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Andrew’s Family - Part 2

The McConvilles of Altrincham - Part 2

In 1850, Altrincham’s population was growing rapidly having risen from 1860 inhabitants at the time of the 1841 census, to 4872 in 1850 at the time of the inquiry.

Gallery 3

Entry in Chapel Street

Victorian Altrincham

Extract from a Report to

The General Board of Health

On a Preliminary Inquiry into

The Sewerage, Drainage and Supply of Water and the Sanitary Condition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Altrincham


“There is no general system

of drainage in the town. There are several surface and road drains, two of which empty themselves into the watercourse flowing from Hale Moss, one into Timperley Brook, and one at Sandiway.

There were at the time of the

inquiry 26 recognised common lodging-houses, having from 4 to

10 beds in each. The number of nightly lodgers, vagrants, and

others, was estimated at 546; but the overcrowding frequently

exceeds this. All these houses are without proper means of ventilation, drainage, or other sanitary convenience. They are in a dirty and unhealthy state,

many of them extremely so.”

Martha died in 1878 and Andrew’s remaining children Martha, Andrew and Mary appear on the 1881 census living with their father at No.24 Pownall Street. Also living with them is Alice McConville who is recorded as Andrew’s sister. Both Andrew senior and Andrew junior are recorded as bricklayers labourers, Martha as housekeeper and Mary is at school. In 1886, Martha had an illegitimate daughter whom she christened Mary Agnes. The name of the father is not recorded. On 9th June 1888, Martha married Thomas Speakman. At the time of the 1891 census, Andrew junior is living in Royle Street with his sister Martha, her husband Thomas Speakman and their two daughters, Mary aged 4 and Elizabeth aged 2. He is 17 years old and working as a bricklayer. We have found no record of Andrew’s sister Mary, who would have been 15 years old at this time, on this census.

Andrew senior had married Ellen Guest on 24th September 1881 at St Vincent’s, Altrincham, and in 1891 they were living at No.26 Pownall Street, next door to where they were living ten years earlier. They had six children. The eldest, Joseph, born in 1882 had died in 1889. The five remaining were ages 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7. Ellen died on 23rd July 1900 and the 1901 census shows us that Andrew, now a widower, was still living at 26 Pownall Street with sons Samuel and James, (who were later to emigrate to Canada) and also the Speakman family, Thomas, Martha, Mary, Eliza and son Andrew aged 4. They had had two other sons, John Willie and Thomas, both of whom died in infancy. A few years later, in 1907, they had another son who they called James and who lived for only 30 minutes. He was buried at St Mary’s church, Bowdon on 8th June 1907

Mary married Henry Martin on 26th October 1896 and Andrew married Gertrude Percival on 9th November 1896. The 1901 census shows that Mary and Henry were living in Paradise Street and had three children. Clara aged 11 was the daughter of Henry’s previous marriage to Mary Tremble who died in 1893. Their own children were Harry aged 3 and Annie aged 2. Andrew and Gertrude were also living in Paradise Street with two children, Annie age 3 and Andrew aged 1. Annie is listed on the census sheet for Altrincham General Hospital where she was a patient.