|Godwin 304 High Holborn and 161 Strand|
|This image is James Godwin, jeweller of High Holborn, circa 1810, and his wife Esther (Slorach) painted by miniature portrait artist Thomas Peat. The paintings sold at auction in 2008 at British auction house Burstow and Hewett.The originals were 2.25" by 2" and painted on porcelain. Peat is known to have lived and worked at 290 Holborn from at least 1789 onwards. John Godwin pocketbook maker and his family also lived and worked at the same address from 1789 until 1821.|
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I am interested in any information about jewellery, cutlery, silverware, watches, science books, art books, poetry books, pocket books, umbrellas, writing desks or jewellery boxes made by John Godwin, James Godwin, George Godwin, George Alfred Godwin, G.A. Godwin, Thomas Godwin or Godwin and Son of High Holborn, operating out of any of the following addresses:
304 High Holborn
290 High Holborn
7 Tottenham Court Roadplease contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This branch of the Godwin family tree can be condensed to the following paternal lineage:
James Godwin (1754-1831) and John Godwin (1746-1804) (possibly brothers or half brothers) both jewellers and pocketbook makers. Also erstwhile stationers, toy sellers, cutlers, hardwaremen, surgical instrument makers, electro gilders, portable box makers, goldsmiths, silversmiths, watchmakers, clockmakers and umbrella repairmen. Based in both The Strand and High Holborn from at least 1770. Previously in Princes Street, Cavendish Square, London
John married twice and had at least seven children. James married once and had at least four sons, James (II), George, Alfred and William Edward.
James II didn't marry, George married twice, once in England and again in India. Alfred Godwin married and lived in Cranley Common Surrey. William Edward is a mystery.
George's eldest son was George Alfred he continued the business in Holborn. Alfred had a large family in Cranley Common.
George Alfred had two sons, George James and James Beebe. George James would continue in Holborn while James Beebe moved to New Zealand where he had a large family.
George James had five sons. George Albert would take over the Holborn business, while most of his other sons moved to South Africa.
Descendants of this branch now live in England, New Zealand, Dubai, Australia, Canada, the USA, India and South Africa.
For anyone interested in London shops and businesses of the 19th century here is the entire list of central London businesses as compiled by John Tallis in his book London Street Views 1838-40
Scan of John Tallis view of The Strand London Street Views 1838-40 showing Godwin addresses Click here
Scan of John Tallis view of Holborn London Street Views 1838-40 showing Godwin Jewellers addresses Click here
Scan of John Tallis view of Tottenham Court Road London Street Views 1838-40 showing Godwin addresses Click here
19th century painting of 163-168 Strand showing railing at back of St Mary Le Strand at right Click here
19th century painting compared to photograph of 163-168 Strand Click here
1953 photograph of 162-171 Strand showing Godwin homes Click here
Dynamic animated map of 290 Holborn London showing different eras and names of courtyards behind Click here
Dynamic animated map of The Strand and Somerset House in London showing different eras with Godwin locations highlighted Click here
Connections with the Shelley Baronets in Sussex Click here
Map showing James Godwin descendant addresses from 1769-1952. Click here
Spreadsheet showing sources for Godwin addresses from 1745-1906. Click here
List of Godwin marriages, burials, apprenticeships and Wills Click here
More Godwin marriages, burials, apprenticeships and Wills Click here
Godwin directory listings Here
John Godwin of The Strand paperwork Here
James Godwin of The Strand and Holborn paperwork Here
Charles James Jackson FSA English Goldsmiths and Their Marks Here
R.C. Hope FSA English Goldsmiths Here
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