My Wadsworth ancestors

My Wadsworth ancestors moved from Barnburgh to Wickersley in the mid 1800s. Farmer William Wadsworth and his wife, Mary Foster moved with six of their eight children, two stayed in Barnburgh, to begin farming near Bramley. Their youngest son, Joseph, also a farmer married in 1811 at St. Alban’s to Anne Barlow, daughter of the village cordwainer, Thomas Barlow and wife, Mary Cross. Joseph and Anne are buried near the gateway of St. Alban’s graveyard. One of their younger sons, Charles became a saddler in the village of Wickersley and married Elizabeth Lockwood of Braithwell.

Charles is mentioned in a book, available on-line, in connection with the court case of Bill Sykes and his friends charged with killing a local gamekeeper. It’s a very interesting read. More about this story on Rotherham Web

Charles’ son, Frederick Charles (1864-1925), bricklayer/wellsinker, was my paternal grandfather. His legs were injured when helping to sink a shaft at Thurcroft colliery. His wounds would not heal, he couldn’t work so my grandmother, Gertrude took in washing. Grandfather died and was buried in a paupers grave at Moorgate Cemetery. Fred had moved to Whiston, where my Dad was born, then he moved to Rotherham, married and had a family. I was born in the old Alma Road hospital pre- WW11.

I emigrated to Ontario , Canada with my husband and then two children in 1966. My website

I may have taken the lass out of Yorkshire but I can’t get Yorkshire, especially South Yorkshire out of the lass.
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Shirley Parent nee Wadsworth

Northfield Lane

I was born in 1956 and lived at 16 Northfield Lane until I married in 1974, my parents lived there until 1990.

With reference to your story about Pear Tree Cottage. The shoe mender was Mr Chapman and his shop always smelled of leather and he used to have shoes all over the back tied together, I can remember being sent there with shoes by my mother. Chapman’s, originally Williams fish and chip shop, is just showing on the picture below, to the left of Foer’s farm.

I remember all the cottages and Pear Tree being last. At Foers farm the front of the farmhouse was used as a Bank, opposite the crossroads, where I can remember going with my grandmother.

Does anyone remember Wopo, he used to always be at Foer’s farm and sat on the wall. He used to break in horses at the back of Foer’s farm.

The crossing in front of the farm on the way to school had a crossing lady, Mrs Green, who lived at no. 12 Northfield Lane and was well known because she was crippled on one foot (from being dropped as a baby)and she was my great aunt. She had four children, two of the boys Stephen and John went to Cambridge and Oxford.

I remember also, No 8 Northfield Lane which was Westwood’s who had a wood yard and shop which was ironmongery/household/sweet shop.

I can still see in my mind the view from my bedroom window when I was three before the houses were built on the Cherry Tree estate, I could see Foer’s farm fields swaying like a sea of waves with various crops and at night/early morning you could hear the pit siren.

Where Northfield Lane school is today, Pashley’s kept their cows(that’s the farm house on the right looking towards Foer’s farm)and the cows used to get out and sometimes come onto our front garden and mother was get very mad and we would either tell Philip Pashley or chase them back down Northfield Lane to their field opposite the cricket ground.

I had a wonderful childhood and you had to know Wickersley as it was then. There was no houses after no. 22 Northfield Lane only fields and only fields as far as Silverwood Colliery – can that be imaged today.

Told by D. Wood, March 2008

Wickersley Hall

I was born in 1927 at Wickersley Hall and was christened in St Albans church.

The hall was purchased by my grandfather, William Marsland around 1925 or so, who was a retired draper from Sheffield.

My grand father William was born in Sheffield and was apprenticed to a boot and shoe maker, I find that quite a number of his family successfully pursued the same profession, and had originated from around Bolton. Lancs. On completion of his apprenticeship he set up shop on his own but after he had made enough money had an apparently quite a large drapers shop in Attercliffe – where he raised a family and kept on until shortly after the first world war when he sold it. During that period period he had bought a weekend? Cottage in Bradwell, when he sold this I do not know but he bought a public house somewhere in Derbyshire which he kept for a short while before buying Wickersley Hall around 1924-5

I lived at Wickersley Hall for two years until my father found another job in Brampton.I can remember quite a lot about the house and a little around it.Sometimes I was taken to Raddigans shop for sweets etc,the last time I was by the shop was a private house with its double rounded front still intact,there was another shop almost opposite which I was taken to for pepper!!

I was also taken to a farm just along the road Mr Baker? who had a number of steam traction engines in the yard; the property had an old barn fairly close which was damaged in a gale about 1928.

The Hall was fairly large, it ran behind the semi detached houses. In the one next door to the hall lived a Mrs Leader, Looking back I guess she must have had a family but I cannot recall any.

In the field behind these houses grandfather kept quite a number of chickens, I can remember being put inside to collect the eggs when aunty lost the keys! There was then a stream in the field where he kept ducks. In the drive by the house was a pump with a stone trough under.

There was of course only oil lamps and candles indoors, also no toilets.

My mothers sister and married brother lived here as well. Una married a man called Harry Ross they bought a bungalow on Listerdale. The brother stayed on for two years before taking a job in Hereford, he was an engineer and always worked for councils or corporations.

My fathers family lived in Thrybergh, and I can remember being taken there on occassions in a pram, I believe through the Listerdale estate and then a long way by the side of a railway.

I can remember being taken to Maltby to watch motor bike racing!! in a field.

I can remember several things about the house after all this time.

I have not had many chances to visit my birthplace, the last time was twenty five years ago. We came up to mums sisters funeral, she had lived in Dronfield for a long time. We called round to show my daughter where it all was.

I find it difficult today to understand how I can still remember so much about a place I only lived in for two years and now have difficulty remembering incidents from last week!!

We had lived in a place called Billingshurst from 1939 but the local housing increased so much we decided to move and now live in Sussex. Our two children live quite close.

Don Evans

Silver Jubilee Celebrations

On May 6th, 1935, Wickersley celebrated the Silver Jubilee.

1.30 p.m. A copper beech tree to be planted near the War Memorial by Mr. W. Catchpole, chairman of the Jubilee Committee, assisted by Mr. W. P. Baker, Rev. H.C.May, and members of the Parish Council. Wreath to be placed on War Memorial by the Chairman of the Parish Council.

2 – 3 Procession from Council Schools via Goose Lane, Woodside, Morthen Road, Bawtry Road, Green Lane, Melciss Road, Black Carr Road, Bawtry Road, Airmount Lane, Old Cricket Field (kindly lent by Mr. E. Styring). The procession will be composed of schoolchildren, and members of the Quarryman’s Pride Lodge, RAOB Lodge, Boys Brigade – Bawtry Road Church, Boys Brigade – St.Albans Church, Parish Councillors and other bodies in the village. Marshal – Mr. W.P.Baker.

3.0 Patriotic Songs by schoolchildren. Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, The Red White and Blue, The National Anthem. Conductor: Mr. A. Catley

3.30 Comic Football Match. Teams playing 20 minutes eaxh way. Holmes Mills Prize Band will render selections.

4.30 Interval for tea at the Council Schools.

6.00 Balloons to be released by children and Maypole and Country Dances by Children.

5.30 Football Match between boys.

7.0 Games for girls

7.30 Tug-of-War. 4 teams. Captains: Messrs. B. Stubbs, A. Catley, R. Allen and T. Murgatroyd.

8.30 Veterans Race.

9.15 Fireworks and Bonfire to be lighted by Mr. J. C. Lister, Esq., assisted by Mr. F. A. Jolly.

In the case of inclement weather, alternative programmes will be given in the Church Schools, Council Schools, Institute and Listerdale Estate Hall.