GEORGE ABRAHAM CAKEBREAD
For Family Tree see CAKEBREAD Chart
Parents: George, a Gas Works Stoker and Ellen Elizabeth (nee Nicholls)
Abraham Cakebread was born at 59 St.John's Street in central Coventry on 11 May
1903, at his mother's parents' house. At the time the family were in fact
living at 108 Radford, Coventry near the Radford Common.
Years: In his early years he resided with his parents and brother Charles,
first at Radford Common, then at 51 Sparkbrook St, Hillfields in
the centre of Coventry and within the old city walls. When George was 8 the
family moved to 5 Francis Street, Foleshill, and a year later to nearby
12 Silverton Road, in a district with the name 'Paradise'! He was still
living there just before his marriage in 1929.
Education: It is
believed he attended South Street school in Hillfields, central Coventry as a
small child then Broad Street School in Foleshill after the family moved there.
Occupation: George was a skilled toolmaker by trade in the
industrial north of Coventry. Later in his life following much illness he
became a self employed Window Cleaner, in those days a really hard job without
the special tools modern day cleaners use. In winter the cold water in which he
constantly immersed his hands caused the skin to open huge raw and painful
cracks, called "chaps". He used to cycle everywhere carrying the large double
timber ladders with him on his shoulders, even right across the city! After
that he became a Progress Chaser at the Triumph Car Factory at Meriden where
his job was to ensure the car workers on the moving 'assembly track' always had
sufficient parts available, a very stressful job. His final job was a Storeman
at Rootes (Chrysler) Car Factory at Humber Road , Coventry..
Marriage: He married Elsie Harrison in St.Laurence Church,
Foleshill, Coventry, on 24 Aug 1929.
Children: The couple had 2 children:
||Became a qualified Certified
||Became a Chartered Surveyor
Other Known Places of Residence:
After their marriage George and Elsie managed to put
a deposit down on a new semi-detached house facing open farmland on the
northern outskirts of Coventry, 125 Hall Green Road, Bell Green, (see
photo above) where they lived for many years from 1929 until 1959. As the farm
opposite, and Bell Green in general,was being developed into huge Council
Estates they decided to move inn 1959 (with some prodding from son Dennis
and brother-in-law Norman French) to the quiet and very pleasant Butt Lane
in Allesley Village on the eastern side of Coventry much closer to the Triumph
motor car factory where he and Norman worked.
Death: George died on 20 Sep 1977 in
hospital in Coventry, at approximately 74 years of age, from complications
following a broken hip caused by a fall at his home some months earlier.
Burial: His body was interred on 26 Sept in grave 20 in Section DS
at Windmill Road, Cemetery, Longford, Coventry.
was a good soccer player in his younger days and played in the local leagues.
He played for Bell Green Wesleyan Church with his good friend Les Bruton, who
would later go on to play professional football for Southampton and Blackburn
Rovers. Later George and his brother-in-law Len Harrison became good friends
with another professional footballer Clarrie Bourton who had joined Coventry
City in 1931. Bourton finished as the Football League's top goalscorer that
season, having found the net 49 times in the Third Division South, including
seven hat-tricks. He scored 40 league goals the following season !
I remember George as a lovely gentle and kind man who
had a simple manner and being unintentionally funny. He was a born