A Masbro’ Chapel Wedding


Masbrough Independent Chapel

Edwin Wilson Barron, born in 1912 in Rotherham, is my third cousin, once removed and son of Edwin Barron and Jennie Jarvis.

Following the death of his father, Edwin continued with the family’s iron and steel business, located on Don Street in Rotherham.

Edwin and his spouse, Annie, both died in 1989 and below is a newspaper article pertaining to their wedding as well as Edwin’s obituary.


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Masbrough Independent Chapel

BARRON – WORMALD. – June 1st, by the Rev. Norman Castles, in the Masbro’ Independent Chapel, Edwin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Barron, to Annie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wormald.



Aldred Street

The marriage took place in the Masbro’ Independent Chapel on Saturday of Miss Annie Wormald, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wormald, of 3, Brown Street, Rotherham, to Mr. Edwin Wilson Barron, eldest son of Mr. Edwin Barron, of Aldred Terrace, Rotherham. The bride’s father is chief clerk of the L.N.E. Railway at Rotherham, and the bridegroom’s father is an iron and steel merchant.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Norman Castles, M.A. (pastor of the church), and the service was choral, Mr. F. A. Schonhut, L.R.A.M., being the organist.

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Cooperative Society

Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of ivory satin with a cowl neck finished at the side with a diamante clip. The dress had fashionable full sleeves with appliqued net, and there was also a veil of tulle appliqued with net leaves and held in position by a coronet of orange blossom. The bride carried a bouquet of deep cream tea roses.

Her two bridesmaids, Miss E. Barron and Miss E. Wormald, wore dresses of rose pink taffets with Marina green satin sashes and mittens. They also had halos and frilled muffs to match. The page boy was Master Derek Forster.

Mr. R. Wormald, junr., was the best man, and Mr. E. Holdsworth and Mr. J. Chapman, junr., acted as groomsmen.

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Don Street

A reception was held by the bride’s parents in the Co-operative Cafe, Westgate, where the guests were received by the bride’s mother, who wore a dress of Jubilee blue marocain and carried a bouquet of cream irises. The bridegroom’s mother chose a dress of black marocain with a corsage of beige cire lace. Her bouquet was also of cream irises.

The honeymoon is being spent in the Windermere district, and the bride travelled in a navy blue costume with hat and shoes to tone and an oyster satin blouse.

To the bride the bridegroom gave a Morocco leather handbag, to the bridesmaids he gave diamante dress clips, and to page boy he gave a wristlet watch. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a silk dressing gown.

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Rotherham Crematorium

The wedding gifts included a chromium standard lamp with shade, and a mirror from the Mineral Manager’s Department of the L.N.E. Railway, Doncaster and Sheffield.


BARRON. – Edwin Wilson, aged 77 years, of Wickersley, in hospital on Sunday, September 17th, 1989, much loved husband of the late Nancy and father of Michael and Maureen. The funeral service is to take place at the United Reformed Church, Stag, Rotherham, today, Friday, September 22nd, at 11:30am, followed by cremation at Rotherham Crematorium. Donations, if desired, to the British Heart Foundation, c/o Bartholomew & Sons, 6 Broom Valley Road, Rotherham.

Mary Ellen Pridmore & George William Birkett


173 Fitzwilliam Road

Mary Ellen Pridmore, born in 1874 in Corby Glen, Lincolnshire, is my first cousin, thrice removed and in 1894, in Nottingham, she married George William Birkett.

The Pridmore family is a very large branch of my tree. But Mary is one of only a few to move to Rotherham, moving there sometime between 1901 and 1911. Mary’s first cousin, Alice Pinder (nee Cunnington), had lived in Rotherham since around 1897, so Mary perhaps moved on Alice’s recommendation. The two cousins both lived in the Eastwood district of Rotherham and their children, who were of similar ages, no doubt went to the same schools.


Fitzwilliam Road

Mary’s son, Arthur Leslie Birkett, had a dairy/milk-round business located in the Eastwood area on Fitzwilliam Road. Arthur married but issued no children. Both Mary and Arthur died in Scarborough, Mary in 1972 and Arthur in 1975, but both were buried in Rotherham’s Masbrough Cemetery, probably with George William, whose obituary can be read below.


BIRKETT. – On Tuesday, September 19th, 1933, at 173, Fitzwilliam Road, the dearly beloved husband of Mary Ellen Birkett. Aged 65 years.


Rotherham Corporation tram

Mrs. Birkett, son, and relatives, wish to thank the staff and employees of the Rotherham Corporation Transport Department and friends for their sympathy and floral tributes. Also Doctors Coldrey, Pym, and Nurse Wragg and Mrs. Gee for their care and attention.



The death occurred on Tuesday of Mr. George W. Birkett, of Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham. For over 30 years deceased was a tram-car driver employed by the Rotherham Corporation.

Mr. Birkett, who retired in March, 1932, at the age of 65, was greatly respected by all his fellow employees of the Transport Department. He was one of the oldest members of the Rotherham Branch of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, having joined on the formation of the Branch.

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Masbrough Cemetery

In March last year members of the Branch presented him with an easy chair and a pair of house slippers. He came to Rotherham from Blackburn, Lancs.

Mr. Birkett was specially engaged to drive on the Kimberworth route as the steep gradients required an experienced driver.

Throughout his long service he was never involved in an accident of a serious nature and he qualified for the Safety First Association medal for five years’ driving without accidents.

The funeral took place in the Masbro’ Cemetery yesterday.

The Transport Department was represented by Mr. T. P. Sykes (General Manager), Mr. J. Lawson (Traffic Superintendent), and Inspectors H. Johnson, E. Bridges, T. Grundy, W. Race, and G. Ward, together with about 40 drivers and conductors.

The Transport and General Workers’ Union was represented by the local officials.

Among the floral tributes was a wreath from the staff and employees of the Transport Department.

Seth Strickland Smith


Netherfield Lane

Seth Strickland Smith is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Mary Elizabeth Rowbottom and James Robson Smith.

Despite being born prior to 1911, I have so far been unable to find Seth on the 1911 Census, when his parents were lodging in the home of Frederick Astell on Goosebutt Street, Parkgate, Rotherham.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

Seth’s estate was not probated until 1953.



The interment took place on Wednesday in the Haugh Road Cemetery, Cannon F. G. Scovell officiating, of Mr. Seth Strickland Smith, aged 39, who died on Sunday at the home of his aunt, Mrs. C. Scholes, 37, Netherfield Lane, Parkgate. A service was held in the Rawmarsh Parish Church. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, of Netherfield Lane, and worked many years for the Parkgate Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., until ill-health three years ago.


Haugh Road Cemetery

The mourners included: Miss L. Rowbottom, Mrs. E. Rowbottom, and Mrs. Hughes (aunts); Miss W. Scholes, Mrs. Shearon, Mr. and Mrs. W. Cunningham, Mrs. A. Lee, Mrs. F. Dowson, and Mrs. L. White (cousins); Mrs. E. Smith, Mrs. M. Watkinson, Mrs. J. Cook, Mrs. E. Taylor, Mr. W. Banks and neighbours; Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham. Owing to illness Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Scholes and Mrs. D. Rowbottom (uncles and aunts) were unable to be present.

Edwin Easthope


Edwin Easthope

Edwin Easthope is my fourth cousin, once removed and son of Edwin Theophilus Easthope and Ida Elizabeth Childs.



Information has been received by Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Easthope, of 86, Clough Street, Rotherham, that their youngest son, Leading Aircraftsman Edwin Easthope (R.A.F.V.R.), has been killed while serving in Canada. He joined the Forces in July, 1942, and was drafted to Canada in February, 1943. He was educated at the Thornhill Council and Kimberworth Central Schools, later being employed by Beatson, Clark and Co., Ltd. He was a member of the Masbro’ Independent Chapel and the Boys Brigade. He was also a keen cyclist and motor cyclist.

Mary Elizabeth Rowbottom & James Robson Smith


Saint Mary’s Church

Mary Elizabeth Rowbottom is a sister of my great grandfather, Fred Rowbottom.

Mary was born in 1882 in Parkgate, Rotherham and on Christmas Day, 1905, she married James Robson Smith in Saint Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh. Together, Mary and James issued two children, called, Seth (1907 to 1946) and Amy (1909 to 1933). Despite Seth and Amy being born prior to 1911, I’ve so far been unable to find them on the 1911 Census.


Netherfield Lane

Below are a couple of newspaper articles pertaining to James’s death and funeral. I have so far been unable to conclusively ascertain when Mary died, although it was sometime between 1924 and 1946.


DEATH OF MR. JAMES SMITH. – After a long illness, the death occurred on Wednesday of Mr. James Smith, of 97, Netherfield lane, Parkgate. For many years Mr. Smith had been employed at the Parkgate Works, and was much respected by his fellow-workmen. He was greatly interested in adult education, particularly the Workers’ Educational Association and in the Co-operative Guild. Thirty-eight years of age, he leaves a widow, a son and a daughter.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company



Amid many manifestations of sympathy, the funeral took place on Sunday, at the Haugh road cemetery, of Mr. James Smith, of Netherfield lane, Parkgate. The service, which was very impressive, was conducted by Mr. J. Beck, of Parkgate.


Haugh Road Cemetery

The mourners were:- Mrs. Smith (widow), Mr. Seth Smith (son), Miss Amy Smith (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. John Smith (brother), Mr. R. Smith (nephew), Mr. G. H. Rowbottom (brother-in-law), Mr. T. Rowbottom (brother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. D. Rowbottom (brother-in-law), Mrs. A. Rowbottom and Mrs. F. Rowbottom (sisters-in-law), Mr. H. Scholes (brother-in-law), Miss Rowbottom (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. T. Hughes (sister-in-law), Miss Ethel Rowbottom, Miss L. Rowbottom (nieces), Mr. L. Rowbottom, Mr. D. Rowbottom, Mr. J. Rowbottom, Mr. M. Rowbottom, Mr. G. A. Rowbottom, Mr. F. Rowbottom (nephews), Mr. and Mrs. G. White (nephew), Mr. Denham and Miss Purdy. Mr. G. Royston and Mr. G. W. Hopkinson represented the Homes and Hospital Committee at the Parkgate Works, and Mr. J. Jones the Sheffield District Committee of the A.E.U. The Rotherham District of A.E.U. were well represented as also was the Parkgate Class of the W.E.A., the Rotherham Branch of the W.E.A., the Parkgate Co-operative Guild, and the Rawmarsh and Parkgate Labour Party.

George Easthope


George Easthope

George Easthope is my fourth cousin, once removed and son of Charles Emmanuel Easthope and Susannah Childs.

Edward Easthope, mentioned in the article below, survived the Second World War and died, in Rotherham in 1979, aged 58.



New Stubbin Colliery shaft marker


News has been received that Private George Easthope (York and Lancaster Regiment), aged 25, son of Mr. C. Easthope, of 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Easthope, has died of gunshot wounds in North Africa.

Educated at the South Grove Central School, Private Easthope was employed at the New Stubbin Colliery before joining the Forces over three years ago. He served in France, taking part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. He was a keen sportsman and was also keenly interested in music. His brother, Private E. Easthope, is serving in the Middle East.

William Thomas Bowler Crossland


William T. B. Crossland

William Thomas Bowler Crossland is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of William Bowler Crossland and Elizabeth Burton.

In 1879, in Rotherham, William married Annie Twibell and, together, they issued five children, four of which had died by 1905. Annie passed away in 1905 and on Christmas Day, 1907, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, William married Sarah Ann Seddon.



The funeral of the late Mr. W. T. B. Crossland took place on Sunday, at the Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. The mourners included Mrs. Crossland (widow), Miss Ada Crossland (daughter), Mr. Fred Seddon (stepson), Mr. and Mrs. George Crossland (Sheffield), Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis (brothers and sisters in law), Messrs. F. and G. Jarvis (nephews), Mrs. Barron, Mrs. Edwards and Miss E. Jarvis (nieces), Mrs. Whittaker and Mrs. Jolliffe (cousins), Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Dale (sisters-in-law), Mr. Albert Dale (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. John Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Cundey (Doncaster), Mr. and Mrs. H. Everett, Mr. E. Everett, Mr. F. Wigglesworth, Mrs. Fellows, and Mrs. Wildsmith. The bearers (Messrs. T. Froggatt, R. Wilson, T. Smith, W. Hague, P. Bisby, and W. Dixon), were employees at Messrs. W. Heaton and Co., Brass Works, Masbro’, by whom the deceased had been employed for many years. The staff of the Rotherham Theatre Royal also attended to pay a last tribute of respect to a colleague. Mr. Crossland having completed forty years’ service on the stage staff of the Theatre.

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Moorgate Cemetery

There was a large muster of National Reserves, under the command of Colours-sergeant Frith; a firing party and buglers performed the last military rites of firing three volleys and playing the “Last Post.”

There was a large number of beautiful floral emblems placed on the coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack. Amongst those sending wreaths were the widow and children, Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis, Mr. F. Jarvis, Mr. G. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Montgomery, the staff of the Theatre Royal, Mrs. Joliffe, and Mr. Whittaker. Mr. W. Atkinson, a personal friend, officiated in the chapel and at the graveside.