Withers, John (1820 to 1895)
Lived in Palace Square in 1871
Living in Palace Square in 1871 (no house number on Census), was John Withers (Bn 1820 London D1895) with his wife Kate/Drusilla (Bn 1826, Bury, Suffolk). They married in 1846. John’s father, Samuel, was a Gent. John named his first son after him. Kate’s father, James, was also a Gent. It states on the 1871 Census that John was Sponge Merchant, but on the 1851 (employing 3 persons) (Tottenham Court Road) to the 1881 Census’, he is a Brush Maker.
In 1881 (aged 61), John’s trade is at Tottenham Court Road, ‘A Master Brush Maker’, employing 2 women and 1 man. He is in a Trade Directory as a Brush & Comb Maker.
He is still at Tottenham Court Road in 1891, a Retired Brush Maker (Widow). He has been trading in Tottenham Court Road since at least 1851.
One of his regularly published advertisements:
Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle – Sunday, 20 June 1852
BUY our BRUSHES and COMBS of the MAKERS, J. and J. WITHERS,
36 Tottenham Court Road,
where may be had every
description of brushes, combs, or brooms, whether
for the dressing-table, household, or stable use,
30 per cent lower than any other house in the trade.
Warranted tooth brushes 3d each; superior ditto, 4d;
the best that can be made, 6d. – Observe, 36, Tottenham Court Road,
opposite Bedford Street, Bedford Square.
To save time and trouble, the lowest price asked, and no abatement.