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.

Thompson – Early

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

Bessie Early, born in 1922 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and daughter of Ernest Albert Early and Catherine Westwood.


THOMPSON – EARLY. – On July 26th, 1947, at Doncaster Road Congregational Church, by the Rev. D. Brameld, Bessie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, 2, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, and Denis, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, 141, Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh.



The Kloof

The marriage of Miss Bessie Early, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, of “The Kloof,” 2, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, to Mr. Denis Thompson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, of 141, Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh, took place last Saturday at the Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham.

The Rev. D. C. Brameld, of Felstead, Essex, officiated at the choral service.

Wearing a gown of ivory moire taffeta, with an embroidered veil held in place by a cornet of orange blossom, the bride was given away by her father. She carried a bouquet of tea roses.

Miss Brenda Birks was the chief bridesmaid and other attendants were Miss D. Richardson and Miss M. Nelson.

The best man was Mr. E. Heald, and the groomsmen were Mr. G. Early (bride’s brother) and Mr. J. Thompson (bridegroom’s brother).

Thomas Henry Surtees & Fanny Todd

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All Saints’ Church

Thomas Henry Surtees, born in 1890 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, thrice removed and son of Frederick Surtees and Elizabeth Ann Cokeley.

In 1918, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, Thomas married Fanny Todd and together they issued four children.

It is interesting to note that Fanny’s sister, Harriet, married my first cousin, thrice removed, Ernest Burton.


Fanny Todd

Below are obituaries for Thomas and Fanny.



The death occurred at the Moorgate General Hospital last Saturday of Mrs. Fanny Surtees, of 22, Burns Drive, Rotherham.

Mrs. Surtees who was 69, leaves a widower, two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren. Her husband, Mr. T. H. Surtees, was employed by Brown, Bayley and Co. Ltd,. as a labourer until his retirement in 1957.


Moorgate Hospital

Cremation took place at Rotherham on Wednesday. The mourners were Mr. Surtees (widower), Mr. and Mrs. T. Surtees, Mr. “Ron” Surtees (sons and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. F. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. T. Heald (sons-in-law and daughters), Brenda and Margaret Heald, Roy and Derek Evans (grandchildren), Mrs. H Burton (sister), Mr. F. Surtees, Mr. and Mrs. E. Surtees, Mrs. A. Parry (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mrs. D. Hird, Mrs. A. Steven, Rene (nieces) and Mr. and Mrs. J. South (friends).

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Rotherham Crematorium

SURTEES. – Suddenly, on Saturday, May 5th, at Moorgate General Hospital, Fanny, aged 69 years, beloved wife of Thomas, dear mother of Ron, Thomas, Ada and Hilda, also a loving grandma.

The family send many thanks to Dr. Latimer, doctors and nurses of Moorgate General Hospital; also Mr. Parkinson for funeral arrangements.


SURTEES, Thomas. – On December 30th, 1966, at the age of 76 years, beloved father and grandfather.

John Podmore & June Thompson

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All Saints’ Church

John Podmore, born in 1930 in Rotherham, is my fourth cousin, once removed and son of Samuel Podmore and Elizabeth May Ogden.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after John’s marriage to June Thompson. Although the newspaper article does not state where they married, John’s cousin, Ray Hill, remembered attending as a young boy and believes that All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, was the location.



A stylish feature of the wedding of Miss June Thompson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Thompson, 24, Bentley Street, Rotherham, to Mr. John Podmore, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Podmore, 44, Saville Street, Dalton, were the fans carried by the bridesmaids. The fans were in white taffeta, edged with net, and attached to them were sprays of anemones. The Rev. E. G. Hazelton officiated.

Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of white spotted net over white nylon, with bunches of orange blossom trimming her Dutch bonnet. Her full-length net veil was embroidered, and she carried a bouquet of red roses and lilies of the valley.

The four bridesmaids were Miss Marion Podmore (bridegroom’s sister) and Miss Sylvia Ward, who were in pink water-waved taffeta, and Miss Florence Ogden (bridegroom’s cousin) and Miss Dora Russell, who wore blue taffeta. All wore white taffeta Dutch bonnets.

Mr. T. Podmore (bridegroom’s brother) was the best man, and the groomsmen were Mr. W. Kemp and Mr. R. Thompson (bride’s brother).

Congregational Church Worker Married

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

George Edward Early, born in 1907 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Ernest Albert Early and Agnes Gracie.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after George’s marriage to Blanche Seston, with whom he issued five children, one of them being, Gwynneth Ann Early.




The marriage took place in the Doncaster Road Congregational Church on Thursday of Miss Blanche Seston, youngest daughter of Mrs. Seston, of 49, Dovercourt Road, Rotherham, and the late Mr. J. Seston, to Mr. George Edward Early, only son of Mr. E. A. Early, of The Kloof, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Early. The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. V. E. Watson, and Mr. Felix Norris was the organist.


The Kloof

The bride, who was given away by her nephew (Mr. Gordon Elliott), wore a gown of ivory satin beaute, ornamented with lace. Her embroidered veil was held in place by a coronet of orange blossom and pearls, and she carried a shower bouquet of tea roses and fern.

She was attended by Miss Bessie Early and Miss Brenda Birks, who had dresses of mauve satin beaute, with Juliet caps and carried shower bouquets of pink carnations. Miss Joan Holford, the junior maid, wore a dress of salmon pink and a halo to match, and carried a Victorian posy of pink carnations.

Mr. Edward Russell was the best man, and Mr. Horace Holford and Mr. Walter Spencer were the groomsmen.

The reception was held in the Congregational School room.

The honeymoon is being spent at Llandudno, the bride travelling in an ensemble of bottle green.

Among the wedding presents were a Westminster chiming clock from Mrs. Heath, Wellgate, with whom the bridegroom is employed, and a dinner service from Miss D. Varley, the bride’s former employer.

The bridegroom has been a deacon of the Doncaster Road Congregational Church for over ten years, and is also superintendent of the Sunday School.

EARLY – SESTON. – On September 30th, at Doncaster Road Congregational Church by the Rev. V. E. Watson, George Edward, only son of Mr. E. A. and the late Mrs. Early, of The Kloof, Broom Crescent, to Blanche, youngest daughter of Mrs. Seston and the late Mr. J. Seston, of 49, Dovercourt Road.

Woman Fell On Fire


North Road

Dorothy May Briggs, born in 1919 in Rotherham, is my third cousin, once removed and daughter of George Thomas Briggs and Doris Roberts.

In 1943, in Rotherham, Dorothy married Walter Ironmonger and together they issued three children.

Below are details from an inquest held shortly after Dorothy’s tragic death.


Woman fell on fire

The day after suffering an epileptic fit and falling on the fire at her home, a Rotherham woman died at the Rotherham Hospital, Doncaster Gate, the Rotherham Borough Coroner heard on Thursday week.

Mr. C. L. Blenkinsop recorded a verdict of death by misadventure on Dorothy May Ironmonger (46), of 127, North Road, Rotherham, who died on December 18th. Dr. A. Usher (pathologist), said that the deceased had suffered severe burning to her face and the right side of her neck. Death was due to acute pulmonary oedema, due to severe burns to the face. In reply to the Coroner, he said it was not unusual for a person who went into a deep epileptic fit to become unconscious and feel no pain.

Mr. Walter Ironmonger said his wife had been an epileptic all her life, and when she suffered a bad attack she would throw herself about, and could be unconscious for about 30 minutes. On December 17th, he left home with his married daughter to to go shopping, leaving his wife and young daughter at home. His wife was sitting by the fire.

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Rotherham Hospital

“When I returned, I was told my wife had had an accident and had been taken to hospital with severe burns. After the accident, my daughter told me that while she and her mother were sitting in the living room, she had noticed her mother’s mouth twitching, as it usually did before an attack. She said she went to fetch her grandmother, but she was out, and when she returned she saw her mother had fallen on the fire, and she ran to fetch a neighbour,” added Mr. Ironmonger.

A Rotherham Bride In Village Ceremony


Eric Early & Kathleen M. Hanby

In 1936, Eric Early, my second cousin, twice removed, married Kathleen Mary Hanby in the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Whiston, Rotherham. Below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after their marriage.




The wedding took place in the Whiston Parish Church on Monday of Miss Kathleen Mary Hanby, younger daughter of Mr. Wm. Hanby, of 78-80, Wellgate, and “Havenhurst,” Moorgate, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Hanby, to Mr. Eric Early, second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Bawtry Road, Rotherham.

The Rev. H. C. May, of Wickersley, officiated.


Church of Saint Mary Magdalene

Rust was the colour motif of the bridal party, and was featured in the apparel of the bride and bridesmaid, the bride’s sister, and the mother of the bridegroom.

Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of patterned blue georgette and straw hat to match. Her bouquet was of lemon-coloured roses.

The bridegroom’s only sister, Miss Mabel Early, was the bridesmaid, wearing a dress of shell pink patterned georgette. Her straw hat toned, and she carried variegated sweet peas.

Mr. Clifford Early, M.Sc. (brother of the bridegroom), was the best man, and the ushers were Mr. Leonard Early and Mr. A. Hawley.


Havenhurst, Moorgate

After the ceremony, a reception was held at “Havenhurst,” where the bride’s sister received the guests in a silk suit and picture hat. The mother of the bridegroom had chosen a toilette of black crepe and red roses.

Later, the bride and bridegroom left for their touring honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall, the bride travelling in a costume and hat of navy blue. Her gift to the bridegroom was a Revelation suit case. The bridegroom presented the bride with a dressing table set in enamel and to the bridesmaid he gave a brush and comb set in enamel.

EARLY – HANBY. – On August 17th, 1936, at Whiston Church by the Rev. H. C. May, Eric, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Bawtry Road, Rotherham, to Kathleen Mary, younger daughter of Mr. W. Hanby and the late Mrs. Hanby, of “Havenhurst,” Moorgate, Rotherham.

Thanks are owed to Ali Morse for the photo of Havenhurst house.