Thomas Canham

#27595, b. 1939, d. 10 September 1945

Individual's Timeline

Marr RegMarch 1893Thomas Canham1
Death of Mother18 February 1914Sarah Parmenter2
Death RegSeptember 1934Leah Rosanna Crowe3
Birth1939Thomas Canham4
Death10 September 1945Thomas Canham5

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Thomas was a coal carter and a publican.

Census details

Brushes with the LAW

Court case between Thomas CANHAM and his son Herbert and Christmas PATTERSON the Crimea War veteran. The 74 year old Christmas was accused by Thomas of attacking his 7 year old son, and of chasing him. Case was dismissed, not least because it was thought a 74 year old could never catch a 7 year old.

When I was looking up the players I discovered another link between the BLAKE family and the BEALES family. Tenuous, but fascinating to those of us who understand the big differences between the 2 families of my mother and her second husband. Back in the 50's when they married, anyway. The cultural circumstances of today have, thank God, removed these 'class differences'. Unfortunately they have been replaced by 'race differences', but I expect that in 60 more years, these will have been replaced by something else.....Too much to hope that all differences would disappear. It looks to me humans need some sort of difference to hang their hats on.

Christmas PATTERSON the Crimea War vet is the 2 x Great Uncle of my step father Basil BEALES

Herbert Thomas CANHAM was in the Sefton Arms with his father Thomas, the publican and mother Leah in 1901. Thomas the landlord of the Sefton Arms is the brother of Sarah Maria who married John BASE in 1886. John BASE was the brother of Maria BASE who married Herbert George BLAKE in 1891. Herbert and Maria are my GGP, parents of Porky BLAKE the Yarmouth butcher (my Grandad who I lived with for my first 5 years). This is link between the BEALES family and the BLAKE family, alluded to above. None of which were ever considered even an outside possibility by the 2 families back in 1950s when my mother BLAKE married my step father BEALES....

John PATTERSON - not found in my database, so I looked him up in the 1901 census. There is only 1 likely candidate, and he is John Danby PATTERSON, son of a Truant Officer named Arthur Henry PATTERSON born 1858 in Great Yarmouth. They were living 273 Southtown Road (round the corner from Sefton Road, the CANHAMs are about 4 pages away in the census).

Arthur Henry is also not in my database - There is NO Arthur Henry PATTERSON in the birth registrations in Yarmouth, but there is a Henry Arthur PATTERSON registered Dec 1857. This little chap was Chr in the Primitive Methodists, son of William and Mary Ann PATTERSON. HIM I DO HAVE.

Father William was a Prudential Insurance Agent who died in 1909. I have them in the database, but as far as I can tell he is NOT a relation of any of the PATTERSONs who are related to my stepfather and/or Christmas. Top of William's tree is James PATTERSON a shoemaker born in Norwich 1786. Even if there turns out to be a connection further up the tree, the protagonists in this drama would never have been aware of it.

A F CLOWES lawyer. Also in my database as Albert Frank. Born in Yarmouth 1865, long line of Solicitors and Drs. He was struck off in 1914 for Professional Misconduct.

Owned - the Queen Alexandria. She was (as YH546) a trawler - Steam screw; coal burner. Sails fore and aft. She transferred from his ownership and from Yarmouth to Mitford before 1905. A photo and more details are at -

Way back this CLOWES family owned Caister Castle. One married my 2x Great Aunt Charlotte BASE. Charlotte is ALSO a sister of John and Maria BELL. Charlotte CLOWES (nee BASE) came to Australia and is the grandmother of my famous cousin Cyril CLOWES the senior army man who was the head of the first army group to defeat the Japanese on land in the pacific. He was in the front line, not making tea back at base.

I am blood related cousin to Cyril, but not to solicitor CLOWES. I am related to Cyril and Albert is related to Cyril, but we are not related to each other.

BUT----as I read it, Albert Frank appeared for the defendant Christmas PATTERSON, and therefore against the 2 Canham claimants, but was somehow related to the CANHAMs by marriage.

CLOWES and Caister Castle. The 'castle' (called this because the roof was castellated) was built by Falstaff - the man who Shakespeare wrote about. It was against the law to build castellated houses, as the King thought that you, as the castle owner, could defend yourself against his men if he ever wanted to 'bring you to London'. This was of course in the time of dissension around who was going to sit on throne and who was not. But Falstaff was such a military hero he seems to have got away with it.

Falstaff had no children and the PASTON (of the letters) family got custody of the castle. The letters are worth the effort to read, being the first domestic letters - written by a married couple to each other, hubby in London doing business and somehow in Court Circles, and wife in Caister looking after the farm, the kids, the servants and the castle.

The PASTON'S castle became the CLOWES' via a female inheritance. Somewhere a PASTON woman married a CLOWES man.

Children of Thomas Canham and Leah Rosanna Crowe


  1. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, English and Welsh marriage records from 1837 (Mar 1893 Yarmouth 4b 25).
  2. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Name:     Sarah Canham
    Death Age:     77
    Birth Date:     abt 1837
    Death Date:     abt 1914
    Death Place:     125 Nelson Road N. Gt Yarmouth
    Burial Date:     23 Feb 1914
    Burial Place:     Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Cemetery:     Yarmouth New Cemetery
    Cemetery Section:     D.
    Grave Number:     513
    Interment Number:     18001
    Cemetery Notes:     Consecrated.
  3. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Canham      Leah R      60      Yarmouth      4b     1.
  4. Find my past web sites, online or, Armes Household (4 People)
    Lichfield Arms, Public House , Great Yarmouth C.B., Norfolk, England

    Thomas     Canham     19 Aug 1869     Male     Licensed Victualler (Retired)     Widowed     24     3     
    Thomas H     Armes     21 Mar 1908     Male     Licensed Victualler     Married     24     1     
    ~???     Armes     02 Aug 1912     Female     Unpaid Domestic Duties     Married     24     2     
    Constance M     Park     13 Mar 1920     Female     Domestic Servant     Single     24     5     
    Ref: RG101/6491A/004/30 Letter Code: TOAO.
  5. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Name:     Thomas Canham
    Death Age:     76
    Birth Date:     abt 1869
    Death Date:     abt 1945
    Death Place:     52, Elmwood Drive Breadsall
    Burial Date:     17 Sep 1945
    Burial Place:     Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Cemetery:     Gorleston Old Cemetery
    Cemetery Section:     N
    Grave Number:     146
    Interment Number:     14682
    Cemetery Notes:     Consecrated.
  6. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Canham      Herbert Thomas            Yarmouth      4b     39.
  7. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Canham      Victor George            Yarmouth      4b     32.
  8. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Canham      Hilda Leah            Yarmouth      4b     35.
  9. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Canham      Bertie Crowe            Yarmouth      4b     37.