Harry Tudor and the Temperance Hotel

Broomhall's past connections to the entertainment industry

Researched by Rob Marston

Hannah Unwin ran the famous Temperance Hotel on Victoria Street and gave lodgings to many Sheffield entertainers of the time. On the 1911 census we can see a Harry E Tudor lodging there with his wife Isobel and daughter Isla, listed as being born in America. Harry was a famous character in the national circus scene but in 1911, age 41, his profession is listed as ‘Amusement Catering’.

From the 1911 Census:


Hannah     E Unwin

Age in 1911:


Estimated birth year:

abt     1865

Relation to Head:




Birth Place:

Grenoside     Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Civil Parish:



Yorkshire-West     Riding



Street address:

56 and 60 Victoria Street     Sheffield Yorks

Marital Status:



Temperance     Hotel Proprietress

Household Members:

Hannah       E Unwin 46       married, Temperance Hotel Proprietress
Frank       Steas Unwin 22       son, Temperance       Hotel Clerk
Winifred       E Unwin 19,       daughter, Training       College Student
Molly       Bennett 22,       student, Hotel       Waitress
Mary       E Duffey 25,       servant, Hotel       Chambermaid
Alice       Stokes 15,       servant, Hotel       House Maid
Gladys       Evelyn Mercer 20,       servant, Hotel       Kitchens Maid
Harry       E Tudor 41,       visitor, Amusement       Catering, British
Isobel       Tudor 27,       visitor, wife,       British
Isla       Tudor 7,       daughter, American
Annetie       Sawers 19,       visitor,       British


The website www.magictricks.com explains more about Harry Tudor:

“Harry E. Tudor was a colorful personality in both the aviation and the show business worlds. As a show promoter, he was the manager of Frank C. Bostock’s Bostock Jungle, a wild animal show that gained its greatest fame by staging a number of legal wedding ceremonies inside a steel cage, with human brides and grooms attended by wedding parties made up of lions and tigers. From about 1908 until 1912, Tudor travelled extensively in the U.S. and in Europe with the show. When Frank Bostock died suddenly in 1912, Tudor moved into the amusement business, selling rides and devices for J.W. Zarro Co. This experience led to his next position as manager of the famous Rockaway Playland Amusement Park on Long Island, NY, then called the L.A. Thompson Amusement Park.”

Read more about Harry on the National Fairground Archive website

This page was added by Jennie Beard on 26/12/2014.

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