Elizabeth Burton & William Bowler Crossland

All Saints' Church (Minster), Rotherham - 10.03.14 (2)

All Saints’ Church

Elizabeth Burton, born circa 1840 in Wombwell, is my second great aunt and daughter of Thomas Burton and Ann Pickersgill.

In 1858, Elizabeth married William Bowler Crossland in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham. For a number of years, Elizabeth and William lived in Greasbrough before moving to live in central Rotherham.

Elizabeth was a shopkeeper, selling secondhand clothes, on Drummond Street, in Rotherham, roughly where the TESCO petrol station stands today.


Drummond Street

To my knowledge, Elizabeth and William issued four children, two of them being William Thomas Bowler Crossland and Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland. Below are four newspaper articles pertaining to Elizabeth and William.




Effingham Arms

On Tuesday evening, Sergeant William Bowler Crossland, who, we regret to record, died yesterday morning, and Sergeant Potter, members of the Rotherham Corporation Fire Brigade, were presented with long service medals. A social gathering took place at the Effingham Arms, and the presentation was made by Capt. Taylor of Doncaster, a member of the Council of the Fire Brigade Association, who had been deputed to discharge the duty by Sir Charles Firth, president of the association. In the absence of Superintendent Turner, who has recently suffered from indisposition, and is now recruiting at Southport, Deputy-Superintendent Williams occupied the chair. Sergeant Crossland was unable to be present at the ceremonial, he being at the time confined to his bed. He had been twenty-five years connected with the local fire brigade service, and for twenty-six years had been engaged in the water-works department of the old Rotherham and Kimberworth Local Board of Health, and afterwards the Corporation. He was highly respected, and his decease will be regretted by many friends. He was 59 years of age.


Rotherham Fire Station

CROSSLAND. – May 3rd, at Drummond street, Mr. William Bowler Crossland, aged 57 years.



The funeral of Sergeant William Bowler Crossland took place on Sunday, at the Rotherham Cemetery, the Rev. W. A. Holiday being the officiating clergyman. The mourners were Mrs. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. W. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, Mrs. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Burton, Miss K. Crossland, Miss F. Crossland, Miss J. Crossland, and the grandchildren, Master F. Jarvis, Miss J. Jarvis, and Miss L. Jarvis. Deceased had been connected with the waterworks department of the Corporation for a large number of years. He was a member of the old Local Board of Health Fire Brigade, and upon the formation of the Corporation Fire Brigade he transferred his services to it, his total service extending over a period of 28 years. He had also been connected with the working staff of the Rotherham Theatre Royal for about 24 years.

The deceased was 57 years of age. He was followed to the grave by the members of the brigade and the working staff of the Theatre. The ex-superintendent, Major Hirst, was present and Deputy-superintendent Williams was in command. Superintendent Turner was unable to be present in consequence of ill-health. Deceased had been a member of the Effingham Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and about thirty members of the lodge joined in the procession.


Elizabeth & William’s grave

The coffin was borne on the fire engine, which was partially covered by a Union Jack. Wreaths had been forwarded by the members of the Fire Brigade, Mr. Manning, manager of the Theatre Royal, Mrs. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, the Misses Crossland, Messrs. B. and W. Green, and the working staff of the Theatre Royal. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. T. W. Outram.


CROSSLAND. – October 7th, at 11 court, Drummond street, Rotherham, Elizabeth Crossland, aged 65 years.

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.

Luke Berry

Luke Berry - Roche Abbey, Maltby - 1889

Luke at Roche Abbey

Luke Berry is my third great grandfather and he was born in 1823 in Kexborough, Barnsley. In 1845, Luke married Jane Walker.

Luke and Jane issued seven children, four of which did not survive infancy; three succumbed in quick succession during the 1860s from Scarlet Fever. The surviving children were, Hannah Berry (1845 to 1924), Agnes (1847 to 1916) and Priscilla Walker (1852 to 1918). Hannah is my second great grandmother and she married Francis Pinder in 1867.

In the 1850s, Luke and Jane moved to live in Rotherham, where they remained. Luke died in 1891 and Jane in 1897. Their headstone still survives in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham, but has now toppled over and the inscription is no longer visible.


Rotherham Waterworks


We regret to have to record the death of Mr. Luke Berry, which took place at his residence, the Waterworks, Frederick Street, Rotherham, on Saturday evening. The deceased gentleman was 68 years of age. He had not been thoroughly well since June last, when he had the misfortune to be thrown out of a trap on his way to Ulley Reservoir. On that occasion he received a severe shock, and his heart had been in weak state ever since. However, he had only been confined to the house for about three weeks and was downstairs a few days before his death. Dr. Baldwin had been his medical adviser, and recently, Dr. Dyson, of Sheffield, was consulted. The cause of death was angina of the heart, coupled with an asthmatic condition.

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Frederick Street

Mr. Berry was a native of Kexbro’, near Barnsley. In his younger days he was engaged at Taylor’s Mills, Redbrook, and subsequently he was employed at Mitchell’s Ironworks, Worsbro’ Dale, as engine fitter and pattern maker. After a few years in that position he proceeded to the Kirkstall Forge, Leeds, belonging to Messes. Beecroft and Butler. It was at these works that the large engines at the Waterworks were produced. Mr. Berry had worked himself into a position of trust, and amongst other places visited Germany on the firm’s account. When the engines were erected at Rotherham, he had the management of the work, and as was customary with the firm with which he was identified, he stayed six months after their completion to see that all the work was in proper order. At the completion of that period the Local Board of Health secured his services as resident manager and engineer, a position which he retained for a period of 36 years.

Luke Berry - Roche Abbey - Circa 1889 (Copyright Liz Early)

Luke at Roche Abbey

Mr. Berry followed many scientific pursuits, and the observatory in the yard adjoining the house was an indication of the manner in which his mind was bent. Chemistry may be said to have been his favourite science, especially analysis, and he was able to test water and other liquids in a practical way. His apparatus shows he spared no expense in the acquisition of knowledge not only for the purposes of his profession, but also for his amusement. He constructed a valuable telescope, and also a sidereal timepiece, to and him in astronomical studies. At the time of his advent to Rotherham he made an organ. This instrument was used on one occasion at the Mechanics’ Hall, when an oratorio was performed. The organ was afterwards sold to Dr. Sewell, then organist of the Parish Church, and later it came into the possession of the Rev. Dr. Falding, and was used at the old Independent College, in College Road, Masbro’.

(Grave No. 69) Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham - 24.06.09 (2)

Berry grave

Mr. Berry was fond of the microscope, and devoted some attention to photography, being a member of the council of the Rotherham Photographic Society, and also of the Rotherham Naturalists’ Society. Electricity found in him an earnest student. He introduced a system of electrical indicators, by which he could ascertain the depth of stored water at the reservoirs. He brought out several patents, one being a smoke consumer which is in use at the works at the present time. About twelve months ago he introduced a method by which two large boilers would do the work which four used to do, and saved something like £50 per month in fuel alone. As an organiser, his tact was clearly demonstrated in 1886, when there was a famine. For years he contended that Dalton was a necessity, the supply at Ulley, Pinch Mill, &c., not being adequate in the case of a continued dry period. The force of this brought home to the opponents of the scheme by the night and day labour which had to be done in a time of drought, to secure the use of the Dalton water. Mr. Berry took little or no part in politics although his views had a Conservative tendency.

For many years Luke was a local preacher in the Wesleyan Methodist denomination, first being identified with Talbot Lane and latterly with Eastwood Chapel. The deceased gentleman was held in great respect, and his demise is regretted by a large circle of friends. He leaves a widow and three daughters, viz, Mrs. F. Pinder, Mrs. J. Early, and Mrs. Brelsford.

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Moorgate Cemetery

The interment took place at the Rotherham Cemetery, on Thursday, the officiating minister being the Rev. A. Westcombe. The mourners were Mrs. Berry, Mr. and Mrs. F. Pinder, Mr. and Mrs. J. Early, Mr. and Mrs. Brelsford, Mr. Mark Berry, Senior, Sheffield; Mr. Mark Berry, Junior; Mr. and Mrs. A. Price, Master Harry, the Misses Edith and Beatrice Pinder, Mr. W. A. Brelsford, Mr. Geo. A. Early, Mr. Walter Early, Barnsley; Mr. F. A. Early, Mr. Ernest Early, Mr. Jno. Walker, Barnsley; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wilson, Mr. J. Wilson, Miss Wilson, Hoyland; Mr. Herbert Walker, Miss S. A. Walker, Miss L. Walker, Miss M. A. Pinder, Mr. Palfreyman, and Mr. W. Crabtree, Doncaster. The members and officials of the Corporation followed in seven carriages. There were present Alderman Wragg, and Councillors F. Mason, G. Gummer, J. Pearce, T. Charles, J. Chesterfield, J. Cox, E. Hickmott, D. L. Winter, J. B. Habershon. The Mayor (Councillor W. L. R. Hirst) had written expressing his regret that he should be prevented by another engagement from attending the funeral. The Town Clerk (Mr. H. H. Hickmott) was unavoidably absent in consequences of having to be present at an important mining inquiry at Sheffield. The borough officials present were Mr. C. H. Muss (sic), borough accountant; Mr. E. Cooper, borough collector; Mr. G. J. Thurgarland, assistant to Town Clerk; Mr. J. Enright, chief constable; Mr. T. Bellamy, gas secretary; Mr J. Taylor, baths manager; Mr. H. Albiston, park keeper; Mr. E. C. May, park keeper; Mr. O. E. Parkin, sanitary inspector; Mr. H. J. Wright, stores keeper; Mr. J. Goodwin, gas manager; and Mr. W. Law, deputy market inspector. Wreaths had been forwarded by employees of the Waterworks, the officials of the Corporation, and from members of the family.

This post was originally published on Mollekin Portalite on 29/06/2011.

Prince of Wales Power Station, Rotherham

Remains of Prince of Wales Power Station

The Prince of Wales Power Station in Rotherham was located on Rawmarsh Road and was opened by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII). It was coal-fired and operated between 28/05/1923 and 30/10/1978 and had an operating capacity of 56 megawatts. Being located at the side of the canal, I’m sure coal would have arrived via this waterway.

The cooling towers for this power station were a landmark in Rotherham for many years. They must have been long gone before my living memory because I can never remember seeing the towers although my parents could remember them well. Rawmarsh Road was a main route, especially for buses into Rotherham and so the towers and the station would have been a regular sight for visitors of the town.

I remember reading in an old edition of the Rotherham Advertiser that once the power station had been decommissioned, a few proposals for its further use were put forward, one of these being to put a skating ring into one of the towers. All of the proposals must have failed for one reason or another as the vast majority of the site was cleared and now homes a variety of industrial units.

Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham (Copyright Colin Leonard) - 1964

Prince of Wales Power Station, Rotherham

My second great uncle, Francis Thomas Pinder, who qualified as an Electrical Engineer worked at the power station upon its opening for a good number of years. I’m sure his brother (my great grandfather, Matthew Henry Pinder) who was the Manager of the nearby Water Works would have encouraged his application to the Rotherham Corporation.

Nothing remains of the power station today except for one building which I imagine by the looks of it operated as the power station’s Control Centre, although this is only my opinion.

This post was originally published on Mollekin Portalite on 01/05/2011.