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.

Wiggett – Rowbottom


Saint Bede’s Church

Enid Rowbottom, born in 1944 in the Rotherham area, is my second cousin, once removed and son of Arthur Rowbottom and Mary Goodwin.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Enid’s marriage to John Wiggett.


Wiggett – Rowbottom

The marriage took place recently at the St. Bede’s R.C. Church, Rotherham, of Miss Enid Rowbottom, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Rowbottom, of 56, Coleridge Road, Rotherham, and Mr. John Wiggett, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wiggett, of 38, Spring Street, Sheffield. Father E. Quinn officiated, and the organist was Miss T. Hanney.

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Cranworth, Rotherham

Given away by her father, the bride wore a full length gown of white figured brocade and circular train, a bouffant veil held by a head-dress of roses, and carried a bouquet of pink roses and stephanotis. She was attended by Miss Marie Rowbottom (bride’s sister), who wore a pink figured brocade dress with a spray of pink and white carnations. The best man was Mr. K. Wiggett (bridegroom’s brother), and the groomsman was Mr. C. J. Heddle.

A reception for 62 guests was held at the Cranworth Hotel, Rotherham. The bride’s mother wore a caramel and lemon coloured Courtelle suit, with brown accessories. The bridegroom’s mother wore a rust coloured suit, with green accessories. The couple, who will live at 148, Freedom Road, Walkley, Sheffield, received a set of bed linen from colleagues at England’s Smart Shoes, Limited.

Marriage of Miss E. Parkin

Holy Trinity Church, Thorpe Hesley

Holy Trinity Church, Thorpe Hesley

Jack Rowbottom, born in 1931 in the Rotherham area, is my first cousin, once removed and son of John Rowbottom and Amy Smith. Jack passed away in 2008.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Jack’s marriage to Emily Parkin.


MARRIAGE OF MISS E. PARKIN. – The marriage took place at the Thorpe Hesley Parish Church last Saturday of Miss Emily Parkin, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Parkin, 9, Elder Tree Road, Thorpe Hesley, and Mr. Jack Rowbottom, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Rowbottom, 37, Elder Tree Road, Thorpe Hesley. The Rev. C. Diggins (Vicar) officiated. The bride, given away by her father, wore a gown of embroidered net over taffeta with an orange blossom head-dress and a full-length veil, and carried a bouquet of deep pink tea roses. The bridesmaids were Misses Mary, Florence, Christine and Joan Parkin (bride’s sisters) and Rita Rowbottom (bridegroom’s sister). The two first named wore lemon embroidered net over taffeta; Christine and Rita were in lilac figured taffeta, and Joan wore white figured satin and a lilac sash. They all carried bouquets of pink carnations and had head-dresses to tone. The best man was Mr. A. Evans (bridegroom’s uncle), and the groomsmen were Messrs. Ken Parkin (bride’s brother), and Ralph Rowbottom (bridegroom’s brother).

Home Accident


Moorgate Hospital

John Henry Victor Scholes (known as Vic), born in 1918 in the Rotherham area, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of John Henry Scholes and Clara Rowbottom.

In 1943, in the Rother Valley, Vic married Mary Coggins.

Mary passed away in 2004 and below are newspaper articles pertaining to Vic’s death in 1970.


SCHOLES. – On July 1st, in hospital, John Henry Victor (Vic), aged 51 years, of 33, Vale Avenue, Thrybergh, dearly loved husband of Mary, and loving father of Sandra and Alan.

Some day we’ll understand.

SCHOLES. – Mrs. Scholes, Sandra and Alan thank doctors and staff of Moorgate General Hospital, Nurse Trimble, Canon Dixon, all relatives, friends and neighbours for help, sympathy and floral tributes; the Central Labour Club, Rotherham, Rotherham Co-operative Society for funeral arrangements, and special thanks to Mr. Bernard Pepper for all his kindness and help during Mr. Scholes’ illness.

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Former Central Labour Club on Nelson Street, Rotherham


Home accident contributes to death

An accident at his home contributed to the death of a Thrybergh man, an inquest heard last Friday.

Mr. John Henry Victor Scholes (51), of 33, Vale Avenue, died in Moorgate General Hospital, Rotherham, on July 1st, following the accident at his home on June 23rd, and a verdict of death by misadventure was recorded by the Rotherham Borough Coroner, Mr. P. S. Gill.

In a statement, Mrs. Mary Scholes said her husband developed chest trouble in 1959 and had difficulty in breathing. He was helping to move some furniture at his home when he fell to the floor and complained of pain in his back but refused to see a doctor.

Eventually he did and he was admitted to hospital on June 26th.

Dr. J. Warrack, pathologist, said apart from his chest, Mr. Scholes was in “reasonable health.” The injury contributed to his death, although in a normal healthy person it would not have been so serious.

Marriage of Miss S. Lee


Saint Mary’s Church

Shirley Veronica Lee, born in 1932 in the Rotherham area, is my second cousin, once removed and great-granddaughter of Albert Rowbottom and Charlotte Yates.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Shirley’s marriage to Harry Deeley.



The marriage took place at the Rawmarsh Parish Church last Saturday of Miss Shirley Veronica Lee, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee, of Central House, Wannop Street, Parkgate, and Mr. Harry Deeley, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Deeley of 28, Ingshead Avenue, Rawmarsh.

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The ‘Alex’, Parkgate

The Rev. C. Richardson officiated and Mr. Stocks was the organist. Given away by her father the bride wore a full-length gown of white nylon lace with an orange blossom head-dress and a shoulder-length veil. She carried a bouquet of mixed roses. The bridesmaids were Misses M. and P. Lee (bride’s sisters), who wore ankle-length gowns of lemon flocked organza, with sprays of pink carnations and Miss L. Lee (bride’s sister) and Miss J. Haslam (bridegroom’s cousin), who wore full-length dresses of lemon nylon and carried posies of sweet peas and roses. The bride’s mother wore a sage green coat and a small feathered hat and beige accessories. The bridegroom’s mother chose a grey figured dress with a blue hat and beige accessories. The best man was Mr. G. Deeley (bridegroom’s brother) and the groomsman was Mr. J. Wagstaff (bridegroom’s brother-in-law).

A reception was held at the Alexandra Hotel, Parkgate, where 80 guests were entertained. The honeymoon is at Torquay, the bride travelling in a red suite with cream accessories. The couple’s future address will be 186, Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham.

Sheeran – Taylor

Saint Gerard's Church, Thrybergh

Saint Gerard’s Church, Thrybergh

John Peter Sheeran, born in 1931 in the Rotherham area, is my second cousin, once removed and grandson of Clara Rowbottom and John Henry Scholes.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after John’s marriage to Mary Taylor.



The marriage took place at St. Gerard’s Church, Thrybergh, last Saturday, of Miss Mary Taylor, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Taylor, 25, Rockland Villas, Thrybergh, and Mr. John Peter Sheeran, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Sheeran, 16, Naylor Street, Parkgate. The Rev. J. J. O’Halloran officiated at Nuptial Mass, and Miss Mary Browne was the organist.

Both bride and bridegroom are teachers, the bride at St. Joseph’s School, Rawmarsh, and the bridegroom at St. Helen’s School, Hoyland.

The bride, given away by her father, wore a full-length ivory grosgrain gown with plain silk net veil and head-dress of stephanotis, and carried a bouquet of arum lillies, white roses and stephanotis.

Fullerton Hotel, Thrybergh

Fullerton Hotel, Thrybergh

She was attended by Miss Mary Flanigan (a friend), wearing a white shark skin ballerina-length dress, and Miss Veronica Sheeran (sister of the bridegroom) who wore a short white nylon dress with head-dress to match. Both carried posies of carnations and sweet peas.

The best man was Mr. Michael Sheeran (cousin of the bridegroom) and Mr. Terrance M. Sheeran (brother of the bridegroom) and Mr. Harry Ducker were groomsmen.

The bride’s mother wore a navy coat with white accessories; the bridegroom’s mother chose a mauve two-piece with black accessories.

A reception was held at the Fullerton Hotel, Thrybergh, and the honeymoon was spent at Torquay.

Among the presents were a blanket chest, cooking utensils and walnut egg cups from the staff and pupils of St. Joseph’s School, Rawmarsh, and an electric iron from the staff of St. Helen’s School, Hoyland.

Burton – Rowbottom Wedding

Burton - Rowbottom - 80 Years

George William Lockwood


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

George William Lockwood, born in 1900 in Suffolk, is the husband of my first cousin, twice removed, Zillah Rowbottom.

After Zillah’s death, George married Mary Clare, in 1955, with whom he issued one child. Mary died in 2011 aged 95.

Below is George’s obituary, published shortly after his death.



George & Mary’s grave

THE LATE MR. G. W. LOCKWOOD. – The death occurred on Monday, at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary, of Mr. George William Lockwood, of 5, East Avenue, Rawmarsh.

Born in Suffolk George moved to the Rawmarsh area when he was a young man. At the time of his death, he was employed as a crane driver at the Park Gate iron and Steel Co. Ltd. He leaves a widow and a daughter.

Interment takes place next Monday, at the Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh.

Freda Wisehall


Thatch Place

Freda Wisehall, born in 1905 in Rotherham, is the wife of Fred Rowbottom who is my great uncle.

Below is Freda’s obituary, published shortly after her death.



Freda Rowbottom.


21 Potter Hill

Mrs. Freda Rowbottom, of 1, Thatch Place, Rockingham, died last week at the home of her daughter, at 21, Potter Hill, Greasbro’. She was 71, the wife of the late Mr. Fred Rowbottom, and she had been a widow for 27 years. Mrs. Rowbottom had lived in Greasbro’ for 45 years before moving to 1, Thatch Place, Rockingham three years ago due to ill-health. Mrs. Rowbottom leaves a daughter and two grandchildren. A service was conducted by the Rev. W. E. Howe followed by interment in Greasbro’ Cemetery on Tuesday. The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. J. Wareham (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. A. I. Heath, Master J. Wareham (grandchildren), Mr. and Mrs. A. Locke (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sprigg, Mrs. A. Walker, Mrs. F. Horner (brother-in-law and sisters), Mr. and Mrs. J. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sprigg, Mr. and Mrs. F. Buckley (nephews and nieces), Mr. and Mrs. H. Rowbottom (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Edith, Florence, Lilly and Elizabeth (cousins), Mrs. P. Swailes, Mr. and Mrs. N. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. F. Sadler, Mr. and Mrs. Melling, Mr. G. Wareham, Mr. and Mrs. Cawthorne, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lidster, Mr. and Mrs. H. Vaughan, Mr. and Mrs. W. Makin, Mrs. Nunns, Mrs. N. Browlow and Mrs. L. Harrison. Mr. and Mrs. Wareham thank all for messages of sympathy and relatives, friends and neighbours floral tributes, with special thanks to Dr. P. C. Collinson.


Greasbrough Cemetery

ROWBOTTOM. – Freda, in her 71st year, passed away at her daughter’s home, 21, Potter Hill, Greasbro’; wife of the late Fred Rowbottom, a dearly loved mother, mother-in-law, sister and momma. Interred at Greasbro’ Cemetery on February 8th.

Sincere thanks to all who have shown sympathy in my sad loss; a special thanks to my Aunt Gladys and my sisters-in-law for their help, support and kindness.

The pain in my heart will never go.
But how can it, mum, when I loved you so.

-Loving daughter, Betty and son-in-law John.

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Freda’s grave


You never said goodbye to me,
Perhaps it’s just as well.
For I could never have said goodbye,
To my momma, I loved so well.

-Love Jane and Anthony, granddaughter and husband.

I’ll always love you, momma,
Night, night, God bless.

-Love John, grandson.

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.