Hartshill Cemetery (reflecting the values of Victorian Society)



Queens Road (including 1891 census returns)




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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