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Family of William Edward EPWORTH

Husband: William Edward EPWORTH (1917-1974)
Wife: (unknown)

Husband: William Edward EPWORTH

Name: William Edward EPWORTH1,2,3
Sex: Male
Nickname: Bill
Father: Joseph Tom EPWORTH (1885-1965)
Mother: Margaret Ethel SKINNER (1887-1974)
Birth 17 Aug 1917 Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England4,5
Brentwood Avenue
Birth Registered: William E, Mothers maiden name Skinner, District Chesterfield, Vol 11b, page 1274
Registrar Dronfield DRONB/43/429
Father Commercial Clerk
Reg date 28 Sep 1917, from Williams Birth Cert
Residence c. 1918 (age 0-1) Dronfield Woodhouse, Derbyshire, England
Wreaks House, Dronfield
Baptism 23 May 1920 (age 2) Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
"All Saints Church", Ecclesall
Confusion as babtism record in 1917 for Dronfield, Reference:DRONB/43/429,
Record source:Derbyshire Registrars Birth Index
Residence c. 1930 (age 12-13) Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
108 Brincliffe Edge Road
By the tennis courts where his parents used to play.
Residence c. 1935 (age 17-18) Dore, Sheffield, England
4 The Causeway
Occupation btw 17 Nov 1939 and 14 Nov 1945 (age 22-28) Royal Air Force Flying in Wellington Bombers. Aircrew and Gunnery Instructor later in the war Served in Egypt at one time
Squadrons: 15, 38 Ops.& then 10 Air Gunnery School, Training Command
Service No. 943953?
Residence c. 1945 (age 27-28) Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
54 Trap Lane, Bents Green
Occupation 1946 (age 28-29) Maker of plastic items; Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
Dore Village
Started business making items in coloured polycarbonate: combs (sawcut), serviette rings, letter openers
Occupation btw 1947 and 1955 (age 29-38) Cutler; Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England1
Matilda Street
J T Epworth & Sons cutlery business was started by regularly meeting a man who met cutlers at the end of Carver Street. William Edward Epworth & Larry Fulton then set up on their own. They worked together from 1946 to 1954/5
Supplied cutlery to Selfridges & John Lewis', and exported to Australia
Residence c. 1953 (age 35-36) Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
1 Mercia Drive, Totley
Occupation c. 1957 (age 39-40) Blacksmith; Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
High Street, Dore Village
After cutlery business folded and brief time selling comptometers he had a business (Epworth Steel Fabricators), in a draughty stone building, where he made many wrought iron gates etc. Also made stainless steel doorstep protectors sold by Nick and Peter Butler.
Epworth Steel Fabricators. The mention of Mr Gill's geese brought back many memories, I was terrified of them. I think that my father Bill Epworth was the steel fabricator mentioned, unless Mr Woodhouse was there before him. He worked in a now demolished building at the back of the "new" row of shops below The Devonshire Arms. The geese used to attack him, and their own reflections in his car hubcaps! My grandparents lived in Dore from the early Twenties and my Dad's first business there was in a building behind the Methodist Church, in the 1940s, making plastic combs and serviette rings. He then went on to be a cutler and it was only later, in the late Fifties and early Sixties that he worked in Dore again, making wrought-iron gates and repairing farm machinery etc. He made some gates for my Grandparents who lived on The Causeway. The design featured "branches of leaves", the leaves being made of copper. I think that the idea was that as it aged, the copper leaves would turn green with Verdi Gris, but last time I saw the gates, they had been painted all over and I think they've now gone.
From Gill Warburton (nee Epworth)
Death 23 Oct 1974 (age 57) Bamford, Derbyshire, England
Cause: Myocardial Infarction. (a sudden Heart Attack at home)
Address: 1 Ashopton Drive
Intestate, left £18,139 gross, (£17,993 net), Ina got most of it by stealth. Derbyshire Registrars Death Index: Place of Death registered: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Reg Office:High Peak, County:Derbyshire, Register Entry:CD/2-1/148
Reg Office:High Peak, County:Derbyshire, Vol 6, page 1082

Cremation btw 23 Oct 1974 and 7 Nov 1974 Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
Service held at church in Bamford. Not sure whether cremated in Sheffield, Gill knows which

Note on Husband: William Edward EPWORTH (1) - shared note

Epworth Cutlery stamps: There is a question regarding the oldest "J T Epworth" stamp on a knife. It clearly predates William Edward Epworth, and his father Joseph Thomas Epworth never was directly involved in the cutlery business. So it is most likely associated with his father Joseph Epworth 1855--1907. But why "J T" Epworth? Possibly it was Joseph and Thomas.

 

The further question is the stamp for the cutlery business of William Edward Epworth (1917-1974). This is "J T Epworth and Sons", yet I Richard Epworth am William's only son, just as he was Joseph Thomas Epworth's only son. Probably it was to continue the original business name (though there was no continuity), and "Sons" meant descendants.

 

I (Richard Epworth) have a collection of cutlery, mostly made by my father William (Bill) Edward Epworth, I have just one solitary knife from my Great grandfather's cutlery business Joseph Epworth (1855-1907).

 

"JT Epworth and Sons" was always a bit of a puzzle to me as my father's father was Joseph Tom Epworth, but he only had one son William (my father). It appears that the JT Epworth name originally came from the cutlery business of my Great Grandfather Joseph Epworth (1855-1907),and his brother Thomas Epworth (b 1860). The "J" and the "T" being the two brothers respectively.

 

My grandfather (Joseph Tom Epworth) had never been a cutler, though he may have been intended to follow in his fathers footsteps (Joseph Epworth 1855-1907), rather than becoming a clerk and a businessman (hosiery).

 

"Epworth" trade stamps.

Variations in the stamps.

"JT.Epworth & Sons' " (note no fullstop between J&T, and the apostrophe at the end)

"J.T.Epworth & Sons"

"J.T.Epworth & Son" (note the singular Son here)

"Epworth & Son"

"Epworth"

 

Update November 2009 by Richard Epworth

It has been brought to my attention that cutlery exists with the stamp: "Epworth EPNS A1", with a registration number which would give a date of 1926!

 

I checked the canteen of modern Epworth cutlery that I have and the date comes out as the end of 1952, almost 1953, entirely feasible. The design is called FANFARE Reg No. 869296

Joseph Epworth 1885 - 1907 was dead then, perhaps his brother Thomas b 1860, d unknown???

(But see the note on Joseph Epworth 1885 - 1907 regarding questions of his death date.)

The mystery deepens as the mark is similar to several others that I have. is it possible that the stamp was passed from Joseph and Thomas Epworth, to William Edwad Epworth, skipping his father's generation, and later replaced by the more ornate stamp?

Note on Husband: William Edward EPWORTH (2) - shared note

Epworth Cutlery business - 1946 to 1956. William Epworth jointly ran a small cutlery business in Sheffield with Larry Fulton, from approx 1947-1955. Cutlery was being sold at Selfridges, exported to Australia. Business became insolvent in April 1956. The business was called JT Epworth and Sons. The works was at 111 Matilda Street, Sheffield 1.

Prior to the cutlery business, he had a plastics business from the war's end, possibly also with Larry. It was based in Dore village, in building behind the Methodist Church.

 

The Epworth cutlery business was started by regularly meeting a man who met cutlers at the end of Carver Street. Then they set up on their own business. They worked together from 1946 to 1954/5. Joseph Tom Epworth helped finance his son William in starting the business, but had no day to day involvement despite the "JT Epworth & Sons" stamp.

The business supplied cutlery to Selfridges & John Lewis', and exported to Australia

 

Larry Fulton, had wife Marjorie, son Gavin went to Birkdale, (born 1946-1950?). Gill Warburton believes that Marjorie was the woman who painted gold decoration onto glassware at Bills cutlery works. Larry stood as prospective Conservative? candidate for Penistone North.

Note on Husband: William Edward EPWORTH (3) - shared note

Epworth Cutlers: There have been several cutlers in my Epworth family since the late 1700s, starting with my Great Great Grandfather Joseph Epworth 1784-1860, and all living in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. I am a blood relative of the following Epworth Cutlers:

Joseph Epworth 1784-1860 Cutlers Apprentice in 1798, probably the first, as his father was a Yeoman

John Epworth 1777-? Cutler

Joseph Epworth 1815-1883 Spring Knife Cutler (may have been the J of JT Epworth& Sons)

Thomas Epworth 1826-1899 Cutler (may have been the T of JT Epworth& Sons)

Samuel Hobson Epworth 1808-1886 Spring Knife Cutler

Mary Ann Hobson Epworth 1817-1899

Thomas Epworth 1860-? Pen Knife Cutler

Joseph Epworth 1855-1907 Cutler

William Edward Epworth 1917 1974 Cutler

 

Richard Epworth 1945-........

 

My grandfather (Joseph Tom Epworth) had never been a cutler, though he may have been intended to follow in his fathers footsteps (Joseph Epworth 1855-1907), rather than becoming a clerk and a businessman (hosiery). He helped his son William E Epworth set up a cutlery business.

Note on Husband: William Edward EPWORTH (4)

Called "Billy Teddy" by the Skinner family when he was a small sprog, I suppose to differentiate him from all the other William Edwards: from Kate Boukley descendant of Jim Skinner

Note on Husband: William Edward EPWORTH (5)

Bill spent some of his time as a youth, potholing in Derbyshire. He and his 3 friends (?) dug out Eldon Hole, a purportedly bottomless pit, that had been filled with rocks (thrown down to check it was bottomless!). There are photos.

Sources

1"MyTotalFile.FTW". Text From Source: Date of Import: Sep 22, 1998
2"PeaceSp.FTW". Text From Source: Date of Import: 11 Jan 2003
3"From Monica Nicholson". Text From Source: Date of Import: 11 Jan 2003
4"William Epworth Birth Certificate, District Chesterfield, Subdistrict Dronfield, No.429, Reg sept 28th 1917". Text From Source: Date of Import: Sep 22, 1998
5"William Edward Epworth_1917-1974_CV".