Some of Walkern’s past butchers have a Will on record at County Hall. They are as follows:-
William Plomer – 1634
William Walby – 1674
Ralph Walby – 1679
Richard Harvey junior – 1728
Joseph Smith – 1773
The Walby family are quite well known in some parts of Hertfordshire as butchers and Walby Butchers Limited disolved in 1973 so many many generations went into the trade.
1855 Kellys Directory notes George Kitchener, butcher
By 1859, butcher Sidney John Taylor owned the house and butchers shop at the north end of the village, probably at what is now number 23. He also appeared to won the small adjoining dwelling known as the day school. He had married Eliza Perfrement in 1856 and they probably settled in Walkern soon afterwards. Their daughter Alice was christened at St Mary’s in 1859. Sadly, Sidney died on 11 January 1861 aged just 30 years old. His widow resided in the White Lion for a few years, leasing the shop to butcher Charles brown, before selling the shop in 1865. The auction notice reads:
A CONVENIENT DWELLING HOUSE and BUTCHERS? SHOP, with large enclosed Yard, large building used as a slaughter house, bullock pound, open cart shed, stable, hay and chaff barn and other outbuildings, and well of water, in the rear of which is a GARDEN and PADDOCK, containing with site of buildings, about One Acre, in the occupation of Mrs Kirkby, early possession of which may be had. A DWELLING HOUSE and SCHOOL-ROOM, with Yard and Garden adjoining, called and known as the ?VINE COTTAGE? now and some years past in the occupation of the Misses Harding.To be sold by auction by MR GEORGE JACKSON In One Lot AT THE WHITE LION INN, STEVENAGE On MONDAY September 18th, 1865, at Three for four o?clock precisely. By direction of the Executors of the late Mr Sidney John Taylor.
In the 1871 census, Thomas Pearman aged 23, is listed as a butcher though he was living with his mother, Mary, and grandfather, George Carter in Dovehouse Lane.