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George Kennen, Blacksmith

Newspaper Extract re Death of G.Kennen


George Kennen, a blacksmith, was born in 1860 at Renishaw, Derbys. He married sometime after 1881 and before 1885/6 to Esther Ann Plant (Nee Street) - her husband Thomas Plant had died on 9th November, 1878.

George and Esther had a son, George Harry born 14th March 1886 and baptised in St Albans, Wickersley on the 25th of April 1886.

George, senior, died about 1937, at Mona Villa, Northfield Lane, Wickersley, the home of his son.


George Harry (1886-1952) married Elizabeth (Bessie) Jackson who was born 1889. They had two children:

Bessie Kennen


We believe that this may be a group visiting Roche Abbey but donít know when (about 1910 ?).

Bessie Kennen is on the extreme right.


The following image is George Kennen, taken outside Thurcroft pit gate
George Kennen

The Rev Harry Kennen² DSC RNVR was Royal Navy Chaplin of 46 Commando Royal Marines and was Vicar of Whitchurch, Devon around 1970.


Daisy¹ married George Yeardley and they had two children John and Elaine. Elaine was born 12th March 1938, and died of meningitis at the age of 5. The family moved to Tavistock, Devon.

George Harry and his wife Bessie built a shop in Thurcroft. George Harry died 8th May 1952 and Bessie died 27th June 1977

Obituary of George Harry Kennen - Died 8th May 1952

The funeral took place on Monday at Wickersley Church Yard, the Rector (Canon W. Sorby Briggs) officiating, of Mr. George Harry Kennen, who died at his home, " Hill Crest" Northfield Lane, Wickersley, on Thursday week, aged 66.

A native of Wickersley, he was the last of a line of Wickersley Village Blacksmiths dating back over 100 years. He was a Blacksmith at Thurcroft Colliery from 1938 until three years ago when he had to discontinue his work owing to ill-health. Up to going to Thurcroft he had done the work of village Blacksmith at Wickersley as his Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather had done before him. He was a life-long member of Wickersley Church. For about the last eight years, he was Secretary of the Wickersley and District Pig Club. He leaves a widow, a son - The Rev. Harry Kennen, Vicar of Whitgift near Goole, and a former Curate of Rotherham Parish Church - and a daughter, Mrs. George. H. Yeardley, of Thurcroft. The family mourners were:

The Wickersley and District Pig Club was represented by Mr. J. McShane (Chairman)
Mr. E. Taylor (Assistant Secretary)
Mr. V.L. Holloway
Mr. H. Marston
Mr. W. Holt

Others present included:
Mr. and Mrs E. Lee, Mr. and Mrs C. Trayford, the Rev. K. H. F. Kinns (Thurcroft), Mr. and Mrs E. Scott (Thurcroft), Mrs. W. Stones (Thurcroft), Mrs A. Few (Thurcroft), Mrs. W. Hutton (Thurcroft), Mrs T Yeardley (Rotherham), Mrs. W. Waine (Rotherham), Mrs S. Allen, Mrs D May, Mr. and Mrs C. Mottram, Mr. A. Wadsworth.
Representing the Wickersley Church Mothers' Union were Madams Harrison, A. Coy, Key, and A. Whittaker.

Mrs Kennen and family express their thanks to Drs. Kennerley and Daley, and Nurses, for their great kindness and attention to the late Mr. George Harry Kennen during his illness; also to Canon Sorby Briggs and all kind friends for their sympathy and floral tributes; and to Mr. Hogg for funeral arrangements.


Names connected with Kennen: Bell, Booth, Jackson, Plant, Yeardley


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