Thomas Field of Aylesbury
Thomas White Field (1) was a clock and watchmaker, born in 1773, who in 1804,took over the freehold business in Market Square, Aylesbury previously run by Joseph Quartermaine . Thomas had probably worked with him as a journeyman up to the time he took over. There are records of a Thomas White being apprenticed to William Musselwhite of Bicester Market End, Oxon in November 1787 for 7 years and the fee of £17. 17 shillings, this could be our man. One 8 day movement is known by Quartermaine and also stamped inside “T. W. Field, maker”. In 1805 Thomas took an apprentice watchmaker:- William Woodward in February 1805 for 7 years and the fee of £50.00. Thomas died in 1832.
Thomas Field(2) is the son of Thomas (1) and was born in Aylesbury in 1805. He became a silversmith, engraver, gunsmith and agent to the London Union Fire and Mutual Life Assurance Company and later a newspaper journalist for the Oxford Journal among other newspapers.
In the 1841 census returns Thomas(35) was recorded at Market Square, Aylesbury as a silversmith with Matilda(23) his wife.
The 1851 census returns for the family are incorrect in that they record the surname as Hild but Thomas(46) is a watchmaker with Matilda(33), Thomas(9), Albert Edward(8), William(6),John(4),Henry(2), George(5 months) and a servant.
In 1861 they give Thomas(56) a watchmaker, silversmith and jeweller employing 2 men. Matilda(43), Thomas(19), William(16) a solicitors clerk, Henry (12), George(10), Annie Matilda(8), Edith Sophia(4), Maria G.(2) plus a servant.
He remained at the Market Square address until at least 1869 and then Thomas(3) junior seems to have taken over as the 1871 census records show Thomas junior (29)at Market Square with wife Louisa(31) and a servant while Thomas senior is recorded at Bicester Road;- Thomas(66) a watchmaker and jeweller, Matilda(53), William (26) a bankers clerk, George(20) a drapers assistant and Septimus(8). The 1881 records have the address as 31 Bicester Villa and there is Thomas(76) a silversmith and jeweller, Matilda(63), Maria G.(22), Septimus(18) an apprentice silversmith and a servant. Thomas junior(29) is at 14 Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury and he is still a watchmaker and jeweller.