Thomas Hoystrop was the renter of the Royal Gloucester Subscription Baths on the Beach between June 1829 and mid 1832. He gave new impetus to the flagging baths, open only two years before, but could not halt their inexorable demise. He had been a grocer in Bernard Street before his new adventure. He returned to the grocery trade, this time in Godfrey's Town, when he quit the baths. He was a Liberal in politics. He had married Elizabeth Rumming Priddy at Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire on 4 February 1823. Born in Highway, Wiltshire, she came from a farming family. Six children were baptised in St Mary's Church, Southampton: Thomas (21 August 1826 - buried 20 April 1828, aged 21 months); Susannah (2 November 1828 - born 23 February 1825); Elizabeth (2 November 1828); John (2 November 1828 - born 2 November 1823); Thomas (19 June 1831); and Sarah (21 July 1833).

Thomas Hoystrop (the father) died in July 1833, aged 33 years. His widow, Elizabeth, is described in a directory of 1834 as a beer retailer of Godfrey's Town. She later returned to Wiltshire. She is living, at the time of the 1861 and 1871 censuses, with her unmarried daughter Sarah, in High Street, Wootton Basset. She described herself in 1871 as a farmer's widow. The enumerator listed her as an imbecile. She died a few weeks later. The youngest son, Thomas, was by this time running the 140-acre family farm in Wiltshire. Susannah Hoystrop had married John Chandler, a draper of Swindon, in 1841. He was to become a leading business figure in his native town.


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