Most old family photographs have been kept for a reason, often because they include a family member or two. Despite having looked on numerous occasions at this photograph I did not make a connection. Then the penny finally dropped, the lady, seated front row, far right, is my great grand aunt Elizabeth Wild (née Elizabeth FLOWERS 1867-Deceased). I believe this photograph was probably taken at either Burton Street or Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield.
During research of my ASHFORTH line I stumbled across a record of marriage for my great grand aunt Mary Jane MARSDEN (née Mary Jane FLOWERS 1866-Deceased), sister of my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973), to one Arthur MARSDEN 1858-Deceased.
They were married at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield, the church where I was baptised and many of my ancestors were baptised and married.
Mary Jane MARSDEN (née Mary Jane FLOWERS 1866-Deceased) is recorded as being 20 years of age and residing at 69 Capel Street, Sheffield. Arthur MARSDEN 1858-Deceased is recorded as being 28 years of age residing at the same address. The marriage took place on the 1st of January 1887 with Herbert WILD and Florence WATSON acting as witnesses.
Arthur MARSDEN - file cutter.
George FLOWERS 1839-1891 - (Mary Jane's father) - file lighter.
William MARSDEN (Arthur's father) - cutler.
Herbert WILD married Elizabeth WILD (née Elizabeth FLOWERS 1867-Deceased), the sister of Mary Jane MARSDEN (née Mary Jane FLOWERS 1866-Deceased) and my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) on the 14th of October, 1888 at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield.
I'm not sure what the occasion is, but this photograph of Elizabeth WILD (née Elizabeth FLOWERS 1867-Deceased) (front row, 4th from the right) and Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) (front row, 5th from the right) depicts everyone wearing their 'Sunday best'.
Judging by the number of babies, perhaps it was a mass christening? or maybe a 'Whit Walk', since the babies are well wrapped up and the adults are wearing their heavy coats. Whatever the occasion their adult men folk are nowhere to be seen, though more likely, they are all still in the pub, celebrating.
One cannot but admire such a fine collection of hats! One of my main recollections regarding my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) is that of her hats. Usually large, black, cylindrical and appeared to be made of straw. The hat she is wearing on this occasion is typical of her style.
Studying the background of this photograph, in particular the stone wall, I can't help but feel this is on a banking surrounding the perimeter wall of Hillsborough Barracks, possibly at the top end of Capel Street or Swamp Walk.