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John Redington

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Andrew Behan.

John Redington

Person  Male  Born 9/11/1819  Died 19/10/1876

Categories: Commerce

John Redington was born on 9 November 1819 in Bethnal Green, the eldest of the seven children of John Redington (1796-1848) and Mary Ann Redington née Hicks (1798-1873). On 15 May 1820 he was baptised in St Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green, where the baptismal register shows his father to have been a printer and that the family were living in Cold Arbor Street, Bethnal Green, a street we cannot identify.

In the 1841 census he is described as an apprentice living at 9 Cleaver Street, Kennington, with his parents and four siblings: Thomas Hartley Redington (1821-1862), James Redington (1824-1876), William Joseph Redington (1830-1912) and Elizabeth Redington (1837-1841).

On 30 October 1842 he married Eliza Dewey (1824-1882) at St George the Martyr Church, Southwark, the marriage register showing him as a printer and that they were both residing at Cole Street, Southwark. His wife was unable to sign the register and instead marked it with an 'X'. They had four children: John Redington (1844-1893), James Redington (1849-1849), Eliza Redington (1853-1896) and William Redington (1859-1910).

The 1851 census shows him as a printer, stationer, compositor and tobacconist, living at 208 Hoxton Old Town, Shoreditch, with his wife and son, John. In the 1861 census he was described as a compositor, still residing at 208 Hoxton Old Town, with his wife, their son John who was shown as a printer & compositor and their other two surviving children, Eliza and William. As a dealer in miscellaneous articles, he opened a theatrical print warehouse at 73 Hoxton Street. See Pollock's toy theatre shop for the progress of this business.

When the 1871 census was compiled he is shown as a printer & compositor, living at 73 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, with his wife and two of their children, Eliza and William.

Probate records confirm that he died, aged 56 years, on 19 October 1876 at 73 Hoxton Street and that when his will was proved on 9 November 1876 by his sister-in-law, Jane Dewey of 8 Baxendale Street, Shoreditch, who was his sole executrix, his effects were listed as under £600.

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Pollock's toy theatre shop

The business had just moved out when the building was destroyed by a WW2 bomb.

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