Sheldrick Family History

The Sheldrick Family have been in the East Anglia area since the 1500’s, mainly Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.  Since the 1800s the family settled in Whittlesford, Fowlmere, Thriplow, Ashwell and Hinxworth as Farmers, Blacksmiths, Wheelwrights and Agricultural workers.  The late John Mead Sheldrick (1932-2004)  Hinxworth Farmer was also related.

John and Martha Sheldrick and their Children

This post relates the lives of the children of John Sheldrick 1854-1923 Builder’s Labourer and Martha Scoot 1857-1937 who were married on 02 Oct 1880 at Baldock where Martha lived. John and Martha lived at Thriplow until about 1890 when they moved to High Street, Ashwell. They had thirteen children: Mary Ann Elizabeth 1880-1947  –  Charles Alfred 1882  –  Albert 1884-1977  –  Elizabeth 1885  –  Frederick 1886-1972. – Bertie 1888 -1915 killed in WW1  –  Percy 1890-1979  –  John 1892-1917 killed in WW1  –  Daisy 1893-1962  – Mabel Violet known as May 1896-1969 –  Herbert known as Frank 1898-1980  –  Sidney 1900-1956  –  Henry Cecil known as Harry 1903-1968

Martha Sheldrick nee Scoot 1857-1937 wife of John Sheldrick 1854-1923
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Back row left to right: Herbert known as Frank, Daisy, Sidney, Mabel known as May, Henry known as Harry Front row left to right: Albert, Charles, Frederick, Percy. Mary Ann the eldest not in the photo married Sidney John Chalkley 1882-1940 a Coal Porter they had a son Conrad Sidney 1904-1967 and a daughter Gladys Elizabeth 1911-1988. Research for sister Elizabeth has drawn a blank so far.
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Charles Alfred Sheldrick 1882 Drayman for the Brewery. In 1910 Charles married Rhoda Lawrence, they had one daughter Gwendoline M 1911 and a son Charles Henry John 1914 an Installation Inspector, the family emigrated to South Africa in 1920
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Alfred Sheldrick 1884-1977 an Agricultural Worker. In 1910 Alfred married Emily Lee 1889-1935 they had one son Albert William 1911-1999 a Bricklayer. In 1938 Alfred married Ethel Rose Hankin 1891-1965 a Nursemaid.
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Frederick joined the Army in 1915 transferring to the then newly formed RFC in 1916, he held the rank of sergeant and his trade was a rigger working on the flimsy frames of the early aeroplanes.  The RFC uniform was called a ‘maternity tunic’ probably because it had a cross over front similar to maternity wear of that period. The photo is believed to have been taken in the conservatory which was located behind the Mill Street cottages.
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In 1918 Fred married Ruth Magness a domestic housemaid from Dorking, Suffolk.  They had two daughters: Jean Margaret 1919 -1995   and   Sybil Dorothy 1921-2004 
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After WW1 Fred worked as a Gardener for the Bury rising to Head Gardener responsible for the kitchen garden which was located behind the Bee wall in Gardiners Lane, where Wolverley House stands today.  He and the family lived in Rose Cottage, Elbrook Lane, which was demolished and replaced with the house next to the dairy.
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Rose Cottage, Elbrook Lane
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Ruth with daughter Jean 1919
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Frederick, Jean, Sybil and Ruth Sheldrick 1922
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Jean, George? and Sybil 1927
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Jean Sheldrick school photo
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Sybil Sheldrick c1925
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Sybil and Jean 1926
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Second from left Jean Sheldrick and colleagues at Brewery - Jean was a bottle handler
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Jean married Lawrence Hugo Gallant at St Mary’s Ashwell in 1941- Lawrence also worked at the Brewery as a lorry loader. Sister Sybil was the bridesmaid on the right. They had two daughters, Ruth Cecelia 1943 and Lena Helen 1947
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Sybil Sheldrick 1940
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Sybil Sheldrick - Sybil worked as a clerk. Sybil was one of the first Ashwell residents to live in Wolverley House
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Sybil Sheldrick ATS 1942
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ATS Christmas Dinner Menu 1944 Sybil's ATS friends
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Bertie Sheldrick 1888 - 1915. Bertie served in WW1, he was a Private in the Bedfordshire Regiment, he was killed and buried in France.
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Bertie Sheldrick and friend WW1
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Percy Sheldrick 1890- 1979 on leaving school Percy worked as a Drayman at the Brewery, he was in the Army in WW1. In 1918 he gained a certificate from the Central School of Art for Tapestry Weaving working for Morris & Co at Merton Abbey from 1921-39. Later he worked for Hertfordshire Rubber Co as a Clerk retiring in 1950. In 1922 he married Ethel Mary Holben 1890- 1959 Housekeeper from Wrestlingworth. Percy was a highly skilled Embroiderer/Tapestry Weaver, examples of his work are displayed in Westminster Abbey and St Mary's Church Ashwell; In 1969 the Queen Mother visited Percy at his home during a private visit to Ashwell.
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Percy's wife Ethel Mary Holben sister of Miriam Holben wife of Frank Sheldrick
Percy Sheldrick
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John (Jack) Sheldrick 1891 - 1917. Jack served in WW1, he was a Private in the South Wales Borderers previously known as the Bedfordshire Regiment. Jack was killed and buried in France
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Daisy Sheldrick 1893-1962 worked as a Cook. In 1915 Daisy married John Stratton 1883-1965 a Skilled Labourer HM Dockyard Portsmouth.
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Mabel Violet (May) 1896-1969 on leaving school May worked as a Domestic Servant, later becoming a cook at Ashwell School. In 1918 May married William Barnes 1894-1960 a Chief Stocker in the Navy. They had a daughter Dorothy Joan 1919-2007 and a son William John 1922-1952
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Herbert Frank (Frank) 1898-1980 worked as a Gardener/Poultryman and Bee Keeper. In 1926 Frank married Miriam Holben 1892-1974 sister of Ethel Mary Holben who was married to brother Percy Sheldrick. They had one daughter Mary Eleanor 1930-1995
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Frank's wife Miriam Holben sister of Ethel Mary Holben wife of Percy Sheldrick
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Sidney Sheldrick 1900-1956 Brewery Lorry Driver he also worked for Albert Moule driving coaches for holidays, day drips and village outings. In 1935 Sidney married Agnes Jane Finding 1900-1978 live in Housekeeper, sister of Ethel Annie Finding who was married to brother Harry Sheldrick. They had two sons, Robert 1935 village Milkman, St Mary's Bell Captain and Clock Winder and Nicholas William 1942-2016 Decorator and a daughter Esther Diana (Di) 1939 Di worked for Irvin's of Letchworth as an R & D Project Machinist, adjusting designs, making prototypes and making patterns for Production Machinists to use.
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Agnes and Sidney c 1934
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Agnes Jane Sheldrick nee Finding c 1934. When Agnes left school at the age of 14 she worked for the Ablett family at Fairview as a live in Housekeeper staying there until they moved in 1929 when she moved to Finchley, London there she worked as a live in Housekeeper for the Seagar family until she married Sidney in 1935. Both Families stayed in touch with Agnes often visiting her at Ashwell
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Brewery lorries - Sidney Sheldrick with his lorry in the centre marked on the photo
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Sidney and Agnes's home in the front of the photo - corner of Rollys Lane and Mill Street with Fordham's Brewery in the background.
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c 1938 Mill Street, Agnes with son Robert sitting on the water butt with neighbours Mr and Mrs Herbert Clements on the left of the photo. Does anyone know the other couple?
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Ashwell Homeguard WW2 on Ashwell recreation ground. Sidney is in the back row 3rd from left and his brother Harry is also in the back row 10th from left
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Agnes on the left and friends pea picking
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Pea picking wagon Agnes second from right in top row with friends outside Agnes's home on the corner of Rollys Lane and Mill Street
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Ethel Collins and Agnes enjoying one of the village outings
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Agnes at the seaside c 1940s
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Robert in fancy dress c 1940
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Robert in fancy dress c 1940. Robert won a prize for his fancy dress depicting a man who used to visit the village collecting jars and giving the children windmills in return - who said recycling is new?
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Robert, Nicholas and Diana c 1942
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Robert Sheldrick 1947 front row 4th from left
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Robert with his milk float in Mill Street. Sister Di wrote a poem in celebration: Robert on your retirement May 2000 On the farm you have worked for 50 years, delivering milk to young and old dears, On your bike to the dairy you did go, whatever the weather, rain or snow. With a whistle and a smile and looking content, on your milk float round the village you merrily went. Although some days you've felt really bad a day of sick you never had. A conscientious worker you've always been, as the people you delivered to have no doubt seen. But you can do now the things you've always wanted to do, a happy and healthy retirement we wish for you. You can work in the garden, or go out on the town, and forget about problems that once got you down. You can lay in bed with no early call and enjoy a whole day doing nothing at all. Morning, noon or night the bells you can ring or go to the church to have a good sing. But however you find yourself spending your days,, hope your dreams all come true in the happiest of ways.
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Esther Diana Sheldrick (Di) c 1940
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Di Sheldrick standing on the righthand side and Ashwell friends can you identify anyone? c 1942
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1953 Outside Parade House and Ashwell Stores then known as Sacketts. Agnes Sheldrick is second in from the right infront of the Sackett family who are on their doorstep.
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Di and Peter's wedding invitation, the reception was held at St George's Hall now know as the Bushel and Strike
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Di's wedding at St Mary's 17 March 1962. Di was given away by her brother Robert. Di made her own and her bridesmaid's dresses which were apricot
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Peter Shuttlewood and Di Sheldrick just married - 17 March 1962 - St Mary's Ashwell
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Nicky Sheldrick c 1953
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Nicholas Sheldrick and Anne Duffy's wedding 1971 at St Mary's Ashwell with Nicky's mother Agnes
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Daughter Sally's wedding at St Mary's 1997
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Nicky Sheldrick - Ashwell RBL Standard Bearer c 2012
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Henry Cecil (Harry) Sheldlrick 1903-1968 Brewery Labourer. In 1932 Harry married Ethel Annie Finding 1903-1993 Domestic Servant. They had one son Noel John 1934-2019. Noel was a Radio/TV Engineer working at Gilberts, Baldock
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Henry Sheldrick and Ethel Finding's wedding 4 June 1932at Eyeworth. Sister Agnes is the bridesmaid sitting in front of Ethel
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Ashwell Pub Outing Harry Sheldrick back row fourth from the right with brother Sidney next to him fifth from the right
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Cousins Robert and Noel Sheldrick c 1936
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Ethel Sheldrick c 1940s
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