Saturday, 6 January 2018

Richard Kelsall Glenton of 58 Falkner Street Liverpool

My 5x great uncle Richard Kelsall Glenton, a customs clerk who lived 1794 - 1863, was featured  in episode 1 of A House Through Time, first broadcast on  BBC2 on 4 January 2018, being the first resident of 62 (58 at the time) Falkner Street Liverpool. Available at present on BBC iPlayer.

He was the son of Jonas Wilson Glenton Snr ( who incidentally died at his home on Falkner Street in 1844) and his wife Betty Becca Kelsall.

Source: BBC A House Through Time 4 January 2018




Born on 17 May 1894, he was christened 17 June the same year at St George's Church, Liverpool.

Richard never married, and worked as a HM Customs officer in the Port of Liverpool.

He died on 13 February 1863 at Mount Prospect, Beacon Lane, Everton. The Liverpool Mercury, dated 20 February 1863 gave the following notice:

"GLENTON, Feb13th, Mount Prospect, Beacon Lane, Everton, Richard Kelsall, aged 69, late of HM Customs and youngest surviving son of the late JW Glenton Esq, landing surveyor of HM Customs, this port."

I am related thus: 

from me ... dad ... George Ernest Heywood.. Ellen Eliza Hindley .. Richard Henry Hindley ... Harriet Glenton ... Henry Glenton (brother of Richard Kelsall Glenton).




Documents I know of:

1794 Register of baptism:




1827 Electoral register:




1841 census:




1861 Census:




1863 Death register (note his sister Eliza two above him)




Wills for Eliza and Richard 1863


Death certificates:





The following are taken from the TV Documentary. Source: BBC A House Through Time 4 January 2018

Inventory for 58 Falkner Street at auction 1844
Style of carpet from inventory
Liverpool 1830s
Card table from 1840s. Glenton had 2 at Falkner Street
Card playing bachelor gentlemen from the time
Bachelor gentlemen at the time
Drunken bachelor gentlemen from the time
The style of settee Glenton used at Falkner Street
Entertaining the ladies
Last will and testament of Jonas Wilson Glenton
Signature and seal of Jonas Wilson Glenton
Customs clerks from the time
Richard Kelsall Glenton mentioned 1832 as a customs clerk

Old Customs House, Liverpool, where Glenton worked. Built 1839
Falkner Street 1840
58 Falkner Street basement
58 Falkner Street ground floor
58 Falkner Street first floor
58 Falkner Street second floor
Gores Directory 1841 - showing Richard and his father
Street scene from Liverpool c1840s
Gores Directory 1841
Falkner Street 1840s
Moss Lake Fields, where Falkner Street was built
Graphic of what Moss Lake Fields may have looked like
62 (formerly 58) Falkner Street today

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