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Chain Tester

Ladybird1300

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William Lesurf b 1831 was a Silk Weaver from Bethnal Green. After the death of his wife Elizabeth in 1872 and collapse of the Silk weaving industry, moved to Birmingham and remarried.

In 1881 he was a labourer in a factory then in the 1891 census his occupation is a Chain Tester. It seems a chain tester could be for many industries, was there something in Birmingham specifically that he would have moved for?? is there any correlation between silk weaving and chain testing ??

Just a little mystery as to why he would have moved so far from his family?? as he left behind a ten year old son, who went to live with his older brother and his family.

Many thanks

Amanda
 
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