Joseph TRICKETT (c.1830 – 1914)

Joseph Trickett, c.1830 - 1914

Joseph Trickett, (c.1830 – 1914).  From ‘The Newark Herald’, 31st October, 1914

Joseph Trickett (1) was born about 1830 in Newark, Nottinghamshire, the son of George,a bricklayer, and Sarah Trickett. He was christened on 17 July 1831 at St Mary’s Church, Newark-upon-Trent (2).

No information has been found in the census records regarding his father, George, but according to a family tree researched by family members, he was born 7 August 1791, married Sarah Potts on 5 September 1814, Billingborough, Lincolnshire(3) and died on 5 November 1830. No source has been found for this birth date but an alternative date has been found for the christening of a George Trickett on 22 November 1786 in Newark-upon-Trent, Nottinghamshire, son of George Trickett and Ann.(4) No confirmation has been found for the death of George Trickett and no record of his burial in Newark


Record of Joseph trickett's christening in the parish register of Newark parish church, 7th July 1830

Record of Joseph trickett’s christening in the parish register of Newark parish church, 7th July 1830

In the 1841 census, Sarah Trickett and her children, John, George, William and Joseph, are living in Collingham Row, Newark. The three elder boys are recorded as agricultural labourers.(5)

 According to Joseph’s obituary (1) in The Newark Herald on 24 October 1914, he was apprenticed by his mother, in about the mid 1840s, to the cutlery business at 7 Harrow Road, Paddington, London. No online records have been found to confirm this but a search of the records at the London Metropolitan Archives and the London Guildhall may find some more information.

 There does not appear to be any record for a Joseph Trickett born in Newark in the 1851 census. However, once again according to his obituary, Joseph did not enjoy his apprenticeship and decided to go to sea. He travelled to India, North & South America and told many stories of his adventures, including being shipwrecked in the Gulf of St Lawrence during a violent storm. Sadly a number of the crew lost their lives but he was saved by a passing boat. (1) Records of merchant seamen are held at the National Archives in London, so it may be possible to find his seaman’s ticket and details of some of his voyages there. He returned to England in late 1851, as he was interested in visiting the Great Exhibition held in London at the Crystal Palace. Unfortunately for him the Exhibition had closed in October 1851 and he missed it.

When he first arrived back in Newark, he initially thought that he had come to the wrong place, as it had changed so much, and it wasn’t until he saw the castle that he realised he was in Newark. Following his return, he went to Sheffield to learn more about the cutlery business and met and married his first wife Hannah Nicholson nee Leeson in 1854. Hannah was a widow with three children. (6) whose first husband, William Nicholson, a railway porter, died in East Retford earlier in 1854 (7) Their three children, Joseph Henry born 1848 (8), Arthur born 1850 (9) and Walter born 1853 (10) , all came to live with Joseph and Hannah in Newark. Hannah Leeson was born in 1826 in Clifton, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were Robert and Martha Leeson and she was baptised in Clifton on 13 August 1826. (11)

In the 1861 census, the family were living at Kirkgate, Newark (12) The record shows that Joseph was occupied as a cutler and grinder and that as well as the three boys from Hannah’s first marriage (all recorded with the surname Trickett) the couple had three children of their own, George born 1855 (13), Frederick (known as Fred) born 1857 (14) and Harry born 1859. (15) Fred Trickett died in Newark in 1865 (16) At the time of the census in 1871, Joseph, Hannah, Walter, George and Harry were still living in Kirkgate at number 24. From the census images it is unclear as to whether they are in the same house as in 1861. In this census Walter is recorded as Walter Nicholson not Trickett   and his occupation is given as a railway clerk. Joseph’s occupation is given as master cutler while his son George is also a cutler. (17)

 In the 1881 census, the family is living at 25 Kirkgate. Joseph is recorded as a cutler and manufacturer while George and Harry have no occupations shown. (18) By 1891 Joseph and Hannah are resident at 28 Wilson Street, Newark, none of their sons are living with them and Joseph is again recorded as being a cutler. (19) In the census of 1901, Joseph and Hannah are still at 28 Wilson Street and Joseph’s occupation is as an ironmonger. (20) Hannah died later in 1901 at the age of 75. (21)

Advert for Joseph Trickett's business, 1892

Advert for Joseph Trickett’s business from Cook’s Directory of Newark & District, 1892.  The advert notes that he had established his business in 1854. 

According to the electoral registers held in Newark Library, Joseph was still resident in Kirkgate in 1883(22) but it is not know exactly when he moved to Wilson Street. In the 1907-08 register, he was still at 28 Wilson Street.(23)   Joseph had remarried in 1902 in Sheffield to Kate Elizabeth Skidmore(24) born in Sheffield in 1868 (25) the daughter of Peter, a butcher, and Sarah Ann Skidmore. (26) In the 1911 census, Joseph and Kate are living at 28 Wellington Street, Newark with a domestic servant, Sarah Jane Andrews. Joseph is described as a cutler grinder master (retired). (27)

Joseph Trickett was well known for the saw sets he made as well as horse clippers and sharpeners – see advertisement above from Cook’s Newark Directory of 1892. (28) No images have been found for these. Below are examples of the types of saw sets produced by Joseph Trickett – it cannot be confirmed that these particular items were made by him, in spite of being labelled Trickett.

Trickett wooden bodied saw set made in England, similar to ones made by Edawrd Preston & Sons also of England (29)

Trickett wooden bodied saw set made in England, similar to ones made by Edawrd Preston & Sons also of England (29)

Joseph Trickett invented and patented many tools and received contracts from the government. (1) The following comment is quoted from The Newark Herald dated 24 October 1914

‘The “Ironmonger” says: – Probably few ironmongers and tool dealers who have sold Trickett’s patent lever saw-sets have known that they are all made at Newark-on-Trent. Such, however, is the case, the manufacture being in the hands of one of the most practical men it has been my pleasure to

Trickett metal bodied saw set made in England (similar to the one above) (29)
Trickett metal bodied saw set made in England (similar to the one above) (29)


meet for a long time. Mr J Trickett, although a veteran in age,makes, finishes, and fits himself all the saw sets he turns out, besides controlling one of the most successful provincial cutlery businesses going. The proper work of a saw-set is to set every tooth of a saw uniformly, and this Mr Trickett’s set will do. Mr Trickett has been very successful with his patent horse-clipper and horse-clipper sharpener, the former having been adopted by the British cavalry regiments and by the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Another Trickett-type saw set made in England (29)

Another Trickett-type saw set made in England (29)

The chief features of this horse-clipper is its capacity is to take bottom plates of several thicknesses.”

Apart from his work, Joseph was involved in a variety of other activities. He spent fifteen years with the Newark Volunteers, reaching the rank of Colour Sergeant. He was also a gardener, renting a garden in King’s Road for over 50 years and growing, among other things, pinks and roses which were much admired. Sadly, it was while working in his garden that he received an injury to his leg which led to his death.

In addition he was a good skater and the following story appeared in a letter to The Newark Herald in February 1895 written by a fellow skater:

“On Thursday I was skating on the river; I was going up to Farndon and thought I would go with a man I saw skating, but I found I was no use beside him for he went on grand and he could go it too. He left me behind, and when I got to Farndon I found him there. I asked his name, and one said “It’s Old Joe,” another called him “Dad.” I said what is his right name. “Old Dad Trickett” I was then told. I said “He is not old” and they told me he was over sixty. If he is, he is a wonder for he can skate in grand style, and also go the pace.”

Apart from the reference to him as Newark’s oldest tradesman, he was also the oldest Freemason in the town being a member of the Newton Lodge. (1)

Joseph Trickett died at his home in Wellington Road, Newark on 21 October 1914 from complications following the aforementioned injury to his leg, as a result of which a blood vessel was damaged. His funeral took place at Newark Cemetery on Saturday 24 October 1914. The chief mourners were his wife, Kate Trickett, his two surviving sons, George and Harry, as well as grandchildren and other family members.

Probate was granted to Kate Elizabeth Trickett on 12 November 2014 and he left the sum of £489 19s 6d roughly equivalent to £21, 098 at current values. (31)

Joseph Trickett lived a long life and following a series of adventures in his younger years became a good, hard working and inventive tradesman, while at the same time, getting involved in a wide range of activities. He surely would have been an interesting man to meet.

The successor to Joseph Trickett's business.  From the Newark Advertiser 18th August 1919

The successor to Joseph Trickett’s business. From the Newark Advertiser 18th August 1919

Researched by Jenny Campbell, October 2014



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  5. Census 1841, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire Class: HO107;  Piece: 868;  Book: 3;  Civil Parish: Newark Upon Trent;  County: Nottinghamshire;  Enumeration District: 5;  Folio: 6;  Page: 5;  Line: 5;  GSU roll: 474569.
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  12. Census 1861, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire, Class: RG9; Piece: 2479; Folio: 48; Page: 18; GSU roll: 542977
  13. Birth, statutory record index, England, Sheffield, Yorkshire 1855 Jun Q. vol. 9c
  14. Birth, statutory record index, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire 1857, Sep Q. vol. 7b; p.277
  15. Birth, statutory record index, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire 1859 Mar Q. vol. 7b; p.305
  16. Death, statutory record index, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire 1865 Sep Q. vol.7b; p.186
  17. Census 1871 England, Newark, Nottinghamshire; Class: RG10; Piece: 3542; Folio: 61; Page: 32; GSU roll: 839758
  18. Census 1881 England, Newark, Nottinghamshire; Class: RG11; Piece: 3376; Folio: 70; Page: 30; GSU roll: 1341807
  19. Census 1891 England, Newark, Nottinghamshire; Class: RG12; Piece: 2714; Folio: 60; Page: 4; GSU Roll: 6097824.

Death, statutory record index, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire 1914 Dec Q. vol.7b; p.538

  1. Census 1901, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire; Class: RG13; Folio: 66; Page: 1
  2. Death, statutory record index, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire 1901 Dec Q. vol.7b; p.269
  3. Electoral register, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire, 1882-1883, North Ward, p.37
  4. Electoral register, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire, 1907-08, North Ward, p.20
  5. Marriage, statutory record index, England, Sheffield, Yorkshire 1902 Dec Q. vol. 9c; p.909
  6. Birth, statutory record index, England, Sheffield, Yorkshire 1868 Jun Q. vol. 9c; p.459
  7. Census 1871, England, Sheffield, Yorkshire Class: RG10; Piece: 4690; Folio: 138; Page: 35; GSU roll: 847235.
  8. Census 1911, England, Newark, Nottinghamshire; Class: RG14; Piece: 20740.
  9. Trade directory, Cook’s Directory of Newark, 1892. p.226. Newark Library
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