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Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse

Published: October 30, 2016    Last modified: January 17, 2017

Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)
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Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)

It has been quite a while since I carried out any family history research. So searching online, in response to a comment posted regarding the Ashforth families in Sheffield, I found I was in for quite a surprise. Searching for 'Ashforth' and 'Sheffield' I came across this entry for my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS) 1876-1973 and my grandfather Ernest ASHFORTH 1905-1990: in the Register of Inmates for Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883 - 1907 (Surnames A – C).

FHJ Ref: 200
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse, 1883 – 1907 (Surnames A – C)

Date of admissionLast nameFirst nameDate of birthTradePage number
1 Oct 1905AshforthFlorence15 Dec 1879Wife3
1 Oct 1905AshforthErnest24 Feb 1905Wife3

Ernest Ashforth 1905-1990
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Ernest Ashforth 1905-1990

Ernest ASHFORTH 1905-1990 was born on the 24th February 1905, he had an older brother William Henry ASHFORTH 1896-1916 born on the 28th June 1896 at 38 Burton Street, Sheffield (William died at the Battle of the Somme, 10 July 1916, aged 20 years). Florence married William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926 on the 25th December 1895 at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield.

Florence's mother Harriet Flowers (née Harriet LAW 1836-1903) died 1903 and her father George FLOWERS 1839-1891 died 1891, so Florence had no parents for support. I can only surmise the addition of another child forced her to seek help from the workhouse.

Wardsend Cemetery: Photographs

Published: February 28, 2012    Last modified: January 12, 2017

Wardsend Cemetery, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Headstone left: Albert Ashforth, Harry Renwick, Frank Renwick
Headstone right: Harry, Emily and George Waller

In October 2010 I participated in a tour of Wardsend Cemetery, Livesey Street, Owlerton, Sheffield. The tour was organised by the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery and later I published an article 'Wardsend Cemetery - The guiding spirit of George Waller' about what I found.

Over the last 14 months I never did seem to find time to process and upload the photographs, so I set aside this evening, processed the images and uploaded them to this Album in the Gallery.

Since this was a tour of the cemetery, the gallery of photographs depicts the overall state of the cemetery, rather than pictures of individual headstones. Anyone not familiar with Wardsend Cemetery is more than likely to be quite shocked and will no doubt wonder why it has been allowed to fall into such a level of irretrievable decay.

Learn more at the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery.

Bradfield Archives

Published: September 12, 2010    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Bradfield Parish Council Offices Home of Bradfield Archives

Bradfield Parish Council Offices: Home of Bradfield Archives

Currently I have traced my ASHFORTH line back to the birth of one George ASHFORTH 1814-Deceased at Bradfield circa 1814. I have little concrete evidence to support this entry in my GEDCOM so I need to travel to Low Bradfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire in order to visit Bradfield Archives, the archives being held in Bradfield Parish Council Offices, Mill Lee Road, Low Bradfield.

Low Bradfield is only 5 miles from Owlerton, Sheffield, the place where I was born. Incredibly this village has managed to avoid being 'swallowed up' by an expanding city and is almost as I remember it as a child. The most noticeable change being the replacement of the wonderful corrugated iron roofed village hall with a more modern building. A great pity though I suppose it eventually became necessary.

While checking the archive opening times on the Friends of Bradfield Archives website I noticed two upcoming events which I would like to attend:

  1. Tuesday, 12th October 2010 - History Workshops
  2. Sunday, 24th October 2010 - Family & Local History Day

Certainly the second event which will be attended by several local history groups and societies, may be very useful in my research of the ASHFORTH line, since many ASHFORTH families originate from this parish.

Notes:
I am not sure what has happened to the Bradfield Parish Council website since the link from the Bradfield Archives is broken and other links are being redirected to what looks like cyber squatters.

Updates:
2010-11-13 I did make time to attend the Family and Local History Day at Bradfield Village Hall. To read about my visit to the Family and Local History Day, Bradfield Village Hall please click here.

2015-03-04 The Bradfield Archives website seems to be fully functional now.

William Henry Ashforth 1873-1926 and Florence Flowers 1876-1973: Marriage Certificate

Published: November 3, 2007    Last modified: February 4, 2017

Certificates

I have now received from Sheffield Register Office the marriage certificate for William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926 and Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973).

William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926 and Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) were married at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield on the 25th of December 1895.

This really only confirms what I already know. Though it does verify William Henry's father as William Henry ASHFORTH 1851-1899.

Updates:
2007-11-25 I have now transcribed the marriage certificate for William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926 and Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973). To view my transcription please click here.

Rosa Ashforth 1874: Birth Certificate

Published: November 3, 2007    Last modified: February 4, 2017

Certificates

At long last I seem to have found a maiden surname for the spouse of William Henry ASHFORTH 1851-1899. I have received from Sheffield Register Office the birth certificate for Rosa ASHFORTH 1874-Deceased.

Rosa ASHFORTH 1874-Deceased was born on the 23rd of February, 1874 at 83 Duncombe Street, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Her father is William Henry ASHFORTH 1851-1899 and her mother Ellen TOMLINSON 1855-1943.

My notes show I have a baptism record for Rosa ASHFORTH 1874-Deceased:

Ashforth, Rosie (adult) (of 172 Cuthbert Bank Rd).
Baptised December 5, 1888, by AH Rhodes at St John the Baptist Church, Owlerton.
Parents name(s) are Helena; William (File-cutter).

Rosa ASHFORTH 1874-Deceased is recorded as an adult. It would appear both William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926 and Rosa ASHFORTH 1874-Deceased were born before their parents were married.

This probably explains why Rosa was nearly 15 years of age when she was baptised.

My notes show a marriage in 1876 for William Henry ASHFORTH 1851-1899 and Ellen TOMLINSON 1855-1943. I will submit a request to Sheffield Register Office for this marriage certificate.

Notes:
The Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

Updates:
2007-11-25 I have transcribed the birth certificate of Rosa ASHFORTH 1874-Deceased. To view her birth certificate please click here.

Emily Bellamy (née Emily Ellis 1883-1978)

Published: September 3, 2007    Last modified: November 20, 2016

Emily Bellamy (née Emily Ellis 1883-1978)
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Emily Bellamy (née Emily Ellis 1883-1978)

Another photograph from the family collection, identified by my mother.

This photograph has a date stamp on the reverse of "23 Apr 1", exasperatingly the year falls off the edge of the photograph! Did photographic studios purposely do this knowing it would drive future researchers insane!

Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS 1883-1978) was my last surviving maternal great grandparent. She was born on the 23rd of July, 1883 and lived well into her nineties, passing away on the 2nd of October, 1978 at Middlewood Hospital, Sheffield.

My records show George Albert BELLAMY 1880-Deceased, a bachelor, age 21 and a 'File Cutter' by profession, residing at Quality Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire, married Emily ELLIS 1883-1978, on the 6th of October, 1901. The marriage ceremony was conducted by H A Goodwin after the reading of Banns at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield.

George's father is recorded as Joseph BELLAMY 1857-Deceased and his father's profession that of 'File Cutter'. The Witnesses were Frank ELLIS and Mabel Louise ELLIS.

Notes:
Frank ELLIS is most likely the uncle of Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS 1883-1978), since I have found a marriage record for a Frank ELLIS and a Mabel Louise HUMPHRIES in 1899.

On the same day that Frank ELLIS and Mabel Louise HUMPHRIES were married, I have found a record of marriage between one John Arthur BELLAMY and one Elizabeth SHELDON. Neither of these individuals feature in my GEDCOM so this is probably worth researching at a later date.

Read about the former Middlewood Hospital and the redevelopment of the site it occupied.

Old Comments:

Emily Bellamy
Submitted by Lyndsey Bellamy on Wed, 2012-02-22 19:57

Hi Im Thomas Bellamy's daughter Just googling some family names and came up with the picture of my grandmother Im sorry but there's no clues to who you are Can you tell me a little about yourself? Is there any more pictures?

Alice Ward (née Alice Ashforth 1891-Deceased)

Published: September 2, 2007    Last modified: January 12, 2017

Alice Ward (née Alice Ashforth 1891-Deceased)
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Alice Ward (née Alice Ashforth 1891-Deceased)

Finally after many months of 'going to' I actually did take some of the family photographs (mainly from the ASHFORTH line) back to my mother for identification. Over the next few weeks I will scan the originals and add them to my gallery.

My mother identified this photograph of my great grand aunt Alice WARD (née Alice ASHFORTH 1891-Deceased), daughter of William Henry ASHFORTH 1851-1899 and Ellen ASHFORTH (née Ellen TOMLINSON 1855-1943).

My records show Alice WARD (née Alice ASHFORTH 1891-Deceased) was born in the year 1891 at Cuthbert Bank Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire. She was baptised on the 7th of October, 1891, by D. Hughes at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield. Her parents are named as Ellen and William. William's profession being that of a 'File Cutter'.

Updates:
2007-11-03 Further research shows that Ellen ASHFORTH's maiden name was in fact TOMLINSON not PASLEY. To read this update please click here.

Mary Jane Flowers 1866-Deceased and Arthur Marsden 1858-Deceased: Marriage

Published: April 4, 2007    Last modified: January 12, 2017

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.

Occupations:
Arthur MARSDEN - file cutter.
George FLOWERS 1839-1891 - (Mary Jane's father) - file lighter.
William MARSDEN (Arthur's father) - cutler.

Notes:
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.

Hawksley Road, Sheffield 6

Published: April 3, 2007    Last modified: February 12, 2017

Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)
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Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)
Hawksley Road, Sheffield 6

Owlerton, Burton Street, Bamforth Street, Capel Street, Cuthbert Bank Road, Roscoe Bank, Shalesmoor, Jericho and Saint Philip's Road are districts and streets in the north-west of Sheffield where ancestors from my ASHFORTH line were born; most lived and died there too.

As a very young child I remember being dragged off to what seemed like far away places in order to visit the 'rellies', and how one felt like an explorer, cautiously examining an alien environment. During these visits we children would be quickly ushered out to play, usually into the backyard or street, which of course were quite safe, being devoid of motor vehicles.

I was born at Hawksley Road, just off Owlerton Green, though I don't recall there being a great deal of 'green' other than that of Hillsborough Park. I was christened at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, which remarkably, is still in service as a church, despite the dire developments which have taken place all around.

I remember there were three cul-de-sac: Hawksley Road (at the end of which were gates leading into the southern section of Hillsborough Park), Cheadle Street and Cannock Street. What I do remember quite clearly is that for some considerable time only one family owned a motor vehicle. I think this family, a retired man and wife, were named Mr and Mrs Thurlin. I recall they hated us using the gable end of their house for football, tennis and cricket practice, and the risks we took when the inevitable happened and we had to recover the ball from their backyard.

In the midst of row after row of terraced houses, Hillsborough Park was our saviour. We would spend most of our days playing football or cricket, until just before dusk when the toll of the bell would signify that the huge iron gates would soon be locked. Not that this mattered much, since as soon as the 'parky' had carried out his duties and was out of sight, we merely scrambled over the park gates and carried on playing until hunger finally drove us home.

Four generations lived in a rented 3 bedroom terraced house with the ubiquitous outside toilet, which was without an electric light, and of course, freezing cold in winter. But unlike many of the houses it had the luxury of a bathroom, admittedly very small but enormous when compared to a tin bath. The bedrooms were so cold in winter that I would sleep with a hot brick wrapped in a blanket to my feet. The brick was placed in the coal fire just before I went to bed. At least unlike an hot water bottle it couldn't burst, though third degree burns were always a distinct possibility.

My great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973), her son and daughter-in-law (my grandfather and grandmother) Ernest ASHFORTH 1905-1990 and Emily ASHFORTH (née Emily BELLAMY 1903-1992), my mother and father and me. When some six years later my younger sister was born I guess we were probably officially classed as 'overcrowded'. So at the age of 7 years I and my family left the ASHFORTH household and moved approximately 3 miles to a newly built semi-detached house at School Lane, Stannington near Sheffield.

In the mid 1950's Stannington was still just a village, with a handful of shops, little new development and lots of wide open spaces. A totally alien environment to a young lad from the inner city.