This shows the lineage of the Pinkham family from the glove makers William and Rebecca who founded the glove making business their forefathers, their children and their grandchildren. A line that stretches from 1805 to the latter part of the twentieth century and now beyond.
1861 - 1938
At the age of twelve in 1873 William became an apprentice in a chamois leather glove factory in Great Torrinington in Devon. In 1901 the family moved to Witham where he was employed as a political agent for the Liberal Party before starting his glove business.
1864 - 1952
In 1884 Rebecca Fowler, at the age of twenty married William and having moved to Witham they started their own glove making business, William cutting the gloves by hand and Rebecca sewing them on a treadle machine.
This picture was taken in 1920 and shows Leslie and his sister Lilian at a glove exhibition showing off gloves made by The National Glove Company as it was then known. Lilian worked in the company until her marriage to Wilson Dawson in 1920 when she left to move to Scotland.
1891 - 1936
Leslie Pinkham married Elsie Mansfield in 1915 and they had four children Richard, John, David and Marie. All three boys worked in the company after their military service during World War two.
Seen here in 1924 on the steps of The Drapers Record newspaper offices in London, Richard and John Pinkham aged seven and five are showing off Engecie gloves made by The National Glove Company in Witham. The photograph was used as the front cover an issue of The Drapers Record.
Taken at the Witham factory in 1960 here Richard on the left and John are examining a pair of fabric gloves. At that time Richard was responsible for production and John looked after home and export sales.
1945 was a busy year for John. On his return from military service in Italy he was demobbed from the army, joined the glove business and married his wartime sweetheart Mary Blake. They are seen here at an industry function shortly after their wedding.
1925 - 1970
Although Marie did not work in the company she was the apple of her father's eye and after the death of her mother Elsie in 1936 she was always at her father's side until going to complete her education in a convent in Tildonk in Belgium.
....members of the family who are not mentioned here and who are no longer with us:
MARIE PINKHAM (neé Reynolds)
1913 - 1983
Wife of Richard Pinkham
SUE GOODRICH (neé Carron-Brown)
1953 - 2012
Daughter of Marie Carron-Brown (neé Pinkham)