Edward Thomas Rose

8 The Strand

Occupation: Tailor & Hatter

Edward Thomas Rose

Edward Thomas Rose was the illegitimate son of Sarah Flower nee Rose. Illegitimacy seems to run in the family as Sarah was an illegitimate child too. Her mother married Edward Weston, a cordwainer when Sarah was 2 years old.

On the 1841 census, Edward Thomas is to be found with the surname Weston and living in Walmer with his stepfather, mother, grandmother and stepbrother William Weston.

By the time Edward marries in 1849, he is a tailor. He marries Sarah Cavell who is 8 months pregnant with their first child, Elizabeth. They go on to produce a family of 14 children.

The Roses begin their married life in Upper Walmer in a house/shop on the Dover Road from where Edward runs his business. In later years his son, Alfred, takes over this shop. The family soon make the move to 8 The Strand (now number 7 but always identifiable as they are positioned next to The Stag public house.) Edward leases this property from the Leith family.

The Strand

Throughout his life, Edward served his community. He was very proactive in the building of St Saviour’s Church on The Strand in 1848 and the curate, at the time, David Bruce Payne, became a life-long friend. Edward was Churchwarden at St Saviours for many years until he had the position snatched away from him during a vestry meeting. News had recently reached Walmer of his son, Frederick, who had died in Dorchester prison, an alcoholic who received no medical care during his incarceration. I can only guess that Edward was no longer thought to be worthy of the post of Churchwarden.

In 1881 Edward became embroiled in the Sandwich election bribes scandal. He was called to give evidence and to defend his actions. His neighbour, the landlord of The Stag, was sent to prison for his part in this fiasco.

Edward Rose was a founder member of The Walmer Court of The Foresters, he was instrumental in setting up the Volunteer Corps in Walmer and was one of the first members of the Walmer Local Board (now known as the Parish Council).

Bankruptcy & Dissolved Partnership

It is clear that Edward saw himself as a bit of an entrepreneur. Not content with owning property in Russell Terrace on The Strand he developed his tailor’s business by purchasing an outlet in Chipping Ongar in Essex. Edward spent several years growing this business until his eldest son, Thomas, was ready to take over. His next outlet was situated in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Edward’s second son, Frederick ran this business. Unfortunately, he had failed to inherit his father’s business acumen and Frederick and Edward were declared bankrupt and their partnership dissolved.

Battle with Parkinson’s

During his latter years, Edward battled Parkinson’s disease and died on June 20th 1899 at his house ‘Ongar Villa’, Canada Road. His wife, Sarah, outlived him by 8 years.

Name Born Baptised Married Died Buried
Edward Thomas Rose  1829
George Street, Deal
St Leonard’s Sarah Cavell
St Leonard’s
Ongar Villa, Canada Road
Old St. Mary’s

The Children of Edward Thomas Rose & Sarah Cavell

Name Born Baptised Married Died Buried
Elizabeth Ann  1849  9 December 1849
St. Leonard’s
George Woodcock 1870. Dover Road  1924
Thomas Edward   1851  4 April 1851
St. Leonard’s
Julia Barlow
April 1876 Chipping Ongar, Essex
28th February 1927 Chipping Ongar, Essex
Louise Sarah 1852 2 September 1852
St. Mary’s
Thomas Cowee
1897 Chipping Ongar, Essex
Frederick John  1853 21 December 1853
St. Mary’s
Sarah Southwell  Gosport, Hampshire 1896
Dorchester, Dorset
Emma Mary  1855 8 April 1855
Robert Fussell Cooper
William Arthur  1856 5 October 1856
St. Saviours
Herbert Vincent 1857 11 April 1857
St. Saviours
1)Emma Fanny 

2)Kate Jane Mortimer
19 March 1899
St. Mary’s 

Annie Louise 1860 29 August 1860
St. Saviours
Walter John Hare
Oakhampton, Devon
Laura Jane 1862 19 March 1862
St. Saviours
Walter John Hare 16th October 1892
St. Mary’s
1894 Oakhampton
Ellen Frances 1863 23 December 1863
St. Saviours
Unmarried 1944
Edith Emily 1865 23 December 1865 St. Saviours Albert Harris
19 December 1892
St. Mary’s
Alfred Ernest 1867 21 June 1867
St. Saviours
Louisa Creacher
4 September 1959
Clara Jessie 1869 14 April 1869
St. Saviours
Sarah Eastes  1870 19 October 1870
St. Saviours
Unmarried 1951


Year Address Name Relationship Occupation
1841 Turnpike Road, Walmer Edward Weston Head Cordwainer
Mary Wife
William Son
Sarah Daughter
Edward T (Rose) Grandson


Year Address Name Relationship Occupation
1851 25 Walmer Road Edward Thomas Head Tailor and Hatter
Sarah Wife
Elizabeth Ann Daughter
Thomas Edward  Son
Louisa Cavell Sister-in-law


Year Address Name Relationship Occupation
1871 7 The Strand, Walmer  Edward Thomas Head Tailor and Hatter
Sarah Wife
Elizabeth Ann  Daughter Scholar
Thomas Edward  Son Scholar
Louisa Sarah  Daughter Scholar
Frederick John Son Scholar
Emma Mary Daughter Scholar
Herbert Vincent Son
Annie Louisa Daughter
Sarah Cavell  Sister-in-law Dressmaker
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