Kind thanks to Barry Marriott from Sway, Hampshire for sharing a fascinating piece of Pickfords history.
Mr. Marriott, a keen collector of pre-1840 letters, sent in a copy of a missive penned by one ‘C Weaver’ to Thomas Pickford, the last Pickford to service the company, dated 22nd December 1836.
The letter makes mention of the Baxendales, a family who took over running the company from the Pickfords in the early 1800s, rebuilding the institution after troubled times following the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
The letter also discusses an unfortunate illness affecting the Pickford family at the time, giving an insight into the tough conditions of the era.
Another fascinating nugget from Pickfords’ rich history.