Annie Rowbottom & Austin Wardle


Annie Rowbottom

Annie Rowbottom, born in 1912, is my first cousin, twice removed and daughter of Albert Rowbottom and Mary Elizabeth Leak.

In 1934, Annie married Austin Wardle and together they issued one child, called, Gloria Lynn Wardle.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Annie and Austin’s wedding along with obituaries for Annie, Austin and Gloria.



Netherfield Lane

WARDLE – ROWBOTTOM. – At the Parkgate Parish Church on Saturday by the Rev. H. C. Wensley (Parkgate Christ Church), Austin Wardle, of Rotherham, to Annie Rowbottom, of Parkgate.


The marriage took place in the Christ Church, Parkgate, on Saturday, of Miss Annie Rowbottom, youngest daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Rowbottom and the late Mr. Albert Rowbottom, of Netherfield Lane, Parkgate, and Mr. Austin Wardle, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Wardle, of Haldane Road, Eastwood.


Gloria L. Wardle

The service was conducted by the Rev. H. C. Wensley.

The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. J. Hutton, wore an ankle-length dress of ivory satin and lace with silver shoes, a veil of embroidered silk lace and coronet of orange blossom, kindly lent by Mrs. G. W. Ward, of North Duffield, Selby (friend of the bride), and carried cream roses and fern.

The bridesmaid was Miss. M. Clare (friend of the bride) and the dame of honour was Mrs. G. W. Lockwood (sister of the bride). Both wore dresses of pink floral georgette with hat and shoes to match and carried bouquets of pink carnations and fern.

The best man was Mr. G. W. Lockwood (brother-in-law of the bride) and the groomsman was Mr. G. Wardle (brother of the bridegroom).

Later in the day the happy pair left for Blackpool where the honeymoon is being spent.


Badsley Moor Lane Hospital

The presents included a three-tier wedding cake made by Mr. and Mrs. J. Butterfield, of Carlisle Street, Kilnhurst.


WARDLE. – Mrs Wardle and Gloria wish to thank Sister Mason and staff of Badsley Moor Lane Hospital, Mrs Wench and staff of Kirk House, Job McNeil, Swallownest Hospital, Mrs Vardy and Mrs Taylor for their kind help, Rev. B. L. Holdridge for a comforting service and Mr Butterfield for funeral arrangements.



Austin, Annie & Gloria’s grave

Died aged 81: Mrs Annie Wardle, of East Avenue, Rawmarsh, died in Rotherham District General Hospital on June 16, aged 81. A housewife, Mrs Wardle leaves a daughter, Gloria Lynn. The funeral service was on Wednesday, June 22 at Rawmarsh Church, followed by interment n Haugh Road cemetery.

Dearne Valley Weekender, Thursday, September 29, 2016

WARDLE – The death occurred on September 8th 2016 at Ackroyd Clinic of Miss Gloria Lynn Wardle, aged 74 years of Rawmarsh. The funeral took place at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Rawmarsh with interment in Haugh Road Cemetery on Wednesday September 28th 2016, conducted by Rev. Lyn Wortley. Mourners were immediate family and friends. Funeral arrangements were by CT Butterfield, 1-9 Wood Street, Swinton (01709) 571777.

Mary Elizabeth Leak


Location of 22 Netherfield Lane

Mary Elizabeth Leak is the wife of my great granduncle, Albert Rowbottom.

Mary was born in 1877 in Rawmarsh, Rotherham and in 1899, she married Albert in Saint Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh. Together, Mary and Albert issued two children, called, Zillah and Annie.

After Albert’s death, Mary continued with the family’s grocery business at 22 Netherfield Lane, Parkgate, Rotherham.


Rowbottom grave


DEATH OF MRS. M. E. ROWBOTTOM. – The interment took place in the Haugh Road Cemetery on Monday, the Rev. A. Cockayne officiating, of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rowbottom, 5, East Avenue, Rawmarsh, who died at home on Thursday week, aged 73. Mrs. Rowbottom, who had been ill for the past two years, was a native of the district, and was the widow of Mr. Albert Rowbottom, who died in 1917. She was in business as a general dealer in Netherfield Lane, Parkgate for over 30 years until her retirement 15 years ago. She leaves two daughters. The mourners included Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lockwood and Mr. and Mrs. A. Wardle (sons-in-law and daughters); Mr. and Mrs. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Tummey, Miss W. Scholes, Mrs. G. White and Mrs. P. Sennett (nephews and nieces); Mr. and Mrs. T. Hughes (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Miss L. Rowbottom (sister-in-law); Mrs. A. Barratt and Mrs. L. Durrans (cousins); Mrs. A. Wardle, Mrs. L. Green, Mrs. E. Chantrey and Mrs. T. M. Mablethorpe.

Albert Rowbottom


Saint Mary’s Church

Albert Rowbottom, born in 1868 in Parkgate, Rotherham, is my great grand uncle and son of Albert Rowbottom and Charlotte Yates.

In 1899, Albert married Mary Elizabeth Leak in Saint Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh. Together, they issued two children, called, Zillah and Annie.

Albert appears to have lived in Parkgate for all of his life and at some point between 1901 and 1911, became a Grocer at 22 Netherfield Lane, Parkgate. Number 22 has long been demolished and a bungalow now sits on the site. Albert’s older brother, George Henry, had a shop on nearby Terrace Road.


Location of 22 Netherfield Lane

During World War One, Albert was a munition’s worker and this is the occupation stated on his death certificate.

Albert died from complications arising from a gastric ulcer and below is his obituary in which his name appears as ‘Arthur’. I do not now if this was an error or if Albert had adopted this name. After his death, Mary continued with the business at 22 Netherfield Lane until around 1935.



Saint Mary’s Church

THE LATE MR. A. ROWBOTTOM. – The funeral of the late Mr. Arthur Rowbottom, grocer, of Netherfield lane, Parkgate, whose death occurred yesterday week at the age of 48, took place on Tuesday at the Haugh road cemetery, the Rev. F. G. Scovell (Rector of Rawmarsh) officiating. The mourners were Mrs. Rowbottom (widow), Miss Zillah Rowbottom (daughter), Mrs. Rowbottom (mother), Miss Rowbottom (sister), Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. T. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. F. Rowbottom (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. D. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. T. Ewes, Mr. and Mrs. Scholes, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (sisters), Mr. and Mrs. J. Hutton, Mr. and Mrs. Tummey, Mr. and Mrs. A. Shaw, Mrs. W. Gabbitas, Mrs. R. Turner, Mrs. M. Shaw, Mrs. W. Turner, Mrs. Barker, Mrs. A. Gabbitas, Mr. W. Tummey, Miss Tummey, Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield and Miss Butterfield, Mr. Alec Tummey. There were many beautiful floral tributes.