Bond – James and Charlotte, Drapers and Grocers

James Bond was born in Louth in 1798, and his wife Charlotte Bird was born in 1806 in Stockworth, Nottingham. They were married in Market Rasen in 1828.

James BOND is listed in following directories –

1822 Linen and Woollen Draper and Grocer.

1826 Draper and Grocer.

1828 Grocer and Tea Dealer, King Street.

1828 James BOND and Charlotte BIRD, were married on 5th June in Market Rasen, witnesses J. L.Thornton and Eliza Bird.

1832 James Bond-Draper……..UK, Poll and Electoral Register.

1835 Grocer, Draper and Hatter.

1838 James died of Dropsy (now described as edema due to congestive heart failure) in his home, attended by Dr Barton. He was buried on the 7th October 1838 in Market Rasen.

1841 Census

Charlotte Bond is listed as a Draper with 2 Daughters, aged 8 and 6 yrs and as having six draper apprentices and two house servants. She was located at Market Place/King Street corner. Three of her children had died by this census and James Junior is not at home)

1851 Census

Charlotte Bond listed as Draper and Grocer with two Daughters, aged 18 and 16 yrs.   Also listed is her brother Henry Bird as a Draper Assistant. Along with a draper apprentice, four Draper assistants, two house servants and niece aged 12 yrs.  Charlotte is still located at Market Place/King Street corner-11 Market Place

1859 Charlotte’s land in Willingham Road is the preferred choice for the site of the new Grammar School, it is the cheapest and in the right place. Market Rasen Mail 26.2.1859

Charlotte Bond,
photograph from family

1861 Census

Now Located in King Street,  2 doors away from the Red Lion public house.  Listed as a Fund Holder, with two daughters and a servant. A couple were visiting. Henry Bird is now running the business at 11 Market Place.


Charlotte sold her land at £100 per acre in Willingham Road, for the Grammar School. She goes with her unmarried daughter to Newcastle.

1871 Census

Charlotte and her daughter Charlotte are living in Newcastle. Charlotte died in 1872 and is buried with her husband James in the churchyard of St Thomas, Market Rasen.

Henry Bird is listed at The Limes, Market Rasen as a retired Draper.