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Family of Richard Ernest ASHWORTH and Elizabeth Jane Powell ASHWORTH

Husband: Richard Ernest ASHWORTH (1877-1950)
Wife: Elizabeth Jane Powell ASHWORTH (c. 1880- )
Children: Richard William Baker ASHWORTH (1902-1987)
Winifred Mary ASHWORTH (1904- )
Elizabeth Heyes CHESHIRE (1908-1998)
Marriage 1898
Richard married Elizabeth Jane Powell in late 1897 or early 1898 [Q1 1898 Ashton under Lyne vol 8d page 647], no parish record of the marriage has been found. Richard would only have been 20 or 21 at the time and Elizabeth about 17.

Husband: Richard Ernest ASHWORTH

Name: Richard Ernest ASHWORTH1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Sex: Male
Father: Thomas Baker ASHWORTH (1844-1878)
Mother: Elizabeth B HEYES (1847-1913)
Birth Feb 6, 1877 Rochdale, Lancashire, England2,4,5,7
Richard was born on 6 February 1877, the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth. His father died when he was a few months old. By 1891 his widowed mother was working as a publican in Manchester, Richard and two of his siblings living with her. It was here that Richard started working in the textile industry, then moving down to London.
Residence 1891 (age 13-14) Chorlton on Medlock, Lancashire, England7
Relation to Head of House: Son
Census 1901 (age 23-24)
Willesden, Middlesex, England, London, UK
1901 139 Harley Road, Willesden, Middlesex, occupying three rooms
Richard Ashworth, 24, traveller furnishing piece goods, worker, born Lancashire
Elizabeth, 21, born Lancashire
Residence 1904 (age 26-27) Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Richard and Elizabeth moved to Nottingham sometime around 1904, between the birth of their first two children.
Residence Apr 2, 1911 (age 34) West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England5
Marital Status: MarriedRelation to Head of House: Head
Census 1911 (age 33-34)
Bromley Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, England, UK
1911 Braeside, Bromley Road, West Bridgford 7 rooms
Richard Ernest Ashworth, 34, traveller, furnishing fabrics, born Rochdale
Elizabeth Jane, 31, born Manchester
The couple had been married 13 years and had 3 children all living
Richard William Baker Ashworth, 9, school, born Willesden, Middlesex
Winifred Mary, 6, school, born Nottingham
Elizabeth Heyes A, 3, born Nottingham
Ida Alice Gascoyne, servant, 20, single, general domestic, born Awsworth Notts
Census 1939 (age 61-62)
Keyworth, Nottingham, UK
1939 Braeside, Plumtree Park, Keyworth
Richard E Ashworth 6 February 1877 lace curtain manufacturer
Elizabeth J 11 August 1879 unpaid domestic duties
Mary Powell 13 April 1881 retired school mistress
Edith E Lawson 20 December 1895 paid domestic
Death Sep, 1950 (age 73)
Nottingham Cathedral, North Circus Street, Nottingham, UK
Richard died in hospital in September 1950 age 73. He was described as having been in indifferent health for some time. Mourners at his funeral, which was held at St Barnabas’ Cathedral, included very many councillors and city council officers, representatives of the Labour party, the police, sporting organisations, the University of Nottingham, the Lace Federation, the Conservative Association and a great number of individuals attending in a private capacity. [As a note of caution, the newspaper says Richard was an altar boy in the cathedral but that seems unlikely since he did not move to Nottingham until he was an adult, they perhaps confused him with his son Richard.]

Mr H Norman Smith, MP for South Nottingham, stated, “With the passing of Dick Ashworth, his family loses a devoted husband and father, I lose a warm-hearted friend, and Nottingham loses a self-sacrificing citizen, who, during three decades, gave lavishly of his best with no thought of reward save the satisfaction of serving the city in which he took a pride, and the causes in which he believed.”

The Nottingham Journal wrote: “Alderman Ashworth was a lover of sport, and a sportsman in the term’s widest sense. He had a cheerfulness and a sense of humour which made him a good companion. He was occasionally criticised for being something of a wishful thinker, for having grandiose ideas which had no place in the hard realities of the present day. He had, for instance, visions of turning the Trentside into a Continental lido, with a floating theatre and other somewhat fanciful attractions. Such a development may never be, but time may show that the alderman was not too ambitious for his adopted city. If the dreams materialise into fact Alderman Ashworth will be hailed, long after his passing, as a man of exceptional vision and foresight.”

Wife: Elizabeth Jane Powell ASHWORTH

Name: Elizabeth Jane Powell ASHWORTH2,5
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth c. 1880 Manchester, England2,5
Residence 1901 (age 20-21) Willesden, Middlesex, England2
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Residence Apr 2, 1911 (age 30-31) West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England5
Marital Status: MarriedRelation to Head of House: Wife

Child 1: Richard William Baker ASHWORTH

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Name: Richard William Baker ASHWORTH4,5,8,9,10,11,12
Sex: Male
Spouse: Agnes Muriel SAVAGE (1902-1980)
Birth Mar 31, 1902 Willesden, Middlesex, England4,5,11
Richard was born in Willesden, Middlesex on 31 March 1902, the only son and eldest child of Richard Ernest and Elizabeth. In the 1920s he joined his father in his lace curtain business.
Baptism Aug 10, 1902 (age 0) Harlesden All Souls, England5,10
Residence Apr 2, 1911 (age 9) West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England5
Relation to Head of House: Son
Census 1939 (age 36-37)
12 Links Crescent, Skegness, UK
1939 12 Links Crescent, Skegness
Richard WB Ashworth, 31 March 1902 Managing Director and Salesmanager (travelling)
Agnes M, 24 June 1902 housewife
Richard DB, 20 April 1930 at school
Closed
Edith Wood 14 January 1912 Children’s nurse
One record is closed because it is believed that this person is still alive. Being listed after David it probably refers to Judith. Patricia has not been found in the 1939 register so it may be that she, too, is thought to be still alive.
Residence 1941 (age 38-39)
Hickling, Nottingham, UK
By 1941 the family had bought the Manor House in Hickling. In October Agnes was advertising for a housekeeper, making it clear that daily help was kept, and in December she was seeking “one or two useful maids”, again making it clear that there was already daily help in place.
Death Jun, 1987 (age 85) Basford, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, England5,9,11

Child 2: Winifred Mary ASHWORTH

Name: Winifred Mary ASHWORTH4,5,13
Sex: Female
Birth Oct, 1904 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England4,5
Residence Apr 2, 1911 (age 6) West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England5
Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Child 3: Elizabeth Heyes CHESHIRE

Name: Elizabeth Heyes CHESHIRE3,5,11,12,14,15,16
Sex: Female
Birth Feb 15, 1908 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England5,11,16
Baptism Apr 18, 1908 (age 0) Manchester, St Thomas, Lancashire, England3,15
Residence Apr 2, 1911 (age 3) West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England5
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Departure Durban, South Africa16
Arrival May 13, 1960 (age 52) Southampton, England16
Death Jun, 1998 (age 90) Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England11

Note on Marriage

Richard was a keen sportsman playing lacrosse, cricket, golf and billiards. He became a director of Notts County Football Club and was president of the Nottingham Panthers [ice hockey] supporters’ club. Richard also sponsored Tom Blower, a famous Nottingham Channel swimmer.

 

In the First World War Richard served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and certainly by the 1920s he had established his own business, RE Ashworth & Co, making lace curtains. The business was based in Stoney Street in the heart of the Nottingham Lace Market. He and Elizabeth lived for a while in Gedling Grove, then in West Bridgford, before moving to Plumtree Park in Keyworth in the late 1920s. Here Richard was able to spend time cultivating carnations and other flowers.

 

Richard had been a member of the Conservative party but his interest in social matters resulted in to moving to Labour and he was first elected for the Trent Ward of Nottingham for that party in 1923. He remained a City Councillor until his death. He was chosen by his party to be Sheriff of Nottingham in 1930 and four years later became Lord Mayor. He became an alderman of Nottingham in 1938 and was leader of the Nottingham Labour Party for the last four years of his life. It was said that during his year as sheriff he attended 400 engagements and nearly double that when he was Lord Mayor.

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