The Dickinson Family of Broomhall Place ~ Introduction
Life at No. 27
Written by Gemma Clarke
No. 27 Broomhall Place was the family home of the Dickinson family at the beginning of the 20th century. It was one of the houses in the beautiful Georgian terrace which was later demolished in the 1980s.
Judith Gaillac first got in touch with the project about her family and shared with us this picture of 27 Broomhall Place, taken in 1977. Although she never lived in Sheffield herself, Judith visited once to see the house where her father was born and where he and he family had lived.
Her father John Dickinson was born in 1899 and lived there with his father Frederick who was a sub-editor on the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, his mother Edith, brothers, sisters and at one time also his uncle, Arthur Joshua Dickinson, who was Secretary Manager of Sheffield Wednesday football club.
27 Broomhall Place had two front rooms, a back sitting room, a big kitchen and a scullery. Judith’s father also mentioned bedrooms (but not how many), cellars and attics. Judith’s father also mentioned a bathroom as he could remember when he got stuck in a re-enamelled bath when he was about 10 or 11 which would have been 1909 or 1910.
Judith has donated a photograph (see photo on right) of the Maitland family which includes Judith’s grandmother, Edith Annie Dickinson (nee Maitland), with her own mother, brothers and sisters. Judith suggests that the picture would have been taken after the 15th September 1894, as her grandmother, shown second from the left, is wearing a wedding ring.
Those pictured are from left to right: Catherine Lizzie Maitland, Edith Annie Dickinson (nee Maitland), William Jones Maitland, Frank Maitland and Ethel Gertrude Maitland who later married Herbert Hawkins. Seated in front was their mother, Elizabeth Anne Maitland (nee Jones).
The 1911 census for the Dickinson family for 27 Broomhall Place shows the people below living there in eight rooms:
Frederick Percy Dickinson- Head of household, aged 44, married, worked as a Journalist (newspaper sub-editor) and born in Yorkshire, Sheffield.
Edith Annie Dickinson- Wife, aged 42, married. It shows in 1911 that Edith had been married for 16 years. The total of children she had which were born alive were six and the total that were still living was five, so one child had died. She was born in Coventry.
Winifred Maitland Dickinson, daughter, at school and born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Arthur Dickinson, son, aged 14, at school, and born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
John Herbert Andrew Dickinson, son, aged 11, at school, and born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Frank Noel Dickinson, son, aged 9, at school, and born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Nesta Mary Dickinson, daughter, aged 3, and born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Mabel Berry was their general servant (domestic), aged 20, single, and born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Judith has also shared with us a series of letters written in 1911 by her grandmother: