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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1382
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1853-1941
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.15 linear metres (58 files).
Name of creator(s): Thatcher | family | of Hammersmith


Administrative/Biographical history:

This deposit concerns the Thatcher family of Frome, Somerset, Hammersmith and Harrow.

The family originated in Frome and owned property there as well as in Kensington and Hammersmith. It is difficult to ascertain a precise date for Silas' move to Kensington, although the account book (ACC/1352/003) implies that he carried on a business of carpenter and builder there from at least 1879. In 1881 he purchased a house in Cobbold Road, Hammersmith (ACC/1382/007). He retired, and eventually died in Frome (ACC/1382/015 and 016).

Albert, Silas's son, seems to have been brought up and educated in London. As a boy of fourteen he went into business with his father; (ACC/1382/003) contains references to paying a weekly wage of 4s. to 'Bertie'. He started teaching with the School Board for London on 8 January 1894 (ACC/1382/036) and continued with the London County Council until his retirement in 1925 at the age of sixty (ACC/1382/029).

The family continued to live at 22 Lime Grove, Hammersmith, purchased in 1899 (ACC/1382/034), until Albert's death in 1934. At this date his son Alfred, with his wife Lily whom he married in 1927 (ACC/1382/046) moved to 6 Oxleay Road, Harrow. Albert's widow Elizabeth seems to have then moved to Acton (ACC/1382/047).


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection contains mostly personal and property papers of Silas Thatcher, carpenter, and his son Albert George Thatcher, teacher, as well as general family papers and photographs.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1382-1: Property and personal papers of Silas Thatcher;
ACC/1382-2: Probate and executorship papers;
ACC/1382-3: Private and property papers of Albert George Thatcher;
ACC/1382-4: Private papers of Alfred George Thatcher;
ACC/1382-5: General family papers, photographs and items.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in May 1977 by the Hendon Air Force Museum which has retained material relating to Alfred Thatcher's period of training as a 2nd. Air Mechanic with the Royal Flying Corps and his subsequent service with the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front, 1917-1919.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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