Archive centreCarlisle
ReferenceDB 156
TitleRobert Brown Jackson, Master Joiner and Undertaker of Whiteclosegate, Carlisle
DescriptionJoiner's coffin account book
Photographs of the River Eden; Near Boot public house; Jackson's Joiner's shop; Houghton School (juniors and seniors); film wallets; Bowness Hall stock sale particulars
ContextRobert Brown Jackson (1872-1945) was born at Whiteclosegate, Carlisle in 1872, the youngest of 7 children of William Jackson, a joiner. From the mid-1850's, the family lived at Whiteclosegate in the house next to the Near Boot Inn (which William Jackson owned and ran in the 1880's). The single storey building on the other side of the house was the 'Joiner's Shop' or workshop.

When his father died in 1895, Robert took over the family business, employing his brother George Jackson as well as other men. Although he moved to live at Greensyke, Houghton soon after his marriage in 1899, Robert continued to run the joiner's shop from Whiteclosegate until he retired in 1938-39.A building across the road was used as a wood-store. His sister Alice Jackson lived in thehouse until her death in 1927.

Robert Jackson died at Houghton in 1945 and is buried in the churchyard.
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