Albert Parchment 1867-1932


1867. Albert Parchment was born 12/9/1867, 5 Crosland Place, Bethnal Green , date from G.L.- did he get it from Warners?- no baptism found - the 6th child of 7 to parents William Parchment & Charlotte Bennett.

1871C Albert Parchment aged 4, living with his parents and 2 siblings at 7 East St. Bethnal Green


1874. His mother, Charlotte dies, 27/12/1874’, of Phthsis Pulmonalio, aged 42, at 38 Moss Street. He is just 7. Have d.c. DP3

1877. 4/7/1877 his father remarries 25 yr old Elizabeth Austen but she dies within 2-5 months ,Dec 1877. . So,10 yr old Albert only had a 'new' mum for 2-5 mths at most!

1881 C. Albert Parchment, 13, living at 38,Moss St., Bethnal Green. East Street was renamed Moss Street, but do not know whether 7 East Street became 38 Moss Street!. Anyway, in the same street as in 1871C..


He worked as a weaver for Warners and Sons for at least 45 year, first in B.Green and then in Braintree. His father died 8/8/1881 when he was just 13, but already a silkweaver, so did he join Warner Bros. then? His elder brother George was married with a family, so he might well have moved in with them.

1888. Albert Parchment married, aged 21, Alice Thompson, aged 23, on 5/08/1888 in St. Andrews, B.Gn. He was a silkweaver of 71 Derbyshire St., father deceased. She was 'silk weaving', of Panfield Road, Bocking, father Walter Thompson was a seedsman [ but in previous censuses had been a thatcher, and a gardener & thatcher, and I do not think there is any link to the famous Thompson seed company].. Witnesses were William James Fedden, his brother-in-law, and Emma Thompson, her elder sister by 2 years .


He had the opportunity to meet Alice from Bocking as his Bennett grandparents were living in Braintree until 1892, and they might well have taken care of his younger sister, Charlotte, 11 on his father's death in 1881 in Bethnal Green. The Thompsons were also Charlotte's friends - as Emma Thompson was a witness at her wedding, later that year, in December 1888.

1891C. Albert & Alice were still living in Bethnal Green in 1891,[parish of St. Barnabas] at 11 Burgoyne Rd., her brother, Frederick Thompson, 20, milk? carrier living with them . Thomas Ellingford, 28, butcher, b.Braintree, wife & 5 children living at 15 Burgoyne Rd!


1893-1895. Albert Parchment living at 11 Burgoyne Road, B.G. in Electoral Roll registers.

1896. Likely they moved to Braintree ~1896.

1901C.They had moved to Braintree, Lower Railway Street.. They had no children.


1911C, Albert Parchment, aged 43, married, Silk Weaver in Silk Factory, b.Shoreditch, living with wife, Alice ,44, married 22 years, no children, silk winder at home, b. Braintree, living at 117 South Street, Braintree in 6 rooms[ thus quite comfortably off].



. He wove the material for Princess Mary [ daughter of Queen Mary] of Teck's first intended wedding dress[ but this marriage never took place as her fiancee ,the Duke of Clarence, died in 1892 and the fabric was never used]. To her family, Princess Mary was informally known as "May", after her birth month. At the age of 24 she was betrothed to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, but six weeks after the announcement of the engagement he died unexpectedly of pneumonia. The following year she became engaged to Albert Victor's next surviving brother, George, who subsequently became king.. He then wove the silk for this 1893 wedding - at the factory of Warner & Sons in Hollybush Gardens[ West of station].: the designer of the fabric was Arthur Silver. A year later a firm in Braintree called Daniel Waters and Son went into liquidation and was taken over by Warners, who immediately began transferring their activities to Braintree and subsequently closed down the Bethnal Green Factory, Albert moving to Braintree about this time.Albert was on The Weavers Committee in 1895. He also received an Honorable Mention for a fabric displayed at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1900. In 1902 he wove the cloth of gold for the pallium and supertunica worn by King Edward 7 at his coronation. He also wove Avebury for an exhibition in 1914.

1932. Albert Parchment aged 65 died on 29/12/1932 only 3 or 4 weeks after finishing 36 yards of damask. He was buried 2/1/1933 in Braintree Cemetery . Warners closed down in the 1970s and today there is a Warner Archive in Braintree, open 11-4 Wed. - Sat.

 Braintree Council has a record of two Burials in our Braintree Cemetery, Albert Parchment,
 Age 65 Years, Buried on the 2nd January 1933.  Alice Parchment, Age 86 Years, Buried on the
21st June 1951: both are buried together in Plot Number 6974.  

1951. His widow, Alice Parchment, died in 1951, aged 86.

Article written 2010 by Geoffrey Lewis on Albert Parchment. In this , details on orphan Albert in 1881 not correct: his elder brother George1852 was still alive, married, and would probably have taken him in. Also, only one [ Louisa 1855-57] of his siblings had died in infancy, brother William had died aged 23 in 1880, but many of his Parchment cousins and a daughter of brother George had indeed died in infancy.

A postcard from his nephew, Harold Turner, in France, to Edie Turner in 1917 asks for regards to be sent to Uncle Albert.

Theodora ,1891, Parchment/Lewis [G.L's mother] used to tell her son that Albert had an impediment in his speech, and, when Queen Mary, or Princess May as she was known then, came to the factory in Bethnal Green to watch him weaving the silk for her wedding dress she asked him questions and as he struggled to reply a foreman stepped forward to answer for him but the Princess waved him aside and insisted on letting Albert answer for himself.

See link in his father's ,William's, page for articles on weaving 1860-1920s.

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