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.

57 - Greasbrough Cemetery, Rotherham (Rowbottom) - 01.06.09 (13)

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.

Wareham – Rowbottom


John & Betty

Betty Rowbottom, born in 1931 in Greasbrough, Rotherham, is my first cousin, once removed and daughter of Fred Rowbottom and Freda Wisehall.

I only ever met Betty once, in 2009, a year before her death, but I felt an incredible affinity with her, as though I’d known her all of my life. Betty gave to me a photo from her wedding day, where my grandfather, Henry Rowbottom, was escorting her into Saint Mary’s Church, Greasbrough.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Betty’s marriage to John Wareham.



Miss Betty Rowbottom, only daughter of Mrs. Freda Rowbottom, of 15, Chapel Street, Greasbro’, and the late Mr. F. Rowbottom, was married at St. Mary’s Church, Greasbro’, on Boxing Day, to Mr. John Wareham, son of Mrs. E. Wareham, of 29, Bertha Street, Rotherham, and the late Mr. H. Wareham.


Saint Mary’s Church

The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. H. Rowbottom. She wore a dress of broche poult moire and a veil held in place by a coronet of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations with trailing fern.

The senior bridesmaids, Miss P. M. Sprigg (cousin of the bride) and Miss J. Wareham (sister of the bridegroom) wore gowns of deep turquoise blue and carried bouquets of white chrysanthemums. Junior bridesmaids were Miss M. Walker (cousin of the bride) and Miss M. Swailes (niece of the bridegroom), who wore gowns of white organdie with bonnets and carried Dorothy bags.

Best man was Mr. Harry Wareham (brother of the bridegroom) and the groomsmen were Mr. Walter Roddison and Mr. Sidney Horner.