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Beckett Street, stonemasons

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Beckett Street, stonemasons
Description:
Undated. View shows a group of stonemasons at the yard on Beckett Street where they worked. Believed to be situated opposite what is now St. James's Hospital, it may have been the premises of James Marr, monumental mason of 128 Beckett Street. One of the men is thought to be Joseph Coultas.

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
If the information in the description is correct, that Joseph Coultas Jnr. is in the photo, and that the owner of the yard is James Marr, then the photo dates from between 1902 and 1911. It can be no earlier, nor later, because the previous owner - John Leach, was still there in 1901. He died in 1902 aged 71. And by 1911, Joseph Coultas Jnr. had become Snr. and was working at the local Terra Cotta works. Exactly when this Stone Mason's yard ceased operation is not known, but to see where it was, and what became of it, see image 2003815_28448123. I thank whoever sent in this wonderful photograph. As a Beckett Street child of the 1940's, and an amateur historian of the area, this photo speaks volumes to me. There was another Monumental Mason's - much smaller than this one, about a hundred yards away, where we lived and where my father worked making and lettering gravestones.

Date:
03-Sep-2011

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barry.hallam2@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Joanne Carter

Comment:
This photo intrigues me, my greatx2 grandfather was a Stone Mason of high standing employing 3 men and a boy and lived on Stipendiary St, this was mid 1850's,his son went on also to be a stone Mason living on Industrial Terr...perhaps he is one of these gentlemen

Date:
14-Jul-2012

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Name:
Peter Coultas

Comment:
I supplied this photo originally in the hope that somebody might be able to identify my granddad Joseph or perhaps his brother Samuel. I now believe that this was taken at the yard of Chadwick and Son which located further up Beckett Street near the cemetery.The site can be seen on 2003815_27210635. One of the witnesses at my granddad's marriage in 1897 was John William Chadwick. Moreover Samuel (aged 14) was described as a sculptor in the 1891 Census.

Date:
20-May-2013

Email:
peecee49@btinternet.com

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