This photograph shows the 24 persons attending the firm's outing on July 11th 1864 to the Kings Head in Chigwell, Essex , a pub made famous by its inclusion in Charles Dickens' ‘Barnaby Rudge' as the Maypole Inn.
One of the attendees is a Bastick, but which one?
Thomas Bastick went into partnership with John Samuel Driver as scalemakers around 1822, trading as Bastick & Driver from 2 Holywell Row, Worship Street, London until 1846.
His son Richard was born in 1806, and was apprenticed in 1821 to Richard Vandome in the Blacksmiths Company, then turned over to his father Thomas, a citizen of the Founders company in 1824. He was made free in the Blacksmiths in 1828 and went into business on his own account, trading from 105 Curtain Road, London from 1828 until 1852, when he was made bankrupt.
After this Thomas took Richard into partnership, trading as Thomas Bastick & Son until his death in February 1864, after which the firm became known as Richard Bastick & Son between 1864 and 1914.
It is likely that the Bastick attending the first Herbert outing to the Kings Head in Chigwell in 1864 was Richard, who was probably a supplier to Thomas as opposed to a competitor. In correspondence with one of Thomas's descendants in 2013, his guess was that he was the man to the right of Thomas Herbert as you look at the photo, as ‘He looks the right age and has a thin face which is a family trait'.