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Rock Chidley (1825-1894)

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In business as Rock Chidley, musical instrument maker

1825 Born in Middlesex son of John Chidley and Mary Hannah Chidley[1]

1841 John Chidley 50, commercial traveler, lived in Whitechapel with Mary Chidley 45, Rock Chidley 16, Eliza Chidley 17, Edward Chidley 11, Sydney Chidley 3[2]

1851 Musical instrument maker, lived at 135 High Holborn, with his wife Sophia Chidley 26, Sophia Chidley 2, Alice Chidley 1, Rock Chidley 2 Months[3]

1861 Musical instrument maker employing 4 men and 4 boys, lived in Islington with Sophia Chidley 36, Sophia Chidley 13, Alice Chidley 12, Rock Chidley 10, Richard Chidley 9, Fanny Chidley 7, Harry Chidley 5, William Chidley 4, Frederick George Chidley 2 months[4]

1865 Rock Chidley, of High Holborn, Musical Instrument Manufacturer, has given notice in respect of the invention of "improvenents in the construction of railway carriages."[5]. This invention concerned a flexible connection between carriages allowing passengers to move between carriages.

1871 Builder, lived in Hornsey with Sophia Chidley 45, Rock Chidley 20, Danny Chidley 16, William Chidley 13, Frederick G Chidley 11, Rosa Chidley 8, Charles J Chidley 6, Sydney H Chidley 3[6]

1894 Died in Fulham[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish records
  2. 1841 census
  3. 1851 census
  4. 1861 census
  5. London Gazette 25 April 1865
  6. 1871 census
  7. BMD