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From: "Caroline Bradford" <>
Subject: Re: [LON] Finding John Joseph Hayes Birth Place
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:03:18 -0000
> The 1851 Census indicates that he lived with his Parents and an Aunt at
> "5 Boarded Entry". The address does have another word scribbled
> beneath it but I cannot make it out.
> 1. Can anybody tell me where or what "5 Boarded Entry" is? I am
> guessing it no longer exists but am interested in know more about the
> place they lived.
Boarded Entry is the name of a street (probably the kind of street you
wouldn't want to stray into on a dark night). The word underneath the
address on the census is "continued" - i.e. there were other people living
at number 5 on the previous page.
> 2. What district do you think "5 Boarded Entry" is in? I am guessing
> they did not go to a hospital to have the baby as they were most likely
> very poor. I am guessing it is St George's in the East, but I guess it
> could also be Stepney?
Stepney is the right district for a birth in Wapping, which is where Boarded
Entry is (though that particular patch might also be described as Shadwell).
You are right that John was almost certainly born at home, but not because
he was poor. At that era, and for nearly a century afterwards, hospital
births were very rare and by and large reserved for the "deserving poor"
whose domestic or medical circumstances made birth at home even more
difficult and dangerous than it was for the rest. The rich stayed as far
away from hospitals as they possibly could, whether for childbirth or
> Johns parents, Jeremiah Hayes and Catherine Ahern were married in "St
> Mary's Chapel" on 11 Feb 1849. I have the marriage record. I am
> guessing that St Mary's may actually be St Mary Moorfields.
> 3. Is that a fair guess? Does it make sense that they would live in
> Wapping and get married at St Mary Moorfields?
A reasonable guess, on the basis that they were quite probably RC. There
were very few Catholic places of worship in London at that time, and St Mary
was probably the nearest.
> 4. Are there any 1850's maps of the area online that can be zoomed in
> on and looked at closely?
Go to http://london1868.com/weller46.htm. Boarded Entry (named as Boarded
Entrance on the map) runs west off the bottom end of New Gravel Lane, which
is between the Eastern Dock and Shadwell Basin.