robert cawt (ca1770-
Little is known about Robert Cawt’s early life. He was probably born around 1765
in south London -
It was at the Church of St Mary that Robert married Elizabeth Harvy on Tuesday 16 June 1789. It was a particular wet summer, with twice as much rain than usual from May to July and the bride stepped warily through the London streets and the churchyard in an attempt to keep her shoes and skirts clean. Once inside the church, bride and groom made their mark, although the witnesses, of which there appear to be three (Caleb Lacey, Susannah Wade and Thomas White, signed their names). At the time of their marriage, Britain’s eyes were turned on events in France, and a month later, news came from across the Channel that the citizens of Paris had stormed the Bastille.
After their marriage, Robert and Elizabeth moved a mile or so east to Bermonsey which
was more densely populated with artisans and light industry, particularly tanning.
It was here that their first child, Richard, was born on 2 September 1792 and baptised
on 30 Septemberat the Church of St Mary in Bermondsey (shown above). The baptism
entry records that Robert was a pin maker. Although this sometimes refers to the
pins that used in the pottery trade to support clay ware during firing, later evidence
shows that Robert was making sewing pins. Until the 1820s when steam powered, automatic
pin machines were designed, pins were hand-
At the time his first child was baptised, R obert and his family were living at Grange
Walk, a respectable street with houses dating from the late seventeenth and early
eighteenth century, as well as rows of newly built terraced houses for artisans.
The illustration on the left shows some of the more well-
By 1798, Robert and his family had moved a little to the north-
Three years later on 30 September 1798, Elizabeth gave birth to a son, William Robert. Another child, Elizabeth Ann, was born in 1801 and baptised at the Church of St Saviour in Southwark. Robert’s occupation was shown as ‘wire drawer’, indicating that he had advanced from making pins from drawn wire to the more skilled process of drawing the wire itself.
Nothing more is know of Robert after 1801 and details of his death have not been found. Elizabeth survived until 1838, so the fact that no more children are recorded after 1801 may indicate that Robert died in the early 1800s.
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