Mr. Riley Retires This Month


Riley’s Coach Depot

Dorothy May Berry, born in 1904 in Parkgate, Rotherham, is my third cousin, thrice removed and daughter of Harry Berry and Agnes Wood. Dorothy’s brother, Frank, is also featured on this site.

In 1928, in Rotherham, Dorothy married Leonard Riley and together they issued two children.

It is interesting to note that Leonard’s brother, Cecil Riley, was the proprietor of the very well known Rotherham business, Riley’s Coaches, which was founded early in the 20th century. Riley’s coach depot was located on Sheffield Road in the Westgate area of Rotherham. Leonard and his family were a Westgate family, living there when the 1911 Census was conducted. Riley’s Coaches were taken over by Gordon’s Coaches of Rotherham in the 1990s.


Rank Hovis Flour Mill

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Leonard’s retirement in 1966. Leonard worked at the Rank Hovis flour mill, located on Canklow Road, in the Westgate area of Rotherham. Premier Foods, the owners of Rank Hovis, closed the mill in 2008 and it was demolished in January 2012.


Mr. Riley retires this month…

Mr. Leonard Riley, of 19, Beechwood Road, Rotherham, received two presentations at an informal gathering, at the Town Corn Mills of Hovis, Ltd., Rotherham, on Tuesday, from Mr. E. A. Williams, Activity Chief Executive (Technical), Flour Milling, Joseph Rank, Ltd.

Mr. Riley was first presented with a gold clock to mark the completion of 40 years with the firm, and was afterwards presented with an engraved silver cigarette box from his colleagues, to mark his retirement later this month.

Starting with the firm in 1922 as an accounts clerk Mr. Riley became commercial manager, a position which he has occupied for many years.

Mr. Herbert Graham, of 9, Nidderdale Road, Rotherham, was presented with a stainless steel tray and tea set and a coffee table and cutlery to mark 40 years service with the company. He is the head warehouseman.


Harry Higgins


Harry Higgins

Harry Higgins, born in Denaby Main, is my fourth cousin, twice removed and son of Harry Higgins and Annie Gomersal.

Harry had an unfortunate start to life, with his mother dying just four months after his birth, but below is a newspaper article detailing his remarkable achievements.

NEWMARKET JOURNAL, Thursday, Jan. 7, 1965.


Reward for a life-long service to the building industry was given to Mr. Harry Higgins when he became a Member the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in the new Year Honours.

Mr. Higgins, of 44 Holland Park, Cheveley, said that the award came “completely out of the blue.”

Mr. Higgins is general foreman of Mowlem (Building) Ltd., having worked his way through various jobs in the building industry.


Born in Doncaster in 1911, Mr. Higgins became an apprentice joiner in 1928, and with site experience and study at technical colleges, was made a foreman joiner in 1937.

After becoming a general foreman in 1952, he was responsible, on behalf of his firm, for the seating arrangements for the 1953 Coronation at Westminster Abbey.

Among the other projects he has been in charge of are: the restoration of Yarmouth parish church; restoration work on a hall in Derbyshire, and work on Lloyd’s new building in the City of London.

Probably his most famous work was that on the restoration of 10 Downing Street, London. This three-year job involved about 600 men, and cost about £3million.

His job has taken him to various parts and it was the work of Ratlee and Kent Ltd. one of the firm’s subsidiaries that brought him to Newmarket.

Here he is in charge of the construction of the new sales paddock for Tattersall’s employing 23 men and also the Roman Catholic Church on Exeter Road, employing 15 men.

Special thanks are owed to Peter Higgins and his sister, June, for supplying the above newspaper article.

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.

Johann Mölleken

JGM, Annie Stacey & Johann Mölleken (1)

John G, Mollekin, Annie & John Mollekin

My great grandfather, Johann Mölleken (known as John Mollekin) was born in 1866 in Hull, approximately four years after his parents, Johann Mölleken and Henrietta Muehlenweg, had arrived in England after emigrating from Prussia.

John married twice, issuing six children with his first wife, Jennie Slingsby (who died in 1905), who were called, Hilda Annie (1894 to 1974), Gwendoline Henrietta (1896 to 1896), John Gilbert (1897 to 1979), Dorothy (1899 to 1992), Jennie (1903 to 1993) and Enid May (1904 to 1904).


MOLLEKIN. – January 13th, at 112, Mersey-street, the dearly beloved wife of John Mollekin. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation. Interred Western Cemetery, Spring-bank, Tuesday, the 17th.


Saint George’s Church

John married again, to a widow called Annie Walters (nee Stacey), in 1907 in Saint George’s Church, Sheffield. John adopted Annie’s son, Samuel Leslie Walters.

John established his own construction company in Hull some time in the 1890s. In the 1895 Kelly’s Directory for Hull, John is trading as a Joiner under the name of, ‘Mollekin & Smith’. I’m not sure who the ‘Smith’ is, but I know that the family were friends with a Schmidt family. John’s first marriage was in fact witnessed by a Elise Schmidt and his niece married a George Andrew Schmidt.

John built a number of streets in Hull and named a couple after his children. Two of these were called, Dorothy Grove and Gilbert Avenue. Dorothy Grove and Gilbert Avenue were demolished circa 2011.


Les Mollekin

According to his daughter, Dorothy, John ‘fell to pieces’ upon the death of his wife, Jennie, in 1905. This event combined with the burden of looking after four children seemed to contribute to the demise of John’s business. Within one month of Jennie’s death in February 1905, John appears on the payroll of his brother in law’s firm, Slingsby Machinery Merchants.

By 1907, John had left Hull and was residing in Laughton en le Morthen near to Rotherham. Around this time, John’s brother, Hermann (known as Herbert) had been contracted to build houses in Laughton en le Morthen so it is probably safe to assume that it was around this time that John began working with/for his brother. It is not known when John stopped working with Herbert, but in the 1940s my father remembered him working for a joinery company in Rotherham.

John like my father took a keen interest in cricket and would play the game with my father even when he was in his 70s. John was also a keen a supporter of Rotherham United.

When my father was twelve, John gave to him a Belgian pin fire pistol and steel sword that had belonged to John’s parents, presumably to protect them on their voyage to England and potential threats in a foreign land.

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John & Annie

It is stated in John’s obituary that he was the first President of Kingston Hull Rovers Football Club. There are numerous newspaper articles published in the late 19th century and early 20th century that make mention of a President called ‘Mr’ Mollekin, but usually no Christian names were given. A couple do state ‘H’ Mollekin and one published in 1898 (published below) states that Herbert was elected President whilst John was elected Vice-President. Herbert moved to Pontefract circa 1896 and became President of their football club. But it is not clear when and which brother held which responsibilities at Hull Kingston Rovers other than in the aforementioned 1898 article. It is worth noting that Herbert Mollekin wasn’t the first President either, so it may be that John was.

Between the 1910s and 1940s, John and his family resided at ‘Rossmoyne’, 81 Rotherham Road, Maltby. After the death of his second wife, John lived with his children and their families. John died at 13 St. John’s Road, Rotherham in 1948, five years after his second wife, Annie, had died. He’d just completed a game of dominoes with his son in law, climbed the stairs to his bedroom, sat on his bed and died.

Stanley Mollekin (3rd from left) & Johann Mölleken (right corner) (Copyright Ann Mollekin)

John (top right hand corner)


The interment took place on Wednesday of Nurse Annie Mollekin, wife of Mr. J. Mollekin, of 81, Rotherham Road, Maltby. She was 81 years of age, and a native of Derbyshire, but had resided in Maltby over 30 years. She had been a nurse for 50 years, and did valuable work for St. Dunstan’s and other organisations. A service was held in the Parish Church, conducted by the Vicar. The mourners included Mr. J. Mollekin (widower), Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Mollekin (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Shearing and Mr. and Mrs. J. Webster (sons-in-law and daughters), Miss Muriel Webb (grand-daughter), Mrs. G. Hardy (Bulwell), Mr. J. Whitaker, Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, Mrs. A. Pearson, Mrs. G. Brown and friends. Floral tributes were sent by ‘Husband and Son,’ ‘Flossie and Walter,’ ‘Jack, Edith and children,’ ‘Fred, Dorothy and Hilda,’ ‘Jennie, Jack, Fred and Leslie,’ ‘Grandchildren, Rotherham,’ ‘Grandchildren, Wickersley,’ ‘Donald, Douglas and Dorothy,’ ‘Nieces and nephews (Merseyside),’ ‘Bert and Daisey,’ ‘Nieces and Nephews (Maltby),’ ‘Dot, George, Doreen and auntie (Bulwell),’ ‘Marion, Percy and children.’

Walliker Street

Walliker Street, Hull

Below is a selection of newspaper articles that pertain to John including his obituary.


At the Hull County-court this morning, before Judge Bedwell, John Mollekin, joiner, Walliker-street, brought an action against William Neman for £2 12s 6d for goods supplied. Mr Fieldman was for the plaintiff, and Mr Locking for the defendant. The plaintiff supplied the defendant with timber, worked up into doors, &c., amounting to £20 12s 6d. The defendant paid £13 on account, and there was a dispute as to the balance, the plaintiff making admissions as to the payment of the £13, while the defendant contended that he had paid the plaintiff £15. A number of informal receipts were produced. Mr Holdich suggested that the plaintiff, on one visit to the defendant, said there had been a mistake, and he gave a receipt for £10 instead of £5. He suggested the plaintiff stole this receipt and destroyed it, and that the books had been altered to agree with the new account. His Honour gave judgment for the defendant, beyond the sum paid into Court (£2 12s 6d and costs). Costs to defendant.

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Rossmoyne, Maltby


A “breeze” was threatened at the onset of last night’s annual meeting of the Kingston Rovers F. C., which was well attended at the Forester’s Hall, by the ex-president, Mr Ward, suggesting that certain matters mentioned in the secretary’s report were a reflection upon the late officials. It was impossible for a former treasurer to make out a detailed report, because at that time they were simply professional footballers working under the amateur cloak. He also desired to know why he and his partner had not received copies of the report. Perhaps it was that they were not wanted.

President H. Mollekin denied that there was truth in Mr Ward’s views, and mentioned that the report under notice was the secretary’s, not that of the treasurer.

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John’s Belgian pin fire pistol

The secretary’s report was unanimously adopted, and the treasurer, Mr G. Whitaker, reported that the income had been £1,845 18s 0½d, and the expenditure £1,861 19s 5d being a balance of £16 1s 4½d on the wrong side. The income from gates etc., was £1,743 8s 6½d. Two years ago the subscriptions were £24 11s 6d; now they stood at £102 9s 6d (applause). As to the expenditure, the players’ wages were £602 4s, and other expenses including guarantees, £719 2s 9½d. It was the first time, said the Treasurer, they had been able to publish a true sheet.

On the motion of Mr R. T. Hudson, seconded by Mr H. Walker, it was decided that in future the annual subscriptions to the club be 10s 6d, 7s 6d, and 5s, to admit to the North Stand, the South Stand, and the field only, respectively.

The meeting agreed, on the proposal of Mr H. Walker, seconded by Mr S. Hill, that the club be managed by the president, four vice-presidents, hon. secretary , hon. assistant secretary, hon. treasurer, and a committee of seven members, the captain and vice-captain to be members of the same.


John with grandson Doug

Mr C. H. Savage moved that a second team be run by the club. He believed they could get good men in the city, and would find such a team beneficial to the club.

The President thought it would be advisable to leave the matter to the committee, as the ground would not last for double the number of matches. The ground was not fit.

Chorus of Voices: Let’s have a new ground (hear, hear).

A Voice: Turn the club into a limited liability company.

The President: The committee are alive to your interests.

Mr Cotes seconded the Secretary’s proposal, which was adopted.

The officers appointed were: – President, Mr H. Mollekin; vice-presidents. Messrs R. T. Hudson, W. Roadhouse, J. Mollekin, and J. Newton; hon. secretary, Mr. E. Brinham; hon. treasurer, Mr. G. Whitaker; captain, Mr. A. Kemp; vice-captain, Mr A. Starks; and committee, Messrs B. R. Wilson, H. Walker, G. Gibbs, G. Batty, J. Lovell, C. Bell, and C. T. Savage.


A meeting of the Hull Corporation Works Committee was held this afternoon, Alderman Lararard presiding.

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13 St. John’s Road, Rotherham (demolished)

It was stated that a Local Government Board inquiry would be held shortly into an application for power to borrow £17,000 for Hedon-road paving, £900 for lavatories in the Market-place, and £6,094 for land at Stepney-lane.

The Medical Officer and City Architect were instructed to report as to whether the City Land Syndicate, Limited, could build on the football field adjoining the Cottingham drain, which it was now proposed to law out as a street.

The following plans were passed: – J. Mollekin (Amended), eight houses, Haltemprice-street and Hawthorn-avenue.

Other plans were also passed for other builders but this article was abridged by Craig Mollekin.


The following list of plans approved by the Hull Works’ Committee gives an indication of the position of affairs in the building trade of Hull: –

J. Mollekin, six houses, Liverpool-street.

Other plans were also passed for other builders but this article was abridged by Craig Mollekin.


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Maltby Cemetery

The death occurred suddenly yesterday week of Mr. John Mollekin, aged 81, late of Maltby, at 13, St. John’s Road, Rotherham, the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. Webster.

In his younger days Mr. Mollekin was a builder at Hull. He was the first president of Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby Football Club, and was also a keen cricketer. He came to reside at Maltby 36 years ago and his wife died there in 1943.

The interment took place on Tuesday in Maltby Cemetery following a service at Wickersley Parish Church conducted by the Rev. W. Sorby Briggs.

The family thank Mrs. P. Grounds for her kindness and generous help; also relatives, friends and neighbours for kindness, sympathy and floral tributes.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Elmore, Doncaster Road, Rotherham.

The Cat’s Paw & Hilda Annie Mollekin

John & Hilda Mollekin

John & Hilda Mollekin

Hilda Annie Mollekin, the daughter of John Mollekin and Jennie Slingsby, is my great aunt and sister of my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin. She was a Nurse but later specialised in Chiropody which she practised from her home. Hilda was born in Hull in 1894 and with her family moved to South Yorkshire where they were residing when the 1911 Census was conducted. However, she returned to Hull, to live and work. Why she chose to return to Hull when the rest of her family were living in South Yorkshire, I am unsure, but I do know that some of her extended family were residing in Hull at the time.

My father used to visit his aunt, Hilda, at her home in 15 Holderness Road (Hull), when he was a child and his father maintained links, occasionally holidaying with her. My father remembered that Hilda, who never married, had a lodger, who would lay in a bed in the front room, looking out of the window all day. My father recalled that this ‘lodger’ who was called Mr Altman was disabled and couldn’t walk. Mr Altman was German and would tell my father all kinds of stories which he enjoyably listened to. One was of how he was living in England but was forced to return to Germany to fight in the First World War. A couple of people have contacted me in recent years stating that they remembered Mr Altman looking out the window every day and that he was a well known man in Hull.



Hilda’s aunt was called Henrietta Elise Mölleken who was born in 1857 in Prussia. Henrietta’s family had settled in Hull and she married a butcher called Charles Harry Köhler in 1884. Henrietta, Charles and their family had moved to Birkenhead by the time the 1901 Census was conducted where Charles had set up a butchery business. By 1911, the family were living in Belfast where Charles was continuing with his business. Charles and one of his daughters died in Belfast and the rest of the family seemed to return to Birkenhead. The newspaper article states below that Hilda had an Irish friend. I know that my grandfather, John Mollekin, used to often visit Ireland with my grandmother and my aunt, Beryl and when he became a widower, continued with these visits. John was a friend of the Irish Prime Minister, Éamon de Valera, with whom he enjoyed playing golf. Which friend/s or even family that were living there after 1911 or even now, I have no clue.

Hilda died at 15 Holderness Road in 1974.

Below are a couple of newspaper articles that pertain to Hilda and they made the front page in Hull. Hilda was a very a ‘prim and proper’ person and I can only assume that she was very naive in her actions.


Hull Court Sequel to Seizure of Irish Sweepstake Receipts


Two Men and Woman Fined for Sales of Tickets

Hilda (middle)

Hilda (middle)

A SEQUEL to a police raid on a Liverpool garage was heard at Hull Police Court to-day when three persons – a certified midwife, a Corporation employee, and an insurance agent – appeared before the Stipendiary Magistrate (Mr J. R. Macdonald) and were fined for selling Irish Hospitals Sweepstake tickets.

During the hearing of one case Mr MacDonald declared: “It is up to your friends who put you up to this thing to pay your fine. You have been the catspaw and the monkey ought to pay.”

(Note. – The Stipendiary was alluding to the origin of the word catspaw, which comes from the fable of the monkey using the cat’s paw to take chestnuts out of the fire.)


First to appear was the certified midwife, Hilda Mollekin, of Queensgate street, and she pleaded guilty.

Mr A. G. Harrison, prosecuting, said when the Liverpool police carried out a raid on a garage some of the receipts found were addressed to “various people in Hull.”

Mollekin, said Mr Harrison, was one of these people. Thirty receipts were found in the envelope addressed to her.

When seen by Detective-Constable Robinson, continued Mr Harrison, Mollekin said she received three books of tickets for the Derby from a friend in Ireland without asking for them, and went on to explain how they had been disposed of.

The detective said Mollekin had a previous good character.


Helena E. Köhler, Dorothy Mollekin, John Mollekin & Hilda Mollekin in Jersey - October 1957

Helena E. Köhler, Dorothy Mollekin, John Mollekin & Hilda Mollekin in Jersey – October 1957

Mollekin to-day told the court: “I just received the tickets from Ireland – I did not apply for them. I am very sorry it has happened – I know what will happen to the next lot of tickets that comes along.”

Mr Macdonald asked Mr Harrison how much Mollekin had “made” out of the sales, and was told “about £3.”

Mr Macdonald commented that for “poetic justice” the fines imposed on people for such offences should go to the support of our own hospitals.

Mollekin denied that she had made anything out of the sale. She explained that one book was “a family syndicate,” so she could make nothing out of that; and that half of a book went into the fire.


”I actually sold three tickets,” she said. “There were 30 tickets. Six went into the fire. I kept the other book.”

Mr Macdonald said he felt that perhaps Mollekin had made nothing out of the sale, and imposed a fine of £2, and ordered her to pay the costs, which included 1½gns. solicitor’s fee.

He then made the remarks with regard to the catspaw and monkey.

Hilda's Business Card

Hilda’s Business Card


Three summonses relating to the sale of Irish Hospital Sweepstake tickets were dealt with by the Hull Stipendiary Magistrate, Mr. J. R. MacDonald, to-day.

Opening the case against Hilda Mollekin, certified midwife, of Queensgate Street, Mr. A. G. Garrison (Town Clerk’s Department) said in May the Liverpool police raided a garage and found sweepstake receipts, several being in envelopes and addressed to Hull. Thirty receipts were addressed to Mollekin, who, when interviewed by Detective Robinson, said she received three books on the Derby from a friend in Ireland without having asked for them.

Asked how much profit Mollekin had made, Mr. Harrison replied that it would be about £3.

The magistrate said that poetic justice would be done if the fine could go to a Hull hospital.

Mollekin said she did not make anything out of the books. She sold only three tickets.

15 Holderness Road (demolished)

15 Holderness Road (demolished)

She was fined £2 and costs.

William Thurlow, Corporation labourer, of Regent Street, summoned in respect of the 24 receipts said he kept most of the tickets himself and sold the balance to friends. He was fined 20s. and costs.

George Cyril Canty, insurance agent, of Linton Avenue, was summoned in respect of 48 tickets.

Mr. T. L. Widdy, defending said Canty got 20 books altogether, but only sold 48 tickets. There was no complete book sold. He made nothing out of it. He was fined £2 and costs.

New houses for Maltby

Herbert Mollekin

Herbert Mollekin

My great uncle, Herbert Mollekin, was a prolific house/estate builder and below is a newspaper article regarding the completion of a new batch of houses in Maltby.





At a cost of £17,781 17s., thirty-six houses have been built by the Maltby Urban District Council, and they were officially handed over to the Council on Wednesday by Mr. H. Mollekin, the contractor.


Maltby Model Village

The Council have now completed 112 houses, 76 of which were commenced some years ago by the Rotherham Rural District Council, but which were completed by the Maltby Urban District Council. Twelve of the 36 new houses, which are built on either side of a new road called Rolleston Avenue, are of the “non-parlour” type. The architect was Mr. Morgan R. Jones, engineer and surveyor to the Maltby U.D.C. The keys of the houses will be handed over to the tenants on Monday.

After an inspection of the houses on Wednesday by members of the Council, headed by County Alderman E. Dunn, Councillor H. Shaw (vice-chairman of the Maltby U.D.C.), and Councillor H. Ross (chairman of the Housing Committee), a luncheon was provided by Mr. H. Mollekin at the Queen’s Hotel, Maltby.

Proposing the health of Mr. Mollekin, Ald. Dunn thanked him for providing the luncheon, and congratulated him on the erection of the very fine houses they had just inspected. He was sure that no member of the Council who had just inspected the houses could have any ground for complaint. He (Ald. Dunn) had seen many housing sites, and he thought he could claim to be a pioneer with regard to Maltby housing. He thought that the severing of Maltby from the Rotherham Rural District Council had been amply justified. He hoped that the tenants who were going to occupy the houses would be house proud and would take advantage of the land at the rear or the houses. He saw no reason why this housing site should not become one of the most picturesque of its kind in the country.

Mr. Mollekin had been responsible for the building of about 1500 houses in Maltby, and the miners in the district were very grateful to him for the splendid houses he had erected for them.

The vice-chairman of the Council (Mr. H. Shaw) endorsed all Ald. Dunn had said. The Maltby Council, he thought could fairly claim to have set a good example to many other local authorities.

Mr. Mollekin, replying, said he had been living in Maltby for 21 years. He recalled the time when big houses were built and sold for £135, and the contractor had to make the roads as well. Nowadays, the bricks alone cost that amount.

Speaking of the relations which should be maintained between employer and employee, Mr. Mollekin said, “If there is any distinction between employer and employee, we shall never get on well with labour in this country.”

He refused to believe that the British workman had altered since the Great War.

Theft Of A Coat

Rotherham Water Works

The newspaper article below pertains to my third great grandfather, Luke Berry:-


James Greenwood, a tramp from Leeds, was charged with stealing a coat, belonging to Mr. Luke Berry, of the Rotherham Waterworks. It appeared that on the 30th Sept., at about eleven o’clock in the forenoon, Mr. Berry’s daughter saw the prisoner coming from her father’s house, which adjoins the waterworks. She missed a coat which had been hanging up in the lobby of the house, and gave information to the police. The prisoner was shortly afterwards arrested by Police-constable Herbert, and he made some false statements as to his place of abode in Leeds. – He was now sent for trial at the sessions.