Benjamin Roydhouse

Benjamin Roydhouse was baptized on the 19th December 1849 at St Lukes,

Chelsea to Thomas and Esther.

He married Ellen Mary Layton in September 1883 in the Marylebone Parish.

Ben and Ellen had two children, Florence in 1886 and Douglas in 1887.Benjamin in c1920

In 1891 his occupation is recorded as Bank Messenger and the family were

living in Leyton, Essex, about 10 miles from Chelsea.

In 1901 he is living next door to a male bank secretary household, and listed as

a “housekeeper”.

I believe this meant he was employed full-time maintaining the banks house,

possibly mostly outdoor work but general repairs indoors. His neighbor John

was also listed as housekeeper and messenger.

Richard Williams the bank secretary  had two sons, a daughter-in-law and

grandson living at number 68. As well as a cook , 3 housemaids and a nursery

maid, he had 2 bank clerks, and a night watchman under the main roof.

Further possible staff lived in the next few houses and included another night

watchman, another male housekeeper and messenger.

Ellen died in 1919 in Richmond Surrey, and Benjamin was in Guildford, Surrey

when he died on the 24th October 1931.

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