I think this is my 100th post, and this one is about how George Graham has found some great additional information about my ancestor Joseph Baxendale. He explains how Joseph was born on 28 September 1785, the son of Josiah Baxendale and Mabella Salisbury, at Lancaster, Lancashire. He was educated at Lancaster but left in 1804 for Preston, and afterwards London, where in 1806 he was with Samuel Croughton, wholesale linen draper, of 33 St Paul’s Churchyard, the agent for Bannister, Hall & Co., calico-printers of Preston.
In 1809 Joseph returned to Lancashire and became a one-fifth partner in Bannister Hall with Charles Swainson, his cousin through the Salisbury family.
In 1817, he and two other partners bought a controlling interest in the firm of Pickfords and Co., Movers. Joseph transformed the firm from a family-run canal carrier into a national enterprise. During the next twenty years Baxendale’s energetic and far-sighted management turned the firm’s fortunes to great prosperity and expanded it to become the largest carrying business in the United Kingdom.
He also found this interesting lettings ad from The Times:
The Times, Saturday, Aug 31, 1872 Page 14, Col. A
WHETSTONE (853). – To be LET, upon LEASE, an excellent, detached FAMILY MANSION, known as Woodside-house, the residence of the late Joseph Baxendale, Esq., situate within three minutes walk of a station in Totteridge-lane, on the High Barnet Branch of the Great Northern Railway, and commanding extensive views of the surrounding country. The interior accommodations comprise 17 bedrooms, six reception rooms, billiard room, ample and convenient domestic offices, etc. Several lodges and workmen’s houses, also extensive stabling and farm buildings. The pleasure grounds are extensive and tastefully laid out with plantations, lawns, and gravel walks, two acres of lake, with rustic bridges and boat house; several fruit and kitchen gardens, in which are ranges of peaches, grape orchard, rose, and geranium houses, fine vinery, forcing pits, and other useful buildings, together being nearly 15 acres; there are also 13 acres of meadow or pasture land, the total quantity being about 27 acres 3 roods. Rent £550 per annum, for a term of seven years. The fixtures, some fitted pier glasses, and other articles will be included in the rent. For orders to view and to negotiate apply to Messrs. Prickett and Son, auctioneers and surveyors, 62, Chancery lane, W.C.