I was interested in Ken’s article “Snippet from the past 1” as my sister had piano lessons from a Miss Bright of Church Road, during the late forties/early fifties. The 1929 Electoral Register shows: Lydia Bright, Church Road and Charles Frederick and Ellen Bright, at “Glenhurst”. Church Road which leads easily to the assumption that Lydia was their daughter. However, this was not so because their daughter was Norma.
At first I thought Lydia may have been a cousin so decided to trace the family. Once again this was incorrect as the two families appear to be unrelated and were living in the same road by pure coincidence. The Bright family have been associated with Church Road for several decades.
I have traced the family back to the 1841 Census which shows Thomas Bright age 20 (an agricultural worker) and his wife Ann age 19 – newlyweds no doubt.
The 1851 Census shows Thomas and Ann Bright living at London Road, Billericay with their four children Emma, John, Charles and Alfred.
The 1861 Census shows Thomas and Ann at ‘Laindon Hall’. Thomas is now ‘Farm Bailiff’. Children listed are John age 18, Charles age 16, Alfred age 12 Thomas 9 and Mary Ann age 4.
The 1871 Census shows Thomas (Farm Bailiff) and Ann still at ‘Laindon Hall Farm’ with children: Charles 25, Alfred 21, Thomas 18, Mary Ann 14, Fred 8 and Jubel 3. (Alfred married Rachel Judd 1873, Billericay – Rachel’s second marriage).
The 1881 Census shows Thomas now age 61 living in Church Road, Laindon (name of dwelling not mentioned) with his son Alfred, daughter-in-law Rachel and their children Thomas age 5, Mary 3 and Bertha 1.
The 1881 Census shows Alfred’s brother Charles, also living in Church Road, (house number or name not mentioned): Charles (Agricultural Labourer) age 35, his wife Anne and children: Sarah 9, Charles 7, Alice 4 and Christopher 1.
The 1891 Census shows Alfred (‘Railway Labourer’) and Rachel living in Laindon (no exact address details given) with their children: Thomas 15, Bertha 11, Alfred 9, Rachel 8, Edward 6, Ethel 5, William 3, plus Thomas Perry (Father-in-Law) and David Perry (Brother-in-Law). (Six years later, son Thomas married Lydia Whitwood, 1897, Billericay)
The 1901 Census shows Thomas age 25 (a bricklayer) and Lydia Bright living in Southend Road, Crays Hill Village with daughter Grace Violet age 1.
The 1911 Census shows Thomas and Lydia living in Southend Road, Crays Hill with daughters, Violet 11, Lydia 9 and Rose 3.
The 1911 Census also shows Alfred Bright age 62 (Stockman on farm) and his wife Rachel living in Church Road, Laindon (unfortunately once again no specific house number or name is given). Plus Frederick Bright age 19 (a “carter” born in Laindon) and David Perry, a gardener and cousin of Rachel.
The 1918 Electoral Register shows Rachel Bright apparently living alone in Church Road, Laindon.
The 1929 Electoral Register shows Lydia Bright apparently living alone in Church Road, Laindon.
Death Record 1931 – Lydia Bright age 63.
Wills and Probate 1931.
Lydia Bright, widow (of Thomas Bright), of Crays Hill, Essex died 28th May at The Retreat, Billericay Essex. (Part of St Andrew’s Hospital).
Administration London 2nd November to her daughter Grace Violet Hockley (nèe Bright).
A bit complicated but very interesting. At least we have traced Lydia’s family, if not the name of the bungalow or bungalows in Church Road where they had lived.