Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Bishop Auckland and Theatre Corner 1871 (11)

Post 11

For the full story on Thomas's work in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England click on this link:

Thomas  isn't a resident in the house at 331 Georges Street, Glasgow, Scotland with Agnes Pollock and the children, on the evening of the 1871 Census, he is working in Bishop Auckland, England.

 The Bishop Auckland Census recorded Thomas as living as a boarder at 5 Adelaide Street, and working as an Artist. Neil and I travelled to Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and located the site of the boarding house where he lived on the corner of Adelaide Street.

Adelaide Street corner, the site of the boarding house where Thomas
lived in Bishop Auckland, England.
Photo Copyright (c) Neil McNee 2014



In 1871, the Masonic Music Hall, a melodrama theatre, at the junction of Newgate Street and South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, England, was undergoing alterations by architect Mr. W. V. Thompson. There is little doubt that this is where Thomas was engaged working at the time of the 1871 Census, whilst Agnes and the children, including Ellen (Granny) aged 3, were living up in Glasgow, Scotland. There were mouths to feed. His perspicacity in finding worthwhile employment is again demonstrated, and perhaps Thomas's Masonic connections helped  to gain this commission, however it would have been  a lucrative project for him to be working on.


The Plaque commemorating the performers, lessees, theatre staff and audiences
of the Former Eden Theatre, 1892-1974, the Masonic Music Hall 1865-1874,
and the Theatre Royal 1874-1892.
Photo Copyright (c) Neil McNee 2014

For the full story on Thomas's work in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England click on this link:

Keywords:

Theatre Corner - Bishop Auckland, England
Eden Theatre, Bishop Auckland - History
Frank Matcham - Architect
Stan Laurel
Laurel and Hardy
1871 Census - Scotland
Scottish Census - 1871
Theatre Royal, Bishop Auckland


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