Rootsweb: I had a great aunt, Bessie Marsh who was working in a cardboard box factory in St Albans in 1898. At the time she lived in Bedford Road. Does anyone know the location of the box factory?She probably worked for the Firm of Spence & Co, packing case makers, of Upper Dagnall St, St Albans. It appears to have been a short lived firm as while it is listed in 1895 it is not listed in St Albans (or elsewhere in Hertfordshire) in the 1890 and 1899 Kelly's Directory.
I replied as follows:
However the 1891 census lists a Frederick Spence living in London Road, St Albans, who had only recently moved to St Albans (he had a 2 year old child born n Luton). He was is described as a carpenter - and had a boarder who was a packing case maker.
Possibly Spence & Co made large cardboard boxes as well as wooden packing cases.