The Rother Boiler Company


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Rother Boiler Company, Rotherham

William Charles at Wyvenhoe, Rotherham (Copyright Ros Templeman)

William Charles

William Charles, born in 1880 in Masbrough, Rotherham, married my second great aunt, Winifred Pinder, in 1908.

William co-founded both the Rotherham Steel Strip Company and the Rother Boiler Company.

Below are three articles pertaining to the Rother Boiler Company.


Rotherham in high places

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Rother Boiler Company (advert)

DID YOU know there is a little bit of Rotherham in Windsor Castle and the House of Commons, and most probably up your street, too?

No, well neither did I, but we have and it belongs to a small firm with a big reputation…the Rother Boiler Company Ltd., celebrating this month 50 years of business since they became a limited company.

it was in 1919 that two Rotherham men, the late Mr. A. A. Charles and Mr. A. Milnes (father of a present day company director, Mr. Arthur Milnes), laid the foundations for the company’s existence.

They concentrated on the production of kitchen range boilers, and a pretty laborious process it was, too, in those days. Output of two men was limited to seven or eight boilers a day.

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Rother Boiler Company, Rotherham

Within a few years, Mr. H. Sowden joined them and introduced copper back boilers and cylinders – still a feature of their work today.

Into new premises

in 1923 they became a Limited Company and four years later they had outgrown their premises in Westgate. The search for new headquarters ended at a nine acre site on Meadow Bank Road.

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Rother Boiler Company (advert)

There they are to-day and the staff has increased now to over 130.

They are specialists in calorifiers or heat exchangers, if you prefer it that way.

This means equipment of all kinds for many important uses. In hospitals, schools, flats, public buildings and hotels, not to mention their products used in industry.

Expansion is still the order of the day and the firm maintain they “have never been busier”. Busy or not, you can be sure that all their work is built with the care and thought that has made them a top name in the heating engineering world.


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Rother Boiler Company, Rotherham

Heating Mr. Heath’s prize pool and lots of other V.I.P.s


The Sultan of Oman’s army barracks and the Russian Embassy in Tehran are just two exotic destinations of products from a Rotherham factory.

Every day, boilers and calorifiers (heat exchange units used to heat very large buildings) start out from the Rother Boiler Company’s factory in Meadowbank Road on journeys all over the world.

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Rother Boiler Company (advert)

The Falkland Isles’ Radio Station, hospitals and the Radio Station in Singapore, hotels in Malta, factories in Russia and Thailand…these are just some of the faraway places where Rother Boiler products are installed.

Nearer home, they’ve an equally impressive list of famous public buildings to their credit.

Windsor Castle, the Houses of Parliament, French Embassy in London, British Museum, Westminster Abbey, Durham Cathedral, Palace of Westminster, Royal yacht Brittaina , National Theatre…the list is endless.

Prisoners up and down the country (including Dartmoor) have reason to be thankful for the company – they keep warm by means of Rother Boiler calorifiers.

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Rother Boiler Company (advert)

All R.A.F. camps are supplied by the firm, as well as many hospitals and holiday camps.

The Prime Minister and diplomats from all over the world are going to enjoy the benefits of some of Rother Boiler’s latest products.

Specially designed calorifiers are to be installed in a new swimming pool at Chequers.

How does this local firm manage to carry off all these major contracts?

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Rother Boiler Company, Rotherham

“I think we’re the only people who make calorifiers in both steel and copper, and we also make a reasonable job at the right price,” explained Works Director Mr. Arthur Milnes.

To keep up with demand, they turn out more than 200 tons of steel a month and about £16,000 worth of copper every week.

The company, which employs 120 people, was founded in 1918, and last month celebrated 50 years as a limited company.


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Rother Boiler Company (advert)

15 ‘new’ jobs?

The Rother Boiler Company has taken over its subsidiary Roebuck and Clarke (Galvanising), with plans for a £500,000 plant in Rotherham.

The expansion move will hopefully create 15 new jobs at Roebuck and Clarke’s Meadowbank Road site where the new galvanising plant is being built.

Rother Boiler, which has been established in the town since 1925 and employs 110 people, now wholly owns Roebuck and Clarke – a subsidiary company setup just two years ago.

Winter Crash

JMM - Mundesley (possibly)

John M. Mollekin

John Malcolm Mollekin (1931 to 2015), born in Listerdale, Wickersley, is my uncle and son of John Gilbert Mollekin and Edith Mary Pinder.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to a car accident that John was involved in, in 1960 or 1961. The eye injury mentioned caused John many problems and it was removed in 1996.

The photo below, included with this entry, relates to another accident that John was unfortunately involved in.

Driver banned, fined £25 for winter crash

IN the worst hour of snow during the worst night of the last winter, two cars collided in Bawtry road, Tinsley, injuring three people, it was said at Sheffield today.

John M. Mollekin - Accident

Accident at Whiston, Rotherham

One of the drivers, 42 year-old railway clerk Reginald Eric Blackwell, of Valentine Road, Sheffield, was banned for a month and fined £25 with £11 costs for dangerous driving,

Mr. I Thomas, prosecuting, said Blackwell overtook a lorry moving at 25 m.p.h. and got into a skid, then collided with a car carrying two passengers coming in the opposite direction.


The driver of the other car, John Mollekin, lorry driver, of Melsis Road, Rotherham, had halted on seeing the car come towards him. He suffered a serious eye injury in the crash.

Blackwell told the court he had passed the lorry, but when he turned into his side of the road again, his car began to skid.

It skidded from side to side as he tried to correct it and then crashed into the car on the opposite side.

Mr. Roy Barlow, defending, said freak conditions existed on the road at that time.

He claimed Blackwell was safe in overtaking the lorry as the road was wide and his vision adequate.

The Rotherham Steel Strip Company

William Charles at Wyvenhoe, Rotherham (Copyright Ros Templeman)

William Charles

William Charles, born in 1880 in Masbrough, Rotherham, married my second great aunt, Winifred Pinder, in 1908.

William co-founded both the Rotherham Steel Strip Company and the Rother Boiler Company.

Below are a couple of articles pertaining to the Rotherham Steel Strip Company.

The 1937 Rotherham and District Annual

The Rotherham Steel Strip Co., Ltd., are manufacturers of cold rolled steel strip, and they works are at Westgate, Rotherham. The firm bought the Baths Foundry, which had been standing idle many years, and installed a cold rolling mill, work commencing in January, 1917.

Rotherham Steel Strip Company Limited, Westgate, Rotherham

Rotherham Steel Strip Company Limited (left-hand side)

The business was founded by Mr. John Beever, the late Mr. Arthur Beever, Mr. Alfred Charles, and Mr. William Charles. Mr. John Beever and the late Mr. Arthur Beever had had experience in this trade during the whole of their lives, and saw it grow from very small beginnings. For many years they were managers of a local cold rolling mill.

The members of the firm are all local men hailing from the Kimberworth district. From the commencement to December, 1920, things went very slowly, but in January, 1921, Mr. Beever gathered together several men who had worked with him before and who were fully experienced, and began to extend. There are now 24 pairs of cold rolls, six annealing furnaces, and ten slitting and pairing machine, and 160 men are employed.

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Rotherham Steel Strip Company (advert)

The firm are doing a large business with the cycle and motor trades, and can keep the present mills in employment. There is room to extend, and as trade improves, more plant will be installed and the output increased. The present capacity of the works is about 200 tons per week.

The firm’s specialities are bright cold rolled strip steel for cycle rims, mudguards, etc., annealed steel for stamping and presswork, black hooping for packing cases and cable tape, corset steel, cold rolled strip steel for driving chains, etc., cold rolled steel for clock springs, and all classes of hardened and tempered steel; stainless steel, rustless iron, cutlery steel, goffing square, aircraft steel, including stainless, nickel, nickel chrome, in bars, sheets, and strips, flyer and spindle steel, and razor steel strip.

The firm have now installed plant for the manufacture of safety razor blades, and have one of the most up to date factories in the country. All the firm’s blades are manufactured at their works from the billet to the finished blade and from guaranteed Sheffield steel. They make blades to fit all types of holders at popular prices.

Rotherham Steel Strip Classic Blade - George Jarvis - 1937

Rotherham Steel Strip Classic Blade – 1937




It is estimated that £5000 damage was caused on Saturday night by a fire at the works occupied by the Rotherham Steel Strip Company Ltd., and the Rother Boiler Company, Ltd., Baths Foundry, Westgate, Rotherham.

After receiving the call at 8.35 p.m., the Corporation Fire Brigade, under Sergt. Briddon, found on their arrival that a two-storey building at the bottom of the yard was blazing fiercely, the roof being in jeopardy. Four jets from the street mains were directed on to the blazing building, and the fire was got under control in about half an hour.

It is fortunate that the flames were prevented from spreading to the adjoining shops, among which are oil and paint stores belonging to another firm.

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Rotherham Steel Strip Company Limited (site of)

The manufacture of steel strips was carried on on the ground floor of the works involved, and the rooms above were devoted to boiler making in copper, etc. Damage was done to the plant and machinery, and about 20 men will be temporarily thrown out of employment.

It is thought that a defective flue was the cause of the outbreak.

In another part of the same works on Saturday morning a slight fire was caused by a quantity of oil becoming alight near a furnace.

The same evening the severing of a 2.5 inch gas main caused considerable trouble, a big blaze having to be dealt with before the supply could be cut off.

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.

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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.

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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.

Price – Liversidge


Saint Bede’s Church

William Cecil Price, born in 1903 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Amelia Pinder and Alfred Thomas Price. William’s brother, Ernest Alfred, died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

In 1927, William married Florence Jane Liversidge and below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after their marriage.


PRICE – LIVERSIDGE. – On June 6th, at St. Bede’s Church, Masbro’, by the Rev. Father Horrax, assisted by the Rev. Father Gosse, William Cecil, third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Price, of “Gavenny,” Kimberworth, to Florence, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Liversidge, of 13, Garden street, Rotherham.


The wedding took place at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, Station road, Masbro’, on Whit-Monday, of Miss Florence Liversidge, of 13, Garden street, Rotherham, and Mr. William Cecil Price, third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Price, of “Gavenny,” Kimberworth. The Rev. Father Horrax, assisted by the Rev. Father Gosse, conducted the service, which was given with full Nuptial Mass.

Miss Gibson presided at the organ, and played the Bridal March from “Lohengrin” (Wagner).

The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Bedford, wore a dress of cream georgette, embroidered with tiny seed pearls. She was attended by three bridesmaids, Miss Grace Price (sister of the bridegroom), Mrs. Amy Hopkinson (sister of the bride), and Miss Ada Bedford (niece of the bride), who were prettily attired in dresses of crepe-de-chene with figured insertions. The bride’s bouquet consisted of June roses and white heather. The bridesmaids had bouquets of pink carnations, except the youngest, who carried a French basket containing white carnations.

The best man was Mr. William Stenton (cousin of the bridegroom), of Woodseats, Sheffield.

A reception was held after the ceremony.

Winifred Pinder


Winifred Pinder

Winifred Pinder, born in 1882 in Rotherham, is my second great aunt and daughter of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

In 1908, Winifred married William Charles and together they issued five children.

Below is Winifred’s obituary published shortly after her death.

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CHARLES. – At her home, “Wyvenhoe,” Moorgate Road, on Saturday, January 28th, 1956, peacefully, after a long illness bravely borne, Winifred (formerly Pinder), dearly loved wife of William. Interred at Kimberworth Churchyard, on January 31st.


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Saint Stephen’s Church

The death occurred last Saturday at her home, “Wyvenhoe,” Moorgate Road, Rotherham, after a long illness, of Mrs. Winifred Charles, aged 74, wife of Mr. William Charles, a company director.

A native of Rotherham, she leaves, besides the widower, two sons and three daughters.

The interment took place on Tuesday in the Kimberworth Churchyard, a service at St. Stephen’s Church, Eastwood, being conducted by the Rev. R. C. H. Saunders.


William & Winifred’s headstone

The mourners were Mr. William Charles, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. L. Charles, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Charles, Mrs. M. W. Whate (representing Mr. C. Whate), Misses B. and N. K. Charles, Mrs. E. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. E. Early, Mr. F. Jarvis, Mrs. E. Green (representing Mr. L. Green), Mrs. C. H. E. Reading, Miss A. Charles, Mrs. M. W. Brown (representing Mr. G. Brown), Mrs. K. Bean, Mrs. E. Reading, Mrs. L. Charles (representing Mr. G. A. Charles and family), Mrs. M. Charles (representing Mr. H. W. Charles), Miss E. Charles, Mrs. W. Ball (representing Mr. D. G. Ball), Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Allott, Mr. D. Russell (representing G. R. Jones and Co., Ltd.), Mr. N. B. Winser and Mr. T. Holyoake (representing Rotherham Steel Strip Company), Mr. H. C. Renshaw, and Mr. C. Bryton (representing the Midland Bank). Also present from Rotherham Steel Strip were Messrs. W. Weldon, G. Burkinshaw, L. Riley, G. Scott, L. Beevers and H. Duce.

Jessie May Rodgers & Albert Victor Beaton


Fitzwilliam Road

Jessie May Rodgers, born in 1898 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and daughter of George Rodgers and Gertrude Mary Pinder.

In 1920, in Rotherham, Jessie married Albert Victor Beaton. Together, they issued one child, called, Gerald Victor (1928 to 2006).

Albert died in Oakwood Hospital, Rotherham and Jessie in Sheffield.  Below are their obituaries.



Steel, Peach and Tozer from Blackburn Meadows


The death occurred on Sunday of Mr. Albert Victor Beaton, of 5, Oakwood Drive, Broom, Rotherham. He was 69.

Mr. Beaton, who was born at Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham, had lived in the town all his life. Until his retirement, at the age of 65, he was employed at Steel, Peech and Tozer as a furnaceman. He had worked at the firm all his working life.

During World War One, he was a first class stoker in the Royal Navy.


Oakwood Hall

He leaves a widow, one son and one daughter.

Interment took place at the Moorgate Cemetery on Thursday, following a service at the St. Cuthbert’s Church, Herringthorpe, conducted by the Rev. S. Barker.

Mourners were Mrs. J. M. Beaton (widow), Mr. G. V. Beaton (son), Mr. and Mrs. H. France (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. H. Barnsley, representing Mr. and Mrs. F. Barnsley (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. P. France (nephew and niece), Mr. and Mrs. H. Garrison, Mr. and Mrs. H. Trezise, Mrs. I. Crookson, Mr. M. Hatton, Mr. Emery and many other friends, former workmates and representatives of Steel, Peech and Tozer.

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Moorgate Cemetery


BEATON. – Gerald and Sheila thank the France family, all friends and the neighbours of the Oakwood Drive area for their sympathy and help and for their kind donations to St. Luke’s Nursing Home.

Matthew Henry Pinder


Matthew Pinder

Matthew Henry Pinder is my great grandfather and son of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

Matthew was born in September 1869 in Waterworks House, at the junction of Frederick Street and Howard Street, Rotherham and lived in and around central Rotherham for all of his life; living on Frederick Street, Carlisle Street, Milton Road and Bethel Road.

In 1897, Matthew married Alice Cunnington in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Alice came from a deeply religious Methodist family. How Matthew and Alice came to meet is a puzzle, although Matthew’s family were also Methodists, so perhaps they somehow met through their respective Churches.


Rotherham Waterworks

Matthew and Alice issued five children and they were called, John Francis (1899 to 1964), Edith Mary (1901 to 1952), Marjory (1907 to 1993), David Henry (1911 to 1968) and Philip Thomas (1919 to 1998). Edith Mary is my grandmother.

John (known as Jack) was a Company Secretary at Imperial Chemical Industries and lived at Home Farm, Fernhurst in Surrey. Jack married Christiana Bartholomew in 1922 and together issued one child called, Joan Mary. Jack, Christiana and Joan all died in fairly quick succession in the 1960s. Joan married Gordon Wright in 1946 and together issued three children. Gordon is/was in possession of a clock given to Matthew’s father, Francis, when he retired from Yates and Haywood in Rotherham.

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Frederick Street

Marjory obtained a Degree from Sheffield University in the 1920s and was a Teacher of French and Music at Shiremoor Modern School, Tyne and Wear. Marjory married George Alaister Turnbull in 1934 and together they issued two children. Marjory and her family resided in Morpeth, Northumberland.

David married Evelyn Wakefield in 1935 and they had no issue. David was a Waterworks Manager in Mundesley on Sea, Norfolk, which is where he and Evelyn lived. After David passed away in 1968, my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin, often visited Evelyn and semi-lived with her for a while (as friends).


Howard Street

Philip married Mary Isobel Campbell in 1940 and together they issued two children. After Philip’s father, Matthew, had passed away, Philip’s uncle (Francis Thomas Pinder) advised him that he should pursue a career in the Royal Air Force. Philip became a Warrant Officer, served in World War Two and latterly worked in Scotland’s secret radar nuclear bunker. Philip and his family lived in Crail, Fife. Philip was also the Secretary of Saint Andrews Golf Club, Fife.

Because my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin, was a Signalman on the railways, he and his family were able to travel for free and my father recalled many happy memories of visiting David and Philip. My father kept in touch with Marjory and Philip until their deaths and visited Philip in Scotland for the final time in 1996. Marjory and Philip helped my father with his genealogical research and helped to identify ancestors on photos.


Matthew, Jack, Edith & Alice

My father had been led to believe that Matthew was the Waterworks Manager for Rotherham. However, it transpired that it was actually Matthew’s grandfather, Luke Berry, that had occupied this role. Matthew did work in the Rotherham Waterworks Department though, setting off as a Stationary Engine Tender, then Engineer, then Inspector and finally the Corporation Superintendent for the Waterworks.

In 1901, just prior to my grandmother, Edith, being born, Matthew, Alice and Jack moved to 84 Bethel Road, Eastwood in Rotherham. This remained as the main Pinder residence until at least 1929, albeit for a brief period around 1910 when the family, for reasons not known to me, lived a few doors up at number 90.


Jack, Edith, Marjory, David & Philip

Matthew died August 1922 in 84 Bethel Road from endocarditis and myocarditis. Basically, Matthew’s heart muscle had become inflamed, possibly due to infection that in turn caused a fatal infection of the inner lining of his heart.




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84 Bethel Road

An old servant of the Rotherham Corporation, in the person of Mr. Matthew Henry Pinder, water superintendent, passed away at 84, Bethel road, Rotherham, on Monday, at the age of 53 years. The deceased gentlemen, who succumbed to heart trouble after an illness of six months’ duration, was noted for his devotion to duty. Conscientious in the service of the public, he had an amazing capacity for work, and the fact that his constant energies affected his health did not restrain him from endeavouring to give of his best. In fact, his colleagues in the water department affirm that his end was hastened by unrelenting toil. He was a remarkable example of faithful and conscientious service.

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Masbrough Cemetery

Born in the waterworks house, Frederick street, in 1869, he started his working career at the old Dalton filter beds, afterwards going to the Aldwarke Pumping Station as driver of the pumps. He was called from there to become water superintendent, the position he held at the time of his death. He had been directly responsible to the waterworks engineer for the supply and distribution of water throughout the borough, and it is a tribute to his untiring efforts in restricting wastage that the consumption of water per head is one of the lowest in the country.


Matthew’s grave

He was a prominent member and trustee of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows (Parkgate Lodge), and at one time was actively associated with the St. John Ambulance Brigade. During the war he served as a special constable, and was later awarded a medal. He leaves a widow and five children, the youngest being three years of age. His late grandfather, Mr. Berry, was engineer and manager of the Rotherham Waterworks, and was in charge of the erection of the pumping engines in Frederick street in 1855. The funeral of Mr. Pinder took place at the Masbro’ Cemetery yesterday.

PINDER. – On August 21, 1922, at 84 Bethel road, Matthew Henry, beloved husband of Alice Pinder, aged 52 years.


Alice’s grave in Ruskington

Philip Pinder had told my father that Matthew’s headstone, in Masbrough Cemetery, Rotherham, had been cleared by the Council and we failed to find it on a number of visits to the cemetery. However, in 2013, I stumbled across Matthew’s grave purely by chance. I suspect that quite a lot of vegetation had been cut back, hence revealing the grave.

Matthew’s widow, Alice, ended up in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, living with her two elderly unmarried sisters. I don’t know when she left Bethel Road or when she permanently moved to Ruskington, but I believe that in between, she may have lived with her son Jack in both Rotherham and perhaps Surrey also. I know that in the mid 1940s, Alice was living in Wickersley with my father’s family. Alice died in 1959 and is buried with her two sisters in Ruskington Cemetery.

Thomas Pinder


Possible photo of Thomas Pinder

Thomas Pinder is my third great grandfather and he was born October 1806 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire to parents, Robert and Elizabeth.  The obituary below, however, contradicts Thomas’s birth place.

In 1827, Thomas took up residence in Rotherham. His first known address is in Westgate. Westgate was an important and densely populated area of Rotherham in the 19th century and continued to be so until the middle of the last century, when newer housing estates were constructed on the outskirts of Rotherham. My mother was born in Westgate during the 1930s.

Thomas’s first wife, whose surname I do not currently know, is called Maria. Thomas and Maria issued four children who were called, Robert Thomas (1831 to 1905), Hannah (1832 to 1872), Mary Ann (1835 to 1836) and William Shackleton (1836 to 1836).

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Thomas’s son, Robert, married Mary Ann Allcock during 1852 in the Independent Masbrough Chapel, Rotherham and after her death in 1855, he married again, to Hannah Shackleton. Robert and Hannah, with their daughter, emigrated to Australia in the 1880s where a considerable number of their descendants now reside.

Thomas’s wife, Maria, died in 1836 and Thomas married again, to Mary Shackleton, in 1843. The relationship between Mary, Thomas’s fourth child with Maria and Robert’s first wife, Hannah Shackleton, is discussed in this entry.


Pinder burial plot next to the Walker Mausoleum

With Mary Shackleton, Thomas issued seven children, called, Ebenezer (1843 to 1843), Maria (1844 to 1847), Francis (1846 to 1935), Alfred Henry (1849 to 1887), Martha (1851 to 1871), James Heath (1853 to 1931) and Mary Ann (1855 to 1913).

It is interesting to note that Maria (Thomas’s first wife), Mary Ann Allcock and all of Thomas’s infants are all buried in the same plot in the burial ground of the Independent Masbrough Chapel, Rotherham. This Chapel was founded by the Walker family (the former owners of Clifton Hall), when they split from the Rotherham Methodist meeting in 1762. Sadly, this Chapel was recently demolished following a fire. The Pinder burial plot lies next to the Walker Mausoleum, although no headstone survives.


Hope Street

Thomas’s daughter, Martha, died May 1871 in 109 Hope Street, Rotherham from hemiplegia and exhaustion after confinement. Basically, Martha had suffered a stroke and died from complications whilst giving birth to her daughter, Patty. Patty only survived a couple of months without her mother, succumbing to marasmus (undernourishment).

109 is an address number that frequently features in my family database. It is also coincidental that Martha’s great great niece, Beryl Marjory Mollekin, also died from complications arising from giving birth, 75 years later.

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Effingham Works


At Masbro’, on the 22nd of May, Martha, daughter of Mr. Thomas Pinder, plumber, aged 20 years.

As mentioned in the obituary below, Thomas was a religious man and a Deacon at Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham (now Rotherham Civic Theatre). Many of Thomas’s descendants, even today, are still followers of nonconformist religions in the Rotherham area. Thomas recorded significant family names and dates in his bible, which has been invaluable when attempting to untangle the myriad of ‘nonconformist’ events.

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

Thomas quite literally dropped down dead whilst walking along Joseph Street, Rotherham in March 1878, the cause being attributed to heart disease and chronic bronchitis. My father nearly suffered a similar fate in a street but fortunately modern medical treatment intervened.

Thomas was buried in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham with his second wife, Mary (who died in 1889 in Eastwood Lane, Rotherham) and daughter, Martha. There is no surviving headstone, although I have photographed the plot in which they rest.



Pinder burial plot in Moorgate Cemetery

FUNERAL OF THE LATE MR. THOMAS PINDER. – Mr. Thomas Pinder, of Thornhill, who for 27 years had been in the employment of Messrs. Yates, Haywood, and Co., died in a very sudden manner on Saturday afternoon last. The deceased was a native of Ripon, and was born in 1806. In 1820, he removed to the village of Gringley, near Bawtry; to serve his apprenticeship. In 1827, he came to Rotherham, to work for Mr. Binks, plumber, &c., and succeeded to that business in 1837. He remained thus connected until 1848, when he was engaged to take to the plumbing, glazing, and gas department, at the Effingham works, a position he held up to his death. He was a member and deacon of the Congregational Church from the time it was first established. He was also an active member of the Loyal Parkgate Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity, for 46 years. Having gone through the various offices of the lodge and district, he was a Past Provincial Grand Master, and had the honour of representing the Rotherham District at the Worcester Annual Moveable Committee. For some time Mr. Pinder took a conspicuous part and a warm interest in the working of the Widow and Orphans’ Fund, as President. The deceased was interred on Tuesday, at the Rotherham Cemetery, and his funeral was attended by the Mayor (J. C. Morgan, Esq.), Mr. Jas. Foster, Mr. S. Liversidge, Mr. Cormack, and Mr. J. Newsum, deacons of the Congregational Church. There were also in attendance Mr. Wm. Eskholme, Grand Master; P.P.G.M. George Joseph Jackson, corresponding secretary; P.P.G.M. George Stother, examining officer; P.G. John Morris, P.G. Samuel Haywood, Bro. W. Stones (sick visitor of the Parkgate lodge), Bro. William Foster, and other members. Mr. W. Haywood was also present on behalf of the firm. Brother the Rev. P. C. Barker, M.A., LL.B., the officiating minister, at the conclusion of the usual service for the dead, read, in an impressive manner, the Oddfellows’ address.


Eastwood Lane

PINDER – March 23, Mr. Thomas Pinder, Hope Street, Masbro’, aged 71 years


PINDER. – December 28th, at Eastwood lane, Mary, widow of Mr Thomas Pinder, aged 76.

Vocalists Married


Alfred & Doris

Alfred Henry Pinder is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Frank Jarvis Pinder. Alfred’s great uncle, Francis Pinder, is my second great grandfather.

Alfred was born at 24 St. Leonard’s Road, Rotherham in 1904 and in 1928, he married Doris Beatrice Denby. Below is a newspaper article published shortly after their wedding along with their golden wedding anniversary and obituaries.





St. Leonard’s Road

An interesting wedding took place at St. Stephen’s Church, Eastwood, on Saturday, the contracting parties being Mr. Alfred Henry Pinder, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pinder, 33, Fitzwilliam road, and Miss Doris Beatrice Denby, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Denby. of 40, Shakespeare road.

Both bride and bridegroom are well known vocalists, and have been prominent members of the Kimberworth Operatic Society for seven years.

The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a dress of ivory crepe-de-chene, a diamante buckle at the waist being the only trimming. She wore a veil with coronet of orange blossom, and carried a sheaf of lilies.

Saint Stephen's Church, Rotherham - 03.08.08 (9)

Saint Stephen’s Church

There were three attendants. Miss Beatrice Barker wore a dress of cornflower blue and a black picture hat, and carried a bunch of pink carnations, and two small bridesmaids. Misses Dorothy Moore and Amy Taylor, looked charming in dresses of rose pink ray-de-chene, trimmed with gold beads and little silver Dutch caps. They carried baskets of sweet peas and roses. They wore gold slave bangles, the gift of the bridegroom.

The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. Leonard Gaines, whilst Mr. John Roberts, junr. (cousin of the bride), acted as groomsman.


Beatson Clark

The bride’s mother was attired in a dress of beige ray-de-chene, trimmed with gold lace, and her hat was of satin and lace.

A reception was held at the home of the bridegroom, his mother, who was attired in a dress of ray-de-chene in air force blue, trimmed with beige, receiving the guests.

The following presents were received:- Bridegroom’s father and mother, dining table; bride’s father and mother, household utensils; bridegroom’s grandmother, case of knives; bride’s grandparents, aluminum teapot: Mr. and Mrs. J. Roberts, bedspread; Mr. and Mrs. W. Topham, cut glass cruet; Mr. J. Roberts, junr., aluminum kettle; Mr. H. Hiley and Miss Irene Clarke, set of fancy jugs; Mr. Francis Pinder, coal scuttle and music; Mr. and Mrs. Newport (London), bedspread; Mr. and Mrs. Burnett, towels; Miss Winnie Rodges, plant pot; Mr. and Mrs. H. Ross, bedroom curb; Mr. and Mrs. W. Ellis, damask tablecloth; Mr. L. Gains and Miss I. Martin, sheets; Mr. and Mrs. H. Fletcher, cut glass salad bowl; Mr. and Mrs. A. Hill, set of glass dishes; Mrs. S. King, tea service; Mrs. Hick and Mr. W. Hick, dinner service; Miss G. Beaumont (Wickersley) silver toasting fork; Mr. and Mrs. S. Taylor, set of saucepans; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Morton, tablecloth; Mrs. Cooper, drinking glasses; Mrs. H. Crank, cut glass and silver marmalade jar; the bride’s employers, Messrs. C. Beatson Clark and Co., set of household bottles; the employees of Messrs. C. Beatson Clark and Co., white wicker bedroom chair and silk cushion.


Golden Wedding


Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Pinder of, 45, Middle Lane South, Rotherham, who celebrate their golden wedding anniversary to-day (Friday).

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pinder. – Congratulations, mother and father, on your golden wedding anniversary, to-day (Friday).

– Love Pam and Roland and Cindy.


PINDER. – On March 22nd, at the Rotherham District General Hospital, after a short illness, Alfred Henry, a much loved husband and father, aged 78 years.

Greatly missed.

– Doris, Pam and Roland.


Badsley Moor Lane Hospital


PINDER. – Doris Beatrice, aged 86, passed away on November 28th, in Badsley Moor Lane Hospital after a short illness patiently borne, dear wife of the late Alfred Henry Pinder and beloved mother of Pam and mother-in-law of Roland.


Forever in our thoughts.

– Love, Pam and Roland.