Thomas Aggleton had  probably moved from the St Albans countryside at least prior to 1819 when he married Ann Pullen at Marylebone Church.

Thomas's father-in-law was a butcher in Davies Street in Westminster:

while Thomas himself was a pub landlord in the same area, taking over from James Johnson in 1820.

 Thomas lived at "The Artillery Arms" from c.1826-30.

(Corner of Rochester Row & Vauxhall Bridge Road)

"The Artillery Arms", photographed by RGA in 1972, has since been demolished and replaced by Flats & Offices.

Thomas Aggleton's Insurance on "The Artillery Arms"in 1826

Note that the value of the property is less than the liquid assets!

In 1828  Thomas had to complete a Militia form (Napoleonic Wars?) to determine who in the house would be liable for military duty.

However the first line of the form appears to be incorrect: the address should be Rochester Row not Terrace (which is in Kentish Town). The constable (around the corner off Vincent Square)  would have known his "patch" therefore it seems likely that Rochester Terrace has become Rochester Row. 

In 1831 Thomas was made a freeman of the City of London:

Document supplied by Peter Jeremy Aggleton

(Forty six shillings and eight pence equates to Ł1800-Ł2500 in 2012. The exact value is dependant on the system used to calculate)

Background into why it would have been necessary for Thomas to be a Freeman of the City of London can be found at:

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/nr/rdonlyres/155d63ec-c7bf-4b8f-b7d2-9574c07fe071/0/cityfreedom.pdf

The remainder of this page and subsequent description of the Aggleton family in the rest of the 19th Century has been written by Peter Jeremy Aggleton.There are some later additions by MJA.

The death of Thomas Aggleton and afterwards

Thomas Aggleton died on 26th July 1842 at 46 Blenheim Street , Chelsea .  His death certificate records him as being a ‘Gentleman’
One year earlier, the 1841 census has Thomas resident at Church Street , Kennington, Lambeth, together with Ann his wife, Sophia, Jane and Ann, his daughters.  In that same year (1841), Pigot’s Directory for London lists Thomas as publican at the Duke of Clarence, Pancras Place , Pancras Road , Kings Cross.

At the time of his death, Thomas Aggleton was aged 56.  The cause of death was ‘serious apoplexy’[1].  Present at his death was his first son, Thomas James Aggleton, of 11 Union Street , Bath . 

Blenheim Street (now Astell Street) Chelsea

It is recorded that in 1841, houses were being built on the west side of Blenheim Street – most probably including number 46 - at the lower end on land belonging to the Anchor brewery.  It seems reasonable to surmise, therefore, that 46 Blenheim Street (now Astell Street ) was newly built when Thomas and Ann moved into it, and perhaps even that there was some link between Thomas and the Anchor brewery. 

From ‘Settlement and building: From 1680 to 1865: Chelsea Park to Blacklands', A History of the County of Middlesex : Volume 12: Chelsea (2004), pp. 51-60. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=28693. Date accessed: 05 January 2007.

Thomas was buried at St Lukes (New) Church Chelsea.  Blenheim Street was only two streets away

Blenheim (Astell) Street ,Chelsea

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[1] The term ‘apoplexy’ can be used describes any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially one where the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness. Those reading historical documents should take into consideration the possibility that the word "apoplexy" may be used to describe the symptom of sudden loss of consciousness immediately preceding death and not an actual verified disease process. Sudden cardiac deaths, ruptured cerebral aneurysms, certain ruptured aortic aneurysms, and even heart attacks may have been misdiagnosed as apoplexy in the distant past.