Henry Lynes (1840-1922)

Henry Lynes was born in Quorndon in 1840 and in 1851, still at school; he was living in Stoop Lane, Quorndon, with his parents William, an agricultural labourer, and Harriet and his two siblings.

In 1857, he married Ann Barradell (c.1838-1924) in Leicester, joining the firm three years later, as a joiner. In 1861, the couple were living in Sidney Terrace[1], Middle Park Lane[2], Loughborough, with no children; by 1871 they had relocated to No. 61, Ashby Road, with their 8-year-old daughter, Ann.


Loughborough, Beacon Road, site of Sidney Terrace

Ann married Thomas Pell on 12th November, 1881 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel, Ashby Road, Loughborough. Thomas Pell was another of the firm’s employees, reportedly joining in 1882[3] (see below). At the time of the 1881 census, Ann, working as a hosiery maker up, had already left home and was lodging in Derby Square with Elizabeth Hull, aged 83. Lodging at the same address was Sarah Barradell, aged 34, a hosiery seamer and presumed relation on her mother’s side.

By 1885, Henry and Ann were living at No. 29, Regent Street.

In 1886, Henry Lynes was working away on an ornate conservatory and lean-to vinery for Mr. Charles Sidney Howitt, of The Firs, Norton-by-Kempsey, Worcestershire[4].

By 1891[5] Henry and Ann had been joined by their 8-year-old grandson, Henry Lynes Pell. Their other grandchildren were living at home at No. 3, Union Lane (see below). Ten years later in 1901, Henry was still living with his grandparents at No. 29, working as a joiner, the same as his grandfather and possible working for the firm. In 1904, he married Mabel Rowena Barnett, who was born in Coalville in 1883 and in 1901[6] working in Loughborough, as a housemaid to Joseph Smalley, a tobacconist, No. 77, Nottingham Road. Following their marriage, they moved to Coalville, where in 1911[7] they living in Mantle Street with Mabel’s widowed mother, Roseanna, and her two sisters, Flora[8] and Rachel[9]. At the time the couple had two children, Thomas Henry, aged 6 and Kathleen May, aged 4.

In January 1892, Henry Lynes worked as a labourer on a job with J. or R.J. Jackson installing a new glass roof at Nanpantan Hall for Edward Handley Warner[10].

By 1907[11], Henry and Ann had moved further along Regent Road to N0. 73, when in 1911[12], aged 71 Henry was apparently still working as a joiner for the firm.

The couple had eight children, although only one had survived to 1911. One daughter, Jane Ann, died on 8th May 1858[13], another, Hannah, on 14th May 1860[14] and a third, Mary Agnes, on 4th November 1871[15].

Henry Lynes died in 1922, aged 82, and his wife, Ann, two years later, aged 86.



  1. Sidney Terrace, now demolished, stood on the north-west side between the entrance to Forestfield and Park Cottage, No. 1, Beacon Road, towards the junction with Park Road. The terrace comprised of ten dwellings, standing back from the road behind small front gardens. The terrace, which had a frontage of 131ft. 4in., comprised of a single building, consisting of 2 blocks of 4 and 6 dwellings, separated by a covered access way to large back gardens.
  2. Today Middle Park Lane is known as Beacon Road.
  3. A Century of Progress – a History of Messenger & Company, Limited. 1858-1958 (Unpublished).
  4. Privately held records.
  5. Census Return.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Aged 25, single and “mother’s help”.
  9. Aged 15, single and a domestic servant.
  10. Privately held records.
  11. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1907.
  12. Census Return.
  13. The Leicestershire Mercury and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties, 15th May 1858.
  14. The Nottinghamshire Guardian, 24th May 1860.
  15. The Leicestershire Mercury and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties, 11th November 1871.