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RefNo DF.FEN
Title Fenwick family of Newcastle upon Tyne
AdminHistory The Fenwick family originated in Swaledale, Yorkshire. John James Fenwick was born in 1846, the fifth child of John Fenwick and Mary (nee Cooper, sister of the noted saddler Matthew Cooper and aunt of the racehorse trainer John Watson of Newmarket). John (senior) kept a grocery shop in Frenchgate, Richmond.

Following Mrs Fenwick's death in 1860 the family moved to Middlesbrough, Teesside, whence John James Fenwick moved to Newcastle in 1868 to take up an apprenticeship with Moses & Brown, drapers and subsequently with Charles Bragg & Co. before establishing his own business in Northumberland Street, which is still managed by his descendants today.

John James Fenwick married Mary Burnand, daughter of a Newcastle master-Tailor. His two elder sons married daughters of the Beavan family, who had a drapers business in Shields Road, Byker, while a grandaughter married into the Bainbridge family, whose department store was a household name in Newcastle until the late 20th century (latterly under the management of the John Lewis Partnership).

Source: Reginald Pound, The Fenwick Story (1972) (copy in searchroom library).
RelatedMaterial For the Arthur Fenwick Circus Collection, see DF.AF (paper list in searchroom under Accession 944)
For business records of Fenwick Ltd., see DT.FEN.
For records of the Beavan family, see DF.BVN

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