Lily Rowbottom


Frances, Lily & Ethel Rowbottom

Lily Rowbottom is my great aunt and daughter of Fred Rowbottom and Frances Emily Brough.

Lily was born in 1903 in Parkgate, Rotherham and died at the age of 89 in Lincoln. After marrying, she lived in Netherfield Lane, Parkgate for many years, raising two children there. After her first husband had died, I believe that Lily moved to live in Lincoln as her daughter was working there as a Landlady of a pub. Lily married again in Lincoln during 1973 to Albert G. Cole.


Netherfield Lane

Just prior to my aunt, Ann, being born, my mother was sent to stay at Lily’s home. When my mother arrived, Lily soon began discussing a new school that she’d be attending and clubs she could join etc. My mother panicked and requested to go home, so my grandfather picked her up. When my mother arrived home, Ann had just been born. My mother believed that she had been sent to live with Lily and her family on a permanent or long term basis.

Below is a newspaper article published a few days after Lily’s first marriage in Saint Mary’s Church, Greasbrough.





Saint Mary’s Church

The wedding took place on Tuesday of Mr. George White, of 130, Netherfield lane, Parkgate, and Miss Lily Rowbottom, second daughter of Mrs. Rowbottom and the late Mr. Fred Rowbottom, of 11, Oxford row, Greasbro’. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Fred Rowbottom, wore a dove grey costume, with silver grey hat. There were four bridesmaids, viz., the Misses E. Rowbottom and F. Rowbottom (sisters), Miss F. Smith and Miss Joyce White (sister of the bridegroom). Miss E. Rowbottom and Miss F. Smith wore fawn coloured costumes, with hats to match, and the Misses F. Rowbottom and Joyce White had dresses of blue silk, with hats to match. Mr. John White (brother of the bridegroom) was best man and Messrs. J. Rowbottom and Cyril Dean were the groomsmen. The reception was held in the church old schoolroom, some 150 guests being entertained. Numerous and useful presents had been received.

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