ALONZO (1857-1920) and MARY ANN HEMSWORTH (1857- 1941)

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My great grandparents were married on Christmas Day 1878 at the Church of St John in the Wybourn district of Sheffield. Both were 21 at the time of the marriage with Alonzo's "rank or profession" being given as a coach-builder. They both resided in Norwich Street West Sheffield. The street disappeared many years ago when the area was redeveloped but West Norwich Street was at the extreme western end of Norwich Street, from the sharp corner (near the northern end of Bungay Lane) to the junction with Bungay Street. From the 1850 map there are indications that it would  have been a fairly steep hill; rising, from the Midland station to the corner, where it levelled out .  

Alonzo in time owned a coach body building business that was situated in Keetons Hill in the Highfields area of  Sheffield. Some of his sons worked with him in the family business. At the time of writing Keeton's Hill still exists and runs off London Road almost opposite John Street. It is a very narrow road and it is possible that the cobbles are still visible in places. I don't think there are any houses there now - mainly business premises (George Barlow's Shopfitter's offices are on the corner of London Road and Keeton's Hill).

Further details of my great my great grandparents MARY ANN and ALONZO's can be found on the page that is devoted to my grandad's Sid 's brothers and sisters including a marvellous photo taken in the garden of a house in Broughton Road Hillsborough Sheffield in 1907.


Mary Ann with her daughter in law LILY and grandson JACK taken on the beach

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