Edwin Edgar Wiedhoft

Edwin Edgar Wiedhoft

Edwin Edgar Wiedhoft was born on the 10th May 1860 at number 16 Baldwins Gardens, Holborn. the third child of William Daniel & Elizabeth (The registration was signed X the mark of Elizabeth.)

1861 census 11 Baldwins Gardens, Holborn
Wm Wiedhoft Head Marrd 31 Pressmaker Mddx, London
Elizth --------- Wife do 28   Same
------- Agnes ----- Daur   5   Same
Wm Edward ------- Son   4   Same
Edwin Edgar ------- Son   10mth   Same

Baptism of Wiedhofft children
12th August 1862 sister Emily Mary Ann Wiedhoft (my Great Grandmother) was born at 16 Baldwins Gardens.
31st May 1864 Edwin's grandfather (Daniel Chrystal) died a mile or two up the road in Clerkenwell following seven weeks with heart disease.
31st August 1864 Elizabeth, William, Emily and Edgar are baptized at the church of St Peter, Saffron Hill.
27th October 1864 Brother Arthur Henry Wiedhoft was born at 16 Baldwins Gardens,
3rd March 1868 Grandmother Martha (Baker) Wiedhofft died in Clerkenwell Workhouse.
7th January 1869 Sister Alice Amelia Wiedhoft was born 3rd September 1870 Brother Alfred Albert Wiedhoft was born at 31 Baldwins Gardens Holborn. and the family were still at this address the following April when the census was taken.

1871 Census 31, Baldwins Gardens, St Andrews, Holborn
  Name Relation Condition Age Occupation Born
  Previous page  
  William Fleming Son 11 Scholar City of London
  Mary Do Daur 8 Do Do
  Ellen Do Daur 6 Do Do
\ William Bridgman Head Widow 64 Carpenter Hants Basingstoke
  Amelia Do Grandaur 15 Bookfolder Middlesex,St Andrew
\ William Wiedhoft Head Mar 42 Mechanic Do Do
  Elizabeth Do Wife Mar 38 Do Do
  Elizabeth Do Daur Unm 15 Boxmaker Do Do
  William Do Son Unm 14 Scholar Do Clerkenwell
  Edwin Do Son 11 Do Do St Andrews
  Emily Do Daur 8 Do Do Do
  Arthur Do Son 6 Do Do Do
  Alice Do Daur   4 Do Do Do
  Alfred Do Son   7m Do Do

Grandfather William Bridgman is now a widow and sharing his apartment with his grand-daughter (Edwin's cousin) Amelia in another flat at 31 Baldwins Gardens
21st May 1873 Brother Albert Ernest Wiedhoft was born on Wednesday the in Holborn
17th May 1875 wedding of big brother William Edward Frederick to Johanna Sullivan at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Holborn
12th July 1875 Sister Elizabeth Agnes married James Samuel Peck at St James' Parish Church, Clerkenwell.

1881 Census Dwelling: 15 Cyrus St Census Place: Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex, England Source: FHL Film 1341075 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0346 Folio 18 Page 14
Rel Marr Age Sex Occ: Birthplace
William WIEDHOFT Head M 52 F ?? Turner (Wood) Soho
Elizabeth WIEDHOFT Wife M 48 F Holborn, Middlesex
Edwin WIEDHOFT Son U 20 M No Occupation Holborn, Middlesex,
Emily WIEDHOFT Daur U 18 F Perfumer (M C) Holborn, Middlesex
Arthur WIEDHOFT Son U 16 M Standard Office Printer Holborn, Middlesex,
Alice WIEDHOFT Daur 13 F Holborn, Middlesex
Alfred WIEDHOFT Son 11 M Scholar Holborn, Middlesex
Albert WIEDHOFT Son 7 M Scholar Holborn, Middlesex

11th December 1883 Sister Emily married Edward Hewitt at St Pancras Register Office.

reaperAugust of 1888 The Tragedy

Clipping from London News
At the same time as "Jack the Ripper" was stealing the headlines with his atrocious murders a couple of miles away, our family were grieving the loss of Edwin. Now 28 years old, unmarried and living "at home" at 4 Seaford St, St Pancras, he was working as a painter for Trollope & Co. On Monday the 27th August, whilst adjusting a tarpaulin from an upstairs window of the Sun Fire Office in Threadneedle St. (just behind the Bank of England) he overbalanced and fell 40ft to the ground. He died 2 hours later that day in St Bartholomews Hospital from a fractured skull.

Extract from the LONDON NEWS (Transcript of above)
FATAL FALL FROM A WINDOW- On Thursday (30 August 1888) Mr. Langham held an inquest at St. Bartholomew's Hospital on the body of Edwin Wiedhoft, aged 28 years, a painter employed by Mssrs. Trollope and Co. On Monday he was at work at the Sun Fire Office, at an upper window adjusting a tarpaulin over some poles when he overbalanced himself and fell to the ground, a distance of 40 feet (12 mtrs). He was removed to the hospital and died the same day from fracture of the skull. - Verdict: Accidental death.

Details from the death certificate: Died of fracture of skull and other injuries caused by falling from window of Sun Fire Office. Accidental death after 2 hours. 30th August 1888 Inquest held Mr. Langham Coroner of London

Bank of England circa 1873

The above picture shows the Bank of England with Threadneedle Street to it's left. The picture is from and links to the fascinating Gutenburg.org THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK COLLINS' ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO LONDON AND NEIGHBOURHOOD*** Transcribed from the 1873 William Collins, Sons and Company edition by David Price 

Edwin Edgar Wiedhofft
b. Holborn 1860
d. London 1888
Baldwins Gardens after 1862

The picture above was taken next to the new church in Baldwins Gardens at sometime after it was consecrated in May 1862. As the 1861 enumerator listed 12, 13 & 14 as the site of the new church and this is the house next to the church, is this number 11, or 15 and Edwin Edgar was born at no.16. Photo Samuel A Walker 230 Regent St. W (London Post Office Directories only list them at this address between 1879-95)


Daniel Chrystal Wiedhofft 1798 & Martha Baker,


William Daniel 1828 & Elizabeth Bridgman


Elizabeth Agnes 1855
William Edward F 1857
Emily Mary Ann 1862
Arthur Henry 1864
Alice Amelia 1869
Alfred Albert 1870
Albert Ernest 1873

The offices of the Sun fire Office in Threadneedle were on the site of the present day building of the Bank of Scotland.

Old picture of St Barts Hospital