Jarratts Buildings - The People

Jarratts Families

1911 Census

The site in 1911 had undergone change in the previous decade. Several of the older residents had died, including Eliza Cauldwell, Maria Taylor and Louise Grist. As a result, homes had become available and new families had arrived. Fifteen of them can be regarded as passing through, whilst the Benthams were at the start of a long association with Jarratts. A couple of the families were actually young wives who had grown up at Jarratts and whose first home after marriage was on the site.

Jarratts Plan Showing House Numbers
Plan of Jarratts showing estimated position of house numbers

Although the Winder name had long disappeared, there were plenty of people who were descended from this family, including the Booths, Brannons, Harpers and Thompsons. The Whiteley surname had returned, with George Whiteley, son of James, living at No 38, three doors away from his stepfather John Taylor. George was now a married man with a young family of his own.

  • John Harper 1849-1925 1871 to 1925 Sarah Winder 1849-1928
    • William Harper 1880-1957 1900 to 1957 Elizabeth Swift 1881-1961
      • John Harper 1901-????
    • John Harper 1889-1965 1912 to 1959 Lucy Booth 1892-1959
      • Harry Harper 1923-1924
    • Five Others
Harper Family Tree

Eliza Cauldwell’s family had drifted away from Jarratts. Some still lived in Worsborough, but four of her children had settled in the North East of England. Her sister Mary still lived there and more than a dozen of her grandchildren were also on the site, principally at No 23. Two grandchildren were married and lived with young families of their own. Amongst the smaller groups, the Glovers had links to four houses and the Finans also remained on site, now further linked to the Bennetts as a result of the marriage of widowed Catherine Finan to John Bennett.

An interesting survival in Barnsley Archives is the Worsborough rate book for 1914, which reveals a continuation of the trends of 1911. Aged residents continued to die, including Arthur Booth and his mother Susan. Some families who were new in 1911 had already moved away and new arrivals had taken their place. The rate book offers a possible explanation. The rents, estimated to be £6 a year, were the lowest in the area, a strong indication that many of the properties were now in poor condition. With better accommodation to be had in other parts of Worsborough, anyone with a regular income was unlikely to be attracted to Jarratts unless they had a particular reason for living there, such as a family connection.