Julian Strode, an Articled Clerk and Articles of Clerkship

Just back from a good ten days away, wandering along the south coast in Motorhome, and found rather a lot of fantastic ‪#OldPhotos‬ from various sources, Ford Car boot, fleamarkets and various antique arcades with kind sellers who let me buy odd pics from their job lots, for great prices, plus even one Victorian Album from a charity shop..that’s a first ! Picture below…

Top right of picture is a file box which had lots bits paperwork and old photos in, bought with 3 frames pics and black 1950’s album top left, was told they came from the same source…a surprise package !
This blog is about one thing I have found in it…….
Articles of Clerkship..All in a large envelope in the box, I’ve never come across one before, but they were contracts between an apprentice clerk, who wanted to become a solicitor, and a solicitor who agreed to train the clerk for the profession. The contracts were often entered into by fathers (or other sponsors) on their sons’ behalf, with terms typically lasting 5–7 years. (As described on Ancestry) Ancestry have some on their site.
    UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874
This one is later 1899/1900..The articled Clerk is a Julian Strode..A five year contract.
Full scans of document below..

Julian third from left


A get together at their home, Julian I believe is seated far right
Two of Julian’s sons
Julian Strode, a brief family history…
Julian was born in the area of Wandsworth, London in summer 1881, christened on 4th September 1881 at Christ Church, Streatham Hill, Lambeth. His mother was Florence Edith Morrish, his father was Edmund Strode, a barrister at law and then a solicitor. They were married on 12th October 1881 at Christ Church, Streatham Hill just a month after Julian’s christening. 

They were living together as husband and wife earlier that year at the time of the 1881 census, with two servants.
Julian had a sister Edith born in the summer of 1882, who I believe never married, and died aged 89 in 1971 in Buckinghamshire…and a younger brother Maurice born in the summer of 1884.
 Maurice went on to marry Nancy Rosamund Horsley in 1920, and to be a Chartered Patent Agent, they specialize with trademarks and patents etc in the law.
Julian enlisted in 1914 WW1 aged 33. He went into the Artists rifle brigade, he was mentioned in dispatches, and served till 1919. Julian’s service records are on Ancestry. There was some query as to his being acting sergeant when he left..see these pages below.

Julian married Gladys Mary Cobb on the 6th October 1917 at St Mary’s, Horsell, Surrey.
 They had four sons, that I can find, John Oliver born in 1921, Micheal b 1923,
 Hugh Francis b 1925 and Peter b 1933 who married in 1963.
I have found records for John Oliver who served with the East Surrey Regiment in WW2 on Ancestry and CWGC, and sadly he was killed in action 1945.
 (via CWGC website) See below.
 Julian lost his eldest son and brother Maurice within a short time early 1945, as you can see from these wills. But also I have found that Phillip H Strode, Maurice and Nancy’s son was reported missing in action in 1944, he was in 4th County of London Yeomanry. 
I don’t know what happened to him, he’s not listed among the dead on CWGC.
Julian’s wife Gladys Mary Strode died in September quarter of 1967, and Julian died the following year, on the Isle of Wight. His home address listed as Flat 3, Craigmore Tower, Woking. His ashes were scattered in the remembrance garden at St Mary’s, Worplesdon, Guilford, Surrey.
 The Strode family seemed to do quite well, following Edmunds lead to be a solicitor, as Edmund’s father William was a Gas Fitter, so a total change of profession.
This pic is dated 1927

Could this be the youngest brother Peter with Mum ?
 This is just a few of the many pictures from the box, Julian and his family lived in a beautiful house, Sandford, Woodfield Avenue, Streatham Hill…..The boys were all well educated too.
I also I have the black album of photos, they are stuck in.
If any one knows of any descendants of the family STRODE it would be great to return these.
I have also found in an envelope someone’s brief memoirs typed on 7 pages, I think they are probably Maurice’s..Julian’s brother.
 Quite interesting so I shall put in another blog, for everyone to read.
Till next time then………………….


  1. This is incredibly interesting. Yes, I am Peter Strode. I would very much like to hear from you and to obtain these records of my family from you. My phone number is 01483 283090

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    • Hi Peter, Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m a bit behind this week with emails & messages, sorry. Will be in touch with you later today when back at home, Kind Regards Lynn


  2. Hi my parents now live at Lockhill House, Stubbs Wood & would love to have any details you might have about Philip H Strode who lived there

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    • Sorry it’s taken a while Jill, just trying to catch up from few days away. I have checked my notes and everything I researched up to date is on this Blog. I never got around to writing a second Blog about them. I will eventually get around to it, have such a lot to catch up on. Thanks so much for getting in touch, will let you know when I have done more on the family. Kind Regards, Lynn x


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