Lawrence Read

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 17/05/2021

Lawrence Read



Lawrence was born in Leamington Spa Warwickshire the son of James and Elizabeth Read (nee Lawrence) who were married on the 31st March 1838 of St James Westminster London. James was a Coach Painter/Coach Maker he was born c1815 in Surrey, he died aged 39 in 1855 in Leamington Spa. Elizabeth was born c1817 in Hampshire she died aged 43 in 1862 in Leamington Spa.

James and Elizabeth also had the following children:

Frederick James 1839 (died aged 15 in 1855)

Edward 1841

Emma 1843 (died 1845)

Mary Pope 1845

Emily 1847 (died 1849)

Lawrence (1) was recorded living at Portland Road Leamington Spa with his parents James (36) and Elizabeth (33) and his siblings Frederick James (12), Edward (9) and Mary Pope (3) in 1851.

The 1861 census records Lawrence (11) living in Portland Road with his mother Elizabeth (41), recorded as a Funded Proprietor and his sister Mary (15).

In 1871 Lawrence (21) was lodging in Mill Street Leamington Spa and was recorded as a Dentist Assistant

The 1881 census records Lawrence (32) as a Dental Surgeon, visiting another Dental Surgeon Gilbert Mallett and his family at Old Rectory Northbrook Street Newbury Berkshire.

In 1891 Lawrence (41) was again recorded as a Dental Surgeon, he was living at 18 Hanover Street, St George Hanover Square, Mayfair, London when the census for this year was taken.

By 1901 he was living on his own means lodging at Greenham Villa Newbury Berkshire with a William J Brothers and his wife Elizabeth.


The 1911 census records Lawrence (62), as a retired Dentist living at 8 Porchester Road Newbury with two servants.

He died aged 66 on the 7th January 1916 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 11th January


Probate:  Read Lawrence of 8 Porchester-road  Wenbury Berkshire died 7th January 1916 Probate London 3rd February to William Jenner Clarke surgeon and Frederic George Hunt solicitor Effects: £16025 14s 9d  Resworn  £15152 3s 4d    (Newbury Berkshire has mistakenly been recoded as Wenbury Berkshire in this probate record)



Sources: as above and Probate search

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