Found your info re employment etc in Hadleigh fascinating.
My GGgrandfather Samuel PHILLIPS (1816-1907) had a small business there
manufacturing corn-dressing machines and other products using wire,
(sieves etc) he even exhibited at the Royal Show when it was held at
Bury St Eds in 1867.
His son Robert continued the business until around 1916 (Kelly's
While corn-dressing machines are illustrated in various books on old
farm machinery I have never been able to find a picture of any of his
'Down Memory Lane' - extracts from the Diary of Eddie Botwright edited
by Colin Bull, which I bought on a visit to Hadleigh some years ago has
this to say about "Spattie Phillips"
'A little man wearing iron rimmed spectacles. He made wire sieves, and
repaired corn-dressing machines. You could see him trying out the hand
powered machines. He hated boys watching him. He had a daughter that
kept house for him. She was very prim and proper.'
The extracts are by subject, not dated, and the diary runs from 1898,
but the characters and traders section apparently covers anywhere
between about 1903 and 1972!
Samuel Phillips had 2 daughters, but I've no record of a marriage for