Burton – Rowbottom Wedding

Burton - Rowbottom - 80 Years


George William Lockwood


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

George William Lockwood, born in 1900 in Suffolk, is the husband of my first cousin, twice removed, Zillah Rowbottom.

After Zillah’s death, George married Mary Clare, in 1955, with whom he issued one child. Mary died in 2011 aged 95.

Below is George’s obituary, published shortly after his death.



George & Mary’s grave

THE LATE MR. G. W. LOCKWOOD. – The death occurred on Monday, at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary, of Mr. George William Lockwood, of 5, East Avenue, Rawmarsh.

Born in Suffolk George moved to the Rawmarsh area when he was a young man. At the time of his death, he was employed as a crane driver at the Park Gate iron and Steel Co. Ltd. He leaves a widow and a daughter.

Interment takes place next Monday, at the Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh.

Freda Wisehall


Thatch Place

Freda Wisehall, born in 1905 in Rotherham, is the wife of Fred Rowbottom who is my great uncle.

Below is Freda’s obituary, published shortly after her death.



Freda Rowbottom.


21 Potter Hill

Mrs. Freda Rowbottom, of 1, Thatch Place, Rockingham, died last week at the home of her daughter, at 21, Potter Hill, Greasbro’. She was 71, the wife of the late Mr. Fred Rowbottom, and she had been a widow for 27 years. Mrs. Rowbottom had lived in Greasbro’ for 45 years before moving to 1, Thatch Place, Rockingham three years ago due to ill-health. Mrs. Rowbottom leaves a daughter and two grandchildren. A service was conducted by the Rev. W. E. Howe followed by interment in Greasbro’ Cemetery on Tuesday. The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. J. Wareham (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. A. I. Heath, Master J. Wareham (grandchildren), Mr. and Mrs. A. Locke (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sprigg, Mrs. A. Walker, Mrs. F. Horner (brother-in-law and sisters), Mr. and Mrs. J. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sprigg, Mr. and Mrs. F. Buckley (nephews and nieces), Mr. and Mrs. H. Rowbottom (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Edith, Florence, Lilly and Elizabeth (cousins), Mrs. P. Swailes, Mr. and Mrs. N. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. F. Sadler, Mr. and Mrs. Melling, Mr. G. Wareham, Mr. and Mrs. Cawthorne, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lidster, Mr. and Mrs. H. Vaughan, Mr. and Mrs. W. Makin, Mrs. Nunns, Mrs. N. Browlow and Mrs. L. Harrison. Mr. and Mrs. Wareham thank all for messages of sympathy and relatives, friends and neighbours floral tributes, with special thanks to Dr. P. C. Collinson.


Greasbrough Cemetery

ROWBOTTOM. – Freda, in her 71st year, passed away at her daughter’s home, 21, Potter Hill, Greasbro’; wife of the late Fred Rowbottom, a dearly loved mother, mother-in-law, sister and momma. Interred at Greasbro’ Cemetery on February 8th.

Sincere thanks to all who have shown sympathy in my sad loss; a special thanks to my Aunt Gladys and my sisters-in-law for their help, support and kindness.

The pain in my heart will never go.
But how can it, mum, when I loved you so.

-Loving daughter, Betty and son-in-law John.

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Freda’s grave


You never said goodbye to me,
Perhaps it’s just as well.
For I could never have said goodbye,
To my momma, I loved so well.

-Love Jane and Anthony, granddaughter and husband.

I’ll always love you, momma,
Night, night, God bless.

-Love John, grandson.

Annie Rowbottom & Austin Wardle


Annie Rowbottom

Annie Rowbottom, born in 1912, is my first cousin, twice removed and daughter of Albert Rowbottom and Mary Elizabeth Leak.

In 1934, Annie married Austin Wardle and together they issued one child, called, Gloria Lynn Wardle.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Annie and Austin’s wedding along with obituaries for Annie, Austin and Gloria.



Netherfield Lane

WARDLE – ROWBOTTOM. – At the Parkgate Parish Church on Saturday by the Rev. H. C. Wensley (Parkgate Christ Church), Austin Wardle, of Rotherham, to Annie Rowbottom, of Parkgate.


The marriage took place in the Christ Church, Parkgate, on Saturday, of Miss Annie Rowbottom, youngest daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Rowbottom and the late Mr. Albert Rowbottom, of Netherfield Lane, Parkgate, and Mr. Austin Wardle, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Wardle, of Haldane Road, Eastwood.


Gloria L. Wardle

The service was conducted by the Rev. H. C. Wensley.

The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. J. Hutton, wore an ankle-length dress of ivory satin and lace with silver shoes, a veil of embroidered silk lace and coronet of orange blossom, kindly lent by Mrs. G. W. Ward, of North Duffield, Selby (friend of the bride), and carried cream roses and fern.

The bridesmaid was Miss. M. Clare (friend of the bride) and the dame of honour was Mrs. G. W. Lockwood (sister of the bride). Both wore dresses of pink floral georgette with hat and shoes to match and carried bouquets of pink carnations and fern.

The best man was Mr. G. W. Lockwood (brother-in-law of the bride) and the groomsman was Mr. G. Wardle (brother of the bridegroom).

Later in the day the happy pair left for Blackpool where the honeymoon is being spent.


Badsley Moor Lane Hospital

The presents included a three-tier wedding cake made by Mr. and Mrs. J. Butterfield, of Carlisle Street, Kilnhurst.


WARDLE. – Mrs Wardle and Gloria wish to thank Sister Mason and staff of Badsley Moor Lane Hospital, Mrs Wench and staff of Kirk House, Job McNeil, Swallownest Hospital, Mrs Vardy and Mrs Taylor for their kind help, Rev. B. L. Holdridge for a comforting service and Mr Butterfield for funeral arrangements.



Austin, Annie & Gloria’s grave

Died aged 81: Mrs Annie Wardle, of East Avenue, Rawmarsh, died in Rotherham District General Hospital on June 16, aged 81. A housewife, Mrs Wardle leaves a daughter, Gloria Lynn. The funeral service was on Wednesday, June 22 at Rawmarsh Church, followed by interment n Haugh Road cemetery.

Dearne Valley Weekender, Thursday, September 29, 2016

WARDLE – The death occurred on September 8th 2016 at Ackroyd Clinic of Miss Gloria Lynn Wardle, aged 74 years of Rawmarsh. The funeral took place at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Rawmarsh with interment in Haugh Road Cemetery on Wednesday September 28th 2016, conducted by Rev. Lyn Wortley. Mourners were immediate family and friends. Funeral arrangements were by CT Butterfield, 1-9 Wood Street, Swinton (01709) 571777.

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.

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!