The Brickmakers of St AlbansJoseph Sanders
A Talk given to the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society at St Albans on 7th January 2003
Brickmaker of Bernards Heath, fl 1700
The Overseers Account Book for Sandridge [HALS D/P 96 12/1] has survived for a few years either side of 1700, At the time there were several windmills on Bernards Heath. One of the millers was Michael Sanders who was there as early as 1687. In addition the following entries occur:
Circa 1696 - Sanders the Brickmaker 3s
1702 to 1705 - Sanders for ye Brick Kiln 3s
1706 For ye Brick Kiln 4s
1708 Joseph Sanders for ye kiln 2s
1710 Joseph Sanders 3s (Brick kiln)
In addition a possible relative, Nathaniel Saunders, brickmaker, was married in St Stephens in 1679
|Folly House (later renamed Bleak House) in Catherine Street was built at about this time.|
Picture from Historic St Albans by C R Swift.
Tony has been researching the SAUNDERS, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead and these include the following brickmakers of (High Street Green) Hemel Hempstead:
Joseph Sanders of Hemel Hempstead was suretee for marriage bond in 1675
John Saunders, of High Street Green, Hemel Hempstead, died 1714
Joseph Saunders, High Street Green, Hemel Hempstead made his will 1744
John Saunders, of High Street Green, Hemel Hempstead, died circa 1764
John Sanders, farmer & brickmaker, Hemel Hempstead (1797 Directory)
It is very likely that there is a connection (perhaps even identity) between the Hemel Hempstead and Bernards Heath Joseph Sanders, but this has not yet been established.
If you can add to the information given above tell me.
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