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Albert Walter Gamage (c1876-1930), founder of Gamages
Albert Walter Gamage was the the seventeenth (17th) and the youngest child of a Herefordshire farmer who was apprenticed to a London draper in St Paul's churchyard.
In 1878, at the age of 21 and having saved £40 he decided to set up his own shop, in partnership with Frank Spain. Between them they raised the £88 necessary to lease and refit a small watch repair shop in Holborn.
1885 Married in London to Jane Murdoch
1911 Living at The Manor House, East End Road, Church End, Finchley: Albert Walter Gamage (age 55 born Hereford City), Athletic Outfitter - Employer. With his wife Jane Gamage (age 43 born Glasgow) and their four children; Eric Muir Gamage (age 25 born Highgate), Manager in the business; Leslie Carr Gamage (age 23 born Highgate), Articled Clerk - Solicitors; Daphne Carr Gamage (age 18 born Muswell Hill); and Cecil Murdock Gamage (age 15 born Muswell Hill). Nine servants.
1930 Obituary. 'Died age 74 years. Born 14th July 1855 the son of Henry Gamage of Hereford. He came to London in 1874. In 1878 he opened a shop with Frank Spain who later sold out. Married in 1888 and had two sons and a daughter. Acquired Benetfink and Co in 1908. He is succeeded by his son Eric Muir Gamage'