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Clement Bridge
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22 MAR 1882 23 Great Cheetham Street West, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England
Arthur Bridge
Susannah Haworth
Mary Beatrice Ogden 5 SEP 1911 St Mary's Church, Prestwich
Arthur Ogden Bridge
Born: 2 AUG 1916 Prestwich, Lancashire, England
Died: 22 SEP 2008 Pershore, Worcestershire
David James Bridge
Born: 6 NOV 1923 Prestwich, England
Died: 25 OCT 2011 Ellesmere, Shropshire, England
26 FEB 1940 Longmeade, Wilmslow aged 57
Clement Bridge was born at 23 Great Cheltham street, West Broughton.

In 1901 aged 19 he lived at Rydal Mount (4 houses away from Highfield on Glebelands road where his future wife was living) with his parents and sisters. He was a Shippers Clerk.

In 1911, aged 29, he was living at Rydal Mount, with his mother and sisters. He was a cotton manufacturer. His father had died.

He moved to Meadehurst (next to Highfield but other way from Rydal Mount) after marriage with Mary Ogden in 1911 which James Ogden bought for them. Note Meadehurst was standing in 1901.

He was a director of JB & Co (Jospeh Bridge & Company), Cotton manufacturers, responsible for the accounting side of the firm.
Joseph Bridge and Co. was a major player in exporting textiles to West Africa from the 1930s to the 1950s.
In 1940, the Directors were Hubert W. Bridge, William Taylor-Jones, and Arthur O. Bridge. The mill had 600 looms and the firm had a capital of £70,000 (somewhere between £13million and £18million in today's money).
There are three large pattern books in the ABC (A. Brunnschweiler and Co) Archive, two of which are prints from Rhodes Print Works for Joseph Bridge, and the other probably represents prints done at Newton Bank. (Email correspondence from textile historian Dr Philip Sykas of Manchester School of Art in Dec 2015).

Kellys directory, 1910:
Bridge Joseph & Co, manufacturers of grey, dyed and printed goods, stripe and check wastes, waste twills and crapes, white damasks, brocades, sateens, velveteens, ginghams, striped and checked mexicans, oxford and zephyr shirtings and fancy dress goods, 11 Chatham street, Piccadilly - Pay days Tuesday and Friday, T N 757, City; T A "EGDIES, Manchester"

Kellys directory of Manchester, 1926:
Joseph Bridge & Co ltd. Manufacturers of specialties in woven and printed cotton goods for the African markets, 11 Chatham street, Piccadilly - pay days, Tuesday and Friday.

Bridge Clement, manufacturer, Meadehurst, Glebelands rd, Prestwich. Tel Whitefield 248.

Kellys directory, 1948:
Bridge Joseph & Co, Ltd, manufacturers of specialities for the African markets;
woven, printed, dyed & whites; velvets & c. and for the Home and Overseas markets;
awning and deck chair cloths, furnishing fabrics, velveteens & c. 11 Chatham st. Piccadilly. Pay days, Tuesday and Friday - Central 2952, 2953 and 2954; T A "EGDIES, Manchester;" mills, Middleton.

Kellys directory, 1963:
manufacturers of specialities for the West African markets;
Velveteens & Cords, Flannelettes, Drills, Denims, Coloured Woven Shirtings, Industrial Cloths for all purposes for the Home & Overseas markets;
11 Chatham st, Piccadilly. T A Egdirb, Manchester, Central 2952, 2953 and 2954; mills, Middleton.

In the 1939 register, he was living at Longmeade, Wilmslow, and was a Director of Limited Company. Manufacturer of Cotton & merchant.
He was living with wife Mary, and William & Constance Taylor Jones, Emma Partington, and two servants - Amy Palin (Cook), and Emily Smith (Housemaid).

BRIDGE Clement of Longmeade Wilmslow Cheshire and of 11 Chatham street Manchester died 26 February 1940 at Longmeade Wilmslow.
Probate Manchester 4 March to Mary Beatrice Bridge widow. Effects £8792 2s. 8d.
National Archives:
1. Date: 1881 Apr 23. Design number: 364265. Reference: BT 44/30/364265
Name: Joseph Bridge & Co. Address: 21 York Street, Manchester.

2. Date: 1882 Oct 5. Reference: BT 43/405/387534 (Fabric)
Description: Registered design number: 387534.
Proprietor: Joseph Bridge and Company.
Address: 21 York Street, Manchester, Lancashire.
Subject: [not given in BT 44/30].
Class 12(i): other fabrics
Note: Description created from this document and the register at BT 44/30

3. Date: 1884 October 29. Reference: BT 51/8/15958 (Description entry - no fabric)
Description: Class 13: designs on textile piece goods. Registered design No 15958: registered by Joseph Bridge and Company, Merchants, of 21 York Street, Manchester.
Woven Jacquard Figure; representing double headed axe.

4. Date: 1884 December 12 Reference: BT 51/9/18783 (in use)
Class 13: designs on textile piece goods. Registered design No 18783: registered by Joseph Bridge Company, Merchants and Manufacturers, of 21 York Street, Manchester.
Fancy woven stripe.

5. Date: 1884 December 12. Reference: BT 51/9/18784 (in use)
Description: Class 13: designs on textile piece goods. Registered design No 18784: registered by Joseph Bridge Company, Merchants and Manufacturers, of 21 York Street, Manchester.
Fancy Jacquard design, in two colours as pattern.

6. Date: 1937-1939. Reference: HO 144/21278
Description: ROYAL - TITLE ROYAL AND ROYAL ARMS: Use of Crown: Joseph Bridge and Co Ltd: crown on cotton piece goods for West African markets; two applications, one granted one refused
(Closed for 100 years)
Victoria & Albert Museum:
1. Sample
Place of origin:Great Britain, Uk (manufactured)
Date:1914 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker:Joseph Bridge & Co. Ltd. (manufacturer)
Materials and Techniques:Printed cotton velveteen
Museum number:T.236-2004
Gallery location:In Storage
Physical description
Printed cotton velveteen with brown ground patterned with repeat motifs all in black arranged in horizontal bands:
a) upturned conical bell form, below which is a stand
b) gold fish or carp, below which is a small spoon-like devise
c) a winged face-mask, above an inverted U-shape, a tortoise and drum
Repeat of b) and a), then b) and c). Separating these zonal bands is a line also in black of zodiac symbols. Labels in black ink read "signs of zodiac disclaimed". Two selvedges.
Artist/maker:Joseph Bridge & Co. Ltd. (manufacturer)
Materials and Techniques:Printed cotton velveteen
Marks and inscriptions:108546
Dimensions:Length: 38 cm, Width: 54.8 cm
Production Note:Patent Office registration date: 20th June 1914
Materials:Cotton (textile)
Techniques:Printing; Weaving

2. Place of origin:Manchester, England (made)
Date:24/09/1936 (made)
Artist/Maker:Joseph Bridge & Co. Ltd. (Manufacturers)
Materials and Techniques:Woven cotton
Museum number:T.484-2002
Gallery location:In Storage
Physical description
Woven cotton. Cream white ground with floating warp in blue vertical bands, separated by either a) linked 'chain in red' or b) yellow and red twill stripes. In alternate rows the blue device bands show an orb surmounted by ER (partially inked out), followed by the sceptre and staff; or the ER and orb followed by a crown motif. (?to commemorate accession of Edward VIII?). Label notes 'Device of Royal Insignia Disclaimed'. 1 selvedge.
Artist/maker: Joseph Bridge & Co. Ltd. (Manufacturers)
Marks and inscriptions: '366116'
Dimensions:Width: 40.3 cm, Length: 31.9 cm
Descriptive line:Woven cotton, Joseph Bridge & Co. Ltd., Manchester, 1936

Physical description
3. 208. Woven cotton. Cream white ground with floating wefts 'brocaded' blue and red bands; the blue carries meander of acorn and leaf, and the red: two rampant lions flanking a helmet and visor, interspersed with an armorial device of two half-moon axe-head and a spear, and a triangular shield, the latter bearing the date 1937 scored out in pen-ink (?to commemorate accession of Edward VIII). 1 selvedge.
Place of Origin: Manchester, England (made)
Date: 03/03/1937 (made)
Artist/maker: Joseph Bridge & Co. Ltd. (Manufacturers)
Materials and Techniques: Woven cotton
Marks and inscriptions: '371238'
Dimensions: Width: 32.5 cm, Length: 64.3 cm
Descriptive line: Woven cotton, Joseph Bridge & Co Ltd, Manchester, 1937
Materials: Cotton
Collection code:T&F
Museum number:T.492-2002
Gallery location:In Storage
Clement? or Hubert? Bridge, Marian and Edwin Howell, Mary Bridge

Birth Certificate
1891 census - aged 9 living at York House, York street, Plikington, Whitefiled

1901 census - living at Rydal Mount, Glebelands Road, Prestwich - Shippers clerk

1911 Census - living at Rydal Mount, Prestwich - Cotton Manufacturer

Marriage Certificate

Database: stanwardine   Bridge Family Tree
Contact: William Bridge