Biographies

Thomas Newball Caldicott – 1862 – 1935 – Successful Ironmonger

Thomas Newball Caldicott was born in 1862 to William Hargrave Caldicott and Eliza Newball in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, a part of the prominent publishing family of Gainsborough responsible for producing the Gainsborough News and linked to Gainsborough Trinity Football Club (See Gainsborough Caldicotts – Prominent Newspaper Publishers and Gainsborough Caldicotts – Owners of Trinity Football Club)

On 12th July 1887 he married Sarah Lizzie Scottorn, from  Nottingham, daughter of William, a hosier and Anne (formerly Beet) at St. Matthew’s Church, Nottingham. They had three daughters, Winifred Maude, Mary Scottorn and Hilda Hargrave.

St Matthew's Church Nottingham

Winifred was born in March 1888 and married Henry Horsefall Lord, an estate agent, in July 1915 in Ormskirk, Lancashire. She sadly died at the County Mental Hospital on 16 March 1933, aged just 44 and Henry died just under three years later on 6 January 1936, aged 52. The couple had two sons and a daughter.

Mary was born in 1890. She married Walter Harris, also an estate agent, on 8 November 1913 in Brockley Hill, London.

Hilda was born in 1895 and she married Andrew Matson Hosie in July 1934 in Eastbourne, Sussex. She died on 2 September 1976.

Thomas became an ironmonger and was part of a consortium who. along with his brother, Charles bought the Trent Foundry, Gainsborough in 1888. Charles was Managing Director and Thomas also held a directorship in the company which owned and operated the site. The Foundry was situated in what is now Ropery Road and the sale was conducted by Hayes and Son, solicitors of Gainsborough.

The business was founded in about 1842 by Thomas Adwick Farmer, who was known as an iron and brass founder. By 1868 the company was known as Farmer and Son. The company became Farmer, Robey, Brown and Co by 1880 and in 1875 they began to manufacture stationary steam engines and traction engines.

By 1892 the company needed to go into liquidation and Thomas, Charles and the group put the company assets into auction conducted by F. Baines on 24 and 25 February that year. This contents sold included machinery, all objects from the blacksmith’s shop, foundry, sawmill, pattern maker’s shop, paint shop and a large amount of brass, iron and steel. The foundry and the nine acres of land on what was then called Ropery Lane were also sold in July 1892 and was then re-named Trent Works.

After this the family moved to Nottingham where Thomas continued to work as an ironmonger. However, they moved again shortly afterwards to the south east. On 24 November 1904 he was initiated into the Freemasons Hertford Lodge and on the 1911 census the family is living in Lewisham in Kent.

Sarah died on 10 February 1929 at the County Mental Hospital, Berry Wood, Northamptonshire. Thomas died at the age of 73 in on 12 November 1935 in Oundle, Northamptonshire.

This article has been produced largely because of research undertaken by Gainsborough Heritage Association. I would like to give warm and sincere thanks to the volunteers who committed their time to discovering a treasure trove of stories and information.

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