THE FROGGATTS OF BREWHOUSE YARD:
William Froggatt (1807 – 1866)
William was born in 1807 to James FROGGATT and Mary LOWE:
William was born 16 September1807 at Brewhouse Yard and baptised at St Nicholas, Nottingham on 16 October 1807. (The 1851 census lists BHY as his place of birth). William married Elizabeth BOWLER at Nottingham St Peter on 24 July 1832:
William still resided at Brewhouse Yard at the time of marriage but probably left soon after as his first child, Ann, was born in Edward St in 1833. He was still at Edward St in 1841:
Edward St is adjacent to Brewhouse Yard, just across Castle St to the east.
William and Elizabeth had 7 children:
After marriage in 1832 William's career as a timber merchant appears to have flourished. It can be traced from directories and census information. He began as a salesman for J&H Youle Timber Merchants on Castle Wharf, along with a Joseph MARRIOTT. Later he took over the Youle business and formed a partnership with Joseph Marriott and John Woodward.
By 1864 the family had moved into a house in the fashionable area of Lenton Road, The Park Estate. By comparing information in Wright’s 1864 Street Directory with the 1881 Census, I have deduced that William Froggatt lived at 8 Lenton Road, a corner property adjacent to Holles Crescent.
William was in a successful partnership with John Woodward and Joseph Marriott. This partnership was dissolved on 27 April 1864. No reason was given.
William FROGGATT ran a successful timber business.At some point in time he moved from Castle Wharf, where JH Youle had been established to a new timber yard at Queen's Bridge. Newspaper advertisements tell us this was la wharf and sheds ocated adjacent to the Midland Railway goods shed. There were several timber yards in this area, but few of them have a wharf as well.
Death of William FROGGATT
William FROGGATT died 5 May 1866 and is buried in Nottingham General Cemetery, plot 8731, to the right of the main gate. Also recorded on the headstone are his wife Elizabeth (1883) and their children Elizabeth (1863), Sarah (1865) and James (1868). Only William and daughter Sarah are actually in this plot. The others are in an adjacent plot, 8720.
William's Will was proved in Nottingham on 7 August 1866. This appointed his oldest son William and their lawyer John Rogers BROWNE as his trustees. They began to settle the estate by advertising the lease on Queen's Bridge Wharf, the sale of timber and the sale of the business itself.
The Will of Wiliam FROGGATT runs to 6 pages and can be viewed here in PDF. It was signed and witnesses on 12 March 1866. The Will is reasonably straightforward. William appointed his son William (the younger) and John Rogers BROWNE (of Freeth, Browne and Rawson) as trustees and executors. The estate was valued at no more than £12,000 (about £1 million in 2021). It left:
So how did the Will play out?
Elizabeth FROGGATT (nee BOWLER) lived on in Nottingham. By 1871 Elizabeth she was living at 30 Rye Hill Cottages, The Meadows, widow, timber merchant's widow. She had a servant, Mary TOMLINSON, aged 13. In 1881 she had a boarder, Mary Whitley aged 61, a laundress.
The Rye Hill Cottages were part of The Meadows, south of the river. This area became run down and was cleared in the late 1970s.
Death of Elizabeth FROGGATT
Elizabeth died 4 April 1883 and is buried at Nottingham General Cemetery with William Froggatt her husband. The monument over the grave records William and Elizabeth and three of their children: Elizabeth, Sarah and James. Elizabeth and William had seven children but Elizabeth outlived them all except her son Joseph the Poor Rates Collector. The dates on the monument indicate that son Joseph arranged for the memorial to be erected. He would have paid for it from William's estate.
The Children of William and Elizabeth FROGGATT
Mary FROGGATT 1833-1868
Mary was born in 1833 in Edward St, Nottingham and baptised at Nottingham St Nicholas on 11 August 1833. She was recorded in the 1841 and 1851 censuses at Edward St. She married William CLARK, a timber merchant in mid-1854. They had 6 children before Mary died in November 1868.
Anne FROGGATT 1835-1866
Anne was born in 1835 in Edward St, Nottingham and baptised at Nottingham St Nicholas on 18 June 1835. She was recorded in the 1841 and 1851 censuses. She married Henry CANTELO, a silk manufacturer in mid-1856. They had 3 children before Anne died in July 1866.
William FROGGATT 1837-1881
William was born in 1837 in Edward St, Nottingham and baptised at Nottingham St Nicholas on 5 April 1837. He was recorded in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses with the family. He married Sarah GOODLIFFE, the girl across the road, on 11 April 1867 at the Derby Rd Baptist Chapel. William and Sarah moved to Sandiacre near Derby and established a timber business there. They had 6 children, 3 of whom died in infancy, before William died on 9 July 1881.
Elizabeth FROGGATT 1840-1863
Elizabeth was born in 1840 in Edward St, Nottingham but there is no record of her baptism. He was recorded in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses with the family. She died on 3 March 1863 and was buried 9 March 1863 in Nottingham General Cemetery, plot 8720.
Sarah FROGGATT 1842-1865
Sarah was born in 1842, probably in Edward St, Nottingham. She was recorded in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses with the family. She died in Nottingham on 3 Februay 1865 and was buried on 8 February 1865 in Nottingham General Cemetery, plot 8731.
Joseph FROGGATT 1845-1917
Joseph was born in 1845 in Nottingham. He was recorded in the 1851 and 1861 censuses with the family. He married Elizabeth Jane POUNDS, on 2 July 1867 at Nottingham Holy Trinity. They had 4 children before Elizabeth died on 2 January 1888.
James FROGGATT 1848-1868
James was born in 1848 at Castle Wharf, Nottingham. He was recorded in the 1851 and 1861 censuses with the family. He died in Nottingham on 11 Februay 1868 and was buried on 15 February 1868 in Nottingham General Cemetery, plot 8720.
Last updated: 28 February 2022