The private house of Mrs Kitty Beardsley and then…
(after tailor Thomas Wass)
the next shop was called ‘London House’, kept by Mrs. Beardsley, or, as she was familiarly called, Mrs. Kitty Beardsley. This was the leading millinery and drapery establishment in Ilkeston. She also had a grocery business.
Mrs. Kitty Beardsley was the wife of grocer/baker/draper John of Bath Street and was born Catherine Skeavington, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (nee Garton) in 1804. Her marriage to John took place in April 1821 and the couple had at least 12 children.
Catherine (Kitty), the mother, died in Bath Street in December 1869 after a lingering illness.
Her husband John died there in October 1875, aged 77.
In the Ilkeston News and South Derbyshire Advertiser of April 1857 John Beardsley was thanking his customers for their patronage during the 25 years that he had been in business, and was making them aware of the fine range of goods to be found at The London House General Drapery, Mantle, Bonnet and Millinery Establishment, adding that “Mrs Beardsley confidently invites an early inspection of this stock, and intending purchasers will bear in mind that nowhere can they buy any articles in the Trade of better quality, or at a lower price…”
Let us pause here to reflect upon the Ilkeston News.