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Walker Family

Ivy Cottage
Walker family home - Ivy Cottage - built 1903
79 Kimbolton Road - next to the Ivy Boot Works

Frank Walker and Mary Hannah (nee Jackson) were married, aged 27, in 1894. Frank was born at Ringstead, and Mary at Raunds.

Two years later Frank became the secretary at the Productive Boot Works at Higham Ferrers, and the family moved to Kimbolton Road.

In 1898 they had a son Frank Leonard but he died aged 5, and another child also sadly died.

But in the 1911 census they had two daughters, Constance Mary born in 1902, and Leonora Annie born in 1906.

A son Donald was born in 1914, and he married Joyce (nee Bailey). They had three children, William, John and Judith.

In 1918 he founded Walker & Gunn, shoemakers.

Frank became an Alderman of the Borough, and served as the Mayor several times. In 1940 his daughter Connie was the Mayoress, as his wife Mary had died in 1940.

Constance married Albert Johnson in 1948.

Frank died in 1952.

His son Donald continued the firm and was joined by his son William in the business. They traded until 1964.


Frank in his office
above: Frank Walker in his office and
below: his daughters working on the accounts
in the office

Nora & Connie
Nora (left) and Connie at their desk overlooking the factory floor with some of the ledgers.

1911 Frank in 1940 Connie in 1940
Frank Walker was the
Mayor in 1911 and served again in:
1922, 1926, 1927 & 1939 with his daughter Connie as Mayoress.
In Sept 1940 they opened the Market Day and Parade.

 from Carol Jones, Northampton
Walker family
Front row second from right is Ralph Walker

Fourth from right, I think, is Alderman Frank Walker

I wonder if anyone may recognise one of the other gentlemen.
Ralph Walker is my ancestor from Higham Ferrers.


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