Thomas Randall

Author: Elizabeth Evans
Date published: 15/07/2012
© Elizabeth Evans

Thomas (Tom) was the fourth child of Thomas and Ellen Randall and was born on the 23rd February 1874 in Woodspeen, Newbury Berks .When the census was carried out in 1881, the family lived at 5, Furze Hill Speen, Newbury.

Tom married Emily Louise Goodchild and they started their married life in Stanley Road. .He was a Cattle Dealer. His butcher’s shop was at 7, The Broadway, Newbury, Berks.

Emily was born on the 17th September 1875 at St Mary’s Hill. She was always known as Louise. Her parents, the Goodchilds, and grandparents, the Abrahams, ran the King Charles and started Newbury Mineral Waters.

Thomas (Tom) and Emily (Louise) had three sons:

  • Thomas John was born in 1898,            
  • Henry (Harry) on the 31st August 1899
  • and their youngest son, James Leslie (Lil), on the 20th September 1900.

Tom Randall senior can be seen with two of his three sons (Harry and Lil) at the Council Abattoir.

At the time of the 1911 census, the family were living above their shop at 1, Bartholomew Street, Newbury, next door to St Nicolas Church.

 Later the family moved to 10, West Mills. The building has changed little and in the photograph {link} shows the three sons with their lorry in front of the building.

The family finally moved to 232, London Road Newbury. This was close to the London Road abattoir that they had owned and operated from 1925 until 1966.

Tom senior was killed in a motor accident in the London Road on the 14th September 1935, and buried in the old cemetery. His widow died in December 1944, and was buried with him.

The three sons each had two children – Tom had a girl Beryl and son Tom, Harry had two daughters, Pam and Shirley, and James Leslie ‘Lil’ had two daughters June and Elizabeth.. Of these Pam, Shirley and Elizabeth still live in Newbury.

Acknowledgement to Sue Hopson for using our family photographs from her book. – Newbury A Photographic Record 1850 – 1935.



Sources:Photos - Newbury, a Photographic Record 1850 - 1935 : Sue Hopson

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