A coincidence I came across recently. My mother's grandfather John Godfrey together with his brother Samuel, had a lace manufacturing business in the Lace Market of Nottingham. The building 3 - 5 High Pavement which is now a restaurant and stands opposite the Pitcher and Piano pub formerly the Unitarian Chapel, is in a conservation area.
At one time, after the Textiles and Costume Museum had closed on Castle Gate, gt grandfather Walter John Dexter's lace samples were on show in 3 - 5 High Pavement which was being used as a lace museum. I find it incredible that two of my great grandfathers made use of the same building. Great grandpa John Godfrey died in 1920 and great grandpa Walter Dexter died in 1925. Who knows, maybe Godfrey Bros were selling lace designed by W J Dexter.
Two minutes from High Pavement some of Dudley's comic characters are on show in a Weatherspoons’ pub. To quote Granny Watkins, who would have been both proud and astounded, “Well, I never!”
William and Walter Dexter have muddled me considerably during my family research, so I intend to think of them by birth dates. To confuse me even more, Walter John had a brother William, a son William and a son Walter who was also a lace designer.
When researching my Godfrey family of Park House, Carlton, Nottingham, in a direct line from Richard Godfrey born in Gedling 1532 to my grandpa John Harold Godfrey born in Carlton in 1881, 7 of the 11 names are John Godfrey. Little did my ancestors think that one day a great x umpteen times granddaughter should decide to research her family history. A Christopher or a Michael would have been most helpful!!
So I guess in comparison the William and Walter Dexters of Melbourne have been easier to research.
In summing up the Dexters' artistic ability, sorry William, but your great great nephew Dudley Watkins gets my vote every time!