Into the 20th Century

Upper Wincobank Congregational Church

By 1905 the Sheffield Board Schools had been founded and the little Wincobank Day School was no longer required. However, the congregation and was growing so the decision was made to extend the room used as the chapel, doubling its length as can be seen when this photograph is compared with earlier images.

In the 1920s an extension was built on to the back of the School Master’s House to house the ever-growing Sunday school. Many local people remember this building as the Concert Hall.

Records of the trustees for this period show that Mary Anne’s nephews, Henry Joseph and John Wycliffe Wilson continued as trustees and were joined by various other members of their family up to and including 1955 when Ronald Eliot Wilson, son of J.W. was the sole representative. R.E. Wilson was the last descendent of John Read to be a Director of the company he had founded in 1760, the Sheffield Smelting Company.

We would be delighted to make contact with any surviving members of the family.


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2 responses to “Into the 20th Century”

  1. samheke says :

    Hi, interesting to read some of your blog. I stumbled across it when I was looking into Mary Ann Rawson and the Hall. I think I am a direct descendant and recently inherited a bible that Mary gave to her niece (who from a letter inside I gathered died), the letter was from her father possibly?. It has inscriptions to this effect and I hope to pass such a thing on to my children. Well I will keep on reading, as I’m quite fascinated. I’m fortunate that my grandfather HJS Wilson has traced our family tree and there is Mary right in there, as well as the Reads, Smiths and Wilsons, regards,
    Samantha Heke nee Wilson

  2. Mary E Nelson says :

    I recently came across a post card sent to my great aunt Ellen Oxley early in the 20th century. It had a picture of your chapel . Apparently that was where the Edward Oxley family came from so I am interested in your chapels philosophy. Although my dad’s family was Quaker and left Yorkshire in the late 16 ‘s it seems Mary Ann Rawson shared much of her philosophy with them. They were members of the underground Railroad in New Jersey secreting out slaves, which could have cost them their life. I am sorry I did not see the card before I visited York or surely I would have attended one of your services.
    Mary Nelson,California USA

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