseph Wiles; also with stealing 1 pair of boots of the value of 11s, the property of Jessie Hulks - pleaded guilty to both charges and sentenced to 3 calendar months hard labour in each case.
|1855||Herts Mercury 9 June||St Albans||
The British School
The eighth annual meeting of the friends and supporters of the St Albans British School was held at the Assembly Room, Town Hall. ... It appeared from the report presented by the Rev. W. Upton, on behalf of the secretary, Mr. Joseph Wiles, that 118 children were on the books, and that nearly 100 were generally in attendance.
The following are particulars of the current quarterly contracts recently taken to the 25th March. ... ... Bread and Flour: Joseph Wiles, baker, St Alban's : Bread good seconds, in 41b loaves, per 9s 10d; flour best seconds, per sack 30s. ...
|1861||Census||High Street, St Albans||Joseph Wiles (44, born Blunham, Bedfordshire) was a baker & corn dealer employing 2 men, 2 boys, and 1 woman, with wife Jane W Wiles (39, born Clerkenwell, Middlesex), two daughters (Emma, 9, & Elizabeth, 4) and unmarried sister in law Susanna G Young (47, born Clerkenwell), There were two assistants and a house servant|
|1871||Census||High Street, St Albans||Joseph now described as corn merchant employing 2 men, His wife was Jane Wright Wiles, and the children were Jane (21), Emma (19), Elizabeth (14) and Thomas (9). Susanna was still with them, and there was one domestic servant.|
|1881||Census||High Street, St Albans||Joseph described as Corn Merchant and son Thomas as a corn merchant's assistant. Also in the house were his wife, daughter Jane, a grandson Edward W Walter (14, born Worthing, Sussex), Susanna and one domestic servant.|
|1887||Herts Mercury 13 August||St Albans||
Edminson - Wiles. 10th [August]. at St Albans, Fredk. J. Edminson, Mill-hill School, Middlesex, to Bessie, youngest daughter of Joseph Wiles, of St Albans.
|1890||Family Tree||Son Thomas married Winifred Alice Cresweller|
|1891||Census||High Street, St Albans||Joseph described as corn merchant, with wife, daughter Jane, and one domestic servant.|
|1891||Census||Upper Hornsey Rise, Islington||Thomas Wiles (corn merchant) with wife and servant, living in London|
|1901||Census||High Street, St Albans||Joseph (84) is still described as a corn merchant but is now a widow. With him are daughter Jane and two servants.|
|1901||Census||5 Aubrey Road, Kensington||Thomas Wiles (grain merchant) was with wife, 3 children and 3 servants.|
|1903||Luton Times 16 Dec.||St Albans||
One of the oldest inhabitants of St. Albans, Mr. Joseph Wiles, corn Merchant, has died at the age of 88 years.
|1904||Probate||33 High Street, St Albans||Died 4th December|
|1905||Probate||Probate granted to Thomas Wiles, corn merchant.|
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