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Old 04-11-21, 15:10
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Great Grandfather Henry William Headland was born in Islington 1833. He took over the family silversmith business in Great Sutton St from his uncle, but within a few years had lost everything after failing to pay his apprentices for three years.
One of them gave evidence that it his master was entirely responsible for his own downfall & an officer reported that the family home contained 'scarcely five shillings worth of furniture.'As Henry William was led away to begin his sentence, he 'appeared to feel his position acutely.'
On release the family relocated to Hackney where Henry William again worked as a silversmith, making surgical instruments. He died there in 1886 aged 53.
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