Eccleston Tickles, 1851

My last posts have been about members of one of the Eccleston Tickle families. I’ve identified nine households, containing 50 people, with the surname Tickle or Tickel in the 1851 census of Eccleston. Eccleston was in the Prescot registration district, in the sub-district of St. Helens. There are other families in the wider St Helens area in the census and I will look at them eventually. There are also a number of individuals who appear on the 1851 census in other places, but whose birth is listed as being Eccleston.

Here are the nine households and where they lived. Are any of them your ancestors?

261 Croppers Hill
Peter Tickle b.1793, an engineer, with his wife, Ellen b.1795, and 5 children – Peter, Ellen, John, William and Ann. Peter & Ellen moved to West Bromwich in the Midlands before 1861. I will feature this family in a future post.

46 Liverpool Street
Peter Tickle b.1822, a ship’s carpenter, with his wife, Helen b.1827, and their 3 children – William, Mary, and baby James.

50 Liverpool Street
William Tickle b.1796, a ship’s carpenter, with his wife, Mary Ashall b.1797, and their 4 children – Henry, William, Mary, and Joshua.

In between these two households, there is another family and above their listing the enumerator has written Tickle Court.

I’ve marked Liverpool Street on the map fragment below, together with Liverpool Road, where some had moved to by the next census. Croppers Hill, where Peter and Ellen lived, is just off this image at the west end of Liverpool Road, running north to south. You can see it in the drawing of St Helens circa 1850 at the end of this post. On the map below I’ve also marked the glass-works, and St Thomas Church, where many Tickles were married or baptised. The photograph at the top is of St Thomas Church.

liverpool street area

Old Cotton Factory Yard
Peter Tickle b.1830, a labourer in the glassworks, with his wife, Mary b.1829, and their 2 children – Ann and baby Martha.

5 Phythian Street
George Tickle b.1825, a copper smelter, with his wife, Margaret b.1825, and their 3 sons – John, Peter, and baby George.

9 Phythian Street
John Tickle b.1822, a labourer, with his wife, Ellen b.1829, and their 3 children – John, Mary, and Peter.

(although these two addresses are close there are multiple families listed at each one)

17 Pythian Street
John Tickle b.1820, a ship’s carpenter, with his wife, Alice Kilshaw b.1826, a glass smoother, and their 2 children – Sophia and Ellen. (The household also included Alice’s father, James, and a servant, Ann Mullin.)

Dun Riding Lane
William Tickel b.1799, a carpenter, with his wife, Alice, also b. 1799, and six children – the oldest three being Henry b.1826, a carpenter like his father, William b.1828, a machinist, John b.1830, an engineer, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Ellen and baby Alice. William Jnr was a widower, and John is shown as married and a visitor to the household. I haven’t yet located his wife.

Springfield Row
Robert Tickel b.1803, a carpenter, with his wife, Hannah b.1804, and their two sons – Robert, a smith striker, and Peter, also a carpenter.

As you’ll see from the names above, the same names are repeated in families. I counted 7 Peter Tickles and 6 John Tickles, for instance. This can make it difficult to distinguish which person is referred to in some documents.

2 thoughts on “Eccleston Tickles, 1851”

  1. Hi Melody
    Thanks for the latest Tickle instalment.

    From my own research I can add the following information…

    William & Mary Tickle at 50 Liverpool Street are the parents of:
    – Elizabeth Worthington (nee Tickle), daughter, at 46 Liverpool Street (next page of records)
    – Peter Tickle, son, also on Liverpool Street but I don’t agree with #46 due to the above
    – James Tickle, son, at 68 Liverpool Road
    – John Tickle, son, at 17 Phythian Street

    I haven’t linked the other Tickles mentioned to my own family tree… yet.


    1. Hi Heather
      I have William & Mary plus their children in the genealogy sections of the site. You will find them here.
      Let me know if there is anything you disagree with from your own research.
      Best wishes

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