Woolwich & Districts
THE GREENGROCERS, LAKEDALE ROAD.
A Beasley's Brewery dray, just left the brewery, heading down
Lakedale Road going past 'Heads' the Greengrocer's.
family was very widespread in Plumstead, Woolwich, Erith and
Abbey Wood, stemming from the ‘immigration’ of John
Headd, a gunner from Southampton who, after serving in the Napoleonic
Wars in the Caribbean, ended up in Woolwich Barracks. He was
discharged through ill-health, after a distinguished service,
and lived in the Sprays Buildings, Plumstead.
Sophia Smith in 1802 at St Nicholas's Church. They had many
children, not all of which are traced down the line, but their
son, Stephen married Margaret Wilkie in 1844 at St Nicholas.
They all lived in Maxey Road . They also had lots of children,
my Great Grandfather being one of them — Matthew Charles
Head, He married Esther Gilbert. They lived at 79 Plumstead
Road. (Esther's father was a Greengrocer) Many siblings had
jobs in Woolwich Arsenal or in engineering.
married a girl up from 'real' Kent — Charing — called
Ellen May Coppins. I am not certain, but I have an idea that
my grandfather got into Greengrocery through his Grandfather
George Gilbert. George Gilbert was married to Esther Kitt and
they lived in Erith. Esther Kitt was related to the Kett family
of Wymondham, Norfolk, and to Robert Kett of Kett's Rebellion
in 1549. My Grandfather eventually owned 3 shops — Plumstead
Road, Lakedale Road and Welling High Street.
have lived in or near Plumstead but my sister lives in Roydene
Road. Other surviving family members live locally but I am long
since out of touch, living in Lancashire.
seemed to have got rid of much of the past memorabilia as he
got older — he died in 2001. If anybody has any
stories, connections, photos, etc. I should love to hear. Please
is my Great Grandfather, Matthew Charles Head, who was born
in 1856 and lived at 19 Maxey Road, Plumstead, until he married
Esther Gilbert. The marriage was at St James, Plumstead on Boxing
Day 1881. They lived at 79, Plumstead Road.