Photograph of shop front ?Queen Street, Cardiff; obituary (copy) from Salisbury newspaper.
Maurice F Sparks, China Dealer of Cardiff, Papers
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Administrative / Biographical History
Maurice Franklin Sparks was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, in 1864 but moved to Salisbury as a boy. In 1892 he married Mary Baverstock in Wiltshire, and shortly afterwards they moved to Cardiff where two sons and two daughters were born. In 1901 they lived at 11 Balaclava Street, Roath, and in 1911 at 116 Richmond Road. Almost from the time he arrived in Cardiff Maurice Sparks had a shop selling china earthenware and art pottery at 111 Queen Street and (according to the 1913 trade directory) also at 107A Albany Road. In 1915 his premises had moved to 105 Frederick Street. By 1920 he appears to have left Cardiff, probably returning to Salisbury where for the last ten years of his life he traded in antiques. He died in 1934.
Presented from the papers of the late Miss Helen Sparks (Granddaughter of M F Sparks) in December 2010.
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Compiled by M Wilcox for Glamorgan Archives, with reference to 1901,1911 census returns; Cardiff directories; indexes to births, marriages and deaths
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All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.
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