Burrell’s Row

Burrell Street, Rotherham - 1937

Burrell’s Row in 1937

Burrell’s Row, off Westgate, in Rotherham, is an important location in regard to my family history.

My second great grandparents lived and died on Burrell’s Row; Joseph Burton (son of Thomas Burton and Ann Pickersgill) died there in 1922 and his wife, Alice (nee Walker), in 1935. My nan was taken to see her grandmother after she’d passed away on this row and described her as looking like wax.

In addition to the above Joseph and Alice, other members of my family also lived on Burrell’s Row as well as being born there.

Joseph Burton - death certificate

Joseph Burton’s Death Certificate

My nan told me a story once, of how on a Sunday afternoon, in the 1920s, after her dad had gone to Clifton Park Museum, the sky went dark, as though the end of the world was nigh. There was then much commotion on Burrell’s Row as somebody had said that they’d seen a ghost at the bottom. It transpired to be a swan, but the incident was even reported in the Rotherham Advertiser.

Burrell Street in 2005 & 2011

Burrell’s Row in 2005 & 2011

My nan also recalled how the bottom of the row once flooded when water levels were high and household debris could be seen sailing past in the river.

I wasn’t born when Burrell’s Row was demolished, but I did visit the location prior to it being tarmacked over in the late 2000s.

Below is a letter sent to the Rotherham Advertiser regarding the origins of this little row; the tablet mentioned was lost when Newspaper House (31 Westgate) was demolished in 2012.

Burrell Street in 2004, 2011 & 2013

Burrell’s Row in 2004, 2011 & 2013



To the Editor. – In reply to your correspondent “Don,” in your last issue, I may say that Burrell’s Row was named after the late owner, Mr. Geo. Burrell, of Sheffield, and was built in 1857.

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Burrell’s Row in 2006

A tablet is still fixed over 31, Westgate. Mr. Burrell also owned the property in Leopard’s Terrace, which was demolished in 1907. He was a boot factor, and his daughter married the late Mr. Edward Langton, of High Street, Rotherham. We were tenants of his over 50 years ago, being established at 21, Westgate, on February 13th, 1876, and removing to 31, Westgate, on February 1st, 1907.

I remember the old nail shops in Oil Mill Fold, also Sheffield Road, and have a list of the old shops in Rotherham from 1880. –

Burrell Street, Rotherham - 14.09.17

Burrell’s Row in 2017

Yours, etc.,

A. Bewley.

31, Westgate,
July 18th, 1935.

Agnes Vickers

Agnes Vickers - 06.03.2002

Agnes – 2002

Agnes Vickers, born in 1901 in Mexborough on High Street, is the wife of George Arthur Walker who is my second cousin, thrice removed. Agnes and George married in 1923, in Saint John the Baptist Church, Mexborough.

Below are newspaper articles pertaining to Agnes’s extraordinary longevity.


Roman centenarian

A CENTENARIAN celebrated her 101st birthday this week.

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High Street, Mexborough

Agnes Walker marked her big day on Wednesday with a celebration at Mexborough’s Roman Court Residential Home, where she now lives.

Mrs Walker, who was born in the town, has four children-the late Dorothy, who died 12 years ago, daughters Betty and Margaret, and a son, Barry. She also has five grandchildren plus great-grandchildren.

Married to George, a Kilnhurst miner, for 49 years, Agnes was widowed in 1972 and lived in Station Street, Griffin Road and Harrop Gardens, Swinton, before moving to Roman Court three years ago.


Saint John the Baptist, Mexborough

She went into service at the age of 13 and remained there until her marriage to George ten years later.

Agnes celebrated this week with a party at the home.


Agnes has the secret to long life

A CENTENARIAN who claims the secret to a long life is “hard work and no pleasure” has broken her rule to celebrate her 105th birthday with a party.

Agnes Vickers - 06.03.2006

Agnes – 2006

Agnes Walker marked her milestone birthday on Monday with a tea party with her friends at Roman Court Residential Home in Mexborough.

Mrs Walker was born in Mexborough and had four children – the late Dorothy, who died 16 years ago, daughters Betty and Margaret, and a son, Barry.

She also has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Married to George, a Kilnhurst miner, for 49 years, Agnes was widowed in 1972 and lived in Station Street, Griffin Road and Harrop Gardens, Swinton, before moving to Roman Court seven years ago.

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Station Street, Swinton

She went into service at the age of 13 and remained there until her marriage to George ten years later.

Her daughter Margaret Gillespie (68), of Kilnhurst, described her as very generous with a great sense of humour.

“My mother’s health is fine,” said Margaret.

“She has dementia, but it isn’t that bad. She’s very mobile.

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Griffin Road

“People used to ask her years ago, when she was in her 80s and 90s, what her secret was to a long life and she’d say “hard work and no pleasure.”

Margaret added: “She’s a very generous woman and is funny. She has everyone in stitches at the nursing home.”


You’re never too old for fatty bacon and bread and dripping

One of South Yorkshire’s oldest residents celebrated her 106th birthday this week.

Harrop Garden Flats (above shops), Swinton - 27.04.16

Harrop Garden Flats (above shops)

Agnes Walker (pictured above), who has lived at Roman Court care home in Mexborough since 1998, enjoyed an afternoon of celebrations on Tuesday complete with a buffer including her favourite food, Black Forest gateau.

Agnes was born and brought up in Mexborough and went into service at the age of 13. She later worked in service in Bradford, where she met her husband, George.

The couple had four children and Roman Court manager Gwen Bates said that Agnes also has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Roman Court Residential Home, Mexborough - 05.04.17

Roman Court Residential Home, Mexborough

The orchestra and choir from Mexborough School serenaded Agnes on her special day and Mrs Bates said: “She really, really enjoyed the music and we all sang happy birthday to her.”

Agnes, who was toasted with sparkling wine, attributes her long life to healthy eating and hard work – although she does have a liking for fatty bacon and bread and dripping.

Dearne Valley Weekender, Friday, April 13, 2007

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Agnes – 2007


Suddenly but peacefully in the tender care of Roman Court Care Home on Tuesday, April 10th 2007, Agnes aged 106 of Mexborough. Much loved mother of Margaret and Barrie, a dear mother in law and a loving grandma and great grandma. Service at Rotherham Crematorium on Wednesday, April 18th at 12.20pm. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu made payable to Roman Court Comfort Fund may be sent c/o C T Butterfield & Sons, 1-7 Wood Street, Swinton S64 8BA.

South Yorkshire Times, April 19, 2007

WALKER, Agnes, 106, of Mexborough, died on April 10, died in Roman Court Care Home. The funeral service took place at Rotherham Crematorium on April 18, conducted by Mr P Fawcett.

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Rotherham Crematorium

Dearne Valley Weekender, Friday, April 20, 2007

WALKER – The death occurred on April 10th 2007 at Roman Court Care Home of Mrs Agnes Walker aged 106 years of Mexborough. The funeral service took place at Rotherham Crematorium followed by cremation on Wednesday April 18th conducted by Mr Philip Fawcett. Mourners were immediate family, relatives, friends and neighbours. Funeral arrangements were by C. T. Butterfield & Sons, The Funeral Home, Wood Street, Swinton. 01709 571777.

George Arthur Walker

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Griffin Road

George Arthur Walker, born in 1895 in Swinton, South Yorkshire, is my second cousin, thrice removed and son of John William Walker and Annie Eliza Gregg.

In 1923, in Mexborough, George married Agnes Vickers.

Below are a number of newspaper articles pertaining to George’s death.


FOUND DEAD. – Mr. George Arthur Walker (77), of 14 Griffin Road, Swinton, was found dead at his home by his wife early on Tuesday afternoon. The Sheffield Coroner, Dr. H. H. Pilling, was informed, but no inquest is to be held.


Saint Margaret’s Church



WALKER. – The death occurred on November 14th of Mr. George Arthur Walker (77), of 14, Griffin Road, Swinton. Cremation took place at Rose Hill, Doncaster, following a service in Swinton Parish Church. Father L. E. Harris officiated. Mourners were Mrs. A. Walker (widow), Mr. and Mrs. F. Bradshaw, Mr. and Mrs. A. Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. P. Gillespie and Paul, Mr. and Mrs. B. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. L. Barratt, Mr. and Mrs. K. Whitton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Whitton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Young, Mr. G. Best, cousin Joyce and husband, Mrs. Bradshaw and Carol, Mr. W. Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. T. Cooper. Floral tributes were from the family, and donations in lieu of flowers, received from friends and neighbours, are to be given to Rawmarsh and District Welfare Committee. Funeral arrangements were by C. T. Butterfield and Sons, Wood Street, Swinton (phone 2158), and Adwick Road, Mexborough (phone 3168).


WALKER – Mrs. A. Walker and family wish to thank Dr. Bhatia, Mrs. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Rodway, Police Constable R. Lee, friends and neighbours for kindness shown in their recent sad bereavement. Thanks also to Father Harris for the service and to Messrs. C. T. Butterfield and Sons for their sympathetic and efficient funeral arrangements.

John William Walker & Annie Eliza Gregg

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Brameld Road

John William Walker, born in 1866 in Gawber, Barnsley, is my first cousin, four times removed and son of Richard Walker and Sarah Ann Mellars.

In 1895, in Swinton, South Yorkshire, John married Annie Eliza Gregg.

John and Annie issued one child, called, George Arthur Walker.

Below are obituaries for John and Annie.


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Wathwood Hospital


WALKER. – The funeral took place on Monday at Swinton of Mr. John William Walker (74), of 17, Bramald Road, Swinton. The Rev. E. F. Bungay officiated. Mourners were Mrs. J. W. Walker (widow), Mr. G. Walker, Miss D. Walker, Mr. Blackbourn, Mr. and Miss Gregg, Mrs. Outram, Mrs. Collins, Mr. Hutton, Miss Hague and friends. The funeral arrangements were carried out by C. T. Butterfield and Sons. Tel. 2158.


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Griffin Road


Mrs. Annie Eliza Walker, believed to be Swinton’s oldest resident, died in hospital on December 31st at the age of 99.

Her son, 77-years-old Mr. George Arthur Walker, of 14, Griffin Road, died on November 14th of last year. Mrs. Walker lived formerly in Brameld Road.

The funeral took place from 14, Griffin Road. A service was held at Swinton Parish Church, Fr. L. E. Harris officiating.


Saint Margaret’s Church

Mourners were: Mrs. Agnes Walker (daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. F. Bradshaw, Mr. and Mrs. A. Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie, Mr. and Mrs. B. Walker, Mary Bradshaw. Floral tributes were from the above relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements were by C. T. Butterfield and Sons, Wood Street, Swinton. ‘Phone 2158 and Adwick Road, Mexborough. ‘Phone 3168.


WALKER – Mrs. A. Walker and family wish to thank doctors, nurses and staff, Wathwood Hospital for their kind care and attention to Mrs. Walker; also family and friends for floral tributes and Messrs. Butterfield for arrangements. – 14, Griffin Road, Swinton.

Walker – Gregg


Rockingham Road

John William Walker, born in 1866 in Gawber, Barnsley, is my first cousin, four times removed and son of Richard Walker and Sarah Ann Mellars.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after John’s marriage to Annie Eliza Gregg.

June 7 1895.

WALKER – GREGG. – June 3, at Swinton Parish Church, Mr. J. W. Walker to Miss A. Gregg, third daughter of Mr. S. Gregg, of Swinton.


Saint Margaret’s Church

WEDDING AT SWINTON. – On Monday morning the marriage of Mr. J. W. Walker, son of Mrs. R. Walker, to Miss A. E. Gregg, third daughter of Mr. S. Gregg, of Rockingham road, was solemnised at Swinton Church. The bride was attired in pale lavender cashmere , with cream hat and orange blossom. The bride was given away by Mr. G. Chapman, brother-in-law, and Mr. Oates acted as best man. The bridesmaids were Miss Walker, sister, who was attired in fawn habit cloth, with hat to match; Miss Mellars, cousin, dressed in coroflower blue habit cloth; and Miss Gregg and Miss Chapman, niece, in pink and white. Among the guests were Mrs. Walker (mother), Mrs. Bury, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. J. Walker (Oldham), Mr. and Mrs. Wilson (Hoyland), Mr. and Mrs. H. Walker (Gawber), Mr. and Mrs. F. Hall (Barnsley), Mr. and Mrs. Brailsford, Mr. Pinder (Rotherham), Miss Walker (Gawber), Miss M. E. Walker (Hoyland), Miss M. E. Wilson (Hoyland), Mr. and Mrs. Eaton, Mr. and Mrs. Powell (Barnsley), Mr. Addy, Miss Simpson (of Wombwell), Mr. Addy (Melton), Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Chambers, Mrs. Kenyon, Mr. Roseveare, Miss Gregg, Mrs. Chapman, and Miss Scholey. The guests numbered about 60, and were entertained at Mrs. R. Walker’s. The presents were numerous and costly.

William Herbert Chambers


Crossland Street

William Herbert Chambers, born circa 1863 in Swinton, is the husband of Bertha Walker, my first cousin, four times removed.

William was an engine driver at the Piccadilly pumping station in Swinton. I remember walking around this building in 1991, although at the time, I believed it to be a former chapel. It was built in 1912 and had a storage capacity of 60,000 gallons of water. It was demolished circa 2000 and a mini housing estate built in its place.

Below is William’s obituary.


Kew Court (site of Piccadilly pumping station)


CHAMBERS. – The death occurred very suddenly last Friday of Mr. William Herbert Chambers, Crossland Street, Swinton, aged 65, after a long illness.

Mr. Chambers has lived all his life in Swinton, and was thorough and consistent in all his undertakings, earning the highest regard from innumerable friends. His association with the Parish Church was one of long and earnest work, serving on the original parish council and as a sidesman for many years. He was employed as an engine driver, but for many years he has worked at the Piccadilly pumping station.


William & Bertha’s grave

The funeral on Tuesday at the Parish Church was conducted by the Vicar, and the large gathering was evidence of the great respect held for, and the regret felt at the passing away, of Mr. Chambers. Mourners were: Widow, Mr. and Mrs. Oates (Retford), Mr. and Mrs. H. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Limb, Mrs. Roseveare, Mrs. H. Pinder, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Beech, Mr. and Mrs. E. Royston, Mr. and Mrs. Addy, Mrs. H. Walker, Mrs. Yates, Mrs. Dixon, Miss Harding, Miss E. Turner. Mr and Mrs. Hurst, Mr. and Mrs. Brunt, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory, Mrs. Simmonds. Bearers were co-workers in past years at the Parish Church. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. C. T. Butterfield.

Swinton Wedding


Saint Margaret’s Church

Bertha Walker, born in 1859 in Barugh, Barnsley, is my first cousin, four times removed and daughter of Richard Walker and Elizabeth Howcroft.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Bertha’s marriage to William Chambers.

FRIDAY, June 14, 1889.

WEDDING AT SWINTON. – On Whit-Monday the town of Swinton was very lively on the occasion of the marriage of Miss Bertha Walker (eldest daughter of Mr. Walker, of the Barnsley Co-operative Society, Swinton), to Mr. W. H. Chambers, of Swinton. At about half-past eight o’clock the wedding party proceeded from the home of the bride’s father to the parish church, where the ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Levett. The bride who was dressed in a slate-coloured silk with creme hat, was given away by her father. The bridesmaids were Miss L. M. Walker, Miss Wilson, and Miss A. E. Hamilton, and they were attired in white, with hats to match. Mr. A. Shaw acted as best man. The “Wedding march” was played by Mr. F. Harding. The following were also present:- Mr. and Mrs. Heaton, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Misses E. M. Wilson, E. Wilson, Mr. Walker, &c. After the ceremony the bride and bridegroom, with their friends adjourned to the residence of the bride’s father, where a sumptuous breakfast had been prepared. Various toasts were given, and briefly responded to. Mr. Levett, in response to a vote of thanks passed to him by Mr. Heaton for presiding, said it had given him great pleasure to be with them, and he hoped that the bride and bridegroom would live happily together and that fortune would smile upon them. He (Mr. Levett) felt pleasure that the newly wedded couple were going to reside in the village.


Swinton Barnsley British Co-operative Society

Among the numerous presents received were:- Mrs. Walker, pair of trays; Mr. Wilson, Hoyland, brass kettle; Mrs. Scraggs, butter knife; Miss Walker, Gawber, knives, spoons, &c.; Mrs. Hamilton, Darfield, antimacassars; Mrs. Gelder, vases; H. Walker, Gawber, half-a-dozen knives and forks; Miss L. Walker, Gawber, half-a-dozen wine glasses; Mrs. Shaw, antimacassar; Mr. and Mrs. Powell, Wath, cruet stand; Mr. Barr, Doncaster, pair of vases; Mrs. Walker, worked table cloths; Misses Mellors, Carlton, counterpane; Miss Wilson, Hoyland, sofa cushion; Mr. A. Walker, fire screen; Mr. and Mrs. Heaton, bedroom service; Mr. A. Shaw, timepiece, &c.

Wedding at Swinton


Saint John the Baptist, Mexborough

Mary Alice Walker, born circa 1877 in Gawber, Barnsley, is my first cousin, four times removed and daughter of Richard Walker and Sarah Ann Mellars.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Mary’s marriage to William Frederick Oates. It is of interest to note that Mary and William married in Mexborough because Saint Margaret’s Church in Swinton had suffered a catastrophic fire in the year previous.



A most fashionable and interesting wedding was solemnised at the Mexborough Parish Church, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. W. J. Peacey, vicar of Swinton. The contracting parties were Miss Mary Alice Walker, daughter of Mrs. Walker, of North View, Swinton, and Mr. William Frederick Oates, third son of Mr. William Oates, butcher, of Barnsley. Mrs. Walker, mother of the bride, has, until just recently, been manageress of the Swinton branch of the Barnsley British Co-operative Society, an appointment Mrs. Walker has held for 18 years. Mr. Oates, the bridegroom, has for some time been employed in the drapery department of the Swinton Stores, and the bride has also assisted in the grocery department. Both parties are consequently well-known in the district, and have won the esteem and respect of all with whom they have come in contact. A large number of people were present at the church, and witnessed a very pretty scene. The bride was most charmingly attired in a magnificent dress of slate Bengaline silk, trimmed with white accordion pleting chiffon with opal sash. She wore a hat of white velvet with chiffon and orange blossoms and plumes, and she also carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom.


Swinton Barnsley British Co-operative Society

The bridesmaids were Miss Sarah Oates, Tinsley, cousin of the bridegroom, Miss Mellars, Swinton, cousin of the bride, Miss L. Kenyon, Swinton, and Miss Hilda Walker, Oldham, niece of the bride. Miss Oates and Miss Mellars were becomingly dressed in slate Bengaline cord, trimmed with cream silk and chiffon. They wore black velvet hats with black sequin lace and plumes. They carried shower bouquets, which were presented by the bridegroom. Miss L. Kenyon and Miss Hilda Walker looked extremely lovely in dresses of cream alpaca, trimmed with cream lace and ribbons with cream picture-hats to match. They carried baskets of flowers. The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a magnificent gold curb bracelet, whilst the bride presented the bridegroom with a handsome diamond ring. The bridegroom’s gifts to the bridesmaids were gold bangles with pearls to Miss Oates and Miss Mellars, and gold brooches with pearls to Miss Walker and Miss Kenyon.


North View (third house from left)

The wedding party, after leaving church, and being plentifully besprinkled with confetti, drove to the studio, Swinton, where the wedding breakfast was held, at which upwards of 70 guests were present, among them being the Vicar, the Rev. W. J. Peacey. The happy pair left by the 6 p.m. train for London, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The bride’s travelling dress was of blue Bengaline cord, trimmed with pale blue silk and chiffon, and she wore a pale blue hat to match.

Below will be found a list of the handsome collection of presents, which were of a most costly character:- Mrs. Walker (mother of the bride), cheque; Mr. Oates Barnsley, (father of the bridegroom), cheque; Mr. and Mrs. Eaton, carvers and rests; Mr. and Mrs. Addy, silver fruit-dish; Mrs. Hardy (Swinton), sugar dredger; Misses L. and E. Kenyon (Swinton), silver sweet dish; Mr. Hart and Mr. Ford, silver and glass fruit vase; Mr. and Mrs. Powell (Barnsley), oak and silver biscuit box; Mrs. Kenyon and boys (Swinton), silver sardine dish; Master Herbert Oates (Wakefield), silver and glass batter dish; Mr. Roseveare and Miss Mellars (Swinton), silver hot-water jug; Miss Oates (Tinsley), silver and glass jam dish; Mrs. Meades, silver and glass biscuit jar; Miss Amy Meades, pair of silver salts; Mr. and Mrs. Frankish (Barnsley), silver and glass salts; Misses F. and E. Crowther (Swinton), silver and glass jam dish; Mr. J. Burgess (Swinton), clock; Misses Atkinson (Doncaster), silver cake knife; Mr. and Mrs. A. Oates (Barnsley), timepiece; Miss Hilda and Mr. Ernest Walker (Oldham), plated tea-pot; Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton (Swinton), copper kettle; Mr. and Mrs. A. Green (Swinton), brass kettle stand; Mr. Mrs., and Miss Midgley (Barnsley), silver and glass butter dish; Mr. and Mrs. Wilson (Hoyland Nether), china dessert service; Mrs. Scragg (Birmingham), silk handkerchiefs and gloves; Master G. A. Oates (Barnsley), work basket; Messrs. Brailsford (Rotherham), Pinder (Rotherham), and Price (Sheffield), chamber service and trinket set; Mrs. Gelder (Swinton), ornaments; Mr. and Mrs. Yarnold (Swinton), china cheese dish; Mr. J. W. Walker, ornaments; Misses Rodgers and Yates (Swinton), fancy photo frame; Miss A. Walker (Barnsley), oak jewel case; Mr. Hinchcliffe (Swinton), silver-mounted pipe; Mrs. Hartley (Swinton), ornaments; Mr. J. H. Hirst (Barnsley), fancy flower stand; Mrs. and Miss Micklethwaite (Barnsley), cruet and spoons; Mrs. Fairclough (Gawber), embroidered pillow cases; Miss Mellars (Carlton, Worksop), quilt; Miss M. Walker (Barnsley), satin wall pockets; Mrs. Turton (Swinton), cushion covers; Miss M. Crowther and Mr. Moore, satin table centre; Mrs. Adams, pin cushion; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall (Barnsley), oak tray; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Chambers (Swinton), eiderdown quilt; Mrs. Oliver (Swinton), pin cushion; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Walker (Oldham), plush antimacassars and cushion; Mr. and Mrs. H. Walker (Gawber), plush cushions; Mrs. Early (Rotherham), embroidered duchess covers and toilets.

Richard Walker & Sarah Ann Mellars


Swinton Barnsley British Co-operative Society

Richard Walker, born circa 1832 in Barugh, Barnsley, is my third great grand uncle and son of Joseph Walker and Sarah Leech.

In 1858, in Darton, Barnsley, Richard married Elizabeth Howcroft. Together, they issued two children, called, Bertha and Joe.

Richard’s wife, Elizabeth, died in 1862 in Gawber, Barnsley. Richard married again, in 1865 in Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Gawber, to Sarah Ann Mellars. Richard and Sarah issued three children, called, John William, Arthur and Mary Alice.

Saint Thomas the Apostle

Richard was a Stonemason, like his father, but by the time the 1871 Census was conducted, Richard was a Stonemason and Grocer. By the time the 1881 Census was conducted, Richard was the Store Manager of the Cooperative Store, Church Street, Gawber. At some point between 1881 and 1891, Richard and his family moved to Swinton, near Rotherham and Richard died there on 3rd January 1891.

JANUARY 9, 1891.

WALKER. – January 3, at 30, Station street, Swinton, Richard Walker, stone mason, aged 58.


North View (third house from left)

Three months after Richard’s death when the 1891 Census was conducted, his wife, Sarah, was the Store Manager at 30 Station Street. 30 Station Street was the address of the Barnsley British Cooperative Society in Swinton and I discovered that this address is currently the location of the Salvation Army Charity Shop, where, coincidentally, my mother worked as a volunteer for around seventeen years. I suspect though that 30 Station Street originally incorporated what is now the Cinamon Indian Cuisine Restaurant (formerly a branch of the Yorkshire Bank).


Richard & Sarah’s grave

Sarah moved into her daughter’s home, North View, Station Street, after she retired.

Sarah died in July 1906 and below is her obituary.



We regret to hear of the death of Mrs. S. A. Walker, of Station Street, Swinton. For many years, more than twenty, Mrs. Walker was the manageress of the Co-operative Stores, during which time she won the respect and esteem of a very large circle of friends who will be sorry to hear of her demise. The deceased lady who lived with her daughter, Mrs. Oates, of Station Street, had been indisposed for a considerable time, and her death was not altogether unexpected. The interment took place on Thursday at Gawber Cemetery, near Barnsley.

Priscilla Walker Berry & Jesse Early

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Effingham Street

The Early family joined my family tree when Jesse Early married my second great grandaunt, Priscilla Walker Berry, in 1870 at Saint Philip’s Church, Sheffield.

Priscilla, born in 1852 in Kirkstall, Leeds, is the daughter of Luke Berry and Jane Walker. Both of Jane’s parents were born near Barnsley, but at the time of her birth, Luke was working as an Engine Fitter in Kirkstall.

Priscilla, along with the rest of her family, moved to Rotherham in the 1850s.

Jesse was born in 1849 in Chesterfield. How he and Priscilla met, I have no clue.

Jesse was a well known Butcher in Rotherham, trading and living in Effingham Street. In the early 1900s, Jesse must have been feeling adventurous as by 1911 he was a Shopkeeper in Weston Super Mare although he and Priscilla did move back to Rotherham.

Priscilla and Jesse issued seven children, called, George Arthur (1870 to 1937), Walter (1872 to 1941), Frederick Ambrose (1875 to 1952), Ernest Albert (1876 to 1962), Florence Amy (1879 to 1948), Blanche Emily (1882 to 1901) and Bernard Vincent (1888 to 1919).


Early grave

Despite being well known Rotherham people, Priscilla and Jesse only received short obituaries.


EARLY. – On Dec. 3, 1918, at Smeaton Villa, Albany street, Priscilla Walker, the patient and loving Wife of Jesse Early, aged 67 years. Interment at Moorgate Cemetery on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1918.


EARLY. – Feb. 10, 1920, at Barnsley, Jesse, the dearly beloved husband of the late Priscilla Walker Early, aged 70 years. Interment, Rotherham Cemetery, Sunday Feb. 15 at 1.45 p.m.