Crucifying Tax

George Jarvis - 70 Effingham Street, Rotherham - 1969

George Jarvis at 70 Effingham Street

George Jarvis, born in 1888 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland and Frank Jarvis. In 1910, he married Gertrude Padley, in Rotherham.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to the closure of his business due to pressures from a change in taxation laws. The S.E.T. was eventually replaced by V.A.T.


‘Crucifying Tax’ leads to closure of another shop

The “crucifying” burden of S.E.T. has led to the decision to close another old-established Rotherham business – the town centre tobacco and confectionery shop of Mr. George Jarvis.

George Jarvis (advert) - 1930

George Jarvis (advert) – 1930

Just a fortnight ago, “The Advertiser” revealed that increased delivery costs and Selective Employment Tax had forced one of the town’s oldest family grocery shops (Beaumont and Stevenson, at Wellgate) out of business.

Now, Mr. Jarvis, who is to close his Effingham Street shop on May 31st, or when present stocks run out, says his retirement is not something which he has sought.

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George’s Effingham Street shop would have been along this row of shops (now demolished and replaced)

“Crucifying S.E.T. was the major cause of the decision to close down, he said.

It’s difficult

“The present Government have made things more and more difficult for the small shopkeeper, and I just can’t see small shops surviving in this particular trade,” he said.

Mr. Jarvis, whose business has also included wholesaling, added: “We in this trade have been working for a microscopic margin of profit, and now with the present legislation, plus cut price trading, the position is becoming impossible.”

Rotherham Steel Strip Classic Blade - George Jarvis - 1937

Rotherham Steel Strip Classic Blade – 1937

One of Mr. Jarvis’ biggest regrets is that present retailing trends will bring an end to the personal service aspect of shopping of which he has been a champion for nearly half-a-century.

Mr. Jarvis owned two shops in Rotherham for more than 40 years, after first setting up his own business in 1919. His shop at Doncaster Gate was recently sold, and now his Effingham Street shop, which he has owned for 48 years, is to close.

Tusmore Street, Rotherham - 1966

Tusmore Street – 1966

Although he is still very active, Mr. Jarvis also feels that his health is not sufficiently good to maintain the pressure he requires of himself to stay in business, although he has no particular plans for filling his leisure hours.

Born at Tusmore Street, Rotherham, he moved into retailing after some time in the tailoring trade. Over the years, he developed a keen interest in horse racing, and has owned horses for several years, with 18 winners since 1954.

He now owns only one horse, Linton Spring, trained at Wetherby.

His biggest ever success was in 1955, when his Dalstar won £1,323 at Haydock in the John Buggins Nursery.


Frank Thomas Jarvis


Fitzwilliam Road

Francis Jarvis, born in 1880 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland and Frank Jarvis.

In 1900, Francis married Alice Jane Bullock, in Rotherham and together they issued two sons called, Frank Thomas Jarvis (1901 to 1951) and Leslie Jarvis (1902 to 1971).

Alice passed away first, in 1927.


JARVIS. – On July 9th, at the Rotherham Hospital, Alice Jane, beloved wife of Francis Jarvis of 59, Fitzwilliam road.

Mr. F. Jarvis wishes to thank the Doctors and Nurses of the Rotherham Hospital for the care and attention given to his wife during her illness, and all friends and neighbours for their kindness and sympathy in his sad bereavement; also for floral tributes.

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Rotherham Hospital

Francis died in 1946.


JARVIS. – On April 10th, Francis Jarvis, beloved father of Frank and Leslie, passed away at 59, Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham. Interment at 1 p.m., at Moorgate, Saturday, April 13th.

In 1932, Leslie married Elsie Breckin, in Rotherham and together they issued two sons. Leslie and Elsie are the grandparents of Suzanne Jarvis who died in tragic circumstances.


JARVIS. – Leslie, aged 68, died suddenly, August 12th, at 13, Wilcox Green, Rockingham; loving husband of Elsie and father of Joan and Leslie, loving grandad of Michelle, Suzanne, Jeanette. Thanking relatives and neighbours for their kindness and sympathy.

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Moorgate Cemetery

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Frank Thomas Jarvis’s marriage to Dorothy D. Skellam. Frank and Dorothy issued a daughter together.


A DALTON WEDDING. – The marriage took place in the Holy Trinity Church, Dalton, on Monday, of Mr. Frank Thomas Jarvis, son of Mr. Frank Jarvis and the late Mrs. Jarvis, of 59, Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham, and Miss Dorothy Devonshire Skellam, youngest daughter of Mrs. Skellam and the late Mr. Herbert Skellam, of Doncaster Road shops, Dalton Brook. The Rev. A. R. Denne, of Eastwood, officiated.


Holy Trinity Church, Dalton

The bride, who was given away by her uncle (Mr. Joseph Watson), was attired in a full-length dress of dove satin, with hat and shoes to tone, and carried a bouquet of pink roses and maiden-hair fern. The bridesmaids were Miss Hannah Haglington (niece of the bride), of Deal, and Miss Edith Margison, of Dalton. Miss Haglington wore a dress of silver grey georgette and hat to tone, and Miss Margison was attired in lemon crepe-de-chine and hat to tone. Each bridesmaid had a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums. Mrs. E. Hant, of Cleethorpes, and Miss J. Bodkin, of Dalton, attended as dames of honour. Mrs. Hunt wore a dress of silver georgette and a black hat, and Mrs. Bodkin had a dress of black georgette and lace and a black hat. All the dresses were ankle-length. Mr. George Winder acted as best man and the groomsman was Master Jack Haglington.

A reception was held at the home of the bride’s mother, whose dress was of grey crepe-de-chine trimmed with lace. About 30 guests were entertained.

The wedding presents included a three-tier bridal cake, the gift of Mr. Joseph Watson (uncle of the bride). The wedding coaches were supplied by Messrs. S. Elmore and Sons.

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.

Jennie Jarvis


Unionist Club

Jennie Jarvis, born in 1882 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and daughter of Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland and Frank Jarvis.

In 1901, Jennie married Frank Souter Wilson. On the 1901 Census, prior to their marriage, Frank was lodging with Jennie’s grandmother, Elizabeth Crossland (nee Burton). However, on the 1911 Census, there is no trace of Frank Wilson but Jennie is a ‘House Keeper’ in the home of Edwin Barron. In 1926, Jennie and Edwin married in Rotherham.

Jennie issued children with both Frank and Edwin, who were called, Marjory Wilson, Edna Wilson, Edwin Barron and Peter Baron.

I suspect that Frank Wilson deserted Jennie which would explain why many years passed before Jennie was able to marry Edwin.

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



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Jennie’s grave

The death occurred on Thursday at her home, 72, Wickersley Road, Rotherham, of Mrs. Jenny Barron, aged 67, wife of Mr. Edwin Barron, managing director of Messrs. Edwin Barron and Sons, Ltd., iron and steel merchants, Don Street, Rotherham.

For many years Mrs. Barron worked actively for the Rotherham Town Cricket Club for whom she organised whist drives to raise funds, and she also assisted with refreshments. She was on the Ladies’ Committee of the Club, and was also a member of the Ladies’ Section of the Rotherham Conservative and Unionist Association. For a number of years she was a street group secretary for National Savings. She leaves a widower, two sons and a daughter.

The interment will be on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Moorgate Cemetery.

BARRON. – On January 27th at 72, Wickersley Road, Jenney, aged 67, the beloved wife of Edwin Barron.


Mr. E. Barron and family express their gratitude to neighbours and friends, doctor and Nurse Brown for the great kindness and sympathy extended to them in their recent sad bereavement also for floral tributes.

Elizabeth Burton & William Bowler Crossland

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All Saints’ Church

Elizabeth Burton, born circa 1840 in Wombwell, is my second great aunt and daughter of Thomas Burton and Ann Pickersgill.

In 1858, Elizabeth married William Bowler Crossland in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham. For a number of years, Elizabeth and William lived in Greasbrough before moving to live in central Rotherham.

Elizabeth was a shopkeeper, selling secondhand clothes, on Drummond Street, in Rotherham, roughly where the TESCO petrol station stands today.


Drummond Street

To my knowledge, Elizabeth and William issued four children, two of them being William Thomas Bowler Crossland and Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland. Below are four newspaper articles pertaining to Elizabeth and William.




Effingham Arms

On Tuesday evening, Sergeant William Bowler Crossland, who, we regret to record, died yesterday morning, and Sergeant Potter, members of the Rotherham Corporation Fire Brigade, were presented with long service medals. A social gathering took place at the Effingham Arms, and the presentation was made by Capt. Taylor of Doncaster, a member of the Council of the Fire Brigade Association, who had been deputed to discharge the duty by Sir Charles Firth, president of the association. In the absence of Superintendent Turner, who has recently suffered from indisposition, and is now recruiting at Southport, Deputy-Superintendent Williams occupied the chair. Sergeant Crossland was unable to be present at the ceremonial, he being at the time confined to his bed. He had been twenty-five years connected with the local fire brigade service, and for twenty-six years had been engaged in the water-works department of the old Rotherham and Kimberworth Local Board of Health, and afterwards the Corporation. He was highly respected, and his decease will be regretted by many friends. He was 59 years of age.


Rotherham Fire Station

CROSSLAND. – May 3rd, at Drummond street, Mr. William Bowler Crossland, aged 57 years.



The funeral of Sergeant William Bowler Crossland took place on Sunday, at the Rotherham Cemetery, the Rev. W. A. Holiday being the officiating clergyman. The mourners were Mrs. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. W. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, Mrs. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Burton, Miss K. Crossland, Miss F. Crossland, Miss J. Crossland, and the grandchildren, Master F. Jarvis, Miss J. Jarvis, and Miss L. Jarvis. Deceased had been connected with the waterworks department of the Corporation for a large number of years. He was a member of the old Local Board of Health Fire Brigade, and upon the formation of the Corporation Fire Brigade he transferred his services to it, his total service extending over a period of 28 years. He had also been connected with the working staff of the Rotherham Theatre Royal for about 24 years.

The deceased was 57 years of age. He was followed to the grave by the members of the brigade and the working staff of the Theatre. The ex-superintendent, Major Hirst, was present and Deputy-superintendent Williams was in command. Superintendent Turner was unable to be present in consequence of ill-health. Deceased had been a member of the Effingham Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and about thirty members of the lodge joined in the procession.


Elizabeth & William’s grave

The coffin was borne on the fire engine, which was partially covered by a Union Jack. Wreaths had been forwarded by the members of the Fire Brigade, Mr. Manning, manager of the Theatre Royal, Mrs. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, the Misses Crossland, Messrs. B. and W. Green, and the working staff of the Theatre Royal. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. T. W. Outram.


CROSSLAND. – October 7th, at 11 court, Drummond street, Rotherham, Elizabeth Crossland, aged 65 years.

Frank Jarvis



Frank Jarvis, born in 1857 in Rotherham, married my first cousin, thrice removed, Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland, in 1880 in Rotherham. A couple of newspaper articles regarding their golden and diamond wedding anniversaries can be read here.

Below is Frank’s obituary.




Moorgate Hospital


The death occurred on Sunday, in the Municipal General Hospital, Rotherham, of Mr. Frank Jarvis, of “Havelock Bungalow,” Shenstone Road, Rotherham, at the age of 84 years.

A native of Rotherham, Mr. Jarvis was a foreman at Messrs. Gummers Brass Works for 20 years. He then became licensee of the Commercial Hotel, Bridge Street, Rotherham, a building demolished some years ago for street widening purposes. Mr. Jarvis retired over 20 years ago.

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Bridge Street

He served on the committee of the local branch of the Brass Workers’ Association for 20 years, and was a member of the Royal Covenant Lodge of Oddfellows for over 60 years.

Mr. Jarvis celebrated his diamond wedding in June, 1940.

He leaves a widow, three sons, one of whom is Mr. George Jarvis, a well known local tobacconist and confectioner, two daughters, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Shenstone Road

The funeral took place on Thursday in the Moorgate Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev. H. J. Spalding (priest-in-charge of St. Cuthbert’s Church, Herringthorpe).

The mourners included Mrs. Jarvis (widow), Mr. F. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Jarvis and Mr. and Mrs. S. Jarvis (sons and daughters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. E. Barron and Mr. and Mrs. J. Chapman (sons-in-law and daughters), Mrs. L. Trickett (niece), Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. S. Downing, and Mr. E. J. Empson (representing Messrs. Gummers, Ltd.).


Frank’s grave

Floral tributes were sent by “widow,” “The staff at the shop of Mr. George Jarvis,” “F. Jarvis, son and grandsons,” “Madge and George,” Mr. and Mrs. Barron, Mr. and Mrs. G. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. J. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. S. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. F. Bell, “Irene and Milly,” “From 26, Woodfield Road, Blackpool,” Mrs. Birkett, “Messrs. Gummer’s Directors,” Mr. and Mrs. Bird, Mr. and Mrs. Trickett. “Jessie and Jack,” Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, “David,” Mr. and Mrs. Downing, Mr. and Mrs. H. Moncaster, “W. Fletcher and J. H. Fletcher.”

The funeral arrangements were made by Messrs. T. W. Outram and Sons, of Frederick Street, Rotherham.

Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland



Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland, born 1862 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and daughter of William Bowler Crossland and Elizabeth Burton. In 1880, in Rotherham, Eliza married Frank Jarvis. A couple of newspaper articles regarding their golden and diamond wedding anniversaries can be read here.

Below is Eliza’s obituary.


JARVIS. – On June 15th, at Havelock Bungalow, Shenstone Road, off Valley Road, Eliza Jane, aged 81 years, dearly loved wife of the late Frank Jarvis. Interment at Moorgate Cemetery on Monday, June 19th, at 3 p.m.

At rest

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Shenstone Road


The death occurred on Thursday at her home, Havelock Bungalow, Shenstone Road, Rotherham, of Mrs. Eliza Jane Jarvis, aged 81. She was the widow of Mr. Frank Jarvis, licensee of the old Commercial Hotel, Bridge Street, Rotherham.

A native of Rotherham, Mrs. Jarvis was connected with the Rotherham Hospital Linen League.

She leaves three sons and two daughters. One of her sons, Mr. G. Jarvis, is in business as a confectioner at Effingham Street and Doncaster Gate, Rotherham, and another, Mr. S. Jarvis, is a radio dealer at Frederick Street.


Eliza’s grave



The interment took place on Monday in the Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham, preceded by a service at her home, conducted by the Rev. G. L. Vigar, of Mrs. Eliza Jane Jarvis, of Havelock Bungalow, Shenstone Road, Rotherham.

The mourners included Mr. and Mrs. G. Jarvis and Mr. and Mrs. S. Jarvis (sons and daughters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. E. Barron and Mr. and Mrs. J. Chapman (sons-in-law and daughters), Mrs. C. Birkett, Mrs. S. Downing, Mrs. R. Bird, Mr. and Mrs. J. Simpson, Mrs. L. Trickett, Mrs. J. Parkin, Mrs. H. Halland, Mrs. S. Anderson.

Many floral tributes were received.