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Joseph Pulham

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Sarah Davy



Parents:
William Pulham

Eliza Whitlam

Children:
William Whitlam Pulham
Eliza Pulham
Rebecca Pulham
Thomas Pulham
Walter Pulham
Arthur Pulham
Frederick Pulham
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The Pulham Family

William Pulham's family

Parents:
name born married died
William Pulham
5 March 1815
Wingfield, Suffolk


Eliza Whitlam
1822
Norwich, Norfolk


Children:
name born married died
William Whitlam Pulham

21 October 1843
Norwich, Norfolk


Jemimah Ann Welburn
Eliza Pulham

17 June 1845
Norwich, Norfolk


Rebecca Pulham

1847
Norwich, Norfolk


Thomas Pulham

1851
Norwich, Norfolk


Walter Pulham

1853
Norwich, Norfolk


Emma Smith
Arthur Pulham

1856
Norwich, Norfolk


Frederick Pulham

1859
Norwich, Norfolk


 

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The history of William Pulham's family

William Pulham was born in Wingfield, Suffolk in 1815. This is an attractive Suffolk village near the Norfolk border and just a few miles south from the 'Pulhams'. These are the two Norfolk villages of Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary.

St Andrews Church, Wingfield

He probably married his wife Eliza in about 1842. It is likely that his wife Eliza's maiden name was Whitlam. If this is the case then she would have been the daughter of either Thomas T. Whitlam or Robert Whitlam. Thomas T. Whitlam, born 1793, was most likely to have been her father.

St Andrews Church, Wingfield
St Andrews Church, Wingfield


St Martins Church
St Martin at Oak Church, Oak Street, Norwich

Oak Street, Norwich

Between 1843 and 1845, the family lived within the parish of St Martin at Oak. This was church where William was christened on 19 November 1843 and Eliza on 6 July 1845.

St Martins at Oak, Norwich

St Marys Church
St Marys Church, St Marys Plain, Norwich

In 1851 he was living in St Marys Plain, Norwich with his wife Eliza and four children. This is just a couple of hundred yards from St Martin at Oak. At that time he was a grocer. Business must have been good, for the family had a house maid and a nurse maid.

St Marys Plain, Norwich

The house must have been of a good size, for besides the family and the two maids, William's two younger brothers were also living there. On the night of the 1851 census, they even had a young visitor staying. This eleven year old errand boy, William Patrick, came from Wingfield, the village where William and his two brothers were born.

In 1854, William was not just a grocer but also a tea dealer and tallow chandler.

By 1858, the business had expanded with premises in both Coslany Street and Oak Street, Norwich. In the following year, William had moved from Coslany Street to St Marys Plain.

Oak Street, Norwich

These three streets are very close to each other. Unfortunately, apart from three churches, virtually no building have survived from this period.

St Mary's church is interesting in that it has a typical Norman round tower. These round flint towers are typical of Norfolk and Suffolk where there is no native building stone.

Although the family were living in St Marys Plain in 1851, they had moved by 1861.

In 1881, William was still running a shop, the Draper & Grocers Shop, High Street, Burnham, Essex. His son Thomas was still living with him and as he was a draper, was probably helping to run the shop.

Another of William's sons, Walter, lived nearby in a house called 'New Town'. Like his brother, Walter also probably helped in the family business as he gave his occupation in 1881 as grocer and draper.

The map shows the area a few years after the Pulhams had moved. In the immediate area around St Marys there are two other churches, St Martins and St Michaels as well as numerous public houses (PH on the map). It is not surprising that Norwich was famous for 'a church for each week and a pub for each day of the year!'

Coslany Street
Looking from Coslany Square towards Coslany Street


Map of St Marys area, late 1890's
Map of St Marys area, late 1890's


Sources:

15 January 2000: 1851 Census HO107 1812 folio 232
15 January 2000: 1851 Census HO107 1816 folio 323
15 January 2000: 1861 Census RG9 1210 folios 120, 119, 130, 132-135
15 January 2000: 1881 Census RG11 1773 folio 28
15 January 2000: Whites Norfolk Directory: 1854
15 January 2000: Post Office Directory: 1858
15 January 2000: Rogers Norwich Directory: 1859
5 February 2000: St Martin at Oak birth registers:1842-1855 28 February 2000: Fressingham parish registers: weddings 1805-1811 (entry no 384)

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