of Amblecote Bank
Mary Rollason was born 3rd November 1882 to John and Sarah Rollason of Amblecote Bank, Amblecote. John's occupation was shown on the certificate as Chartermaster (mines).
In 1891 Mary was with her parents and six of seven siblings at a house on Amblecote Bank. John's occupation at that time was shown as Clay Miner as was one of his sons. In 1901 Mary was at Brettell Lane living with her married sister and working at nearby glassworks. Her parents and three young siblings were still at Amblecote Bank and father was now shown as Chartermaster/employer. My father told me that his grandfather (John Rollason) had worked on sinking/digging out some of the clay pits in the Amblecote area.
In 1851 John, aged 5, was at Astons Fold with his parents Thomas and Mary Rollason and four siblings. His father Thomas's occupation was shown as Farm Labourer. (There must have been quite a lot of farming in the area before industry took over). John's wife's family had moved from Broom in Worcestershire to farm at Ravensitch, and were there in 1861. Both fathers were shown as farmers on John's marriage certificate in 1873.
George and Mary Cooper (nee Rollason) on their wedding day 1906, the little bridesmaid was probably Mary's niece.
A lovely letter was received from a Mrs M. Anne Truman who lives in Duffield Belper in Derbyshire.
Anne writes of her dad’s family who worked and lived all of their life in Amblecote, she says” I was born and lived for 14 years on Amblecote Road. My great grandfather, John Rollason, was a clay miner and a chartermaster in the late 1880’s.
On the 1851 census his father, Thomas Rollason, was shown as a farm labourer in the same area and John’s father-in-law was also shown as a farm worker. Both families lived in the Stamford Road Area, Astons Fold and Ravensitch, which must have been all farmland before clay mining took over for the brick industry. I do remember that Stamford Road was a pleasant rural lane that I walked as a child to visit aunts and uncles. I also walked with my dog most days after school, over the fields towards the E.J. and J Pearsons Brickworks, and I often came home with bunches of wild flowers (that would be frowned upon these days).
My grandfather, George Cooper, worked at the iron foundry in Amblecote and my grandmother, Mary Rollason, was shown on the 1881 census working as a washer at the glass works at Brettell Lane.
They married in 1906 and lived in Collis Street. I do remember being taken to the recreation ground there and also walking with my dad all the way from Amblecote Road across country and under the railway bridge to visit them. I am not sure if this was the famous “murder bridge” but I was not told much about this and only read about it in the AHS newsletter “a while ago”.
© M.P.L.H.G. 2012