|Hen Brook today|
There was no piped water, even for the nearby town, until the end of the century. The sole village pump was next to the church. Clothes were washed in Hen Brook, and dried on the hedgerows. John's wife Lydia died in 1821, and it was shortly after this, that son John set out for London (see next post).
|St Neot's Workhouse, Eaton Socon|
The area was famous for its lace-making, and their daughter Lydia earned her living as a lace-maker. When not in work she was found in the old parish Workhouse (in 1841). She never married and died at the age of 65 in St Neot's Workhouse, Eaton Socon. Her cause of death was 'exhaustion from chronic disease of brain and epilepsy'.
|Eynesbury Church today|
John lived until 1851, when he was in his 86th year. He joined his wife in the churchyard. A long and hard life, bringing up a young family during the French and Napoleonic Wars.
His children had left home during the period of post-war depression, and the 'Swing Riots' of 1830. He survived the Hungry 40's, and died in the year of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition.