AMSDEN of Frogmore Street, Tring

circa 1854

 

Notes on entries in William Brown's Account Book

 

Folio 176

The book shows that at the end of 1854 John Amsden (1817-1889) asked William Brown to sell off some brewery equipment. When put in context it turns out that John Amsden had been trading in beer and straw plait from a property in Frogmore Street owned by a Mr Fleet, but at the end of 1854 moved to Park Street, and subsequently traded as straw plait and coal merchant, with his coal stocks held at Tring Railway Station.


Time Line Notes

 
John Amsden was born on 27th September 1817 in Tring, the son of Thomas and Arnold Amsden
 
1851 Census Frogmore Street, Tring
AMSDEN, John Head Married M 34 Brewer & Plait Dealer Tring, Hertfordshire
AMSDEN, Jane Wife Married F 32 Domestic Thame, Oxfordshire
AMSDEN, John Son   M 10 Scholar Tring, Hertfordshire
AMSDEN, Sarah Jane Daughter   F 7 Scholar Buckland, Buckinghamshire
AMSDEN, Helen Arnold Daughter   F 4   Tring, Hertfordshire
AMSDEN, Frederick Son   M 3   Tring, Hertfordshire
AMSDEN, Hephzibah Daughter   F 0 (11 MOS)   Tring, Hertfordshire

The 1851  Hertfordshire Post Office Directory records John Amsden as a beer retailer, shopkeeper, & plait & chip manufacturer in Frogmore Street. The 1855 Directory records him as a beer retailer & plait dealer, Frogmore Street -(but the information was probably collected in the latter part of 1854)

The Bucks Herald of 31st March 1855 reported the following case, heard at the Aylesbury County Court on March 29 before J. W. Wing, Esq. Fleet v. Amsden, Tring. - Claim of 12 10s., for rent. Defendant had paid 7 into court and disputed the rest, on the ground that plaintiff had pulled down a stable during his tenancy, but on being cross-examined, admitted that he afterwards consented to it, if the plaintiff put up another. - Verdict for the plaintiff; payment forthwith.

Executors of James Grout's Account - Folio 276 - receipts

[This probably refers to James Amsden - see The Black Poplars of the Wilstone Area.]

 

The Bucks Herald of  25th December, 1858, includes an account relating to the theft of coal  from the wharf at Tring Station, belonging to John Amsden, of Tring. John Amsden and Henry Rolfe his employee, gave evidence, Henry saying "My master being the sole agent for Greesley Wood Coal."  The full trial was reported in a number of papers including the Hertford Mercury of 8th January, 1859.

 

1861 Census  - East Park Street

AMSDEN, John

Head

Married

M

43

1818

Plait And Coal Merchant

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Jane

Wife

Married

F

41

1820

 

Thame, Oxfordshire

AMSDEN, John

Son

Unmarried

M

19

1842

 

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Sarah C

Daughter

Unmarried

F

17

1844

 

Buckland, Buckinghamshire

AMSDEN, Ellen

Daughter

 

F

14

1847

 

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Frederick

Son

 

M

10

1851

Scholar

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Hephzibah

Daughter

 

F

10

1851

Scholar

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Emily

Daughter

 

F

8

1853

Scholar

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Albert

Son

 

M

7

1854

Scholar

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Oliver

Son

 

M

4

1857

Scholar

Tring, Hertfordshire

AMSDEN, Gertrude

Daughter

 

F

2

1859

 

Tring, Hertfordshire

1866 Directory: John Amsden, coal merchant, Park Street

1871 Census - Coal Merchant, Park Street

1881 Census - Coal Merchant, Park Street

1882 and 1886 Directory - John Amsden, Coal Merchant & rate collector, 3 Park Street

1889 - John Amsden died aged 72

1890 Oliver & Edward Amsden were coal merchants at 3 Park Street

     
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