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  • Any info on Swanson's early employer James Meikle?

    Does anyone have any extra info on Swanson's early employer James Meikle?

    Maybe not of great import but I'm just asking out of curiosity.

    My source of the J.M. info:

    Jack the Ripper: The Facts by Paul Begg

    "He worked as a clerk for several months for James Meikle of 8 Catherine Court,
    Seething Lane, who had known him since 1862..."

    Martyn

  • #2
    Thanks in advance!

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    • #3
      http://www.donaldswanson.co.uk/

      A limited edition abridged version of Adam Woodís autobiography on Swanson is out.

      Monty
      Monty

      https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...t/evilgrin.gif

      Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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        Click image for larger version

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ID:	717892 Catherine Court, the steps to the extreme left led to No8

        Monty
        Monty

        https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...t/evilgrin.gif

        Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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        • #5
          Nos 7 (r) and 8 (l) Catherine Court:

          Attached Files

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          • #6
            Thanks Gary for posting the pic.

            Monty,

            Thanks for the pic.

            Good news that Adam's Swanson book is out!

            From that link you posted, seems Donald Swanson may have only have been with J.M. for a short time, sometime between 1867-1868?

            I'm checking my own files right now, and will post anything on J.M I may find tomorrow.

            Martyn

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            • #7
              Although the buildings were apparently quite handsome, they seem to have been demolished just over 100 years ago.

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              • #8
                Yep. The court no longer exists.

                I believe eve Meikles business went into administration, or was in the car of finishing when Swanson applied for the Met.

                This was during a time when there was a mass recruitment drive in the Met force following the Clerkenwell outrage.

                Monty
                Monty

                https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...t/evilgrin.gif

                Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

                http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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                • #9
                  I would like to confirm Meikle's first name: James or "Jno"?

                  I've seen the later in a reference to MEPO 3/2890 (which I dont' have a copy of).

                  Thanks,

                  Martyn
                  Last edited by mpriestnall; 08-03-2019, 09:46 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Robert View Post
                    Although the buildings were apparently quite handsome, they seem to have been demolished just over 100 years ago.
                    The court was surveyed and sketched for posterity shortly before demolition.

                    This plan of the north side, nos 6 - 10, (r to l) is from 1912.
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                    • #11
                      From An Historial Guide To London by G.R. Stirling Taylor, 1911

                      "A few steps bring us to Great Tower Hill {q.v.), off which is Catherine Court, an interesting group of houses of 1725,
                      and Savage Gardens,with houses of the end of the same century,and the Trinity House"

                      Martyn

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                      • #12
                        Gary, Robert, what do you think?

                        Matching points: James Meikle, close to Catherine Court (see post #11) and date good too?

                        The London Gazette, September 25, 1866

                        Notice is hereby given that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, James Meikle and John Wyatt Meacher, lately carrying on business as Wholesale Tea Dealers and Agents, and otherwise, at No. 4, Savage-gardens, Tower-hill, in the city of London, under the name, style, or firm of Meikle, Meacher, and Company, has been this day dissolved by mutual consent. The business will in future be carried on under the firm of Meikle and Company; and all debts owing by or to the said late copartnership firm will be paid or received by the said James Meikle.óDated this 20th day of September,
                        1866. James Meikle. John Wyatt Meacher.

                        Martyn

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                        • #13
                          Deleted poor image.
                          Last edited by MrBarnett; 08-03-2019, 10:19 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mpriestnall View Post
                            Gary, Robert, what do you think?

                            Matching points: James Meikle, close to Catherine Court (see post #11) and date good too?

                            The London Gazette, September 25, 1866

                            Notice is hereby given that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, James Meikle and John Wyatt Meacher, lately carrying on business as Wholesale Tea Dealers and Agents, and otherwise, at No. 4, Savage-gardens, Tower-hill, in the city of London, under the name, style, or firm of Meikle, Meacher, and Company, has been this day dissolved by mutual consent. The business will in future be carried on under the firm of Meikle and Company; and all debts owing by or to the said late copartnership firm will be paid or received by the said James Meikle.óDated this 20th day of September,
                            1866. James Meikle. John Wyatt Meacher.

                            Martyn
                            Perhaps 8, Catherine Court was the admin office for the business. As you say, itís close to Savage Gardens which was a bit more warehousey.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Gary, good points

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