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March 25, 2014
by the gentle author

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  1. Judith Rodrigues permalink
    January 30, 2016

    I’ve just found this picture of Smithfields and wondered what date it might be from ? I have a 3x ggrandfather Mordecai Rodrigues who was a butcher and in the 1861 and 1871 census he was living at 6 Boars Head Yard – would this location have been typical for a butcher at this time , I know there would have been many of them — he was Sephardic jewish as the family went to the Bevis Marks synagogue would this have meant they were more likely to have have prepared kosher meat ?
    Also is there any more could tell me about what it may have been like for a butcher at this time? I’d imagine it was pretty grim ! – I think his father David too may have been a butcher , he married a butchers daughter – and also his son [my gggrandfather Isaac Rodrigues ] was also a butcher and married another butchers daughter who’s parenst had also had a butchers shop in Wentworth street – this ggrandmother of mine was orphaned in the 1853 cholera epidemic ,both parents and her baby brother died , she and her siblings went to the Bevis Marks orphanage which was run by her uncle [her deceased father’s brother] —

    Not an easy life — sometimes amazed really that Im here at all considering the generations that survived after arriving in the in the East End 1600’s – 1700’s —

    Any comments or any feedback would be interesting for me
    Kind regards

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