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Classified Advertisements

From the Herts Advertiser, 1st April, 1882

Plus St Albans entries from the 1882 Kelly’s Directory for Hertfordshire

Situations Wanted & Vacant


WANTED, an active girl as NURSERYMAID, accustomed to children; good character; not under 18. – Apply to Mrs T. Kent, London-road, St. Albans .

Kent, Thomas, London-road

WANTED, a good GENERAL SERVANT, one who understands Plain Cooking; three in family; – Apply 8 London-road, St. Albans .

WANTED, a good GENERAL SERVANT, who understands plain cooking. – Apply to Mrs. Evans, 2, College-street, St. Albans .

Evans, Mrs., College street

WANTED, in a Clergyman’s Family, a NURSEMAID, not under 18 years of age; strong and active. – Apply to Mrs. Debenham, Ivy House, St. Peter’s, St. Albans .

Debenham, A. H., Ivy Ho., St. Peter’s st

Debenham, George, Ivy Ho., St. Peter’s st

WANTED, by a respectable Girl, a Situation as GENERAL SERVANT, or under a Cook; aged 17. – Apply at this office.

TO TAILORS. – Wanted, at once, one or two good HANDS. – Apply to Thomas Wright, Park Street , St. Albans .

Wright, Thomas, tailor, Park Street, St. Setphens

WANTED, as Groom and Coachman, a married MAN, without family. – Apply, by letter, to Mrs. Manning, Watford .

Manning, Mrs., North End Ho., High st, Watford

WANTED, a man as OSTLER and BOOTS, willing to make himself generally useful. – Apply at the Queen’s Hotel, St. Albans .

Forster, William Alfred, Queen’s hotel, 27 Chequer street

WANTED, a respectable Youth, about 16, as an APPRENTICE to Reporting and Journalism. – Apply at Herts Advertiser office.


WANTED, the MANAGEMENT of a BRICK-YARD, 18 years good character. – Apply G. Durrant, Brick Yard, Harpenden.


MANAGER wanted from June 1st, 1882 , for the King Harry Coffee Tavern, at Hemel Hempstead . Applications, in writing, stating age and salary required, accompanied by at least two testimonials of recent date, will be received by the undersigned up till April 14th.


Hemel Hempstead                                                        Secretary

King Harry Coffee Tavern Co. Lim. (N. W. Robinson, sec.; A. W. Gibbs, man.), High Street, Hemel Hempstead


For Sale , Wanted to Purchase

FOR SALE . – CHESTNUT COB, 4 years old, capital Hunter, or harness, price £16. – Apply H. D. Aldridge, St. Albans .

Aldridge, Henry Drake, baker, 82, & Black Lion, Fishpool street .

FOR SALE . – PURE MILK from Alderney and Shorthorn cows. – Apply E. N. Cottam, Westfields, St. Stephens, St. Albans .

Cottam, Edward Noel, farmer, Westfields, St. Michaels.

FOR SALE . – A quantity of excellent sifted SAND for building purposes. – Apply to J. Mead, Marlborough Road , St. Albans .

Mead, Joseph, carpenter & undertaker, Marlborough road.

FOR SALE , a Double-fronted SHOP, with plate glass windows, in one of the principal thoroughfares of St. Albans . – Address A. E., office of this paper.

FOR SALE . – The London Business Directory, 1879, and Post Office Directory of Middlesex, in good condition. – Apply at this office.

FOR SALE , 6 Outside Framed Shop BLINDS; very cheap; in good condition. – Thos. Paul, 16 Holywell-hill, St. Albans .

Paul, Thos., stay maker, 16 Holywell hl.

FOR SALE . A MARBLE SLAB, 7ft. 7in. long, 4ft. wide; to be sold cheap. – Apply to J. Seymour, Dagnall-street, St. Albans .

Seymour, John, carpenter, Up. Dagnall st

FOR SALE . 48in. BICYCLE, “ London ,” in excellent condition, with Stassen’s centre wheel bag for carrying baggage; can be seen by arrangement. – Address Bicycle, Herts Advertiser Office.

(The 48in. relates to the size of the front wheel – indicating that this was a kind of penny-farthing.)

FOR SALE . – 50 Acres of good Arable LAND , within one mile of Dunstable, having a frontage of 1600ft. to the main road. – Apply to Mr. James Hawes, estate agent, Redbourn.

? James Hawes, plumber, Redbourn

FOR SALE . – Good MOULD, at 1s. per load; delivered to any part of St. Albans at 2s. per load. – Apply to Mr. A. Mardall, St. Peters St. , St. Albans .

MARDELL, Alfred, King William IV, 2 St. Peter’s street

MANGOLD WURTZELS, sound and clean, delivered within reasonable distance at moderate price. Apply to J. Seabrook, Townsend, St Albans.

Seabrook, Joseph, Cricketers, St Peter’s

PIGEONS FOR SALE . – Pair of Tumblers, last year’s birds, very good performers, 7s. 6d.; also pair of Jacobins, good hoods, 3s. 6d., last year’s birds. Address, Mr. French, 112 High Street, Dunstable.

SODA WATER BUSINESS FOR SALE, steam power; plant almost new; price moderate; makes forty doz. Per hour. – Address C., office of this paper.  

July 2003

Brenda Clayton-Cooke (brenclay @t blueyonder.co.uk) writes The advert in the newspaper could be my family's business. George Clayton a grocer and his wife Isabella (nee: Hewlett) ran the business in Hertford. George died and they tried to sell. When there were no buyers they moved to Chapel Lane, Northampton and Isabella  employed her son and another man and they carried on. They progressed to eight outlets around the country and eventually went into Ginger Beer. The business was still surviving until 1919. 

Very interesting - I am always interested in such tidbits. Newspaper adverts can often give additional evidence to such events in a family's history. However, because  the Hertfordshire Advertiser was a St Albans paper (the main Hertford paper was the Hertfordshire Mercury) it is more likely that the advert was for a St Albans business. Trade directories show that Henry Gilliam Martin (aged 55 in the 1881 census) had a soda water business in Holywell Hill, St Albans in 1878 and 1882 but it was not operating in 1886, and so it is possible that it was his business that was for sale. 

TO BE SOLD. – An excellent ALDERNEY COW, in full profit. – Apply to the Cowman, Gorhambury, St. Albans.

TO Persons removing and others, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and Articles of any description brought. – G. Parsons, London-road, St. Albans .


WANTED, the Price of a few LOADS of STRAW, delivered on Rail – must be cheap. – C. E., the Châlet, Mill Hill, Hendon.

WANTED, a quantity of Split OAK PALES, 5ft. 6in. long. – Address to A. B., office of this paper.

WANTED, Baking BUSINESS; village not objected to. – F., 173, D-street, Kensal-green, Harrow-road, W.

If you can add to the information given above tell me.