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Life and History Of Edith Louisa Barber (nee Nicholls) 1881-1970


Edith Louisa Nicholls

My Nan Edith Louisa Barber (nee Nicholls), born 18 March 1881, 4 Sandown Terrace, Guidford St, Aston Manor, Birmingham.
Died, 6 Oct 1970.
Parents were, George Thomas Nicholls and Elizabeth Ann Nicholls (nee Goode)
Edith Louisa, was one of five children,
Maud Nicholls, born 1880
Alice Nicholls, born 1883
Percy Nicholls, born 1885
Lottie Nicholls, born 1888

On the 1901 Census Edith’s fathers occupation was shown as, Jewellery stamper (gold) and Edith’s occupation shown as, Watch-bar and swivel maker (gold).
At this time Edith was 20 years old and living at number 13 John Street, Hockley, Birmingham.
For your information the watch-bar was attached to a gold or silver chain, and the other end of the chain was attached to a pocket watch by the swivel, the watch-bar would pass through the buttonhole on a gent’s waistcoat, I think it was a form of safety device to stop someone pick-pocketing them. The name for this piece of jewellery was, Albert.
A Birmingham jeweller presented Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert, with one of these in 1845, and so the name was coined.
I know most of the family were involved with the Hockley Jewellery trade, but I have no evidence that they were all working at the same factory,
Its possible they were though, because their father George Thomas Nicholls born 1857, had been working in the Jewellery trade since he left school at fourteen, as his father before him, George Nicholls Born 1833.
He would have held a senior position within the factory and may have had the influence to get his daughters work but that’s something I cannot say for certainty.
Edith’s Brother, Percy Nicholls started work at fourteen as a Tram Clark and latter became a Tram Driver.
My Nan, Edith and my mom Violet Louisa Barber, told me they would wait for Percy’s Tram to come along so they could get a free ride, I wonder if west midland transport know about this mom!
Edith’s Mother, Elizabeth Ann Goode was born 31 May 1856, Northamptonshire,
And is on the1901 Census as wife to George Thomas Nicholls, her occupation
Is shown as, Embroiderer Lace, I know very little else about her as she
Died when she was quite young at the age of 55 in 1911.
In 1906 Edith meet George Barber; born 12 June 1886, Wickhambrook, Suffolk, he
Was a soldier serving with the 21 Battery of the Royal field Artillery, and stationed at,
Great Brook St Barracks, Birmingham.
They first meet at a dance in Birmingham, and twelve months latter they were married
on the, 23 Dec 1907, they remained together for 64 years.

My Nan Edith Louisa Nicholls, what can I say about her, Well she was my Nan,
She was my mate, and she was my second mother, in fact she was all the things a
Grandmother should be and more, and her rice puddings were out of this world.

Edith Louisa Nicholls, 1881-1970.

Linked toFamily: Barber/Nicholls (F3)

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