Vincent, John (1796 to 1880)
Lived at 1 South Vale, Upper Norwood
John Vincent. In the 1841 census, John Vincent (45, born in 1796 in Fulham when the French revolutionary wars were at their height) recorded his occupation as ‘gardener’. In the nineteenth century, the average age of death for a male climbed slowly from 40 to 45. The most serious diseases were tuberculosis, cholera, rickets, scarlet fever and typhoid. John Vincent appears, against the odds, again in the census returns of 1851, 1861 and 1871 (now 75 with an occupation listed as ‘retired gardener’, living above the stables at 1 South Vale). He died in 1880, aged 85, probably then the longest serving residents of South Vale.