I'm slowly trying to build a page of my website for a Family Tree.
I'm planning to re-visit all the individuals and all the records and fill in any gaps (if I can) and check if I've overlooked anything.
I'm starting with the Murrays. I'm a Murray by marriage to Michael who is the son of Rose. She didn't marry so she hung on to her Murray surname.
Maurice John Arthur Murray
Rose's father was Maurice John Arthur Murray and on checking Rose's birth certificate I've noticed that he was employed as a meat market porter in 1908. I don't think that fact has registered before although I've looked at Rose's birth certificate countless times.
Maurice and his wife Sarah were living in her parents' home in 1908. This was just off Houndsditch in the City of London, I think it's a safe bet he was working at Smithfield Market which is only a mile distant.
The market building was opened in the 1860s. It probably didn't look that much different in 1908 as shown in this modern photograph. A few years later Maurice had become a lorry driver and left his meat and butchery career behind.
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