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Richard Aslet (b. November 21, 1841, d. Abt. 1919)Richard Aslet (son of Andrew Aslet and Emma Jane Pope) was born November 21, 1841 in Hulme, Manchester, England, and died Abt. 1919 in London, England.He married Emma Shaw on July 21, 1873 in Hoxton, London, England, daughter of Emma Shaw.
Notes for Richard Aslet:
Recollections by Lesley Poole Green:I have the impression that my mother remembered her grandfather with great affection. He was about ten years older than his wife so he was in his seventies as my mother would have known him. The postcard photos that he sent to his grandchildren on their birthdays shows a white haired, bearded old gentleman with neatly trimmed white beard and round, rimless or wire-framed spectacles. He was in the drapery wholesale business all his life and he was a magician as a hobby. He belonged to the "Magic Circle", a well known British private society for magicians.
He was very kind hearted. My Aunt Phyl confided that she believed he was known as a "soft touch". Certainly, in later years my mother received from one of her aunts a "pigeon's blood" ruby ring which Grandpa Aslet once owned, supposedly given to him as a pledge for money he lent to someone and was never repaid. One of the aunts dropped it and the stone cracked across, showing it to be a "composite" stone with "paste" beneath.
Memories of the Aslet family from Aunt Phyllis (Pidoux) Bull,their grand daughter, recorded Oct. 16, 1998. Lesley was visiting and made notes. The following narrative relating to Grandma Aslet and their children combines Aunt Phyl's recollections and Lesley and Tom Poole's experiences:
The Aslet family lived at Goodmayes, which is a north-east London suburb near Ilford in Essex, in the early 1900's. During the first world war Auntie Amy (Aslet) and Uncle Bert Norris and their three sons lived in the basement. Uncle Bert was in the army in Egypt.
Auntie Phyl remembers visiting them with her mother (Phyl would have been about six years old). They were there for a big family party to greet her Aunt Minnie (Aslet) and Uncle Pat Dowling and their twin daughters on their return from Canada. This would have been about 1919, before Grandpa Aslet's death.
Later, at some time after Grandpa Richard Aslet's death, the household split up. The lease on the house was up. Uncle Gen married Aunt Gladys and bought a bungalow at Rayleigh in Essex to raise chickens. (Uncle Gen was always looking for new ways to set up in business, but was never successful in his various enterprises.) Gen and Gladys took Grandma Aslet to live with them. Auntie Ethel worked in the warehouse business like her father had done. She set up in business with a drapers shop with her partners Daisy Nice and "Wardie", both seamstresses. They eventually had a shop in Packington Street, Islington, a poor, working class neighborhood. Aunt Daisy sewed for a warehouse and also for the shop - draperies, aprons, children's clothes - all very cheap stuff.
Grandma Aslet hated Rayleigh, so she came to live at Packington St. in a bedsit on the 4th storey of the tenement above the shop. Aunt Phyl and her mother visited her there. Phyl remembers the shop, very dim and dark and hung with aprons and drapery fabrics, then climbing up many flights of stairs to see her grandma. Grandma Aslet was also sent up to Sutton Coldfield from time to time to stay for 2 or 3 weeks with the Pidoux family. It must have been very difficult for the family, especially after the depression began, because the old lady had no income or means of support and was not able to live alone, but most of her children were working. Uncle Gen always looked after his mother but she was "difficult" and hard to look after. She had various accidents when she was elderly and living at Packington St. Phyl's mother had been a milliner and continued to make her mother's hats, always in the same style. Grandma Aslet's last visit to Sutton Coldfield was in 1932, after her great grand daughter Lesley Poole was born in 1932. She was there for the christening in the summer and died later that same year in Islington in late December.
When world war II came, the shop in Packington St was bombed, probably in 1941. Ethel and Daisy were in the cellar and crawled out of the wreckage. They set up again in a tiny shop across the street, from which they were later bombed out again. They retired finally to their house in Ruislip, where Lesley and her mother first visited them about 1945, and later the Poole family visited there several times over the years. Uncle Gen and Gladys also had a house nearby. They had no children. Gladys was about 44 when they married. He had failed at poultry farming and then took a greengrocers shop which also failed. They moved to Ruislip and during the war and until retirement, Uncle Gen worked as a civilian employee in the offices at the RAF base at Northolt, Mddx.
In the early 1950's, Ethel Aslet and Daisy Nice parted company. Daisy married and she and her husband moved into the Ruislip house, taking over the home which Ethel and Daisy had shared for so many years. Ethel found a flat in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where her younger sister Elsie and twin neices Margaret Dowling and Kathleen (Mrs. Tom) Moss also came to live in retirement. Uncle Gen (Lawrence Gordon) Aslet and wife Gladys continued to live at Ruislip until their deaths in the early 1970's.
More About Richard Aslet and Emma Shaw:
Marriage: July 21, 1873, Hoxton, London, England.
Marriage Notes for Richard Aslet and Emma Shaw:
On the marriage certificate the address of the couple is 19 Shepherdess Walk, Hoxton.
On the birth certificate for Richard Gurney Aslet, July 31, 1874, he was born at 40 Elliot Road, Brixton, Lambeth which is also the address given for the informant, Emma Aslet, mother. I wonder whether this is where her mother and siblings were living at the time. It would be a normal procedure in those days for Emma to stay with her mother to have the baby, especially if her husband was a commercial traveller.
On the birth certificate for Elsie May Aslet, the youngest child, 20 September, 1890 the family address is 108 Forest Road, Dalston, Hackney. Informant is Richard Aslet, father, described as a Manchester Warehouseman.
Children of Richard Aslet and Emma Shaw are:
- +Richard Gurney Aslet, b. July 31, 1874, d. date unknown.
- +Emma Florence Aslet, b. November 26, 1875, London, England, d. July 5, 1945, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England.
- Charles Aslet, b. September 8, 1877, London, England, d. 1946, Australia.
- Frank L. Aslet, b. Abt. 1879, d. date unknown.
- +Minnie Frances Aslet, b. December 6, 1881, Hackney, Middlesex, d. date unknown.
- Ethel Aslet, b. Abt. December 12, 1882, d. 1961, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
- +Amy Aslet, b. Abt. February 14, 1884, d. 1932.
- Lawrence Gordon Aslet, b. June 26, 1886, d. September 5, 1974.
- Elsie May Aslet, b. August 17, 1890, 108 Forest Rd, Dalston, Hackney, Middlesex, d. July 21, 1982, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.