Franklin's Butchers (1), the shop, early 1900s

The Broadway

This is Franklin’s the butchers. Animals brought to the shop for slaughter were kept in the field behind the shop. Franklin’s Way is a turning off Southend Road and was named for the family. When the shop was demolished and new brick houses and shops were built, Franklin’s shop reopened on the same site.

copyright Mr C Franklin
copyright Mr C Franklin

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  • Hello to everyone that has commented on this article. It appears I have many relatives connected to me. My Great Grandfather, Henry Edward Franklin’s youngest son, Leonard, realised that being the youngest he needed to venture away from home and begin his own business. So after emigrating to NZ in 1912 he became a very successful business, opening butcherys in Christchurch. He was especially known for his small goods, especially hams and bacon, where he learnt his trade from working with his Father and brothers, especially Seth. I’ve done a lot of family history over the years, including Henry’s wife Eliza Sarah Havell. Happy to share what information I’ve gathered and likewise what you have researched.

    By Sue Peterson, nee Franklin (06/04/2021)
  • To Sue Peterson nee Franklin
    I was born Karen Franklin and I share the same great grandfather with you – Henry Edward Franklin.
    My grandfather, Cyril George, was one of his children .

    By Karen Shuter nee Franklin (14/03/2021)
  • Following on from my recent post I realise I may have more relations in the Wickford area.
    My grandad Cyril Franklin’s sister Queenie married Basil Carter from Wickford and had 3 children. Jane, Belinda and Michael.

    I think there is a funeral firm called Carters in Wickford.

    By Karen Shuter (27/01/2021)
  • Hello my name is Karen. My maiden name was Franklin, born in Chelmsford 1961 to John and Pearl Franklin. My Dad’s father was Cyril George Franklin. His dad was Frederic married to Jessie Forrester. Fred’s father was called Henry.

    My grandad Cyril’s siblings, (as far as I know), were Rosie, Leslie, Clarence, Reginald and Queenie. Queenie had ginger hair. She married Basil Carter from Wickford.

    I’m trying to work out my family tree. Franklin and Forrester. I have lots of photos of the Forrester family and racehorses at Newmarket.

    I believe I am related to some of the people who have left comments on this site and would be happy to meet at some point hopefully in the near future.

    I live near Crays Hill and Billericay.

    By Karen Shuter (25/01/2021)
  • Jessie Forrester was my great aunt, from Newmarket, who started her working life as a maid at Kensington Palace. She married Fred Franklin in 1904 and they opened the bakery. They were still shown as running the bakery in 1939.

    By Debra Smith (21/07/2020)
  • Albert Franklin (the Mr A from the note above) was my grandad, and had a butcher’s shop in Station Road in South Woodham from the late 1920s to the late 1950s. His father, Seth, had the butcher’s shop in the Broadway in Wickford. I believe my grandad moved back to the Broadway in the late 50s before retiring to Hadleigh, and the Mr G would (I think) be his brother (my mum’s uncle) George, who always asked me “how you getting on?” whenever I saw him. Two of his sisters (my mum’s aunties) were still living in Wickford in the 70s. My grandad also used to tell stories about helping out in the bakery (this would have been in the early 1900s) and sitting on the trough (trow) while the bread was rising.

    By Troy Martin (19/04/2020)
  • I am the great granddaughter of Harry Franklin and Elizabeth Rudd who lived in Wickford, Essex, and had three children, to my knowledge, Herbert, Jessie and Frank.
    I understand they were bakers.
    I am interested in connecting with other descendants of this family.

    By Louise Franklin Johnston (27/12/2019)
  • Albert Warren is mentioned in an earlier comment. I wonder if he’s my relative? My grandad was Albert Warren, his wife’s name was Flo, they lived in a bungalow named ‘Orama’. My dad’s name was Leonard and his brother’s name was also Albert. My grandad Albert had a garage in Swan Lane at some time. If anyone has any info I’d love to hear from you.

    By Pauline Williams (05/08/2018)
  • In the early 70s I used to regularly shop at Franklin’s, buying half a lamb that would be jointed and packed ready for collection. They also stocked the tastiest kippers around.

    By Jacqueline Oldman nee Brassett (04/06/2018)
  • I worked for Mr.G. Franklin as a Saturday delivery boy (1956), then for Mr.Tom Rudd who bought the shop. When I left school in 1961 I worked full-time for Mr.Rudd as shopman/cutter. The animals were slaughtered behind The Swan pub by Mr Viggen. People who also worked here were Henry Eagle, Colin Heal, Albert Warren, Mr A.Franklin.

    By mick jennings (02/05/2013)
  • H. E Franklin was my great grandfather. His youngest son, Leonard, emigrated to New Zealand in 1912 and opened a butchery in Christchurch.

    By Sue Peterson (nee Franklin) (30/10/2011)
  • The shop opened a few shops nearer the bridge

    By Jo Cullen (27/02/2011)

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