The family of Fredrick Maurice Biggleston, Howard Maurice Biggleston and Phillip Atwood Biggleston are looking for their ancestors.

If you can help them out it would be greatly appreciated.




William Henry BIGGLESTON, Ironfounder, born c. 1807 in Hayle, Cornwall, his wife Sophia was born c. 1813 in Canterbury.

1850's the family is living in Whitehorse Lane, Henry Moss, Richard Atwood, William, Phillipps, John Davis, Edwin Radford, Clara, Arthur (and Matilda Hooper, his niece) *all the children are born in Canterbury

NOTICE is hereby given, that James Nash, of Highstead, in the parish of Chislett, in the county of Kent, Carpenter, hath by indenture of assignment, bearing date the 17th day of April last, assigned over all his personal estate and effects, whatsoever, unto John George Drury and William Henry Biggleston, of the city of Canterbury, Ironmongers and co-partners, and Richard Goodfellow Stone, of Faversham, in the county of Kent, Timber Merchant, for the ultimate benefit of all the creditors of the said James Nash, executing the said indenture within three calendar months from the date thereof, and the said indenture was duly executed by the said James Nash, John George Drury, and Richard Goodfellow Stone, on the said day of the date thereof, and by the said William Henry Biggleston, on the 19th day of April last, and all their respective executions thereof attested by Robert Walker, of the said city of Canterbury, Solicitor.—Canterbury, 7th May 1852. (London Gazette)

1854 - Ironfounders and co-partners, for smith and founders work on the new wing of the female prison CKS

* "Supplement to the London Gazette, February 27, 1858", John George Drury and William H. Biggleston, Canterbury, Gentlemen

1858 Drury and Biggleston Ironmongers, Founders, Engineers, and Agricultural Implement Makers of St. George's Street (no address listed)

Drury & Biggleston Canterbury

1858 Ad (No. 20 St. George's Street?)- Drury & Biggleston, wholesale and furnishing Ironmongers, founders, smiths, engineers, gas-fitters, and agricultural implement makers. Every description of Agricultural Implements and Machinery obtained and sold at the Manufacturers' prices. Agents for M'Neill's patent felt for roofing. etc. etc.

1859 - the death of a Arthur Bigglestone, April 14, 1859 age 10, of Watling street, buried at St. Martin

1860 "The Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England" "John and George Drury and William Henry Biggleston, Canterbury, exhibit a stand very numerously supplied with superior implements, machinery, and miscellaneous articles, in very great and good variety; we should have been much pleased to have awarded a high commendation to this excellent stand had our rules permitted.

1860's Henry Biggleston purchased land in the area of Barton Fields and laid out Ethelbert Road.

In the 1860's the family at home at 29 Watling street was sons Henry (24), Richard (22), Phillip (18), and Edwin (15), along with daughters Clara (13) and Bessie Emma (9)

Patents applied for: Biggleston. 8th December 1866. 3240. William Henry Biggleston of Canterbury, in the County of Kent, Engineer, for an invention for "Improvements in the construction of ships' capstans." Letters Patent sealed.

May 6, 1869 there is a marriage of Phillipp Biggleston Stephens, batchelor and Master Mariner of St. Anne, Limehouse to Clara Biggleston of St. Mary Bredin Canterbury at the Parish of St. Anne, Limehouse in Middlesex. Clara's father is noted as William Henry Biggleston, Ironfounder and Phillip's father as Thomas Stephens, Master Mariner

Burial of a William Henry Biggleston 1870, Canterbury aged 62, of Watling Street, buried at St. Martins

Burial of a Kate Edith Bigglestone, September 15, 1871, 8 months of St. Dunstan's Street, buried at St. Dunstans

Burial of a William Henry Biggleston, July 12, 1874, age 3 years, of Wincheap Street, buried at St. Martins

Burial of a Mary Ann Biggleston, March 27, 1876, age 28 years, of Wincheap Street, buried at St. Martins

Burial of a Bessie Emma Biggleston, April 27, 1876, age 24 years of St. Dunstan's Street, buried at St. Martins

1880 - a Mr. W. RIGDEN employed by Messrs. Drury and Biggleston, Ironfounders (an Iron Moulder who lives in North Lane)

1882 Drury & Biggleston, Engineers, Iron & Brass founders, agricultural implement makers, hot water & gas engineers, ironmongers, smiths, & oil & colour & lamp depot, offices 22 St. George's Street; warehouse, 17 St. George's Street; foundry High Street

1884 - Edwin R. Biggleston, Chemist, Canterbury (shop in Mercery Lane)

Son Mr. H. M. Biggleston moved to Cornubia on the corner of Puckle Lane and Old Dover Road c. 1890 (architect John Green Hall)

1890's living at Cornubia Henry M. with wife Ellen BIGGLESTON (nee HOOPER), both born Canterbury and their children Minnie, Herbert, Lillie and Frank R. Her mother Eliza HOOPER who is widowed and was born in Margate (age 78) is also with them

*there was a cabinet card for sale on e-bay taken by C. M. Drayson of Ellen Biggleston

1917 H. M. Biggleston and Sons, Ironmongers (Henry Moss Biggleston)

1918 H. M. Biggleston & Sons, Iron & Brass Founders - Established 1835

1922 F. R. Biggleston, Wholesale & Retail Ironmonger est. 1835. Wholesale & Retail Ironmonger. General Ironmongery - Tinware, Copper Ware, Enamelled Ware, Garden Tools, Lamps, Knife machines, Galvanised pails and baths. Aluminum Ware - Kettles, Frypans, Double Milk Saucepans, Saucepans with G. M. Handles, Tumblers, Fish Slicers, Egg Cups, Tea Strainers, Preserving Pans. We stock a very large assortment of Bar Iron and Stell, also Sheet, which we cannot show in windows.

1963..."The Foundry premises and site of H. M. BIGGLESTON & SONS, old-established Canterbury ironfounders, have been acquired by a local firm of furnishers."



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