1811 TO 1850

John and Mary Hinds travelled the highways and byway through out the Irish county of Galway. There home being but a horse drawn caravan . John was a skilled tinplate worker making and repairing metal pots pans and other household utensils by the roadside. Mary sold the items, trading these at village fairs and markets. 

The stable diet of Potatoes being the main crop that fed the vast majority of there customers .Potatoes after harvesting were stored over the winter in pits outside of the house. They did not last more than nine months before they turned bad. There were, therefore, lean months in the summer until the new crop was ready in the Autumn. Though those months John and Mary being unable to sell there stock suffered along with the peasant farmers.

Having heard the stories of families that had crossed the sea to England to work in the expanding mill towns, where regular work with good pay in the factories . Was to be had they booked there passage to England

In 1835 John and Mary both now 24 years of age, along with their one year old son William   sailed from Belfast to Liverpool. Then on from Liverpool  they travelled to the industrial town of Manchester and settled in Ancoats, an area to the East of the city.

They took lodgings in Rochdale road. where the majority of the residents in the area also being from Ireland made them most welcome, and an helping hand extended to all those that had newly arrived . Many a pleasant evening was to pass drinking the local brew and singing Irish songs along with recalling memories of lives they had left behind.

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Though the accommodation was sparse it was non the less more comfortable and not as cramped as living by the roadside in their caravan.

Through out the first few years John worked in one of the numerous small workshops that the large mills relied on to keep their machinery working.

Though the work was arduous and the hours long, John still made time to continue his craft, as in Ireland  making household utensils.  These Mary hawked door to door and traded on various street markets .

John, preferring to work on his own account gave up his job,  and  moved out of shared lodging . Using the small amout of money they had managed to save rented a house a little further up Rochdale  road, this having a small outhouse that John converted into a workshop.

 Parliament wishing to regulate the amount of hawkers (street traders) throughout the cities had passed legislation requiring hawkers  to apply for, and if granted, purchase  a licence to trade. Certain products sold were excluded from this requirement, kitchen utensils being one. John’s goods were therefore in-demand from unlicensed hawkers. That and along with the extra income received from housing several of the hawkers,  they were eventually able to rent a larger work shop. John’s son William, now apprenticed to his father, supplied  the hawkers with the stock  they traded around the area.


Over the the fifteen years since John and Mary landed in Liverpool their family had grown. In 1838 their daughter Ann was born. Followed in 1845 by twins John and Mary, then a further son my Great Grandfather Joseph being born in 1850..

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