Presentation at Rotherstoke, Rotherham



Ada Rowbottom, nee Harrison, is the wife of my great grand uncle, David Rowbottom.

Ada spent the last nine years of her life living in ‘Rotherstoke’, which was a care home for the elderly.

Rotherstoke was a large house built on Moorgate Road, Rotherham, by the industrialist, George Haywood, in the 19th century. George was a partner in Yates, Haywood and Co. Ironfounders, of Effingham Works, Rotherham.

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Effingham Works

Rotherstoke was demolished circa 1980s and residential accommodation was built on the site.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Ada’s time living in Rotherstoke.


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Site of Rotherstoke in 2008

Presentation at “Rotherstoke”

Mrs. Ada Rowbotham, one of the first residents at “Rotherstoke,” Moorgate, Rotherham, presented a clock to the matron and superintendent, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Hall, at a ceremony attended by the residents and staff on Tuesday.

The presentation was made on behalf of those in residence at the home in recognition of Mr. and Mrs. Hall’s services during the five years since “Rotherstoke” was opened.

Owing to the failing health of Mrs. Hall, they have had to resign from their respective positions, but they will still reside in Rotherham.

Rowbottom – Beaumont


Marjorie Beaumont & James Rowbottom

James Rowbottom, born in 1906 in Netherfield Lane, Parkgate, Rotherham, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of David Rowbottom and Ada Emily Harrison.

Below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after James’s marriage to Marjorie Beaumont.



MR. J. ROWBOTTOM (Rawmarsh) and MISS M. BEAUMONT (Long Eaton).

Considerable local interest was centred on Saturday in the wedding which was solemnised at St. Margaret’s Parish Church, Swinton, of Miss Marjorie Beaumont, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Beaumont, formerly of Swinton, and now of 9, York Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, to Mr. James Rowbottom, B.A., second son of Mrs. Rowbottom and the late Mr. David Rowbottom, of Rawmarsh, Rotherham.


Saint Margaret’s Church

The bridegroom, an Assistant Regional Commissioner under the National Savings organisation, studied at Oxford University where he gained a diploma in economics and political science, and at the University of Wales where he graduated B.A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Economic Society, a W.E.A. tutor, and a tutor to H.M. Forces attached to Sheffield University. The bride, an old girl of Mexborough Secondary School, is a member of the editorial staff of the “South Yorkshire Times, ” and secretary of Mexborough Business and Professional Women’s Club.


Netherfield Lane

The Rev. H. W. Quarrell, Vicar of Swinton, officiated at the choral service. Organist was Mr. A. Mawson. Given away by her father, the bride wore a Stamp Taylor model gown in ice-blue wool crepe, long black lace mittens and black suede sandals. Her head-dress of ice-blue and black feathers, surmounted a black tulle shoulder veil and she carried a bouquet of dark red roses. Bridesmaids were Miss Barbara Beech, of Swinton, and Miss Joan Parsons, of Mexborough (the bride’s cousin). The former wore a long dress of rose pink ninon with underslip and sash of toning taffeta, a head-dress of pink feathers and tulle, and white silk gloves. She carried mauve and pink sweet peas. The younger maid wore a dainty dress of yellow crepe de Chine patterned with rose-pink flowers and a poke bonnet of the same material. She carried mauve and pink sweet peas. Squadron Leader J. B. Hobin, R.A.F., was best man, and groomsmen and ushers were Squadron Leader Randall and Flight Lieut. Brookes. At St. John’s Church Hall, Swinton, the bride’s mother received the guests, wearing a bottle green silk lace dress over crepe with brown and cream accessories and a cream straw hat. The bridegroom’s mother wore a navy ensemble.


Mexborough Secondary School

The couple afterwards left for a honeymoon in London and Torquay, the bride travelling in a blue crepe dress with burgundy suede gloves and shoes and a cream straw hat trimmed with burgundy.

Among the gifts were fruit servers from the Sheffield economics class to which the bridegroom is tutor; a Stuart crystal water set from the editorial staff of the “South Yorkshire Times,” linen pillow cases from members of Mexborough Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a green glass fruit bowl from the club officials; a silver salver from the directors of the “South Yorkshire Times” Printing Co., Ltd., and table mats from the general office staff.




Swinton’s Church Hall

The marriage took place at the Saint Margaret’s Parish Church, Swinton, last Saturday, of Miss Marjorie Beaumont, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Beaumont, formerly of Swinton and now residing at 9, York Road, Long Eaton, Notts., to Mr. James Rowbottom, B.A., second son of Mrs. Rowbottom, of Rawmarsh, and the late Mr. David Rowbottom.

The bridegroom is an Assistant Regional Commissioner under the National Savings organisation.

The bridesmaids were Miss Barbara Beech, of Swinton, and Miss Joan Parsons, of Mexbro’ (bride’s cousin). The best man was Squadron-Leader J. B. Hobin (R.A.F.), and Squadron-Leader Randall and Flight-Lieutenant Brookes were the groomsmen.

The honeymoon was spent in London and Torquay.

David Rowbottom & Ada Emily Harrison


Saint Mary’s Church

David Rowbottom, born in 1875 in Parkgate, Rotherham, is my great grand uncle and son of Albert Rowbottom and Charlotte Yates.

In 1899, David married Ada Emily Harrison in Saint Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh. Together, they issued seven children, called, David Edward, Elsie, Alice, James, Emily Ada, Arthur and Ida. Sadly, all four girls did not survive infancy, succumbing, I believe, to the same illness that eventually killed David, which was Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

For many years, David and his family lived at 105 South Street, having previously lived on Pottery Street, Netherfield Lane and Albert Road, all in the Parkgate and Rawmarsh area.

Below are three newspaper articles pertaining to David, Ada and one of their children, Ida, who died in infancy.


South Street


In Memoriam.

ROWBOTTOM. – In loving memory of our dear little daughter, Ida, who died July 24, 1921, aged 4 years.

Gone to be a sunbeam for Jesus.
To shine for him each day,
To sing in Heaven that beautiful hymn
She sang for us when called away.

– From Mother, Dad, Grandma and her three Brothers, David, James and Arthur.




ROWBOTTOM. – On October 19th, 1935, at 105, South Street, Rawmarsh. David, the dearly loved husband of Ada Emily Rowbottom, aged 60 years.

Peace, perfect peace.

Mrs. Rowbottom and family wish to thank everyone for their kindness and their doctors for their kind attention through a long illness.



Mrs. Ada Emily Rowbottom, formerly of Rawmarsh, died at “Rotherstoke,” Moorgate, last Saturday. She was 81.

Mrs. Rowbottom was born at Parkgate, and went to live at South Street, Rawmarsh, about 40 years ago. She became a resident at “Rotherstoke” nine years ago, after living for a few years at Tennyson Road, Rotherham. She was at one time a member of the St. Cuthbert’s Church, Rotherham. Her husband, the late Mr. David Rowbottom, was employed at the Warren House Colliery for 35 years. She leaves three sons.


Haugh Road Cemetery

The interment took place on Tuesday at the Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh.

The mourners were: Mr. D. E. Rowbottom, Mr. J. Rowbottom, Mr. A. Rowbottom (sons), Mrs. T. Rands, “Annice” (grand-daughters), Mr. and Mrs. J. Harrison (brother and sister-in-law), and representatives of “Rotherstoke” and “Ackroyd House”.

ROWBOTTOM. – On December 5th at Rotherstoke, Ada Emily, aged 81 years, dear mother of David, Jim and Arthur, also mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma.

The family of the late Mrs. Rowbottom thank all staff, past and present, of Rotherstoke and Dr. O’Connell for their great kindness.