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William Valentine Wright, Senior

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W. V. Wright, Senior, (c1826-1877), was a wholesale druggist and chemist who had a small business W. V. Wright and Co at 11 Old Fish Street Hill, Doctors Commons, London. The business can be traced back to that of James Curtis and Co, a wholesale druggist in 1795.

W. V. Wright developed a reputation with his recipe for non-alcoholic communion wine.

1849 Married Elizabeth Mustard of Tendering and Wivenhoe. [1]

1851 Living at 11 Old Fish Street, London: Wm Valentine Wright (age 25 born Aldbro, Suffolk), Wholesale Druggist. With his wife Elizabeth Wright (age 25 born Great Bentley) and their daughter Jane Elizabeth Wright (age 1 born Old Fish Street). Also one assistant and five servants.[2]

1851 Dissolution of the Partnership between James Curtis the younger and William Valentine Wright, as Chemists and Druggists, at No. 11. Old Fish-street, Doctors'-commons, in the city of London. William Valentine Wright continued the business[3]

1853 May: Wright advertised for a Laboratory Assistant for W. V. Wright and Co of 11 Old Fish Street and describes himself as a wholesale druggist's establishment. [4]

1854 January. Listed on the management committee of the Samaritan Free Hospital. [5]

1854 William Valentine Wright, Junior born in Clapham, the son of William Valentine Wright, Senior

1858 April. On the 9th April a son is born at 9, The Grove, Clapham. [6]

1859 June. Offers his business for sale 'in consequence of the continued ill health of the proprietor' for £350. He is described as W. V. Wright and Co, of 11 Old Fish Street. [7]

1866 November. First advertisement for Pure Coal-Tar Soap (registered as Sapo Carbonis Detergens). This soap is unrivelled as a skin soap as proved by abundant medical testimony; by daily use infectous diseases are prevented and a clear and healthy appearances imparted to the skin. In tablets at 6d and 1s each by all chemists and wholesale of W. V. Wright and Co, manufacturing chemists, London. Retail city depot Robert Howden, chemist etc. Gracechurch Street.' [8]

1871 Living at Alde House, Thornton Road, Clapham: William V. Wright (age 45 born Aldeburgh, Suffolk), Wholesale druggist. With his wife Elizabeth Wright (age 45 born Great Bentley) and their nine children; Elizabeth J. Wright (age 21 born London); Emily S. Wright (age 19 born London); Ada M. Wright (age 18 born London); William V. Wright (age 16 born Clapham); Henrietta Wright (age 14 born Clapham); Charles F. Wright (age 12 born Clapham); Catherine C. Wright (age 9 born Clapham); Herbert C. Wright (age 7 born Clapham); and Sydney F. Wright (age 5 born Clapham). Also his 'Mother' (presumably MIL) Elizabeth Mustard (age 70 born Great Bentley) and his niece Elizabeth Mustard (age 19 born Colchester). Two servants.[9]

1877 September 17th. Died. '17th inst., suddenly, at Dundee, aged 51, William Valentine Wright, Esq., of Highlands, Bickley Park, Kent (late of Clapham Park), and of 50, Southwark Street, London'[10] 'Wholesale Druggist and Manufacturer of Coal Tar Preparations'.[11] Buried in Norwood Cemetery

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Friday, Mar 09, 1849
  2. 1851 Census
  3. London Gazette 20 May 1851
  4. The Times, Thursday, May 12, 1853
  5. The Times, Monday, Jan 09, 1854
  6. The Times, Saturday, Apr 17, 1858
  7. The Times, Wednesday, Jun 29, 1859
  8. The Times, Thursday, Nov 15, 1866
  9. 1871 Census
  10. he Ipswich Journal - Saturday 29 September 1877
  11. Probate records