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    Quote Originally Posted by di2315 View Post

    Tho son of Tho Miller Mar/r (which I take to be married?) Bowershead - that final word on all other records indicates the employment of the father, but I can't come up with a combination of likely letters to make a sensible word.
    The final word/s on each line is the father's residence, not occupation, and in your case the word is 'Bowershed'. There is bleed through of ink from the next page, is that what you are looking at?

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    It looks as if it's meant to be Mariner.

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    Thanks Dundee & Peter - looks like problem's solved! Di

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    I think the residence at the end of the line is Lower Street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurk View Post
    I think the residence at the end of the line is Lower Street.
    I reckon that's a very good call.
    There's certainly a Back Lane and a Union Street written against other entries.
    Googling brought up no clues as to a place called Bowershead, and the OP failed to reply to my question of where Bowershead was. (I thought it might be some tiny hamlet in the Scottish Highlands, for instance.)

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    Sorry, Pam - I missed out replying to your thread . . . I was so frustrated at not being able to upload the jpg!
    The record is from Deptford, Kent, UK.
    Thanks also for your help, arthurk.
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    That's a difficult one.
    Is not that the same text further-up that page, the top line of that image snippet?

    This site has a good list of historic occupations, but I couldn't see a fit with that word (whatever it is): https://www.familytreeassociation.org/a-c.html

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    Could it be Bowshed? A bowshed was a boat-building shed; something that a shipwright/carpenter could have been involved in building.

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    Or Bower street. I can't find a Bower street in Deptford, but there was one off Commercial road (?)

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    I admit my analysis has the slight flaw that there doesn't appear to be a Lower Street in Deptford (now), though I haven't managed to find a definitive list of streets in the 1700s.

    There is a Lower Road, and it appears that part of this was renamed Evelyn Street at some stage, so could that part have been known as Lower Street at some earlier date? Maybe looking through a few pages of the register either side of this one would shed some light on this.

    There was a Lower Street in Islington, which was renamed to Essex Road, but that doesn't really explain why a baptism would have taken place in Deptford.

    However, I am totally certain of my reading of the address as Lower Street. There's a 'B' in a surname in the line above, and an 'L' in a forename at the top of the extract.

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