Clitheroe

The street where they lived – Whalley Road, Clitheroe

This is an updated post with revised information. I had previously thought that 102 Whalley Road was originally known as 26 Russell Street. However new information has come to light confirming that it was actually 28 Russell Street. So the information about the census returns has been corrected.

This is a photograph of 102 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire.  It was the home of my granddad and nannie – Fred and Florrie Musgrove.  Although they lived in other houses in Clitheroe this is the only one I ever knew.

I don’t know if the photograph gives an accurate impression of size.  There are four floors – a cellar with two rooms and a door leading to the back garden; ground floor with a front parlour, living room and kitchen; first floor with two bedrooms; and second floor with a further two bedrooms.

The house always seemed to have a warm and cozy feel.  I remember my granddad sitting in his armchair next to the coal fire.  My mother recalls the front bedroom on the first floor also having a fireplace and coal fire but doesn’t think any of the other bedrooms had fireplaces.

Whenever I think of Fred and Florrie I remember them at 102 Whalley Road.  However the original address was 28 Russell Street – the name changed sometime in the 1930’s.

The house was built probably early 19th century.  The block of numbers from 90-110 are now Grade II listed buildings – they were listed in September 1976.  The listing text on the British Listed Buildings website comments briefly on number 102 – the doorway to No. 102 has plain pilasters, cornice and entablature.

Looking back at the census returns I can see who lived at 28 Russell Street:-

• 1911 – William Marsden (56), a carter in cotton mill. Also his wife Elizabeth (58), two daughters Martha Jane (28) and Alice Ann (23, both cotton weavers. There was also a boarder, Thomas Whittaker (67), a retired cotton loom overlooker.

• 1901 – Ellen Walbank (57), a widow and four children – Winfred (32), Henry (24), Walter (18) and Eliza (15). Also living there was Ethel M Houghton (3), niece.

• 1891 – Robert Woodworth (58) a cotton weaver, his wife Margaret (55) from Ireland and six children – Alice (36), Helen (28), Isabella (26), Elizabeth (17), Louisa (1877) and Mary A (12).

• 1881 – James Whittaker (59), an unemployed mill labourer, his wife Mary (60) and three daughters working as cotton weavers – Elizabeth (28), Susannah (21)and Lucy A (18).

• 1871 – James Whittaker (49), a labourer, his wife Mary (50) and seven daughters – Martha (20), Elizabeth (18), Margaret (16), Emma Jane (14), Susannah (13), Lucy Anne (10) and Mary Ann Roberts (26). Also a grandson, James Wilson Roberts (1).

• 1861 – Richard Douglass (34), a power loom cotton weaver, his wife Margaret (30) and four children – Sarah Alice (11), Mary Ann (9), William (7) and Joseph (2). Also there are Hannah Douglas (80), mother and widow, plus Mary Cottam (41) sister-in-law.

These houses are now probably close on 200 years old and will no doubt be standing for many more years.

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Sunday Snap – Dad and his dumper

This is a photograph of my dad, Graham Dawson, taken sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  It is taken at one of two locations and I can’t be sure which one it is.

My dad met my mother (Alice Musgrove) when he lived and worked in Clitheroe, Lancashire.  He was employed for a time at the local quarry where he was a “dumper” driver.  My mother tells the story that my dad named his “dumper” Alice – I’m sure that must have been out of some sort of affection for her (my mother that is).

The other possibility is that the photograph was taken when he worked at the Barnbow site in Leeds.  I don’t know what his job was but I understand that he drove a “dumper” there as well.

Barnbow was originally built as a munitions factory during the First World War – this is quite apt as we have just been to see a preview showing of the film War Horse which is set during WW1.

On this day … 13th July

1818 … Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley were married at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  They are my 3x great grandoarents.

1934 … Ruth Bentley was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire to parents Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead.  She is my 2nd cousin.

Tombstone Tuesday – Ruth Bentley (1906-1977)

This is the gravestone of Ruth Bentley, she is my 1st cousin 1x removed.

Ruth was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 26th January 1906 to parents Robert Halstead and Ellen Musgrove.  She married Albert Bentley sometime in the third quarter of 1933 and the marriage is recorded in the Clitheroe registration district.

The grave is in Clitheore cemetery.

Tombstone Tuesday – Thomas Musgrove (1920-1977)

This gravestone marks the resting place of my uncle Tommy.

I took the photograph on a recent visit to Clitheroe Cemetery in Lancashire.

Tommy is my mum’s brother and the son of Frederick Anisworth Stowell Musgrove and Florrie Musgrove. He was the second of eight children and the first boy, born on 2nd August 1920.

Sometime in the second quarter of 1942 Tommy married Winifred Agnes Taylor. The marriage was registered at Nelson in Lancashire. They had two children and five grandchildren

Tommy passed away on 20 May 1977.

Catherine Ainsworth (1837-1887) – Happy Birthday

Catherine Ainsworth is my 2 x great grandmother and she was born on this day (13th January) in 1837. She comes from a small market town in Lancashire called Darwen which is near to it’s larger neighbour Blackburn.

My first record of Catherine is in the 1841 UK census when she is living with her parents Joseph Ainsworth and Jane Ainsworth (nee Cottam). Also recorded in the census are her siblings

Mary – born about 1826

Thomas – born about 1829

Betty – born about 1831

Jas (James) – born about 1835

Ana (Hannah) – born about 1839

Joseph – born about 1841

Ten years later and Catherine is still living with her parents at 19 Bolton Street, Over Darwen, Blackburn. By this time another sister has been born – Sarah Jane in 1843. Catherine is working as a “power loom weaver”.

Sometime during the next four years Catherine met John Musgrove and they married on 6th October 1855 at the Parish Church of Blackburn. The witnesses at the marriage were Robert Day and Mary Anne Day – I have no information about these people and assume that they were friends.

In the 1861 UK census Catherine and John are living at an address in Moor Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Also recorded in the census are two children

Susannah – born about 1857

Thomas – born about 1861

Another child, George, was born and died on 2oth August 1857.

The census shows John working as a “carter” and Catherine working as a “power loom cotton weaver”.

The 1871 UK census is a bit of a mystery for me. First of all the census entry records her name as Catherina Mosgrove and her occupation as “cotton weaver”. She is living at 18 Ellen Street, Over Darwen. Also with her are two sons Thomas (10) and Joseph (6). Thomas is shown as a “cotton weaver” and Joseph as a “scholar”. The one other person at the address is Joseph Ainsworth (66) – this is Catherine’s father and he is a widower.

Secondly I haven’t been able to find any trace of John Musgrove (Catherine’s husband).

I also know that John and Catherine had another son, James, who was born on 5th August 1868 and died on 23th November the same year.

Sometime during the next ten years the family moved back to Clitheroe and the 1881 UK census shows them living at 42 Water Street, Clitheroe. The household consists of John, Catherine and their son Joseph (16). There are also two boarders – John Reid and Hannah Reid. It isn’t clear to me yet whether these two people are relatives or not.

Catherine died on 19th September 1887 and her death is registered in the Clitheroe district.