Hartshill Cemetery (reflecting the values of Victorian Society)
Stoke Corporation agreed to purchase 21 acres of land for the cemetery from Frederick Bishop () at a cost of £3,450. The agreement included the proviso that the corporation was to pay half of the cost of a new road - Queens Road to run from the cemetery to Princes Road at Hartshill. Frederick Bishop then tried to persuade the North Staffordshire Infirmary to pay the other half of the cost of Queens Road. They refused and he then got the corporation to agree to pay two thirds of the cost of the new road and the hospital the remaining third. He also altered the line of the new road which was originally to have skirted the western boundary of the North Staffordshire Infirmary so that it joined Princes Road further to the west. This allowed him to sell building plots on both sides of the new road. In fact only one site was sold fronting Princes Road where a row of six houses was built next to the Infirmary Lodge.
In 1888 the committee of the North Staffordshire Infirmary alarmed at the prospect of being entirely surrounded by houses bought the triangular site on the corner of Queens Road and Princes Road containing 3 acres for the premium price of £1,200. Frederick Bishop extended Queens Road to Penkhull at his own expense in the mid 1880s and began to sell sites for new houses.
Stoke Corporation approved the plans for the first houses for John Leigh and James Winkle in May 1886. Shortly afterwards a large detached villa was built midway along the road for John Fitzherbert Campbell, eldest surviving nephew of Colin Minton Campbell.
The 1924 Ordnance Survey map shows the houses built on the west side of Queens Road immediately above and below the cemetery before the First World War.
By 1891 eight houses had been built in Queens Road and three were under construction at the time of the census. The 1891 census returns have been transcribed and are reproduced below. [Numbers in brackets are the schedule entry numbers.]
1 Queens Road, Penkhull [No 91]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth John Leigh Head Married 66 Potters Saggar Maker Chesh. Biddulph Martha Leigh Wife Married 66 - Staffs. Penkhull Ellen Leigh Grand daughter Single 12 Dressmaker's Apprentice Staffs. Penkhull Charles Atkinson Grandson Single 5 Scholar Staffs. Penkhull
2 Queens Road, Penkhull [No 92]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth George E Owen Head Married 20 Potters Packing Clerk Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Eliza Owen Wife Married 22 Potters Warehousewoman Staffs, Hanley
3 Queens Road, Penkhull [No 93]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth James Winkle Head Married 40 Potters Manger Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Elizabeth Winkle Wife Married 36 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent James A Winkle Son Single 14 Scholar Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Emma Blackburn Sister-in-Law Single 44 Potters Forewoman Burnisher Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent
Queens Road, Penkhull [No 94]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth John Foster Head Married 38 Timbers Merchants Valuer,
Manager and Occasional Traveller
Staffs, Ellenhall Ellen Foster Wife Married 38 - Staffs, Eccleshall Ellen H Foster Daughter Single 12 Scholar Staffs, Fenton Selwyn Foster Son Single 4 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Percival Foster Son Single 2 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent
Queens Road, Penkhull [No 95]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth Thomas Rowley Head Married 28 Writing Clerk Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Caroline Rowley Wife Married 28 - Staffs, Newcastle Mabel Rowley Daughter Single 4 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Ida Rowley Daughter Single 2 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Thomas Rowley Son Single 8 mth - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent
Queens Road, Penkhull [No 96]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth John Campbell Head Married 33 Tile Manufacturer Worcs, Ombersley Esther Campbell Wife Married 29 - Staffs, Tunstall Helen Campbell Daughter Single 4 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Arthur J Campbell Son Single 2 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent George Campbell Son Single 1 mth - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Mary Cooksey Servant Single 25 Nurse Staffs, Stone Sarah Cooksey Servant Single 19 Nurse Staffs, Stone Mary E Ford Servant Single 25 Housemaid Staffs, Silverdale Jane Palmer Servant Single 37 Cook Salop, Rickston Clara Fowler Servant Single 26 Nurse Warwick, Oldbury
Queens Road, Penkhull [No 97]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth Alfred Mason Head Married 45 Commercial Clerk Chesh, North Rode Ann Mason Wife Married 44 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Walter Mason Mason Single 13 Scholar Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Alfred Mason Mason Single 10 Scholar Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Arthur Mason Mason Single 7 Scholar Staffs, Wolstanton Edward Mason Mason Single 4 - Staffs, Wolstanton Emily Salmon Niece Single 20 Governess Chesh, Macclesfield Harriet Chadwick Servant Single 21 General Servant Staffs, Burslem
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth Joseph Ridgway Head Married 44 Music Seller Staffs, Hanley Emma Ridgway Wife Married 44 - Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent Jane Ridgway Daughter Single 23 School Teacher Staffs, Hanley John Ridgway Son Single 22 Clerk Staffs, Hanley Samuel Ridgway Son Single 19 Clerk Staffs, Hanley Minnie Ridgway Daughter Single 17 Dressmaker Staffs, Hanley Annie Ridgway Daughter Single 14 Scholar Staffs, Newcastle James W Ridgway Son Single 12 Scholar Staffs, Newcastle Gertrude Ridgway Daughter Single 9 Scholar Staffs, Hanley Arthur Ridgway Son Single 8 Scholar Staffs, Hanley Florry Ridgway Daughter Single 5 Scholar Staffs, Hanley Edward J Ridgway Son Single 3 Scholar Staffs, Hanley William Ridgway Son Single 10 mth - Staffs, Penkhull Ada Wardle Servant Single 65 General Servant Staffs, Stone
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