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The Family of John Henry Titterington
All too often photographs have survived without an indication of who is who on the picture. This photograph is one of those.
John Henry Titterington is a member of the 'Morecambe Bay Fishermen' group and he was born at Caton near Lancaster in 1863 and died there in 1943. He married Margaret Jane Williams in 1884 and they had four daughters and four sons.
Of the four sons, two were to die in the First World War (Henry and George). The sons were Charles b 1884, Henry b 1886, Albert b 1890 and George b 1891. The girls are Dorothy b 1888, Eliza b 1892, Harriett b 1893 and Edith b 1898.
Looking at the picture, the elderly couple in the centre are clearly John Henry and Margaret Jane. The youngest of the assumed sons along the back, looks about 18 to 20 and that is presumably George, so the picture must have been taken around 1910 to 1912. It has to be said that the difference in the ages of the 'sons' might appear to be greater than the 7 years that actually separated them. Looking at the girls, none of them looks younger than 16 and this places the photograph slightly later at 1914.
Another possibility is that it is a wedding photograph but there is no obvious bride nor two sets of parents, so a family group seems more probable.
The lady seated front left looks too old to be one of the daughters and she is almost certainly the Mary J Williams who was aged 26 on the 1891 census and was shown as a daughter of the Head of the Household. In fact she was Margaret Jane's sister (piece 3470 folio 17) and sister-in-law to John Henry.
Thanks are due to Ian Chappel for the photograph.
Yealand Hall, Yealand Redmayne is not quite as impressive as one might think from the name. In fact it is a substantial farmhouse rather than a stately home. It is situated north of Carnforth and south of the estuary of the River Kent in Lancashire.
In 1851 it was the home of William Titterington, his wife Jane (nee Lewthwaite) and their eight children. William is described as a farmer of 300 acres, but the size of the farm is very hard to read on the census microfilm (1851 piece 2273 folio 295) and it would be an exceptionally large holding in 1851 if it was 300 acres.
William was a member of the 'Dalton Gamekeepers' family and is believed to be the son of William and Mary Sawrey. He later became a publican.
Flight Lieutenant Sydney Desmond Titterington DFC Royal Australian Air Force
The grave featured in this edition of the web site is another one outside of Europe. Alan Cookson was in Thailand in 2004 and he provided this photograph taken in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site tells us that Sydney D Titterington was the son of Abraham Titterington and Mary Alice Titterington nee Todd and he died on 1st November 1944 aged 22.
Sydney Desmond Titterington was a member of the 'Dalton Gamekeepers' branch and his father Abraham was born at Witherslack in 1887 and died in that area of the UK in 1947. However, he spent a lot of his life in Australia and married Mary Todd in Marrickville, Sydney in 1915. Mary Todd, on the other hand was born and bred in Australia and died there in 1940.
Sydney Desmond Titterington had two brothers; John born in Sydney in 1916 and Edgar born in Prestwich, Manchester in 1924. Clearly the family journeyed between England and Australia a number of times.
St John the Evangelist, Lund stands near the road from Clifton to Salwick on the Fylde. It is also virtually next door to a huge British Nuclear Fuels plant.
The nave of the church dates from 1824 and the sixty foot high tower was added in 1873. The church has a website at www.geocities.com/lundparishchurch/page.html and this has a lovely picture of the Church taken in the spring before the trees came inot leaf and this allows an excellent view from the south.
The Fylde family group of Titteringtons lived primarily in Newton with Scales and in the 18th century, prior to the construction of the church at Lund, they attended the parish Church at Kirkham. To the right of the porch of Lund Church, in a triangular area is a Titterington grave. Sadly the gravestone has now been laid flat in the name of public safety. Inside the church, on the immediate right of the door, is a brass plaque in memory of Sgt James Titterington who was killed with the East Lancashire Regiment in France in 1918. He is also commemorated at Victoria Station Manchester on the large bronze Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway memorial.
Then and Now
The Crown Inn at Arnside
Jonathan Titterington was the landlord of this hostelry in the 19th century. Jonathan was the son of William Titterington and Mary Sawrey and he was born at Yealand Redmayne in 1803. He married Margaret Crossfield at Beetham in May 1830 and is shown as a Victualler in Arnside on the 1851 census. At this time the Inn was known as the Crown. Jonathan died in 1856. The picture opposite is believed to have been taken in the first few years of the 20th century.
The modern day inn is named 'Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' and there is said to be a cockpit under the floor of the right hand part of the building in the photograph. The picture was taken from more or less the same angle but the present day sea wall prevented the photographer from standing further back! The building has not changed that much in its exterior although the interior, like that of many pubs, has been knocked through to create a couple of large spaces downstairs.