Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

Sunday’s Obituary – Walter Fletcher (1883-1952)

Walter Fletcher was the husband of Jane Musgrove – my 1st cousin 2x removed.

I have previously written about their marriage here and Jane’s obituary here.

Walter was born on 8 August 1883. He lived in Clitheroe, Lancashire all his life. He was active in many areas of community life as reflected in the obituary below from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 15 February 1952 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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MR WALTER FLETCHER

Clitheroe lost one of its best known personalities by the sudden death on Saturday of Mr Walter Fletcher, of 7 Chester Avenue. Mr Fletcher was among spectators at the football match at Shaw Bridge when he collapsed and died whilst the crowd stood in silence in memory of King George.
Mr Fletcher, who was 68, was a native of Clitheroe, and until his retirement two years ago had been wages clerk at Jubilee Mill for more than 40 years.
He was a prominent figure in local music circles, and in the early days of the cinema he acted as pianist for the silent films, drawing on a remarkable memory to match his music to the action. He was also a concert and dance band pianist, prominent in many social events for a long period.
In addition to his musical talents, Mr Fletcher was also an artist of some repute, a clever cartoonist and with pleasing water colours to his credit. He often designed stage settings and painted the scenery required for local amateur shows.
Mr Fletcher was keenly interested in sport. Bowls provided his favourite pastime, and he was at one time captain of the bowling team of Clitheroe Cricket, Bowling and Tennis Club, in which he took a great interest. His membership of the Clitheroe Sports (Fishing) Club reflected a keen interest in angling, and he was also one of Clitheroe Football Club’s best known supporters, rarely, if ever, missing a home match.
For many years he was a member of Clitheroe Conservative Club and of the R.A.O.B., and during the war he held the rank of inspector in the Clitheroe branch of the Special Constabulary.
A widower, Mr Fletcher leaves three married daughters, who will have sympathy in their bereavement.
Directors and members of the staff of Jubilee Mill and representatives of the R.A.O.B. were among those attending the funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Wednesday. The Rev. C J Guildford officiated.

Wedding Wednesday – Robert Barlow and Margaret Webster

Margaret Webster is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Paley Webster and Mary Slinger. Our common ancestors are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

Margaret was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – her birth is registered in the March quarter of 1935.

On 16 August 1958 Margaret married Robert Barlow at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 22 August 1958 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BARLOW – WEBSTER

The wedding took place on Saturday at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe, of Mr. Robert Barlow, of 59 Bolland Prospect, Clitheroe, and Miss Margaret Webster, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Webster, of 15 Fort Street, Clitheroe.
The bride wore a full-length gown of white net over taffeta, trimmed with seed pearls and sequins, with full-length veil to match. She carried pink and white carnations.
The bridesmaid was Miss Audrey Braithwaite, a friend, who wore pink Terylene over taffeta with headdress to match. She carried pink carnations.
The small attendant was a cousin of the bride, Miss Myra Smith, who was dressed in pink nylon over taffeta, and carried a posy of pink carnations.
Best man was the bride’s brother, Mr. Matthew Webster, and the groomsman was Mr. Dennis Smith, cousin of the bride.
A reception was held at the Station Hotel, after which the bride and bridegroom left for a honeymoon at Morecambe.
On their return, they will reside at 96 Woone Lane.

Black Sheep Sunday – Eddie Price

Eddie Price is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are Edward Price and Leah Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

Eddie was born on 23 March 1929 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I found Eddie in the local newspaper, the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times twice in the space of eight months. He was in trouble with the police for motoring offences.

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – Friday 26 August 1949 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Motor Cyclist Fined

Pleading guilty to driving a motor cycle with no white front light, being the holder of a provisional driving licence and not displaying “L” plates at the front and rear of the cycle, and to carrying a passenger other than a qualified driver, Eddie Price (20), of 24 Larkhill Cottages, Old Landgho, was fined a total of £1 at Clitheroe County Magistrates Court on Monday.

Eight months later Eddie was involved in a more serious offence. If this had happened in more recent times it would certainly have been a candidate for Police Interceptors on the telly!!

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – Friday 14 April 1950 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Easter Saturday Police Chase At Whalley

A NIGHT chase at Whalley was described at Blackburn on Monday when Eddie Price (21) farm labourer, Larkhill Cottages, Langho, was charged with taking away a car without the owner’s consent, driving it without an insurance policy, and while disqualified from holding a licence. He was fined a total of £15 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Evidence was that the car was missed from outside shop premises in Whalley New Road, Blackburn, on Saturday night.
Its description was circulated by wireless and the car was seen parked just outside Whalley by P.C.s Wood and Ellison, stationed at Whalley. As they approached the vehicle, they heard footsteps and saw the prisoner running away. They gave chase but lost him in the dark.

BEHIND DOOR

Price was eventually found, crouching behind the shippon door of a nearby farm. He told the police later: “It is a long walk from Blackburn. I took it.”
Price asked for another case of taking away a car from the Union Street car park, Blackburn, in March, to be taken into consideration.
Chairman of the Bench, (Alderman J. Charnley) complimented the constables in the manner in which Price had been caught.

 

Wedding Wednesday – Alan Crossley and Mary Dorothy Hanson

Alan Crossley is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Crossley and Isabella Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Alan was born on 17 March 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. By all accounts Alan was an exceptional musician, organist and choirmaster – this will be the subject of a future blog post all on its own.

On 9 September 1939 Alan married Mary Dorothy Hanson at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 15 September 1939 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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CROSSLEY – HANSON

Many friends were present at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, last Saturday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Alan Crossley, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Low Moor, and Miss Mary Dorothy Hanson, organist at St. Catherine’s Church, West Bradford.
The nuptials were performed by the Rev. W. G. Jones, M.A., vicar of Waddington, assisted by the Rev. I. Pugh, vicar of Low Moor. The service was fully choral. Mr. Harry Dyson was at the organ, and the choir was composed of representatives of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Clitheroe, St. Paul’s, Low Moor, St. Helen’s, Waddington, and St. Catherine’s, West Bradford.
The bride, given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Tomlinson, wore a dress of mist blue with petunia sash, spray of fuchsia to tone, light blue hat, and accessories to match. She carried an ivory backed prayer book, the gift of Sunday School teachers and scholars at St. Helen’s.
As bridesmaid, Miss Mary Boothman (friend of the bride) was dressed in a pastel shade of pink, with spray of cream roses, brown hat, gloves, and shoes, and she carried a handbag to tone, which was the bridegroom’s gift.
Mr. J. R. Barnes, a member of the choir at St. Paul’s, was best man, and Mr. H. Tomlinson, nephew of the bride, groomsman.
The numerous presents received included and eiderdown from the bride’s employer, Mr. Peter Harrison; a dinner service from the bridegroom’s colleagues of the Inland Revenue Staff, Nelson; a duet piano stool from the members of the Clitheroe String Orchestra; a pair of exhibition pictures (by J. Hindle Higson) from St. Paul’s Church Choir; and a set of Pyrex dishes from St. Catherine’s Choir.
On their return from the honeymoon, which is being spent at Harrogate, Mr. and Mrs. Crossley will reside at 18 Hargreaves Street, Nelson.

Wedding Wednesday -Barbara Eccles and Edwin Charles Ross

Barbara Eccles is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Joseph Eccles and Martha Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Barbara was born on 11 February 1925 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. She was the only child of Joseph and Martha.

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2), at the age of 14, Barbara was working as a “warehouse clerk” for a textile firm.

Three years later on 14 September 1942 Barbara married Edwin Ross at St Paul’s Church, Clitheroe. Details of their wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 18 September (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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ROSS – ECCLES

Miss Barbara Eccles, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J Eccles, of 8, Franklin Street, Clitheroe, was married on Monday, at St Paul’s Church, Low Moor, to Mr Edwin Charles Ross, second son of Mrs and the late Mr I Ross, of 12, Western Road, Aldershot.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a white satin gown with a headdress of orange blossom, and carried a bouquet of pink carnations. As bridesmaid, Miss A Stobbs (cousin of the bride) wore a gown of mauve slipper satin, with headdress to tone, and carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds. Cpl. A Pitt was best man, and the ceremony was performed by the Rev I Pugh, with Mr J Ford at the organ.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a canteen of cutlery and a gold necklace, whilst he also gave a gold necklace to the bridesmaid. The bride gave the bridegroom a gold signet ring.
Following a reception at Carey’s Cafe, Mr and Mrs Ross left for London and Aldershot, the bride travelling in a burgundy dress, with a blue coat and hat to tone.

Joseph Frank Musgrove (1925-1987) – Cycle Accident

Joseph Frank Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Robert Turner Musgrove and Phoebe Scott. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

Joseph was born on 2 November 1925 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Joseph was living with his parents and brother at Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe.

In September 1941 Joseph was involved in a motor accident while riding his pedal cycle. Details of the accident were reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 19 September (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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An accident occurred on Friday, at the junction of Duck Street and Shaw Bridge Street, when a pedal cyclist, Joseph Frank Musgrove, a bobbin turner, residing at 32 Hayhurst Street, was knocked down by a motor car driven by John Brandwood, of 4 Rawley Street, Burnley. The unfortunate man’s left arm was fractured, or splintered. After receiving attention from Dr. Cooper he was taken home.

The case came to court on Thursday 25 September 1941 and the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times reported the outcome the next day.

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Collision Sequel

CONFLICT OF EVIDENCE: CASE DISMISSED.

“As there appears to be a conflict of evidence, we have decided to dismiss this case,” said Councillor French, presiding at the Borough Sessions, yesterday, when John Brandwood, a fitter, of 4 Rowley Street, Burnley, was summoned for driving without due care and attention and for failing to conform to a halt sign.
It was stated that defendant’s vehicle collided at the junction of Duck Street and Lowergate with a cycle ridden by Joseph Frank Musgrove (15), bobbin worker, of 32 Hayhurst Street, who was thrown from his machine, fracturing his left arm and bruising his leg.
Evidence was given by Mrs. Ida Gradwell, of Shaw Bridge House, and Thomas Ainsworth, of 44 Shaw Bridge Street, that defendant, who proceeded out of Duck Street, did not stop at the halt sign.
Defendant, who was represented by Mr. C. S. Corder, of Manchester, maintained that he did stop, but not at his usual place, because of the position of two other vehicles, and that Musgrove, who was riding at a fast speed, collided with his vehicle when it was travelling at only two miles an hour.
Corroborative evidence was given by John Wood, 31 Bank House Street, Burnley, and Eric Heyworth, 35 Myers Street, Burnley, who were passengers in defendant’s car.

Seems to me that Councillor French and others on the bench decided to take the easy option here.

Wedding Wednesday – William Turner and Hilda Mallalieu

William Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Alice Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

William was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – his birth is registered in the September quarter of 1912.

William was on active service in WW2 and spent a number of years as a prisoner of war.

On 24 March 1951 William married Hilda Mallalieu at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 30 March 1951 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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TURNER – MALLALIEU

At St. James’s Church, Clitheroe, on Saturday, the marriage took place of Mr. William Turner, fourth son of Mrs. J. A. Turner, of 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe, and Mrs. Hilda Mallalieu, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Kenyon, 9 Lower Antley Street, Accrington.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. Lord, rector, and the hymns “Lead Us Heavenly Father” and “O Perfect Love” were sung. Mr. G. Hitchen being organist.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a grey coat with hat to match and carried a bouquet of carnations.
Mr. C. A. Hall was best man and Messrs. G. Turner and H. Turner were groomsmen.
The reception was held at the Craven Heifer Hotel, Whalley Road. Mr. and Mrs. Turner are to reside at 15 Wilson Street, Clitheroe.
Wedding gifts included cheques from the Committee and members of the Clitheroe Central Working Men’s Club and from the staff and employees at the North Western Electricity Board.