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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Builders circa 1897
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 11:59:04 +0000
In message <>, june harvey
>Please may I have your advice -
>My ggrandfather, Henry James Haydon, is down as a Builder on his son's
>marriage certificate. Would a builder have to be registered, or belong to a
>union or whatever?
No such thing - a 'builder' was only a man with, usually, one of the
skills, like carpentering or bricklaying, who got a bit of cash together
to buy a bit of ground on the edges of london and put up houses; or a
similar man who set up his own firm and did repairs etc. He wopuld
probably have served and apprenticeship, but this would be private
paperwork only. If he has a firm, he will be in trade directories.
Remember that he could be an employed brickie or carpenter or painter
just upgraded by his daughter.
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society