Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Stone mason in Wales:
They moved to Wales, children born there 1846 to 1848.
He worked as a foreman mason on the Britannia Bridge (for the railway line) over the Menai Strait, Wales (construction was 1846 to 1850).
He is listed in the account of the project: [Clark, 1850] as one of 5 foremen of masons. He would have been responsible for a gang of about 100 men on site.
They were living London Road, Holyhead, NW Wales (see map) at Charles' bapt 1848.
Moved back to England.
Youngest child born London 1850.
They are listed in 1851 census at Claydon, Suffolk. He is "mason".
They are listed (and p.2) in 1861 census at 2 Russell Place, Dover, Kent. He is "mason, stone".
He went back to London.
Lived Bale St, Mile End, London. There as at son Charles' mar 1868.
Bale Street is now gone but Bale Road survives (see map).
Their dau Caroline was married from 1 Bale St in 1870. Her father Charles described as "stone mason".
Charles and Eliza are listed in 1871 census at 1 Bale St. He is "Stonemason". His daughter Caroline and her husband are next door at 2 Bale St.
Eliza dies, 1877:
She died 1 Bale St, 30 Sept 1877, age 65 yrs, of bronchitis.
Charles is listed in 1881 census as "Stone Mason", living with his dau Caroline's family in London.
Charles dies in the workhouse, 1888:
He was living West Ham, London, at death. Listed as "mason".
He died 11 Oct 1888, age 79 yrs, in the West Ham workhouse, London.
It was an appalling thing to die in the workhouse. George Aldis says: "It seems inconceivable that [he] should have ended his days in this pitiful way. Presumably he became too ill for Caroline to continue looking after him; and in any case she had problems of her own, since she was now a widow herself". (Caroline was a widow with small children, even one born after her husband's death, and she had to go out to work as a cleaner to support them, and had to send her older children out to work too.)
Charles and Eliza had issue:
Charles Day and family in 1871 census at 1 Bale St, Mile End, London.
His daughter Caroline and her husband are next door at 2 Bale St.
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The original Britannia Bridge (rail only) on an old postcard.
The Britannia Bridge today (road and rail) after re-building in 1972.
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The Britannia Bridge today.
Click to rotate. From street view on shore on N bank.
See also street view on road on bridge.
See also street view under bridge on S bank.
See map for more street view positions.
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