John Barber Field
b.7 Apr 1778 -
baptised 19 Apr 1778 - m. 25 Sep 1803 - d.25
Woodkirk, Ardsley, West Yorkshire
Born to parents Thomas Field and
Mary Barber of The Syke, Ardsley
1778 Apr 19
It was Easter Sunday when
he was baptised at St.Mary the Virgin,
Woodkirk, Ardsley still has annual Horse Fairs (Lee
Lee Gap Fair) with
Royal Charter awarded by King Stephen in the 1100s. In
the earliest times it was a
place where saddlery of the highest quality would be bought and sold.
Legend has it that patrons travelled across Europe to visit
1803 Sep 25
He married Sophia Crockford
Peter & St Paul, Borden, nr
Kent. John's parish is recorded as St.Andrew's, Canterbury.
1805 Nov 20
Sophia was born in Canterbury.
1806 Jan 5
daughter Sophia was baptised at
For reference and
only : The news of the Navy's
at Trafalgar reached the
London on 6
Nov 1805 at 0100 hrs.
1807 Nov 22
baptism of : "George
Crockford, son of
Barber Field & Sophia his wife" at St.Andrew's, Canterbury
baptism of their
Louisa Field, at
1815 Oct 31
& Nov 01 victim of
an archive of proceedings of the Old Bailey, London of 1815 he
a 'hog butcher'
who was plaintiff in a case of shop-lifting. In another case,
together with his young son George,
he is shown again
record as an injured party when George was victim of
robbery. It is clear from the evidence that the above events
happened close to
of London. The relevant Old Bailey proceedings are
- 1816 Nov 12
Birth of Thomas
Crockford Field in London, then on Christmas Eve
1816 he was baptised at St.George the Martyr on
Borough High Street, Southwark,
London. The church is famous in literature as the place
where Charles Dickens' fictional
Dorritt" was baptised, and later married. There is now a place
called Little Dorritt Court near the church.
- 1818 Apr 16
Thomas 16 months old died at the Spur
Inn also on the Borough High Street about 300 yards north
of St.George's. Might the inn have been used as a hospice
for sick children ?
the above image the
terrace on the right is The Spur Inn and
room. Facing are the booking-office and stable block.
- By 1848 due to
times and in
particular, competition from the railways the Spur Inn ceased trading
and its valuable space became simply a part of the business
On wall of the inn, the Brewer's sign reads "Combe Delafield" which in
The drawing is from a book by William Rendle
F.R.C.S. et al.
For more detail click on the sketch, or follow this link :- "The
Inns of Old Southwark and their Associations"
One of the nuggets of information to be seen is
that in 1667 diarist Samual Pepys wrote about a
at the 'Spur'. In that year folk would be rather
about 'fires' given that the Great Fire of London happened in the
previous year, albeit on the opposite bank of the River Thames.
times Mr Prockter reveals
some of the Spur's ancient timbers.
1819 Apr 28
birth of their son Thomas (II) Ellis Field
1822 Aug 16
birth of their son John Lewis Field
above John and Thomas (II) were baptised at 
These 'Westminster' baptisms quoted the
family abode as
Webber St on the opposite bank of the River Thames.
June 25 John died
aged 73. (Winterschladen bible)
Now for evidence of place? It was a
Wednesday and only three working days before the commencement of
However, data at Ancestry.co.uk is
incomplete - - a hand-written facsimile page is missing and we must
rely on a summary page which leads us to 1851 Quarter 3
St.Margaret's (data); &
Vol.1, p338. I favour this church record, as in 1822 JBF's sons
were baptised there!
So, our saddler/hog butcher seems to have been a parishioner at
Westminster, St.Margaret's from 1822 until 1851, a worthy member of
that congregation I think.
I believe there is a bloodline to this John Barber-Field from Tudor
mathmatician John Field b.1522 the English
proto-Copernican, astrologer of Princess Elizabeth Tudor b.1533. Go
there Three centuries earlier than our John Barber Field,
the proto-Copernican would trodden the same London streets. They
were both from St.Mary's, West Ardsley, Woodkirk, West Yorkshire, Merry
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