F.J. Munt, jeweller and watchmaker

F.J. Munt set up in business as a jeweller in Winslow in 1855 in the house which is now 4 The Walk. He was born at Streatley, Berks, in 1835; he was apprenticed as a jeweller and his father Bisley Munt was a butcher. He married Caroline Mary French of Buckingham on 19 June 1855. He moved to Buckingham in 1859 after an eventful four years which included two burglaries, a sale by his creditors and two marriages.

Bicester Herald, 13 Oct 1855

F. J. MUNT,
WATCH MAKER AND WORKING
Jeweller, Horn Street,
Winslow,
Adjoining Mr. J. L French’s, Grocer, &c.,
Formerly known as the Library,

SOLICITS a continuance of favours, and assures the Public that no exertion shall be wanting to give satisfaction.  Good Lever Watches from £4.  Flat Geneva Watches from £2. Hunting Watches, suitable for youths, £3. The above watches are all warranted, in good silver cases, and exchanged if not approved.  A variety of second-hand watches, from 10s. and upwards.  Watches and Clocks taken in exchange at their full value.  American Clocks from 7s., warranted for accuracy and durability.  All kinds of Jewellery, Fancy Goods, Electro Plate, &c., procured to order.  Geneva, Lever, and other watches, musical boxes, barometers, and jewellery of every description cleaned and repaired on the shortest notice and economical terms.  Clocks cleared in the country.
            September, 1855.

Births (Bicester Herald 1856):
April 5, at Winslow, the wife of Mr. F.J. Munt, watchmaker &c., of a son [named Bisley Henry].

The house was put up for sale on 11 July 1856 along with 3 Horn Street. Munt probably moved his business to the High Street in 1857 or 1858 due to the sale.
Lot 2. A VERY CONVENIENT dwelling house ADJOINING Lot 1, occupied by Mr. Munt, watchmaker, at the annual rent of £12.  Also, in addition to the house occupied by Mr. Munt, the purchaser will be entitled to a small yard at the back thereof, with an entrance at the north end of the house, such yard being now occupied by Mr. Baldwin, with Lot 1. ...   The Properties are copyhold of the Manor of Winslow, being equal in value to freehold ... Lot 2 is subject to a quit rent of 2d. and a land-tax of 2s. 5d. per annum

1857: Oxford Chronicle, 28 March
  DARING ROBBERY.- Early on the morning of the 26th inst., the premises of Mr. Munt of this town, were broken into, and property to the amount of £15 stolen therefrom.  The thieves were evidently on the look out, as Mr. Munt on the morning in question, did not retire to rest until some time after two o’clock, when everything was then safe and the places properly secured, and they must have been watching their opportunity, as they effected an entrance into the house by getting through the back window, to accomplish which they had to cross other premises belonging to Mr. J. King, adjoining.  Fortunately for Mr. Munt the thieves did not succeed in obtaining such an amount of booty as they might have expected he having removed the most valuable part of his stock into his bedroom, by which means, no doubt, the loss to him was much diminished.  Amongst the articles stolen were two watches and some chains.  No trace of the offenders has as yet been discovered, although some strange characters were seen about the day previous.  This and other robberies in the county is partly if not wholly attributable to the police being withdrawn from their proper places to play soldiers at Aylesbury, for the gratification of their chief, Captain Carter.

1857: Bucks Herald, 18 July
  Guiseppe Gatti, 22, labourer, was charged with burglariously entering the dwelling-house of Frederic Joseph Munt at Winslow, on the  26th of March, and stealing therefrom the movements of two verge watches, eight gold plated brooches and slides, eight silver brooches, three gold clasps and snaps, one silver table-spoon, one pair of silver sugar-tongs, one gold paste brooch, eight silver coins, four gold wedding rings, twenty-five German-silver pendants and bows, one crochet breadcloth, six gold eartops, five split rings, three gold watch keys, four silver pencil-cases, three silver toothpicks, three German-silver watchguards, a tobacco pouch and a box, and movements of a watch, value together £15.
  Mr. Brown prosecuted.
  The prisoner being unable to speak English, the Rev. M. H. Smith acted as interpreter, and, in reply to the usual question, the prisoner pleaded “Guilty.”  On being asked what he had to say why judgement should not be passed upon him, he said he committed the robbery through necessity, being far from home, and having no means to exist.
  He was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment with hard labour.
  A double-bladed knife, a most formidable weapon, was found on the prisoner.

Deaths (Bucks Herald, Dec 1857)
On the 8th inst., at Winslow, the infant son [Frederick Albert] of Mr. Frederick Joseph Munt, watchmaker.

Deaths (Northampton Mercury, 1858)
Jan.3. Caroline Mary Munt, wife of Mr. Frederic Joseph Munt of Winslow, watchmaker, aged 32.

30 August 1858: break-in and theft of gold rings. Read report here. The main witness was the housekeeper Mary Amelia Timms.

Marriages (Buckingham Advertiser, March 1859)
 At the New Congregational Church, on the 24th ultimo, Mr. J. F. Munt, of Winslow, to Miss M. A. Timms, of Witney.

1859: Bucks Herald, 14 May
To Watch and Clockmakers, Silversmiths, and Jewellers.
W I N S L O W
THE neat HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, and the entire STOCK IN TRADE of a WATCHMAKER, SILVERSMITH and JEWELLER,
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY Mr. JAMES KING, On MONDAY, 16th MAY, 1859, at 11 o’Clock, ON THE PREMISES
Of Mr. F. J. Munt, High Street, Winslow, under a Bill of Sale, and for the Benefit of Creditors.
  Catalogues may be had at the Place of Sale, and at the Auctioneers’ Offices, Winslow.
The Goods may be Viewed on the Morning of Sale.

1859: Buckingham Advertiser, 4 June

F. J. MUNT,
WATCH MAKER AND JEWELLER,
High Street, Winslow,
RESPECTFULLY informs the Inhabitants of Winslow, Buckingham, and the adjacent Villages, that he is enabled to continue his business at Winslow as usual, and therefore begs to solicit such a renewal of their support and interest as will ensure him no less encouragement than before.
  F. J. M. gratefully acknowledges the numerous kindnesses he has received from his friends and the public generally, and assures them he will ever strive to merit their confidence and support.

  June, 1859.

1859: Buckingham Advertiser, 9 July
WANTED, a small HOUSE, in BUCKINGHAM, suitable for a watch-Maker, &c.  Apply by letter, to F. J. MUNT, Winslow.
  F. J. MUNT respectfully informs his Customers in Winslow and its Neighbourhood, that he intends to reside at Buckingham, but will be at Winslow every Wednesday, and oftener if necessary.

Sep quarter 1859: birth of Francis Joseph Munt registered at Winslow.

1859: Buckingham Advertiser, 31 Dec

F. J. MUNT
PRACTICAL WATCHMAKER, &C.,
REMOVED FROM WINSLOW TO
WELL STREET, BUCKINGHAM,
F. J. M. having for several years devoted the whole of his attention to the REPAIR of ENGLISH and FOREIGN WATCHES and CLOCKS of every description, he is able promptly and efficiently to meet the general requirements of the Business at the Lowest Remunerating Prices.
GENEVA and LEVER WATCHES skilfully Repaired on the Premises, considerably under London Prices.

F.J. Munt died at Gawcott in 1910. It was reported that he ran a jewellery business in Castle Street, Buckingham for over half a century and that he had been married four or five times (Buckingham Advertiser, 5 March).


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