Revised Jan 2018
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Liverpool, Toxteth, 120 Hill Street: who lived there in 1873?
Hello, I'm trying to discover who was living at 120 Hill Street, near Liverpool's Coburg and Brunswick Docks, when my Great Uncle Edwin CLAYTON was born there in November 1873. I've just received a copy of Edwin's birth certificate which records his birth on 16 November 1873 at 120 Hill Street, in the West Derby and Toxteth registration district of Liverpool. Edwin's parents, William CLAYTON and Caroline (nee PIGGOTT), usually resided in the East End of London, and I don't believe 120 Hill Street was their permanent residence. For various complicated reasons (another story!) they had travelled to Liverpool for the birth of their son Edwin.
I have found on the 1871 census that 120 Hill Street was the residence of George WAKEFORD, his wife Georgina (nee WELLSTED) and their family. George was a Marine Store Dealer, and there's evidence that it was his own business.
George WAKEFORD's wife Georgina had died in Q3 1871 and George married his second wife, Elizabeth, on 4th Sept 1872. George's address at that time was still Hill Street, and his occupation was still Marine Store Dealer.
If you are researching any of these familes, or have access to a Liverpool Trade Directory of 1873 and could look up the address for me, I would be hugely grateful if you could contact me. I'm trying to establish whether there was any special connection between the CLAYTONs and Wakefords. As George had been a merchant seaman earlier in his life, and William Clayton was also a merchant seaman, I am wondering whether they were old shipmates. Another possibility is that as the WAKEFORDS, PIGGOTTS and WELLSTEDS had originated from Sussex and Hampshire, they may have been related.
For background info, Hill Street runs almost due west from Coburg and Brunswick Docks, and according to an 1880s map of the area it was quite densely built-up with terraced houses and pubs, as well as the Royal Southern Hospital on the north side.
Many thanks for reading this.