|Clifton Rugby Football Club History||
Maurice Mills Baker
He was born on the 8th March 1867 in Bristol. He was the second son of William Baker. He was educated at St. Dunstans College, London, Rugby School from 1881 to 1886 and Oriel College, Oxford where he received his degree on the 15th June 1894.
His father was a rags to riches story. William Mills Baker, born in Bridgwater abt 1831. In the 1840s the brothers William Mills Baker and Thomas Baker came to Bristol to seek their fortune. Their father was a farmer from near Bridgwater who had been forced into bankruptcy. They joined the firm of Culverwell Son & Co. who were wholesale and retail drapers operating from premises in Wine Street and Bridge Street. The 1851 census labels him as a servant, working as a Linen Drapers Assistant and living at 5 Castle Street within the precincts of Bristol Castle, with 17 other people. By 1860 the two brothers had become partners and, a few years later, the name changed to Ramsdale, Baker & Baker.
Above Castle Street circa 1920s 5 Castle Street on the left.
His parents married in 1856 in Newent, Gloucestershire, south of Dymock.
His mother Hannah was the eldest daughter of John Hiatt and Myrtila Hiatt of Mirables Farm, Dymock. John Hiatt farmed 137 acres and had 3 laborers working for him. Hannah was born in Dymock abt 1833. Dymock became famous just before the Great War when the poets Robert Frost, Rupert Brook and Edward Thomas lived there.
In 1858 William Mills Baker moved to 4 Cotham Place, Redland, Bristol. They are listed in the 1861 census, 2 years before the birth of Hiatt. They were
|William M. Baker||Head||30||Linen Draper||Bridgwater, Somerset|
|Hannah Baker||Wife||28||Dymock, Glos|
|Edith J. Baker||Dau||3||Dymock, Glos.|
|Florence M. Baker||Dau||2||Bristol|
|Elizabeth J. Baker||Sister||26||Draper's Assistant||Bridgwater, Somerset|
|Jane Sanders||Nurse||48||Nurse||Baunton, Somerset|
|Jane M. Owen||Nurse||21||Tailoress||Bristol|
|Ellen H. Williams||Serv||17||Domestic Servant||Bampton, Devon|
|Caroline Pritchard||Serv||18||Domestic Servant||Kenyworth, Glos.|
Above left: 4 Cotham Place, Redland, Bristol. At the top of Hampton Road. Above right: a map of 4 Cotham Place (1901) shown pink.
In 1863 they moved the short distance to Tenby House, 1 Victoria Road, Cotham and left in 1865
Above left: Tenby House, 1 Victoria Road, Cotham. Above right: map (1901) of Victoria Road with Tenby House shaded pink. Also living at Tenby House in 1863 was Henry Newton. Victoria Road is now known as Victoria Walk. It lies between Cotham Brow and Freemantle Square. As the majority of people were born at home in those days it likely that Hiatt Baker was born at Tenby House.
They moved to Woodland House in 1866 where they stayed till 1870.
Above Woodland House, Rockleaze.
They moved to Moorlands in 1871
In 1871 census the Baker family were living at Moorlands House, Stoke Bishop, Bristol. They were
|William M. Baker||Head||40||Manchester Warehouseman & Draper||Bridgwater, Somerset|
|Hannah Baker||Wife||38||Dymock, Glos.|
|Florence M. Baker||Dau||12||Scholar||Westbury-on-Trym, Glos.|
|Hiatt Cowles Baker||Son||7||Scholar||Bristol|
|Maurice M. Baker||Son||4||Scholar||Stoke Bishop|
|Gertrude M. Baker||Dau||1||Stoke Bishop|
|Elizabeth A. Sprange||Governess||30||Governess||London|
|Ann Prewett||Serv||33||Needlewoman, Domestic Servant||Henbury, Glos.|
|Harriett M. Caper||Serv||29||Nurse, Domestic Servant||Bitton, Glos|
|Matilda Butcher||Serv||31||Cook, Domestic Servant||North Bradley, Wiltshire|
|Louise Wilson||Serv||29||Housemaid, Domestic Servant||Road, Somerset|
|Mary W. Hiatt||Niece||7||Scholar||Bisbary, Herefordshire|
William Baker is listed as a Manchester Warehouseman which is another term for Cotton warehouseman - Manchester being the centre of the cotton industry at the time, cotton cloth was called "Manchester" cloth
Above Moorlands House, Stoke Bishop, Bristol.
In 1872 Baker, Baker & Co. Warehousemen and Drapers were based at Wine Street, Maryport Street and the Cheese Market.
In the 1881 census Maurice Mills Baker is listed as a boarder at Hillbrow Preparatory School in Rugby.
He joined Clifton RFC in 1886-87.
Above Clifton XV of 1887-88 with Clifton, Gloucestershire Captain and England International Hiatt Cowles Baker. His brother Maurice is seated extreme right.
Maurice played for Clifton in the first two matches against Bristol in 1889.
During the 1891 census the Bakers were living at The Holmes in Stoke Bishop, Bristol. They were
|Hannah Baker||Head||58||Living on her own means||Dymock, Glos.|
|Edith M. Baker||Dau||33||Living on her own means||Dymock, Glos.|
|Florence M. Baker||Dau||32||Living on her own means||Westbury-on-Trym, Glos.|
|Hiatt Cowles Baker||Son||27||Warehouseman||Westbury-on-Trym, Glos.|
|Maurice M. Baker||Son||24||Under Graduate||Stoke Bishop|
|Gertrude M. Baker||Dau||21||Living on her own means||Stoke Bishop, Glos.|
|Lionel G. Baker||Son||10||Scholar||Stoke Bishop, Glos.|
|Alice M. Ritson||Visitor||29||Teacher School||Bridgwater, Somerset|
|Sarah Fowler||Servant||26||Housemaid||Charfield, Glos.|
|Mary Thomas||Servant||39||Cook||Tongwynlais, Glamorgan|
|Emma J. Higham||Servant||45||Nurse||Plymouth, Devon|
|Mary A. Child||Servant||30||Parlourmaid||Felton, Somerset|
|Kate S. Parry||Servant||19||Kitchen maid||Cloliford, Glos.|
An unknown ceremony with Maurice Mills Baker on the left and Hiatt Cowles Baker on the right. circa 1900.
He married Edith Maud Blink in 1901 in Wellingborough. She was the daughter of Rev. H. S. Blink of Owmby Rectory, 9 miles north of Lincoln.They separated in 1908 and he moved to St. Albans.
He was a Barrister.
Above Maurice Mills Baker in October 1913 at Clacton-on-Sea.
He died on the 22nd November 1936, in Southbourne, Hampshire.