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The last comment on the list regarding this issue was that I may have mis-interpreted the handwriting and the real occupation was “paige”. I accept this as a possibility, and think that all the comments really lead to the same general conclusion. The Page/paige was a very junior assistant, helper or gofer that may be aspiring to higher responsibilities in a service position, in a household or institution.
I hope that’s an adequate summary.
In the enumerator’s description of the Enumeration District, there is nothing distinctive about the “institutions” of the ED – just a recitation of the road-boundaries.
I decided to flip through the 45 pp of the ED and note the individuals who might be more likely to hire a paige. I found no other mention of a page/paige on any of these 35 pp. The closest were errand boy (3), factory boy (1), shepherd boy (1) and a couple of railway porters.
These are the potential employers:
· Hop Merchant
· Beer house keeper
· Boot & shoe maker (collector of rents)
· Corn dealer
· Stationer & Collector of Taxes
· Decorator Master (employing 38 men & boys)
· Bengal Civil Service Retired
· Lady – Income and Investment Property [large live-in staff]
· Mineral water proprietor
· H.M. Batallion Cold… Oudrchs.. [head of household: Alfred Silvester]
· Lastly, the Royal Asylum of St. Anne’s Society (school for 400 children) was nearby (in Streatham, but in another ED).
Parentheses indicate content from census page; brackets are my comments.
In addition, more than 30 constables/police lived in the ED, including those in high positions. So, I’m thinking that there must have been a police station/courthouse in the vicinity – needing a page/paige.
No conclusion from all this – but a better understanding of the neighbourhood I think.
Judith (Judii) Rempel