Clifford James Pinder

Clifford J. Pinder - 69 Bradgate Lane, Rotherham - Circa 1928 (Copyright James Pinder)

Jim at 69 Bradgate Lane, Rotherham, circa 1928

Clifford James Pinder (known as Jim), born in 1916 in the Rotherham district, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Francis Thomas Pinder and Harriett Amelia English.

Jim, like his sister, Dorothy, was a Teacher in Rotherham, before moving to Lichfield and Burntwood to teach in the Staffordshire area.

Jim was a renowned organ player, a skill inherited from his father and grandfather.


Methodist Organist Leaving

Mr. James Pinder has announced that he is to relinquish the positions of organist and choirmaster at the Kimberworth Methodist Church to become organist and choirmaster at Conisbro’ Parish Church. He will commence his new engagement on Sunday February 13th.

Kimberworth Methodist Church, Kimberworth Road, Rotherham - 03.06.09 (7)

Kimberworth Methodist Church

Mr. Pinder, who is a native of Rotherham, has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists since 1952, and a Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music since 1948. he has held the joint offices of organist and choirmaster at Kimberworth since about 1946.

Mr. Pinder is also the Sunday school superintendent at Kimberworth, and has been a local preacher in the Rotherham Methodist Circuit for about eleven years. He is music-master at the Spurley Hey County Secondary School.

Saint Peter's Church, Conisbrough - 17.12.13 (2)

Saint Peter’s Church, Conisbrough

Mr. R. Newton, an assistant organist at Kimberworth, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Pinder as organist.

I only met Jim once, in 2009, and he passed away six months later.

Following Jim’s death, some of his music was sold in order to help the Lichfield & District Organists’ Association.

Francis Thomas Pinder

H.A. English, F.T.P., D.L.P. & C.J.P. - Circa 1920 - Photographed by A. & A.E. Whate (Skegness & Mablethorpe) (Copyright J. Pinder) (1)

Madie & Frank with children, Dorothy & Jim, circa 1920

Francis Thomas Pinder, born in 1884 in Rotherham, is my great granduncle and son of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

In 1914, in Talbot Lane Methodist Church, Rotherham, Frank married Harriett Amelia English (known as Madie), daughter of James Everett and Alice English.


PINDER – ENGLISH. – August 11, at Talbot Lane Wesleyan Church, by the Rev. J. (?) Havelock Thompson, Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Pinder, of Carlisle street, to Harriet Amelia (Madie), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. English, of 22 (?), Tooker road.


Talbot Lane Church

Together, Frank and Madie issued five children, called, Clifford James (1916 to 2010), Francis Henry (1917 to 1917), Dorothy Lois (1919 to 2001), Francis Alan (1921 to 2006) and Stanley English (1925 to 1993).

Frank and Harriet lived all or nearly all of their married life at 69 Bradgate Lane in Rotherham.

My father once recalled visiting Madie after Frank had passed away, and remembered copious quantities of cake and suchlike being offered to him, which was greatly received by his sweet tooth.

Bradgate Lane, Rotherham - 03.06.09 (1)

Bradgate Lane

Below is a newspaper article(s) published shortly after Frank’s death.


PINDER. – At 69, Bradgate Lane, on Tuesday, February 27th, Francis Thomas, dearly loved husband of Harriet Amelia Pinder.


The death occurred on Tuesday of Mr. Francis Thomas Pinder, aged 66, of 69, Bradgate Lane, Kimberworth.

Mr. Pinder was for some time employed by Messrs. Yates Haywood and Co. He then went to the Rotherham Power Station, then in its early days and was for many years a charge engineer.

(Grave No. 71) Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham - 24.06.09 (8)

Frank’s headstone

A prominent figure in Rotherham Methodist circles, Mr. Pinder was for 35 years an active member of the Kimberworth Methodist Church.

Frank was buried with his parents and brother, Francis Clement Walker Pinder, who had died in infancy in 1881.

Madie lived to the ripe old age of 98, passing away in 1981 in Bedfordshire.