BRIDGMAN, Henry

1831 - 1909

Baptised at St Peterís church, Sudbury in 1831, son of John Bridgman and his wife Elizabeth. Probably apprenticed to printer/bookseller George Williams Fulcher at 17 Market Hill, Sudbury with whom he worked closely on illustrating the latterís annual Pocket Books. Following the death of the Fulchers', father and son, their bookselling business on Market Hill was taken by brother-in-law H S Pratt [q.v.]. In 1851 Bridgman was a 19 year old draperís assistant in the shop of Herbert Brooks, draper, and his family at Bank Street, Braintree, Essex. He married at Tendring, Essex in 1856, Frances Jane Harding and in 1858 is listed under gentry living at 65 Market Hill, Sudbury. In 1861 a 29 year old bank clerk at 3 Newton Road, Sudbury with his 33 year old wife Frances and two young children, both born at Sudbury. By 1865 Bridgman had taken the bookselling shop of Pratt at Market Hill, Sudbury, when Pratt moved as a printer to Friars Street. In 1868 a bookseller & stationer at 17 Market Hill, Sudbury living at 2 Newton Road, as a bank clerk & bookseller with his seven children. About 1871 Bridgman took Utber William Goddard into the business at 17 Market Hill trading as Bridgman & Goddard, booksellers & stationers but by 1879 the business was in the hands of Thomas Martin King when Bridgman resumed his career as a bank clerk. In 1881 Bridgman was a 49 year old bankerís clerk at 6 Newton Road, Sudbury with his 53 year old wife Frances and children, 22 year old Graham (1860-92), a bankerís clerk, Mary 20 and Frances Ethel 19 (1862-1891) and scholars Constance 12 and Noel 10, all born at Sudbury. Henry was an amateur artist and copies of his work are in Gainsboroughís House, Sudbury. He died at Sudbury in 1909, aged 78. (Copsey - Suffolk Book Trades (2012))




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