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Folk Biography Information

Folk Biography Information

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NameHicks, George
Date of Birth1846
NotesBirth / baptism
Wiltshire, Cricklade, 1845, Jul, Aug, Sep, Vol. 8, p 28*;
Cricklade, 14 September, 1845 [AB];

Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1870, Jan, Feb, Mar, Vol. 6a, p. 529, George Hicks married Martha Collett.

Death / burial
Gloucestershire, Cirencester, 1924, Apr, May, Jun, Vol. 6a, p 413, age, 78;
18 June, 1924 [AB];

Williams / others comments
Literate [AB]

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 21/6/24 p.5 [Local news, Bibury]


By the death of Mr George Hicks in Fairford Cottage Hospital, at the age of 78, Bibury loses one of its best known and most respected inhabitants. Although not a native, he had spent something like 50 years there, and could never be persuaded, even in his declining years, to leave the solitary cottage in Arlington Row. Hicks was a worker in a sense that is rather rare to-day, for he loved work for its own sake and would far rather work overtime than leave a job unfinished. A series of employers had always found him the same, honest, upright and absolutely reliable. The man who tries to do his own job as well as he possibly can, no matter whether he be a Prime Minister, a member of one of the learned professions or an agricultural labourer, is a valuable asset to the nation, and the world is distinctly poorer by the loss of a character of this description. It was rather pathetic that his end should have come on the actual day of the Bibury Show, for he had often been groundsman there in the past, and this was probably the very first time when his familiar figure was not to be seen in the foreground. Always appreciative of the kind attentions of neighbours and others (e.g. during the last few weeks in hospital he constantly enlarged to his visitors on the wonderfully kind treatment by the doctors and nurses) he was, in a word, one of natures gentlemen.

[Funeral at Bibury, 18/6/24. Assisted by the Vicar of Hatherop who deceased served faithfully for over 15 years. Wreaths from vicars of Bibury and Hatherop.]

My particular thanks to Dr. C J Bearman who researched a number of Gloucestershire singers as part of the Singing Landscape Project, 2008 - 2010 with whose kind permission this obituary is reproduced.
Census InformationCensus 1911
Place of birth, Cricklade, Wiltshire; c. 1846; age, 65, address, Arlington Row, Bibury, Fairford, Gloucestershire; occupation, woodman on estate; living with, wife, Martha, age, 79, place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire; brother, Edward, age, 28; place of birth, Cricklade; occupation, agricultural labourer.

Census 1901
Listed under Bibury [Arlington part of]. Place of birth, Cricklade, Wiltshire, c. 1846; Age, 55; address, in village, Arlington, Gloucestershire; occupation, woodman; living with, wife, Martha, Age, 69, place of birth Bibury. Also Lambert Andrews, age, 31; place of birth, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire; occupation, gardener, domestic; lodger; Harold Rees, age, 22; place of birth, Eastwurt [Eastcourt], Wiltshire; occupation, gardener, domestic; lodger.

Census 1891
Place of birth, Cricklade, Wiltshire; c. 1846; Age, 45; occupation, agricultural labourer; address, in village, Arlington, Bibury, Gloucestershire; living with, wife, Martha, age, 58; place of birth, Arlington, Gloucestershire; brother, Edward, age, 18; place of birth, Cricklade; occupation, groom, domestic.

Census 1881
Place of birth, Cricklade, Wiltshire; c. 1846; Age, 35; occupation, agricultural labourer; address, Alrington, Bibury, Gloucestershire; living with, wife, Martha, age, 48; place of birth, Bibury.

Census 1871
Place of birth, Cricklade, Wiltshire; c. 1846; Age, 25; occupation, agricultural labourer; address, Arlington Row, Bibury, Gloucestershire; living with, wife, Martha, age, 39; place of birth, Arlington; occupation, nurse.

Census 1861
Place of birth, Braydon, Wiltshire; c. 1846; Age, 15; address, Lower Seagry Street, Wiltshire; occupation, farm labourer; living in the household of John Knight, age, 45; place of birth, Langley Burrell, Wiltshire, farmer of 60 acres; living with Thomas Hicks [brother?], age, 13; place of birth, Cricklade; occupation, farmlabourer.

Census 1851
Place of birth, St Sampson, Cricklade, Wiltshire; c. 1845; Age, 6; address, 5 Stone Lane, Cricklade; living with father, James, age, 38; place of birth, St Sampson, Cricklade; occupation, farm labourer; mother, Ann, age, 25; place of birth, Barnsley, Gloucestershire; brother, Thomas, age, 4; brother, John, age, 2; place of birth all siblings, St Sampson, Cricklade.



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