John Barber Field
Born 7 Apr 1778 -
baptised 19 Apr 1778 - married 25 Sep 1803 - died 25
a trained saddler
of Syke House, Woodkirk, West Ardsley, West Yorkshire
( M-M-F-M-F )
Born to parents Thomas Field and
Mary Barber of Syke House, West Ardsley, Woodkirk
1778 Apr 19
It was Easter Sunday when
he was baptised at St.Mary the Virgin, West Ardsley, Woodkirk.
annual Horse Fairs (Lee
Lee Gap Fair) with
Royal Charter awarded by King Stephen in the 1100s. From
then it was a
place where horse-tack of the highest quality would be bought and sold.
Legend has it that patrons travelled across Europe to visit
1803 Sep 25
He married Sophia Crockford
Peter & St Paul, Borden, nr
John's parish is recorded as St.Andrew's, Canterbury.
1806 Jan 5
daughter Sophia was baptised at
1807 Nov 22
Their son George
Crockford was baptised
Their daughter Louisa Field was baptised at
but believed to have died in infancy.
to London, close to Westminster Abbey.
1812 mm dd
Louisa Favell Field
was born in Westminster. (According to many Census
1815 Oct 31
& Nov 01 victim of
an archive of proceedings of the Old Bailey,
a 'hog butcher'
who was plaintiff in a case of shop-lifting.
In another case,
together with his young son George,
he is shown again
record as an injured party when George was victim of
robbery. It is clear that the above events
happened close to
of London. See my Old Bailey transcriptions
1816 Oct 12
their baby Thomas
Crockford Field in London.
1816 Dec 24
(Christmas Eve) Thomas was
baptised at St.George the Martyr on
Borough High Street, Southwark,
London. The church is famous in literature as the church
where Charles Dickens' fictional
Dorritt" was baptised. The family abode according to the
was Duke Street, St George's Field which is on the north side of
River Thames about 2 miles to the north-west; and his father's trade
"Victualler" (Inn-keeper ?).
1818 April Sadly,
toddler Thomas 18 months
died at the Spur
Inn on the Borough High Street about 300 yards north
of the church where he was baptised. He was buried
on Apr 19th in St. Saviour's
'author' I wonder whether
and family moved from the Duke Street premises to
the Spur Inn, as socially the two districts were, and still are,
1848 due to
times and in
particular the incoming railway-era the Spur Inn and its
The SPUR INN 1827 (See
the above image the
terrace on the right is The Spur Inn and
room. On the left is the stable block.
On the wall of the inn, the Brewer's sign reads "Combe Delafield" which
into Watneys Ales.
The drawing is from a book by William Rendle
F.R.C.S. et al.
For more detail click on the sketch, or follow this link :- "The
Inns of Old Southwark and their Associations"
One of the nuggets of information to be seen is
that in 1667 diarist Samual Pepys wrote about a
at the Spur. In that year folk would be rather
about 'fires' given that the Great Fire of London happened in the
previous year, albeit on the opposite bank of the River Thames.
times Mr Prockter reveals
some of the Spur's ancient timbers.
1819 Apr 28
Baptism of their son Thomas II Ellis Field
1822 Aug 16
Baptism of their son John Lewis Field
above John and Thomas II were baptised at 
The 'Westminster' baptism register quotes the
Webber Street (Lambeth) on the south bank of the River Thames,
assumed to be J-B-F's butchers shop. (see 1815 Old Bailey
1830 Aug 08
St. Mary's Lambeth, John's daughter (apparently a minor) Louisa Favell
Field was married to
Edward Stoner, carpenter and undertaker of Hercules Road, Lambeth.
Mr Stoner was a
near neighbour of poet/painter/engraver William Blake (his words are in
the libretto of
the anthem 'Jerusalem'. Across the River Thames in Westminster
plaque commemorates the talents of William Blake.
June 25 John
Barber Field died
aged 73. (Winterschladen family Bible)
Now for evidence of place? When he died it was a
Wednesday and only three working days before the commencement of
registration Quarter 3.
However, data at
incomplete - - a hand-written facsimile page is missing and we must
rely on a summary page which leads us to 1851 Quarter 3
St.Margaret's (data); &
I favour this church record as in 1822
were baptised there!
So, our saddler/hog butcher/Victualler seems to
been a parishioner at
Westminster, St.Margaret from 1812 until 1851.
I believe there is a bloodline to this John Barber Field from Tudor
mathmatician John Field the English
proto-Copernican here who was also Astrologer of
b.1533 daughter of the ill-fated Anne Boleyn.
Three centuries before our John Barber Field
the above proto-Copernican would have trodden the same London streets.
And they each knew their way around the parish of St.Mary's,
Ardsley, Woodkirk, West Yorkshire.
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