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.

Rowbottom – Beaumont


Marjorie Beaumont & James Rowbottom

James Rowbottom, born in 1906 in Netherfield Lane, Parkgate, Rotherham, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of David Rowbottom and Ada Emily Harrison.

Below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after James’s marriage to Marjorie Beaumont.



MR. J. ROWBOTTOM (Rawmarsh) and MISS M. BEAUMONT (Long Eaton).

Considerable local interest was centred on Saturday in the wedding which was solemnised at St. Margaret’s Parish Church, Swinton, of Miss Marjorie Beaumont, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Beaumont, formerly of Swinton, and now of 9, York Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, to Mr. James Rowbottom, B.A., second son of Mrs. Rowbottom and the late Mr. David Rowbottom, of Rawmarsh, Rotherham.


Saint Margaret’s Church

The bridegroom, an Assistant Regional Commissioner under the National Savings organisation, studied at Oxford University where he gained a diploma in economics and political science, and at the University of Wales where he graduated B.A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Economic Society, a W.E.A. tutor, and a tutor to H.M. Forces attached to Sheffield University. The bride, an old girl of Mexborough Secondary School, is a member of the editorial staff of the “South Yorkshire Times, ” and secretary of Mexborough Business and Professional Women’s Club.


Netherfield Lane

The Rev. H. W. Quarrell, Vicar of Swinton, officiated at the choral service. Organist was Mr. A. Mawson. Given away by her father, the bride wore a Stamp Taylor model gown in ice-blue wool crepe, long black lace mittens and black suede sandals. Her head-dress of ice-blue and black feathers, surmounted a black tulle shoulder veil and she carried a bouquet of dark red roses. Bridesmaids were Miss Barbara Beech, of Swinton, and Miss Joan Parsons, of Mexborough (the bride’s cousin). The former wore a long dress of rose pink ninon with underslip and sash of toning taffeta, a head-dress of pink feathers and tulle, and white silk gloves. She carried mauve and pink sweet peas. The younger maid wore a dainty dress of yellow crepe de Chine patterned with rose-pink flowers and a poke bonnet of the same material. She carried mauve and pink sweet peas. Squadron Leader J. B. Hobin, R.A.F., was best man, and groomsmen and ushers were Squadron Leader Randall and Flight Lieut. Brookes. At St. John’s Church Hall, Swinton, the bride’s mother received the guests, wearing a bottle green silk lace dress over crepe with brown and cream accessories and a cream straw hat. The bridegroom’s mother wore a navy ensemble.


Mexborough Secondary School

The couple afterwards left for a honeymoon in London and Torquay, the bride travelling in a blue crepe dress with burgundy suede gloves and shoes and a cream straw hat trimmed with burgundy.

Among the gifts were fruit servers from the Sheffield economics class to which the bridegroom is tutor; a Stuart crystal water set from the editorial staff of the “South Yorkshire Times,” linen pillow cases from members of Mexborough Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a green glass fruit bowl from the club officials; a silver salver from the directors of the “South Yorkshire Times” Printing Co., Ltd., and table mats from the general office staff.




Swinton’s Church Hall

The marriage took place at the Saint Margaret’s Parish Church, Swinton, last Saturday, of Miss Marjorie Beaumont, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Beaumont, formerly of Swinton and now residing at 9, York Road, Long Eaton, Notts., to Mr. James Rowbottom, B.A., second son of Mrs. Rowbottom, of Rawmarsh, and the late Mr. David Rowbottom.

The bridegroom is an Assistant Regional Commissioner under the National Savings organisation.

The bridesmaids were Miss Barbara Beech, of Swinton, and Miss Joan Parsons, of Mexbro’ (bride’s cousin). The best man was Squadron-Leader J. B. Hobin (R.A.F.), and Squadron-Leader Randall and Flight-Lieutenant Brookes were the groomsmen.

The honeymoon was spent in London and Torquay.

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.

Rowbottom – Lockwood


Miners’ Institute

Zillah Rowbottom is my first cousin, twice removed, and in 1922, she married George William Lockwood. Below is a newspaper article pertaining to their wedding in Christ Church, Parkgate, Rotherham. Christ Church was demolished around fifty years ago and was located on Aldwarke Road.


Rawmarsh and Parkgate News.

At Christ Church, Parkgate, on Monday, Mr. Geo. W. Lockwood, of Norwich, was married to Miss Zillah Rowbottom, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Albert Rowbottom and Mrs. Rowbottom, of Netherfield Lane, Parkgate. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. T. Tummey, was dressed in ivory crepe-de-chine trimmed with pearls and wore a hat to match. Her bouquet was carnations, sweet peas, and maiden hair ferns. The bridesmaids were Miss Minnie Tummey (cousin of bride), Miss Violet Butterfield (Swinton), Miss A. Rowbottom (sister of bride), and Miss A. Wigfield (Swinton). The best man was Mr. T. Tummey (cousin of bride). Rev. Cannon A. Hayes, Vicar of Parkgate officiated. A reception was held at the Miners’ Institute, Parkgate, over 100 guests attending. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a gold bangle and to the elder bridesmaids he gave gold brooches.

The Rowbottom Family


Sheffield Cathedral

I have so far traced the Rowbottom family in my pedigree back to Thomas who was born circa 1789 in Sheffield and married Ann Swindin in 1815 in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Sheffield (now Sheffield Cathedral).

Thomas and Ann, to my knowledge, issued four children; the descendants of which I have researched extensively over the past fourteen years. One of their children was called, George Rowbottom, who was born in 1818 in Sheffield.


Daisy Walk

George married Elizabeth Vickers in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Sheffield in 1839. George and Elizabeth issued two sons, one of them being Albert Rowbottom, who was born in 1842, in Daisy Walk, Sheffield.

In 1864, in Christ Church, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, Albert married Charlotte Yates. Albert and Charlotte issued nine children, called, George Henry (1866 to 1944), Albert (1869 to 1917), Tom (1871 to 1936), Fred (1873 to 1918), David (1875 to 1935), Lily (1877 to 1966), Clara (1879 to 1964), Rose Valentine (1881 to 1955) and Mary Elizabeth (born in 1882).


Christ Church, Pitsmoor

George Rowbottom and his wife, Elizabeth, along with their son, Albert and daughter-in-law, Charlotte, moved to Parkgate, near Rotherham, in the 1860s; I suspect when the Parkgate Iron and Steel company was founded. For the next 100 years, the streets around Rawmarsh Hill in Parkgate were populated by many descendants of George and Elizabeth, particularly on Goosebutt Street and Netherfield Lane. In fact, some of their descendants still live in the area today.

George and Albert were both File Cutters by occupation, which I believe involved cutting teeth into files. Albert actually went blind in later life as a consequence of his occupation, presumably, no protection was worn to prevent fragments of metal flying into his eyes.


Rawmarsh Hill

My mother remembered her parents always shopping in Parkgate on Saturdays and didn’t understand why until she realised that many of her father’s aunts, uncles and other relations still lived in Parkgate.

George died in 1879 in Holly Bush Street, Parkgate.


ROWBOTTOM. – April 12, at Rawmarsh, Mr. George Rowbottom, aged 60.


Holly Bush Street

George’s wife, Elizabeth died in 1886 on Rawmarsh Hill.


ROWBOTTOM. – October 5th, at Rawmarsh hill, Elizabeth, widow of George Rowbottom, aged 67.

Albert died in 1909 in Goosebutt Street, Parkgate and his wife Charlotte died in the Almshouses on Dale Road, Rawmarsh in 1919.


Rawmarsh High Street Cemetery

George, Elizabeth, Albert and Charlotte are all buried in the High Street Cemetery in Rawmarsh, Rotherham.

It is of interest to note that the names ‘Rowbottom’ and ‘Rowbotham are interchangeable and are essentially one and the same. Other variations include Robottham, Robottom, Roebottom and Rewbottom. It is thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin and is either a topographical name from a residence in an overgrown valley or a locational name from some lost, minor or unrecorded place believed to have been situated in the Staffordshire/Lancashire regions. Another theory is that Rowbottom is an English occupational last name of old Scottish origins. One thing I know for sure is that my grandfather didn’t stand for any of the crude variations of the name!