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Sunday 9 June 2024

Bakers - Thomas Henry and Jane Ashby Bromley

All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

"In Loving Memory 
Thomas Henry Bromley
who entered into rest
November 22nd 1897
Aged 61 Years
Also of
Jane Ashby Bromley
the dearly loved wife of the above
who fell asleep on June 3rd 1915
Aged 80 Years
Thanks Be Unto God Which Giveth Us The Victory
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ"

Thomas Henry Bromley was born in Shinfield, Berkshire in 1836 to parents William Bromley, a baker, and Essey Herbert. Thomas can be found on the 1851 Census living with his parents and siblings in the village of Three Mile Cross in Shinfield, Berkshire. Jospeh is working as a baker at his father's shop in Three Mile Cross. Thomas remained at the family home until his marriage to Jane Ashby in Reading Berkshire in 1862.

Jane Ashby was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire in 1834 to parents William Ashby, a grocer, and Ann Catlin. Jane first appears on the 1841 Census living with her parents and siblings in Bushey, Hertfordshire. In 1851 Jane is a dressmaker's apprentice at the home of Mary Jane Wade in Watford, Hertfordshire. 1861 finds Jane as a visitor at the home of John Stevens, a farmer, in Swallowfield, Berkshire

By 1871 Thomas and Jane have moved to Maidenhead High Street where Thomas is a baker. Living with the family are their children, Beatrice Mary born in 1864, Arthur Ashby born in 1866, Elizabeth Jane born in 1870, and Ann Louise (Baby Bromley on the Census) born in 1871. Thomas was a steward at the High Street Methodist Church.

1881 and Thomas has moved his family and business to 17 Bridge Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Joining the family is Ernest Henry born 1878. Arthur is working as a baker for his father. The family would remain at 17 Bridge Street until Thomas's death on 22nd November 1897 aged 61. Jane would make a donation to the Methodist Church's One Million Guinea Fund in memoriam to Thomas.

The widowed Jane is living with her son Ernest Henry, his wife Florence, and their unnamed week-old baby daughter, in Farnham Lane, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire. Jane has a sick nurse called Sarah North living with her at her son's home.

By 1911 Jane has moved back to Maidenhead and is living at 1 St Luke's Road along with a boarder Elizabeth Bolton, and their servant Evelyn Mable Anstiss. Jane would later pass away on 3rd June 1915 aged 80.

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