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Edward Margrett

Born 1839 Gloucester died 22 April 1914 Reading
Occupation: Ironmonger, Engineer
Married: Fanny Glover March quarter of 1871 Basingstoke Hampshire

Born in Gloucester the son of Thomas Margrett and Elizabeth Cave. Both his parents were employers and he must have had a relatively affluent upbringing. He left home and by 1861 was working as a furniture salesman a department store at 145-147 Tottenham Court Rd; moving to Lewis Cresent, Reading with his wife Fanny Glover the daughter of a plumber and house decorator and her sister Agnes by 1871 and working as an ironmonger. By 1881, aged 41 he had become a master ironmonger employing 3 assistants, 1 apprentice, 8 girls and 2 boys at 23 Eldon Square Reading St Giles, Berkshire where he stayed for the next few years moving to number 25 by 1891 where he was living with Fanny (now aged 47) and a domestic servant; his occupation was now an Artisan well lorry hydraulic engineer? which changed to an 'engineer water supply' by 1901; Fanny had died by then and Ellen Glover (Fannys younger sister) had moved in to act as a housekeeper at 35 Hamilton Road Reading. Ellen trained to be a governess like her sisters but never worked and prior to looking after her brother-in-law she was living with her widowed father as his housekeeper too.

In the 1903 reading phone directory there is an entry for Margrett & Allsebrook ... Hydraulic High Bridge Engineers which I assume must be something to do with him (see entry).