Penrith Remembers - 3

21st July, 2014

Penrith Remembers 3:

Professional life in Penrith 1914

In 1914 Penrith’s directory of professional services included:

  • 5 accountants
  • 2 architects
  • 3 auctioneers, including Kidd’s Auction Company, the K of today’s PFK.
  • 6 banks
  • 1 building society
  • 8 insurance agents
  • 7 land agents
  • 18 solicitors and ‘commissioners for oaths’
  • 2 stockbrokers
  • 3 surveyors

Among the solicitors were brothers Charles and Nathan Henry Arnison, trading from 1 St Andrew’s Place. Charles Arnison was Secretary to the Penrith Chamber of Trade and the Penrith Cottage Hospital and during World War 1 served as an Army Captain in the local volunteer corps. You can find out more about the Arnison family, and their long association with Penrith, on  http://www.arnisonheelis.co.uk/history/ Arnison Heelis occupy the same offices in St Andrew’s Place today.

In 1914, Francis Thomas Kenyon was an accountant based at 24a Devonshire Street, above the District Bank (now NatWest Bank).  The photo shows his Certificate of Membership, awarded by the Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors in 1910. Three generations of the Kenyon family have been accountants in Penrith. Before he came to Penrith, FTK was a clerk to James Watson and Son (later to be part of Armstrong Watson) in Carlisle.

His son Fletcher Kenyon qualifed as an accountant in 1933 and his grandson Ronald James Kenyon qualified in 1975. ‘F T Kenyon then ‘F T Kenyon and Son’ merged with ‘Kyle and Co’ and then with ‘Jackson Saint and Co’ and is now ‘Saint and Co’ from which Ron, a past President of the Chamber of Trade, has recently retired.

If your ancestors were prominent business people in Penrith in 1914, we’d love to hear about them.

Ali Turnbull

ali@fit-to-print.co.uk

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