Newton Inn

Sunday’s Obituary – John Metcalfe Spink (1869-1938)

John Metcalfe Spink is my 1st cousin 3x removed. His parents are Joseph Spink and Isabella Hannah Metcalfe. Our common ancestors are John Spink and Sophia Shuttleworth Kitching – my 3x great grandparents.

John was born in early 1869 at Burnsall, Yorkshire. His baptism was on 16 February 1869 at neighbouring Conistone.

By 1891 John had moved to Garforth, near Leeds, West Yorkshire and was employed as a “butchers assistant”.

Sometime in the last quarter of 1897 he married Emma Barber – the marriage is registered at Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

In the 1901 census John and Emma and their son Jack are living at Manston Road, Barwick in Elmet, Yorkshire. John is now described as a “butcher”.

Ten years later and the family had moved to Newton on Rawcliffe, near Pickering, North Yorkshire. John was now an “innkeeper” at the Newton Inn.

From what I can tell John remained an innkeeper until his death on 3 May 1938 – when he died at the White Horse Hotel, Pickering, where he had been the proprietor for 25 years. Details of his death were announced in the Leeds Mercury on Wednesday 4 May 1938 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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DEATH OF PICKERING LICENSEE

The death took place yesterday at the White Horse Hotel, Burgate, Pickering, of Mr. John Metcalfe Spink, who had been the proprietor for 25 years.
He settled in the Pickering district from Cross Gates, Leeds, where he had a butchering business in 1910, and was formerly licensee at the White Swan Hotel, Newton, Pickering.
Mr. Spink also dealt in cattle and sheep, and was widely known in the Whitby district. He was a keen all-round sportsman.

In his will John left effects valued at £433 7s 7d to his son Jack Beevors Spink.

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