Thomas Prest was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 13 May 1810. His father, William Prest, was a blacksmith; his mother was Ann Peckett; Thomas was their third child and second son. The family had previously lived in Shoreditch, but Thomas's parents married in St. Saviour's church, Southwark, which had a fair reputation for bending the rules and not asking too many questions. William may have come from North Yorkshire, and Ann from Norfolk, but these guesses apart, his family background is unknown.
He was trained as a compositor, or type-setter, and in 1835 was working for George Drake, of 12 Houghton Street, Clare Market, London. Here he edited and printed various books of snippets, as well as some song-books, such as …
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Collins, Dick. "Thomas Peckett Prest". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 June 2008
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