LANCASTER, John William (1822-1867) — Hull & York
Lithographer, printer, bookseller, stationer and bookbinder. Produced, with his partner William Roger Goddard, Yorkshire for “York and its vicinity” 1854.
Baptised at Market Rasen 13 Apr 1822, the son of William and Mary Lancaster, and originally trained as a printer. He joined the masonic Humber Lodge at Hull in 1847. He was in partnership with William Roger Goddard as “Goddard & Lancaster” from 1846 to 1858. In 1854, they were advertising for “machine rulers, pressmen, and a superintendent for cylinder printing machines”. By 1856, they had additional premises in York. In January 1858, the partners went their separate ways, with Goddard continuing the Hull business and Lancaster taking over the York branch. He died 8 Jan 1867 aged forty-five — his effects stated at under £7,000. The business was taken over, initially as “Johnson & Tesseyman”, by his employee Ben Johnson, who had served as an apprentice to an engraver in Huddersfield. A factory in Micklegate was expanded until in 1907 it covered 75,000 square feet. The Johnson firm remained a major employer in York for many years.
15 Silver Street, Hull 1853-1855
7 Bridge Street, York
9 Bridge Street, York 1867
BNA. Census 1841-1861. COPAC. LG.