ClanBarker

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Charles "Charlie" Barker

Charles "Charlie" Barker

Male 1907 - 1986  (79 years)

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  • Name Charles "Charlie" Barker 
    Nickname Charlie 
    Born 6 Oct 1907  Park Street, Stockport Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1911  Sugar Lane, Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location 
    age 4, son 
    1911 Census - Benjamin Barker and family at 17 Sugar Lane
    1911 Census - Benjamin Barker and family at 17 Sugar Lane
    Sugar Lane was a little street off Withy Grove, now swallowed by the giant Arndale Centre. 17 Sugar Lane was a pub (possibly the Commercial Inn) surrounded by offices. Family memory recalls that it had a music hall at the back which saw all the big stars of the day (believable in that the famous Palace Theatre was just down the road).
    Residence 1931  Church Street West, Macclesfield, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Electoral Register: Benjamin Barker with Walter Henry, George Edward, Charles Gregory and Edith 
    1939 Register 1939  Church Street West, Macclesfield, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    compositor 
    Benjamin Barker household - 1939 Register
    Benjamin Barker household - 1939 Register
    aka Gregory Charles Barker 
    Died Nov 1986  Macclesfield, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I3616  Barker
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 

    Father Benjamin Barker,   b. 2 Jun 1857, Wharf Street, Leeds, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940, Macclesfield, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Helen Spicer,   b. 1882, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1913, Stockport, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Family ID F1347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse Florence Daisy Kerley,   b. 10 May 1908, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2002, Earls Court Nursing Home, Earlsway, Macclesfield, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married Sep 1951  Macclesfield, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F1348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to display
    Link to Google MapsCensus - age 4, son - 1911 - Sugar Lane, Manchester Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Electoral Register: Benjamin Barker with Walter Henry, George Edward, Charles Gregory and Edith - 1931 - Church Street West, Macclesfield, Cheshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1939 Register - compositor - 1939 - Church Street West, Macclesfield, Cheshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Sep 1951 - Macclesfield, Cheshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Nov 1986 - Macclesfield, Cheshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Trip to London, 1951
    Trip to London, 1951

    Documents Letter from Uncle Charlie
    (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    Histories

    Uncle Charlie's recollections of his father, my granddad - written down by John Barker after a visit to him in Macclesfield, not long before Charlie died.
    What do we know about 'Old Ben'
    What do we know about 'Old Ben'
    recollections about my paternal grandfather by John Barker

  • Notes 
    • il embarking as ships printer for some years where he met Daisy. They returned to Macclesfield and lived in St Andrews Road. They moved to Andover and then years later retired to 24 Bransdale Way, Ivy Road, Macclesfield.
    • (Research):Recounted to John Barker by Uncle Charles a few years befor
      e he died

      Grandad had a pub in Stockport/Hazel Grove. This had a 'music hall' at the back with a stage and a bouncer. All the big stars like Marie Corelli performed there.
      Grandad always made plenty of money to sustain his lifestyle. Grammar School educated, the cat's whiskers. Intelligent. Everyone brought their problems to 'Mr Barker', 'Old Ben'. Charles remembers him in top hat and tails. Bramhall Hall was given to the nation by Jim Davies, mend of Ben's. Other friends were Frith??, Eaton of The Gables, Park Lane, Macclesfield and Sheesby, the chief constable. He was very ostentatious - silk waistcoats, jewellery - all gradually sold off The World War was a disaster for him.

      Edith Broomhead was born from Benjamin's first wife whose name was Broomhead. Edith was almost the same age as Helen. They got on well together. She had umpteen proposals but was just scared of men.
      Benjamin Barker married Helen Spicer of Longton. They had Aunty Eddie, Walter Henry (my father), Gregory Charles (Uncle Charlie) and George Edward (Uncle George). Helen wrote poetry and never worked. Family had a garage in Longton and Charlie went to see them once. Helen died in 1914 of pneumonia in Offerton Stockport where they lived at the time. My father Walter was 10 when she died. . Charles was born in Park Street, Stockport.
      Moved4o Macclesfield in 1914 when mother died to organise pub in Church Street West but only for six months. But World War 1 broke out. Aunty Eddie had 'stagnated' (she used to do all the serving in the pub).
      The Volunteer Arms was featured in Cribb? serial (2 May 1980). Coffin coming out of home next door?
      Grandad was PR man for Nestles milk, they spelled out N EST L E S on the backs of houses, another gimmick was two pure white cows pulling cart.
      Grandfather left an estate of ?12-16000 which went to Benjamin but he got involved in shady dealings and lost the lot. Spent ?500 trying to get it back. Rows. His brother Walter bought property - 15 houses. Was Lord Mayor of Leeds, Barker Street and Barker Square named after him?? Walter Barker's son was reckoned to be making a family tree.
      1 May 2001

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] birth i3616.

    2. [S2454] 1939 Register i3612.

    3. [S69] death i3616.

    4. [S372] marriage f1348.