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James Bartlett ("Bert") HAMBLING

James Bartlett ("Bert") HAMBLING

Male 1876 - 1952  (76 years)    Has 691 ancestors and 12 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name James Bartlett ("Bert") HAMBLING 
    Nickname Bert 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 6 May 1876  34, Delamere Crescent, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: HAMBLING, James Bartlett q1 1849 Kensington RD 1a 45; GRO online index shows mother's maiden name as Issell
    Birth certificate for James Bartlett Hambling (b. 1876)
    Birth certificate for James Bartlett Hambling (b. 1876)
    Baptised 23 Nov 1876  St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • PR entry for bapt shows parents as James Bartlett and Florence Hamblin (sic), abode 34 Delamere Crescent, father's occupation shown a carpenter; by P. H. Cudlip.  
    Gender Male 
    Education Schooling 
    Abt 1880  Paddington / Harlesden, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • I guess he went to school in Paddington and / or Harlesden. He had left school by the time of the 1891 census.
    James Bartlett Hambling at School
    James Bartlett Hambling at School
    "Bert" and his brother Charles in a school photo, probably in the Paddington or Harlesden area. (The family were living in Paddington by 1876, still there 1881, in Harlesden by 1891; I don't know when they moved or if they lived elsewhere inbetween).
    Bert is the highlighted figure in the back row, Charlie highlighted in the centre.
    (My identification based on other photos of them is confirmed by marks on the photo card)
    Hobbies Boys' Brigade (8th London) 
    From 1889 to 1893  (probably in or near), Harlesden, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • One article says he joined aged 15, another in 1889; latter seems more likely (both agree until 1893).
      The Boys' Brigade was an energetic organisation and won a football cup, but JBHs contribution was only to fit the goal-posts.
      He did take an active part in gymnastic displays, though, for which the Brigade won a competition shield.
      When he becamea sergeant his unit won a flag for the best-drilled company and he was later selected to carry the flag representing the organisation at a large gathering at Lord and Lady Aberdeen's Grosvenor Square House.
    In the Boys' Brigade
    In the Boys' Brigade
    Pictured here on his 16th birthday
    Occupation Joiner 
    From 1890 to 1895  (probably in or near), Harlesden, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From leaving school (certainly by 1891) he worked for his father as a joiner / builder. The 1891 census shows him as a joiner.
    'Bert' during his years as a builder
    "Bert" during his years as a builder
    I don't know for certain if this was when working for his father or when he had set up on his own.
    I think I can see a wedding ring, which would make it 1899 or later - but it could just be a mark on the photo (I'm not even sure if he would have worn a wedding ring - did men in those days?)
    (Bert is the tall chap the 3rd from the left as you look at the photo - his name should appear if you hover over him)
    Occupation Builder - own company 
    From 1895 to 1900  Brentford area, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • I suspect his father moved back to Devon c.1894-5 leading him to start his own company and why he was lodging with his future wife and her first husband, rather than living with his parents, when she was widowed.
      Between 1897 and 1899 erected over 50 houses in Ealing and Wimbledon.
    Military Service 26th Middlesex Cyclist (Rifle) Volunteers 
    From 1898 to 1899  Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    The Royal Military Tournament
    James Bartlett Hambling in the Volunteer Cycling Corps
    Middlesex Cyclists Volunteers Badge
    Royal Tournament Medal
    The Military Cycling Display: ready for volley firing
    Residence From 1900 to 1911  [Green Dragon Cottage], The Village, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Living (with his wife and baby) with his parents and brother in Stoke Fleming at time of 1901 census. James and his wife and eldest child, Florence (my grandmother) appear to have moved to join his father in Stoke Fleming between my grandmother's birth on 2 July 1900 and her baptism on 2 September that year.

      They may have been living at Britannia House by this time but I'm not certain about this.
    Occupation Builder 
    From 1900 to 1902  Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • worked for his father ('Bert' was described as a carpenter at the time of the 1901 census, as was his father and brother)
    Baptism 8 Nov 1901  Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Electrician with Dartmouth Urban Electric Supply Company 
    From 1902 to 1921  Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Was working as a builder when Ald. W. G. Row sent him a message asking if he would care to work for the Electric Light Co. He did.

      First pay day was 6th June, 1902 when the rate was 6½d. an hour. His first job as an electrician  was to lay the cables to wire Dartmouth Royal Naval College, and he was present on 22nd Sept. when the current was switched on.

      He worked with Mr. H. Payn. When JBH died Mr. Payn recalled many jobs they did together, "such as laying submarine cables across the River Dart, a tricky operation in those days".
      I have a photo of this somewhere which should appear here in time.
    Electric Exhibition in Dartmouth
    Laying submarine cables across the River Dart - whole photo
    Residence From 1911 to 1914  Britannia House, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Recorded as a shop in the 1911 census; had 7 rooms. The family seem clearly to have still been living at Britannia House in 1914, from the Directory entry recorded below, and probably lived there until moving to Portelli Guest House in 1918.

      The 1914 Kelly's Directory of Devon and Cornwall (part 1 - Devon: County & Localities) lists James in the commercial section of the Stoke Fleming entry:
      "Hambling, James Bartlett, jun. refreshment rooms, confectioner, & apartments; every convenience for visitors."
      An entry also appeared in part 2 (Devon: Private Resident & Trad Directories) in the "Apartments" section - "Hambling, James Bartlett jun. Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth"

      Although it was James who was listed I think it was the women-folk who did most of the work in The Tuck Shop while James worked as an electrician.
    Residence From 1918 to 1921  Portelli Guest House, Ridge Hill, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • His wife ran the guest house with the assistance of their daughter Ivy while James was employed as an electrician.
    Occupation Electrician 
    From 1921 to 1924  Godalming, Surrey, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Hobbies Gardening 
    From 1924 to 1952  Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • His main hobby according to his obituary; his garden in Tytton Lane was half an acre.
      I am guessing it was a hobby throughout his time in Boston; whether he gardened before moving there I don't know.
    Residence First home in Boston 
    From 1924 to 1930  “Electra”, 84, Main Ridge, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From accounts of his time in Boston he had 3 homes there, this being the first. It is where my mother was born in 1930 but he had moved from here by 1935.
    Occupation Electrician 
    1924  Northwood, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Worked at Northwood, Middlesex under Mr. H Payn, with whom he had worked in Dartmouth.
    Occupation Electrician with the Boston Electricity Supply Co. 
    From 1924 to 1947  Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • One article refers to him taking semi-retirement in 1947, another to working for the Boston Co. for 27 years - so maybe he only fully retired in 1951, except that the article that says 27 years also says "until he retired some years ago". (Typical of local papers, I can see assorted errors in dates and ages in the articles).

      His obituary includes reminiscences from Mr. Payn, who described JBH as a "good old worker" and remembered seeing him curled up in a coil of cable trying to snatch some sleep! Frequent cable breakages in those days meant they had to work all hours.
      He worked with Mr Payn in Dartmouth and Northwood, and who was later to become Boston district manager of the East Midlands Electricity Board and who I think led to his move to Boston. JBH moeved to Boston when the town was first electrified and took a leading part in the wiring of the town and district.
      He made use of his skill in decorating his house for a celebration - I think I have a photo somewhere (I'm not sure if this was George V's Silver Jubilee, Coronation or to celebrate the end of WW2)
    Residence 2nd home in Boston 
    From 1935 to 1936  2, Alma Villas, Freiston Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Not sure of dates, mid 1930s including 1935 and 1936; moved here after 1 Jan 1930 and had moved on before my mother spent a year in Boston in c.1940-41.
    Residence Last home in Boston 
    From 1939 to 1952  “Park View”, 104, Tytton Lane East, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • The 1939 registration shows that they were at Park View by then
    Died 4 Nov 1952  55, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died at the home of his daughter, Ivy.
      Died of 1a. Broncho pneumonia
      2 Chronic bronchitis
      Registered by his daughter Ivy, present at the death.
    Death certificate for James Bartlett Hambling (b 1876)
    Death certificate for James Bartlett Hambling (back)
    Obituary for James Bartlett Hambling
    Court Family Bible
    Funeral 7 Nov 1952  St. Botolph’s Church (“The Stump”), Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Funeral - James Bartlett Hambling
    Funeral - James Bartlett Hambling
    Funeral of James Bartlett Hambling reported in a local paper (date and name of paper unknown)
    Buried 7 Nov 1952  The Cemetery, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Burial in Boston Cemetery following service at the Stump.
    The graves of Minnie Ann and James Bartlett Hambling
    The grave of James Bartlett Hambling
    Close-up of the headstone for James Bartlett Hambling
    The graves of Minnie Ann and James Bartlett Hambling
    Grant of Administration Probate Calendar Entry 
    13 Jan 1953  London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Hambling James Bartlett of 41 Ravenslea-road London S.W. 12 died 4 November 1952 at 55 West-street Boston Lincolnshire Administration London 13 January to Florence Minnie Bailey married woman. Effects £1015 17s. 6d."
    Person ID I7  All | Teresa's direct ancestors, The descendants of Charles Court and Frances née Tapner
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2020 

    Father James Bartlett HAMBLING,   b. 20 Jan 1849, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1930, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Florence ISSELL,   b. 11 Sep 1854, Stokenham, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1933, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Banns of marriage From 5 Apr 1874 to 19 Apr 1874  St. Peter’s Church, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 29 Apr 1874  St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, Stokenham, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Hambling, James Bartlett to Issell, Florence q2 1874 Kingsbridge RD 5B 373

      Florence's 1st cousin Louisa Jane PITTS was a witness; she lived in Stoke Fleming and was close in age to Florence, but was also related to James (2nd cousin once removed) - had she introduced the couple to each other?
    Wedding Anniversary Golden 
    29 May 1924  Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • This Anniversary is noted in Auntie Ivy's date book but I have not found evidence of any celebration, or of any photo. Have not (yet) looked in local papers.
      However, according to marriage certificate it would have bee 29 April 1924!
    Children 3 children 
    Photos
    James Bartlett and Florence Hambling and family
    James Bartlett and Florence Hambling and family
    James Bartlett Hambling (b 1849), his wife Florence nee Issell and their sons, Charles Henry Hambling (left) and James Bartlett Hambling (right)
    Family ID F6    |  Family Chart

    Family Minnie Ann COURT,   b. 25 Aug 1878, Brentford, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1952, The Gables Hospital, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1899  St. Mary’s Church, Ealing, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • My great grandmother was married first to Timothy Longland. My understanding is that he was a close friend of my great grandfather, who lodged with them. When dying TL asked JBH to take care of his wife (pregnant when he died). After TL died JBH did the respectable thing and moved out, waited until the year of mourning was up, and then married TL's widow - what better way of taking care of her?! Sadly in the intervening year or so between being widowed (aged 19) and remarrying my great grandmother had given birth to her second child, lost it and then a few months later her first born had also died, aged 2½.
      She must have been in need of comfort! Hopefully too the birth of a child who survived, my grandmother, some 8½ months after her second marriage brought her comfort.

      I have a copy of a letter my great grandfather wrote to his father after my grandmother got engaged complaining about the way his father was treating her - referring to it being like the way he had been treated (something that was news, but not a total surprise, to the family when we came across this after my grandfather's death). Not a total surprise due to my great grandmother's family history (17 years before the marriage my great grandmother's uncle had died in goal. He had been there at the time of both the 1871 and 1881 censuse, with another uncle and his family in the workhouse at the earlier date. At the same time, their mother had been in and out of the lunatic asylum and continued to be until her death in 1916. And had knowledge of an ancestor's brother in the C18th being a vicious smuggler survived?)
      Clearly, though, my great grandfather had not been disowned in the way my grandmother was, as before her first birthday my grandmother along with both her parents and grandparents had moved from Brentford to Stoke Fleming, where they contined to live close to each other for some years, my great grandmother working in her father-in-law's shop / tea rooms.

      The marr cert says "The Parish Church" - in Brentford district, no indication of which, so I assumed Brentford.  But  Golden Wedd newspaper article says St Mary's, Ealing (which is in B. district) (Vicar was W. (C/E.) Oliver)
    Certificate for the marriage of James Bartlett Hambling to Minnie Ann Longland (nee Court)
    Certificate for the marriage of James Bartlett Hambling to Minnie Ann Longland (nee Court)
    Wedding Anniversary Golden 
    21 Oct 1949  Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Two reports of the Golden Wedding of James Bartlett and Minnie Ann Hambling
    Golden Wedding
    Golden Wedding Certificate from BESCO
    Children 3 children 
    Photos
    Gathering on Blackpool Sands (1904)
    The family in the garden
    Gathering on Blackpool Sands (1906)
    The family in the back yard
    The Hambling Family, Easter 1922
    Picnic time
    Last Modified 5 May 2011 
    Family ID F5    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 May 1876 - 34, Delamere Crescent, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 23 Nov 1876 - St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 26th Middlesex Cyclist (Rifle) Volunteers - From 1898 to 1899 - Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Oct 1899 - St. Mary’s Church, Ealing, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Builder - From 1900 to 1902 - Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Florence Minnie HAMBLING - 2 Jul 1900 - 62, Carlyle Road, Ealing, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 8 Nov 1901 - Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Electrician with Dartmouth Urban Electric Supply Company - From 1902 to 1921 - Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Ivy May HAMBLING - 20 Dec 1903 - Avondale, Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From 1911 to 1914 - Britannia House, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From 1918 to 1921 - Portelli Guest House, Ridge Hill, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Electrician - From 1921 to 1924 - Godalming, Surrey, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsHobbies - Gardening - From 1924 to 1952 - Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - First home in Boston - From 1924 to 1930 - “Electra”, 84, Main Ridge, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Electrician - 1924 - Northwood, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Electrician with the Boston Electricity Supply Co. - From 1924 to 1947 - Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2nd home in Boston - From 1935 to 1936 - 2, Alma Villas, Freiston Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Last home in Boston - From 1939 to 1952 - “Park View”, 104, Tytton Lane East, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsWedding Anniversary - Golden - 21 Oct 1949 - Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Nov 1952 - 55, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsFuneral - 7 Nov 1952 - St. Botolph’s Church (“The Stump”), Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Nov 1952 - The Cemetery, Boston, Lincolnshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsGrant of Administration - Probate Calendar Entry - 13 Jan 1953 - London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Photos
    James Bartlett and Florence Hambling and family
    James Bartlett Hambling, c. 1900
    A closer view
    Florence Hambling (my grandmother) with her family in about 1901
    The wedding of Ivy Hambling to Sydney Stainton
    James Bartlett Hambling and Chum
    Laying submarine cables across the River Dart
    Hambling Family

    Documents
    A Royal Tuck-Shop: when the King took 9d. teas
    A Royal Tuck-Shop: when the King took 9d. teas
    An article which appeared on the front page of a Boston paper about the Tuck Shop.
    As well as the cutting I have the whole sheet on which it appeared, but this is rather ragged now where folded in the middle.

    Wills (transcripts)
    The will of Tryphena Issell (nee Kellond) (c. 1823 - 1909)
    The will of Tryphena Issell (nee Kellond) (c. 1823 - 1909)
    Bert was the appointed the executor and was a beneficiary named in his grandmother's will (the only family member named in her will)

    Albums
    JBH in the Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers
    JBH in the Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers (22)
    Bert was in the Volunteers from 1898 to 1899.