Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Billericay: John Wheal, a maker of boots

John Wheal, a maker of boots

“He married Emma Argent, sister of my grandmother and came to Billericay at about 1860-1 and lived in cottage behind ‘Rising Sun’ on the Laindon Road, where John Wheal was a boot maker and mender. Took him 14 hours to make a pair of farm workers heavy boots which were waterproof, and needed no repair for a year of constant wear. Died 1900 and buried with his wife at Gt. Burstead.”

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