Billy Ricky’s

Filey Genealogy & Connections has a note for William RICKARD…

The chemist on the corner of Murray Street and West Avenue (now Boots) was always known by the older Filey Folk as ‘Billy Ricky’s.

The distinctive building was built as a bank and I’m not sure when it was converted into a Chemist’s.

Photographer unknown, early 20th century, courtesy of Filey Museum

Alfred Stather’s shop was in Union Street in 1901, so the above photo may be a record of him being the first occupant of what became known as “Billy Ricky’s”.

1907, photographer unknown, , William Rickard chemist

The 1901 census shows William at age 38, a chemist and druggist in Queen Street. In 1911 and 1921 he is in the same line of business but living at 4 Rutland Street a short walk from the corner pharmacy. The Register in 1939 tells us he has retired and that his wife Hannah is an “apartment keeper” at 4 Rutland Street. William was born in Castleford and at some point, he moved back to the West Riding. The only death registration that fitted him snugly was recorded in Leeds – and Hannah died in that city ten years later.

See also Billy Ricky’s Three Mothers.

Alfred BISHOP, Emily’s father, was a coastguard from Somerset. He married a Lincolnshire woman born in New Holland, which may indicate that he had been posted to the Humber estuary. Their first child, Harry, was born at Bridlington Quay in 1876 and then moved a dozen miles north to Filey. In 1881 the family was enumerated at “Down Cliff”. In 1891 they were in Newcastle upon Tyne and Arthur was working as a timekeeper in a shipyard. In 1901 he is described as a “navy pensioner” and Emily is working as a fruiterer’s assistant. The following year she married William DAVIDSON, a master butcher and in 1911 they have a four-year-old son, Wilfred Bishop Davidson. On census night, and possibly long term, Emily’s widowed mother Emma is with them. In 1939, Wilfred Bishop is a master butcher, living with his parents at 14 Tosson Terrace Newcastle, Emily’s last address.

FG&C  says “Hannah Selina” WOOLSTON was born at 4 Ebenezer Terrace and baptised at St Oswald’s. She was one of eight children born to George James Woolston and Dorothy Ann POWLEY. At least three of her siblings married but she died aged five months. She is buried in the churchyard but doesn’t have a memorial.

Francis Baxter COWLING was about twenty when is father was blown up on Emulator (AP 633 · death · 15 April). He was the eldest of the seven children born to “Dick Fipney” and Alice Bayes and had married Alice Mary Ann NEWSON in Grimsby the year before his father was killed. Francis and Alice have yet to meet on the Shared Tree but they are buried in Filey Cemetery. (Alice died in 1887.)

Thomas Foster ROBINSON is the husband of Mary STALKER (AP 1341 · death · 8 August). I didn’t have anything to say about Mary in August but there is a “memory” on the Shared Tree – a photograph of their headstone.

The cupboard is bare of Filey photographs for today and the pavements were too icy for me to venture out to take one.

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