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From a note book kindly loaned by E Fowell
Crick & Patenall
This notebook was given to me by Bill Patenall of Queen Street, Rushden, whose great, great grandfather, Nathan Crick, was to go into partnership with his other gt.gt.g.fa. in about 1890 until 1928, when the firm went broke. I think these are Crick's earliest records when he was trading on his own in his outhouse work shop in Orchard Place, Rushden.
Eric Fowell

This little note book was kept by Nathan Crick from 1870 until 1889 including when he began his shoemaking before going into partnership. It contains miscellaneous notes on the weather, Spiritulaism and his business, with some interesting weekly accounts. It is from these accounts we can see how the business began and grew. Nathaniel was most likely cutting out the shoes and sending them to outworkers to sew and finish.

[inside the front cover]

Elizabeth Sanders
Queen Street
Rushden

Dr. Gall Died. December 18th 1842.

Mr. Allwood came to Rushden on the 26th of May 1869 & left about the 12th of August 1869.

Mrs. J. Burns lectured at Rushden on Spiritualism 13th August 1870

[Names and lists of weekly subscriptions of some kind? Spiritualism?
see a summary further down this page]
A. Dickens 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
R. G. Dickins 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Linnit 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
E. Maddock 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Bollad 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Donkley 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Barry 1d a week from May 11th to July 12th.
Total 10d.
N. Crick 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
C. Denton 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Baley 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Linnit 1d a week from May 11th to July 19th.
Total 11d.
T. Willis 2d June 14th and a 1d a week until July 19th.
Total 6d.
July31st 1870.

Advice from Dr. George Combe in Spirit Life.

Friend Crick. Travel the country & spread Phrenology far & wide it will improve the race of your brotherhood for theres nothing wants spreading so much as Phrenology theirs nothing so Scientific & so good. C my friend help spread it Your Friend thats willing to help you. [Signed?] Dr. G. Combe.

July 31st 1870. On the next page [?written by Dr. Combe]

July 31st 1870.

N. Crick

After the preceding advice was given if he was often with me & the repley was.

Yes, dont I very often make you think of many different things from what you used to when you see any Person dont you always reckon them up & you are generaly right & if not I always work on your mind that you see you are A little wrong but I will always guide you in your work.

[Signed?] Dr. G. Combe.

Thunder Storm August 7th 1872

Fire Ball struck Robert Bulls chimbney

Another tempest August 12th 1874

A Tree Oak Struck by Lightning the Bottom of Washbrook

Left Rushden to live at Wellingborough Nov 3rd 1873 & returned December 29th 1873.

A severe Thunder Storm visited Rushden August 3rd 1879 Sunday morning from 12 until 4.

The Winter of 1878-79 cold, nine weeks Frost from early in December to February. Thermometor 14 deg below Freezing. The Summer of 1878 was hot 100 18.

Wrote Aug 1878 N. Crick.

The Birth of John Clare Helpston

At the meeting of the two streets stands a Cross, in A Low Hut on High St. John was born on 13 July 1793. John keeping Sheep on Helpston Heath. Glinton School. James Merreshaw ... Blue Bell. Falling in love with Mary from Maxey Mills Engraven on Porch Glinton Churchyard J. C. 1808 & Mary. Burghley Hall. I saw?

Morning Walk 1) Marquis of Exetor T Porter, Ashton Green / M Clare X Porter

Milton Park half way to Peterborough

The Summer of 1879 was very wet & cold the Thermometer registered 100 deg only once that was before Whitsuntide.

The Winter was very severe we had eleven Weeks frosts from November 1879 to February 1880.

My father James Crick was an Hawker and travelled with a Poney & Carte.

Saturday Nov 16th 1879 Sharp Frost & Snow on the ground as Father did not come home me & T. Knight turned out to look for him & found him in Bead at Dean, returned home 4 a.m. Thermometer 11 deg. or 21 frost.

Bachelors Hall Bellings / Henson, Market Deeping /

Mr. Wilders Killn Bridge Casterton / Martha Turner Walkherd Lodge / Tickencote the Flower Pot & Patty.

Edward Drury Stamford High St / Octavus Gilchrist 1819 lives Bridge Caster (general Reynardson Holy... Park) Northborough three miles from Helpston.

1880 the season was Whet & cold untill Harvest
12 weeks of fine warm weather. Therm not
higher than 100 12 deg then whet again the succeeding winter was again Sharp but did not last so long Feb 1881.

Therm 11 deg or 21 of frost.

1881 Sunday May 8th. Therm 95 deg 13th 100.
30 May Therm 104 deg.
31 Therm 104 deg July 4th 110.
5th July 112 deg.

A few blank pages are followed by this table:-
Sewn
No. Pairs
Rec
Exp
Deficient
 
 
£
s
d
£
s
d
£
s
d
1886
9543
62
17
63
9
 
12
                Left    
1887
19957
 116
14
0
95
12
11
21
1
1
1888
23490
135
2
102
12
32
9
11
1889
23046
136
13
11¾
106 
19
3
28
13
5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
82 
4
5
1888

For the year ending Dec About 26 Thousand Pairs of boots and shoes. Receipts Eight thousand pounds, profit about six thousand pounds.



[This may have been an estimated shoe production in the town?
From his own accounts N Crick had made 23 thousand pairs in 1888 with £32 profit so perhaps he intended to write 260 thousand pairs?]

Some Bible references on a page towards the end of the book:-

Jan 25 1885 [some of this text is unclear]

Deuter 21.18.ver Stuborn son
Numb 31.17 ver Nergins alive
1 Sam 25 3 Van Infant &cc
-33 Ver Samuel Slew Agag
Gen 11 5 Lord came down tower

On another page:-

LV

16 Signepore [Singapore] Cut 60 pairs
of Through soles at 2 pence per paire.

Seal Bal Leg 1/2 per pair.

Crup Vamps per pair 1s/6d.


Some other interesting accounts found within this note book

[this appears to be a summary of a page of subsciptions on an earlier page - Spiritualism?]
1870 
 
£
s
d
11 May
Received
 
 
11
18 May
Received
 
 
10
24 May
Received
 
1
 
31 May
Received
 
 
11
09 Jun
Received
 
 
11
14 Jun
Received
 
 
11
24 Jun
Received
 
1
1
27 Jun
Received
 
1
 
07 Jul
Received
 
1
 

A page further on on the book
Spirit Circle 1870 - Capital

£
s
d
31 May
 
3
8
30 Jun
 
7
7
Rushden Anti Vac Lage
[Anti Vaccination League?]
1885
 
£
s
d
14May
Received
 1
8
6
09 Jun
Received
 1
3
6
16 Jul
Received
 
 5
0
25 Aug
Received
 
 18
3
14 Oct
Received
 2
0
6
14 Oct
Received
 
 1
6
 
Total
 5
3
6
14 Oct
Left
 1
1
0
08 Dec
Received
 1
2
9
09 Dec
Received
 3
1
0
1886
 
 
 
 
17 Feb
Received
 1
14
0
 17 Mar
Received
 
7
0
08 Apr
Received
 
6
9
Expenditure
[*croying = crying by the town crier?]
1885   £ s d
14 May G Pirkins Sec   2 9
16 Jul Rent of Room   1 0
16 Jul Croying *   1 0
25 Aug Garley   9 0
14 Oct Fines      
  F Ingram   16 6
  W Denton   16 6
  G Sanders   16 6
  T Fuller   16 6
  G Parker   16 6
14 Oct 1885 Paid 4 16 3
14 Oct Perkins   2 6
  G Garley   3 0
28 Oct Rent of Room   1 0
25 Nov Rent of Room   1 0
  Telegram Whikstead     6
Expenditure
  Bill Sticking 8
£
s
d
08 Dec Mr Boyd Croying
 
4
0
08 Dec Tavern Cake for tea
 
16
1
08 Dec Bread
 
1
09 Dec Temperance Hall
 
11
6
10 Dec Lecture at New Hall
 
11
6
10 Dec Paid H Chettle
 
16
6
12 Dec Robinson's Trap
 
4
0
12 Dec Paid C Denton
 
6
6
1886  
 
 
 
17 Feb Butter
 
1
6
17 Feb Washing Cloths
 
1
0
17 Feb G Bull
 
12
0
17 Feb F Whittney
 
12
0
17 Feb C Freeman
 
12
0
17 Feb Rent of room
 
1
6
18 Feb Biggs Printing
 
18
4
18 Mar Rent of Room
 
1
0
13 Apr Boyd London
 
11
0
Cash in Hand
1885
£
s
d
25 Aug
3
1
6
14 Oct
5
3
6
15 Oct
 
15
6
28 Oct
 
14
6
25 Nov
 
13
0
08 Dec
 
14
12 Dec
1
5
1886
 
 
 
17 Feb
 
19
18 Feb
 
1
18 Mar
 
7
08 Apr
 
13
11½
13 Apr
 
2
11½



[These accounts end here]
More details about the Shoe Trade business
A Price of Boots and Shoes
1885
£
s
d
Best Calf Bal W. G
 
10
0
2nd qual Joined
 
9
0
Best Calf Ox
 
7
6
Calf Bal
 
8
3
2nd qual
 
7
6
2nd Lea Lined
 
8
0
S.H. Chel
 
6
0
Odd pair ? springs
 
7
0
Calf Shuter
 
8
9
Grain Derby W. W.
 
9
0
Split Bal S.H. Leg?
 
5
6
Best calf Bal Leal leg
 
 
 
Half ballas tong
 
8
9
Sathide Ox
 
5
0
Kip Ox
 
5
3
Split Ox
 
4
9
Youths bal Riv Split.
 
4
3
American Red Sides
 
1
Inferier Red Sides
 
 
9
Bellegs
 
 
8
Splits roled
 
 
9
Butts
 
1
9
Bends Best
 
1
6
.. Comon
 
1
4
Signepores Dressed
 
 
8
un Dressed
 
 
Cheeks & faces
 
 
7
Belles rather Comon
 
 
7
Toper Butts
 
1
10
Seal Levant
 
5
0
Comon
 
4
0

No of pairs sewn per week
1886
 
 
April 3rd
159
 
April 10th
267
 
April 17th
249
 
April 24
302
 
May 1st
207
 
 
 
1184
Rec.
Less expenses
Left
£7. 8. 0
£1.16.9
£5.12.9
 
Mens
251
 
Youths
33
 
Boys
9
 
May 8th
 
307
Mens
278
 
Youths
57
 
Boys
21
 
May 15th
 
350
Mens
255
 
Youths
38
 
Boys
42
 
May 22
 
325
Mens
283
 
Youths
64
 
Boys
10
 
May 29th
 
357
2nd month May
 
£. s. d
Mens
1167
7. 5.10
Youths
186
19.4½
Boys
82
6.10
Total
1435
8.12.0½
Expenditure
 
1.17.10½
Left
 
6.14. 1½
Wages
 
5. 4. 0
Left
 
1.10.2½

Shew Mending 1887
£. s. d.
  Mr Linnitt S & H
6
  W Linnitt S & H
6
  Miss Linnitt S & H
6
  Ed Linnitt S & H
4
May 1st Mr Linnitt one sole & H
4
May 18 Mr Burton S & H
4
No of Pairs given out each week
1884
 
 
 
July 26th
531
 
 
August 2nd
495
 
 
August 9th
331
 
 
August 16th
645
 
 
One Month
 
2002
 
August 23rd
488
 
 
August 30th
580
 
 
September 6th
634
 
 
September 13th
544
 
 
2nd Month
 
2246
 
September 20th
748
 
 
September 27th
142
 
 
October 4th
623
 
 
October 11th
586
 
 
3rd Month [actually 2099]
 
2001
 
October 18th
436
 
 
October 28th
607
 
 
November 1st
437
 
 
November 8th
535
 
 
4th Month
2015
 
 
November 15th
529
 
 
November 22nd
546
 
 
November 29th
496
 
 
December 6th
500
 
 
5th Month
 
2070
 
December 13th
380
 
 
December 20th
362
 
 
Wednesday Xmas
 
 
 
December 24th
139
 
 
6th Month
 
882
 
1885
 
 
 
January 10th
384
 
 
January 17th
376
 
 
January 24th
283
 
 
January 31st
302
 
 
1st Month
 
1345
 
February 7th
406
 
 
February 14th
590
 
 
February 21st
330
 
 
February 28th
373
 
 
2nd Month
 
1299
 
March 7th
340
 
 
March 14th
300
 
 
March 21st
320
 
 
March 28th
305
 
 
3rd Month
 
1265
 
April 4th
267
 
 
April 11th
110
 
 
April 18th
302
 
 
April 24th
300
 
 
4th Month
 
979
Easter two days Holladay
May 2nd
393
 
 
May 9th
215
 
 
May 16th
279
 
 
May 23rd
286
 
 
5th Month
 
1166
Whitsuntide one weeks holiday
June 6th
362
 
 
June 12th
352
 
 
June 20th
394
 
 
June 27th
367
 
 
6th Month
 
1475
 
July 4th
330
 
 
July 11th
300
 
 
July 18th
332
 
 
July 26th
338
 
 
7th Month
 
1400
 
Aug 1st
343
 
 
Aug 8th
271
 
 
Aug 15th
286
 
 
Aug 22nd
300
 
 
8th month

1200
 
Aug29th
377
 
 
Sept 5th
415
 
 
Sept 12th
368
 
 
Sept 19th
348
 
 
9th month
 
1509
 
Another list
[no headings except L & F]
 
L
F
Riv Boys Split Shuters
 
8
3
Hobnail Youths
 
3
.. Mens
 
9
3
.. Kip sewn
 
9
 
39 Boys Riv.
7
.. Mens
 
Riv Sattern Boys
7
 
Sew Sattern Mens
 
6
Sew Sattern Shews
 
8
6
Riv Split Shews
 
 
Sew 30C Mens
 
7
White Lin 30B
 
Brown Lin 3OB.
 
Kid Sewn
 
9
8
.. Patent
 
10½
8
47
 
9
7
46X
 
7
46
 
10½
8
45
 
11
Clumps
 
1/2
1/1
39 Clumps
 
11½
 
Kip Shoe
 
Riv Split Ball
7
Brad 2
3
Riv Split Blutcher
7
3
2 Heel pins
Crup Shuter W W
 
1/1
10
Crup S S
 
11½
9



Resolution - Feb 14th 1884 Bradlaugh Sub List
£
s
d
T. Willmot
 
2
 
T. Donkley
 
1
 
A. Friend
 
 
6
F. Desborough
 
 
6
Walter Denton
 
 
6
T. Jones
 
 
6
W. Knight
 
 
3
W. Eakins
 
 
3
W. Scoxton
 
 
6
A. W. Trayner
 
1
 
W. Ablett
 
1
 
C. White
 
1
 
G. Sanders
 
 
6
Aug 21 W Lads
 
1
 

Some notes at the end of the notebook
April 6th 1883
£
s
d
Received from C. Denton
2
0
0
Paid for banners
 
2
Paid Mr. Boid
 
 
5
Paid for break [brake]
1
14
Total
1
17
Owing
 
17
 
£
s
d
 
3
2
Drawn Mr Denton
1
2
7
1884
3
2
7
Medows Last payment
Rushden Feast
1888 Paper
L Linnit Paid March 17th


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