Bridsons Yard

Robert Bridson and Son

(based on information from and using photographs provided by G. Bridson with additional information from Ian L. Norris. N.B. All photographs are the property of G. Bridson and may not be copied for commercial use without permission)

The name Bridson is a familiar one in Neston and although the firm of Robert Bridson and Son is no longer in operation the name continues to be associated with certain locations in Neston: Bridson’s Hill and Bridson’s ravine. At the time of writing (2017) the last remaining storage shed belonging to Bridson’s has only recently been demolished. Many living Nestonians remember the steam roller which was stored in Bridson’s yard and a fair few remember riding on the back of it. The Bridson most of them will remember as proprietor was Tom Bridson (1902 – 1967). However, the firm was first established by his grandfather, Robert Bridson (1837 – 1911)  in1870. It was taken over by Robert’s son, George Weir Bridson (1866 – 1931) and then by George Weir Bridson’s son Thomas Bridson.

Robert Bridson. (1837 – 1911)

Robert Bridson served an apprenticeship as a ships carpernter but during the course of his life he followed various occupations; mechanic, miller, shop keeper, timber merchant and traction engine owner. Evidently he saw the business opportunities which advances in steam power offered. They affected not only transport and industry but also farming and replaced horse, water and man power. Steam traction engines were used in agriculture for threshing and tree pulling. They were too expensive for most individual farmers to buy for their own use so contractors were hired who travelled from farm to farm. Road locomotives were used for heavy haulage on public highways. There were also ploughing engines which could plough up to 30 acres per day. Steam tractors were small road locomotives which could be operated by one man if the engine was less than 5 tons. They were used in particular by the timber trade.

He was born in Malew on the Isle of Man on 7th November 1837, the son of Robert Bridson, a farmer, and his wife Sarah (nee Kelly). He had a brother, Thomas, and a sister, Esther (1829 – 1868). Their mother died in May 1840 and in October 1842 their father married Esther Quine.  In 1851 Robert’s sister Esther was working as a nurse in the household of the recently widowed Elizabeth Brock Lyon who was living with daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Maria and Mary, in the house next to Neston Parish Church (see Neston Female Friendly Society – Lady Patronesses and Creches in Nineteenth Century Neston).

On 13th November 1856 Esther married Thomas Scott, son of George Scott (1806 – 1871) a farmer of Ness Colliery Farm and his wife Susan/Susannah (1807 – 1895). Thomas and Esther had at least five children but Esther died in 1868, when their youngest child, Robert, was born, leaving Thomas with a young family. He then married Elizabeth Cottrell, daughter of neighbour, Daniel Cottrell who was also an agricultural worker, and had eight more children.
Robert Bridson married Thomas Scott’s sister ,Mary Anne Scott, the youngest of George Scott’s children and the only daughter, in 1866 when he was 28 and she was 21.

Robert Bridson was a ship’s carpenter by trade and in the early years of their marriage he appears to have worked away from home as the 1871 census shows Mary living with her mother and father on the Colliery farm with her three children, George Weir Bridson, Susan Bridson and Sarah Bridson. Mary Anne’s occupation is listed as ‘mechanic’s wife’. It is around this time that he first began to operate as a steam engine contractor.

Ten years later in 1881 Robert and Mary Ann were living in Leighton Road where Robert was working as a miller. Mary Ann’s mother, now a widow, was living with them and the family had grown to include 4 daughters, Esther, Isabella, Elizabeth and Frances, and 1 son, Oliver. Two of their children, Frances and James, died in childhood but 3 sons and 4 daughters lived to adulthood. He also had a shop on the High Street and premises in Bridge Street.

The Scott Family

George Scott and his wife, Susan (nee Johnson) moved from Klive in Northumberland to take over the tenancy of the Colliery Farm at Ness at some point before the 1841 Census  which records the family as living in Ness. Mary Ann Scott had five brothers: Andrew born in 1828, Thomas born 1830, Richard born 1832, George born 1836 and James born in 1837. She was born in 1845 after the family moved to Ness. A brother, John, born in 1841 died in infancy. Three of Mary Anne’s brothers, Andrew, George and Thomas, continued to earn their living by farming although George eventually emigrated to Canada with his family. Richard and James, however, were engine fitters and moved away from Neston. Both worked for some time in York as railway engine fitters though James later moved to Wolverhampton where he died in 1909.

A Bone Mill

In 1889 Robert tried to establish a steam operated bone mill in Bridge Street, which would have provided local farmers with fertiliser. He was eventually refused permission even though he had attempted to demonstrate that its operation would not cause any nuisance to immediate neighbours. Newspaper reports record the progress of his application to the Neston and Parkgate Local Board.
It appeared at first that his application might be successful.

Cheshire Observer – Saturday 12 January 1889
…and a plan of a bone mill which is to be erected for Mr Bridson in Bridge Street was submitted. Mr Bridson attended and explained the proposed works, which he asserted would not be offensive in any way. It was decided to pass the plan subject to Dr Kenyon’s approval…

However by this time some letters had been received objecting to the proposal and approval seemed unlikely.

Cheshire Observer – Saturday 09 February 1889
Mr Bridson’s application to be allowed to build a new bone mill in Bridge-street, Neston, was again brought forward. The medical officer sent in a special report upon the matter in which he stated that the proposed method would obviate all nuisance from boiling the bones, but that a nuisance might arise from carrying the bones through the street in an offensive condition, or from storing them in an offensive condition. Under the circumstances he recommended the Board to make a legal agreement with Mr Bridson before sanctioning the proposed business.— A letter was read from the Rev. J. Lyon, a trustee of certain lands adjoining the proposed works, objecting to them on the ground that they would probably become a nuisance, and a similar objection was read from Mr Reynolds, solicitor, on behalf of the owners of Eldon Terrace. After thoroughly discussing the matter and obtaining the opinion of their clerk, the Board came to the conclusion that it would not be advisable to sanction such works near the dwelling-houses. Several members were of opinion that the works would have proved a boon to the local farmers, and that a nuisance was not likely to arise.—…

When the matter was raised yet again in the following month after Robert Bridson had demonstrated how the mill would operate permission was finally refused.

Cheshire Observer – Saturday 09 March 1889

The question of permitting Mr Bridson to use a steam digester and bone mill which he bas erected in Bridge- street again came before the Board, and a letter from Mr J. Gamon, solicitor, asking the Board to give his client the requisite permission, was read. It appears that since last meeting Mr Bridson has used the mill by way of experiment, and has invited members of the Board to attend. Several of the members who witnessed the operations expressed themselves as satisfied that no nuisance would arise; but another letter from the Rev J. Lyon objecting to the works on the ground that they would depreciate the value of certain lands adjoining, of which he is the co-trustee, was put in, and additional letters of objection from Mr Allen, of Burton-road, and Mr L. Brookes, of Moorside, were read. Ultimately the members, while expressing sympathy with Mr Bridson, who has incurred consider- able expense, decided to withhold the required permission. Several members urged that Mr Bridson should be allowed to work the mill for two months, so as to give them a better opportunity of forming an opinion in the matter, but the Clerk pointed out that the Board must give an absolute sanction or none at all….

The 1891 Census records that Robert was by then a widower, his wife Mary Ann having died the previous year, and that he was living in Church Lane. His occupation is given as timber merchant. Also living with him were daughters, Susan, Sarah, Isabella and Elizabeth and sons Oliver and Walter. His youngest son, Walter was 6 years old at that time. His mother-in-law was still living with the family.

George Weir Bridson does not appear on the 1891 Census. On 3rd October 1891, at the age of 24, he left England, departing from Southampton for South Africa. He worked as an engineer in the gold mines near Johannesburg and was living there at the time of Leander Starr Jameson’s ill fated ‘raid’ in December 1895 to January 1896. He was one of the ‘uitlanders’ or foreign workers whose grievances against Boer government was the pretext for Jameson’s entry into the Transvaal. It was intended to coincide with

George Weir Bridson at work in South Africa, 1890s

George Weir Bridson at work in South Africa, 1890s

an uprising of the, mainly British, workers in the Transvaal but no such uprising occurred and Jameson’s men were defeated. A letter published in the local newspaper ‘from the son of a well know Neston resident’ is almost certainly George Bridson’s.

Cheshire Observer – Saturday 29 February 1896
A NESTON MAN AT JOHANNESBURG. INTERESTING LETTER Some interesting correspondence relative to affairs in the Transvaal has been received from the son of a well-known Neston resident, who has for some years been successfully prosecuting his fortunes in South Africa, and has taken an active part in the recent stirring events in Johannesburg. In a previous letter he referred to the fact of his being six days under arms, and writing on January 31st last, he says: ” I know you will have seen a great deal about the trouble here, and a rotten job it was. The two letters sent you previously I wrote while doing duty in the trenches with the butt of my rifle for a desk, and the reason we laid down our arms was that we were requested to do so by Sir Hercules Robinson, the High Commissioner, through Sir Sydney Shepherd, and Sir Jacobus De Wet, the British agent to the Transvaal, and by no means through cowardice. That we could have beaten the Boers there is little doubt, as we outnumber them in addition to being better armed, but to save Dr. Jameson we laid down our arms and we are ready to take them up again at an hour’s notice if we don’t get our grievances redressed. The Boers would have no chance with us, good shots as they are. They must lie hidden behind the rocks, waylaying their enemy, and that they would find little chance of doing with us. It is supposed that Dr. Jameson was decoyed down here by the Boers under the impression that the war had broken out, so that they would have a chance at him before they were required at Johannesburg. Thus the trouble would not come in such a rush, and they would have a better opportunity of dealing with it, but those 480 Bechuana police held their own against 4,000 Boers was something marvellous. They had no right to cross the frontier of course, but the false message sent them did all, and blood is thicker than water. I was more proud of my countrymen than ever. When the insult was flung at us the way they mustered — the ” counter-jumper ” from his shop and the miner from his mine — and as our men stood to arms, settled the question as to whether British pluck is on the wane or not.’

Although Bridson’s had operated in Neston since 1870 but it was only in the early 1890s that advertisements appeared for steam operated farm machinery.

Cheshire Observer - Saturday 17 February 1894 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Cheshire Observer – Saturday 17 February 1894

In 1898 Robert married widow, Ann Siddall/ Leddall. His son, George, returned to England to help with the family business, marrying Esther Elizabeth Hulme of Gayton in 1899. In 1901 George was living in Church Lane with his wife and young daughter Isabella. Robert Bridson and his wife Ann were then living in Chester Road with Robert’s son, Walter now aged 16, who was an apprentice joiner.

Oliver Bridson, however, was no longer living in with them. He served his apprenticeship as a carpenter and he may have left for South Africa as early as 1896, when he was only 19. In September of that year his trade union membership was transferred from the Neston branch to the Johannesburg branch so it seems likely that he went to work with his brother George in Johannesburg. He may have returned to Neston with his brother and then gone back to South Africa around in 1900. He was certainly for part of the South African War (Second Boer War) which began in October 1899 and continued until the Boer surrender in May 1902. During this conflict he served in Lord Kitchener’s bodyguard but in May 1901 was with General Dartnell’s column. An extract from a letter to his family in Neston appeared in the Cheshire Observer.

Cheshire Observer 4th May 1901
NESTONIAN AT THE FRONT. An interesting letter has been received by Mr. Robert Bridson, of Neston, from his son Oliver, who is on Lord Kitchener’s bodyguard, but is at present serving with General Dartnell’s column. Writing from Vryhied on March 25th, he states: “We have just arrived, but how long we are going to stay I don’t know. I believe we will soon leave either for Natal or Zululand. I have been in good health all the time, but we are terribly short of rations. You want to know what kind of a life we lead? Well, I may tell you it is terribly rough and hard. We are chasing the enemy all the time. Perhaps you will have seen in the papers an account of the fight we had at Intombi River a couple of weeks ago. We were in that and lost three killed, six wounded and twelve prisoners, but have since captured the scoundrels that did the damage, the leader of whom we shot the next day. We are burning most of the farms and bringing the families along with us. We joined with General French this morning. I saw him to-day for the first time as he passed. He looks much older than his photograph. You would also see about us finding a Hotchkiss gun. I was there when it was dug up in a garden. In fact I got the pencil and this paper out of the same house. I can’t put all on paper that we see, but I could tell you better if I had the time. I will do so as soon as I get back to civilisation if I get through this lot all right.” In a letter written a few weeks previous to the foregoing Mr. Bridson remarked: “We have been short of rations for some time. We have had nothing but mutton and mealie meal to live on, but a large convoy has just arrived. I hear Botha is in Pretoria arranging for a complete surrender, and that we are to be disbanded in Johannesburg on 1st May.”

Oliver was not the only Nestonian to serve in South Africa ; there were at that time letters from other men, members of the local Volunteer corp and others who volunteered with the Cheshire Yeomanry, published in the local newspapers giving a first hand account of the War. However Oliver continued to live in South Africa after the War ended and to send letters home. In 1903 he was living in Potchefstoom, a town to the north west of Johannesburg.

Chester Courant 28th January 1903
“CRONJE A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL. Mr. Oliver Bridson. son of Mr. Robert Bridson, of Neston, who, like many other enterprising Englishmen, is pushing his fortune in South Africa, and is at present at Potchefstroom wrote an interesting letter to his home on Christmas Eve. It contained the following interesting extract:” This is the old capital of the Transvaal. It is also the prettiest place in the whole colony. It is here where Cronje killed those men after peace was declared in 1881. By the way, I saw the ‘old bounder’ here on Saturday last. He has now a good berth under Government, and leads the life of a gentleman. The graveyard where his victims were buried and the old fort are only a few yards from where I live. There are any number of graves along the line, of men who were murdered by the train-wreckers, and the next station up from here there is one hole with nineteen Boers in it who, they say, were killed by one shell. That I can’t vouch for, but anyhow they are safe enough, which is the principal thing. It will be news to many that our old and apparently implacable enemy. Cronje now fills the role of a sleek official in the pay of the once hated “rooineks.”

In August 1902  Walter Bridson, Robert’s youngest, son also departed for South Africa to work in the Johannesburg area. He is probably the W. Bridson who served with the Umvoti Rifles and the Barberton Town Guard and was awarded the Natal Medal in 1906. ( It is certain, however, that he remained in South Africa for some time and his name appears in the list of members of the Denver Lodge of the Freemasons in the Transvaal, his membership dating from 1909 where his profession is recorded as carpenter.

With George’s return to Neston the business began operating as Robert Bridson and Son in 1898 and in the years that followed the business expanded to include steam traction engines for road haulage as well as agricultural machinery and by 1911 they owned around ten machines. Some of the workers employed by Robert Bridson and Son were from the Isle of Man and possibly relatives of some sort. One of these was William Samuel Cooil who, in 1911, lived with his wife Annie and their four children in Woodwards Cottages.

Robert Bridson, on right of picture in front of one of the traction engines.

Robert Bridson, on right of picture in front of one of the traction engines. 1908

By this time Robert Bridson had retired. He was still living in Chester Road with his wife, Anne while George, who had taken over the business, was living at Park Vale, Hinderton Road with his wife and young family; 2 sons, Thomas and Robert, and 3 daughters, Isabella, Irene and Marion.

Always quick to see the business possibilities of new technologies, Robert Bridson and Son started another local enterprise around 1909, Neston Car and Taxi Garage which offered a car repair service and taxis for hire. This operated until the outbreak of war in 1914, but was not resumed afterwards. When Robert died in 1911 George Weir Bridson continued to run the family business.

First World War

During the First Wold War Walter Bridson served with the 4th Regiment of South African Infantry which was composed of the Transvaal Scottish and Cape Town Highlanders. The South African forces took part in the conflict at Delville Wood on the Somme during which the South African force and the woods were almost completely destroyed. Casualties were heavy and 16th/17th July Walter was reported missing. His name appears on the Theipval Monument which records the names of over 72000 servicemen who were reported missing believed killed and whose bodies were never recovered. His name is also commemorated on the family grave in Neston church yard and on the Neston War Memorial. In all probability Oliver Bridson had died some time before; Walter’s effects after his death were remitted to his brother George and sisters but the listing does include either his sister Susan, who died in 1916, or his brother Oliver.

Bridson’s were kept busy at home during this time. The government feared that there would be food shortages and encouraged farmers to plough up grazing land and plant cereal crops instead which increased the work load of contractors like Bridson’s and the problem was made worse by a shortage of adequate machinery. The War Agricultural Committee was formed in 1915 with responsibility for increasing agricultural production. It was a collaboration between the Board of Agriculture and the County Councils and each area had a local committee. When a newspaper report of a local committee meeting referred to criticisms from farmers about the contractors George Weir Bridson wrote to the newspaper in robust defence and his letters provides some insight into the difficulties faced by both farmers and contractors –

Cheshire Observer 14th December 1918
THE THRESHING MACHINE QUESTION. Sir, —Qbserving your report of the meeting of the District sub Committee of the War Agricultural Committee, and remarks passed by their various members, on the slipshod methods, as they term it, of the threshing machine owners, I feel I cannot let this matter remain at this stage, without raising a voice in protest. I would like to bring before their notice the fact that, although they sent me an additional threshing enable to me carry out my orders, they never sent tractor to work it. Consequently the threshing machine had to stand idle in yard for nine weeks until it was recalled, it in the meantime never having done one hour’s work. I ask, sir, whose shoulders should the onus of the blame be attached, the threshing machine owner or the Sub Committee of the Cheshire War Agricultural Committee? I answer most, emphatically, not the former. Again, when they accuse us ignoring their meetings, I can assure them that we owners are only too pleased to attend their meetings, when we are at liberty to do so, but owing, as they are perfectly aware, to the extreme shortage of labour, the majority owners have had to turn out and drive their own machines. Hence my contention is that, if we had to attend their meetings in this busy our season, one set of tackle belonging to each owner would have to remain idle to enable them to do so, and that, I think, would give ground for complaint. Therefore I reiterate, if the threshing machine owners have not kept to the arrangements made, it has not been their fault.

It is reported also that one of the members complains that machine owners are trying to rule rough shod over the farmers and work that should take but a few hours occupied a day. If this has been so, I I can assure him he can attribute it only to one the following causes: lack of casual labour, grain in bad order, or mismanagement by the farmer, for I can assure him that, when my machines commence work, I can guarantee their efficiency for the work required. With regard to the complaints of the small farmers, who before this season have not been in the habit growing corn and who through, shall I say, lack of experience have placed their stacks in positions that the cost getting to and from positions would be greater than the actual work, owners cannot see their machine to send their machines until the weather has improved and consequently the ground become firmer. GEORGE WEIR BRIDSON.
Park Vale, Hinderton Road, Neston.

When the War ended the business continued and the engines were used for road haulage and tar spraying as well as agricultural work. When George Weir Bridson died in 1931 his son, Thomas (Tom) Bridson took over the business.

Second World War

During the Second World War food production again became a priority. However Bridson’s were one of the contractors on the Ministry list for heavy haulage work and this involved not only work for the Government but also for shipbuilders such as Harland and Wolff and Cammell Lairds.

Bridsons yard 50s


Bridson’s had over 30 steam road vehicles over the almost 100 years in which they operated in the Neston area and at least eight of these are still in existence. The business was first established in 1870 but the earliest record of the purchase of a traction engine was a new engine bought from Marshalls of Gainsborough in 1881.

One traction engine built for Bridson’s by Burrells of Thetford in 1909 (see photograph) is now owned by Liverpool Museum. It was used over the years for a number of different purposes. In its early life it was used for furniture removals, hauling several vans to Wales, north Lancashire and the Peak District. Later it was used for road making and threshing. In 1948 it was converted to a tar sprayer and used until 1953, from when it lay unused in the firm’s yard. It was donated to the Museum by Mrs Bridson in 1968.

Tom Bridson is pictured (right) with Fowler engine 15376 which was bought in 1919 to replace a Burrell road locomotive which had been requisitioned by the government during the First World War. During the next twenty years it was used for general haulage work, tar spraying, threshing and road haulage. During the Second World War ti was used to transport munitions and parts for ship building companies. After the war it was used for road widening of the A540 between Heswall and Neston. After 1950 it was no longer used for road haulage but continued in use as a crane and to remove trees.  It was used for the last time in 1967 to recover a tractor which had fallen into a pond.

What local Neston residents will remember most is the steam rollers operated by Bridsons and they were used in road making until the 1960s.

The regulations and bye laws governing the use of this heavy machinery on the public highway was complicated by the fact that different counties had different rules and it was also necessary to obtain separate permissions from any county that the machinery was used in or even simply passed through. In 1896 Robert was prosecuted by the Neston and Parkgate local board.

Cheshire Observer – Saturday 29 February 1896
NESTON PETTY SESSIONS. [SPECIAL TELEGRAM]At these sessions to-day, before Mr. R. Bushell and Colonel Lloyd Robert Bridson, of Neston, was charged with using a locomotive with more than two carriages, there not being an extra person in charge at the time. Sergeant Wilson stated that defendants traction engine was drawing a cultivator, a plough, a set of harrows, and a water cart, the procession being about twenty yards long. — Defendant pleaded that they were not carriages within the meaning of the Act. — Mr. Bushell said they were carriages undoubtedly, and it was a dangerous practice, but as defendant acted in ignorance, the case was dismissed with a caution.

He was summonsed on a similar offence the following year but was again fortunate in that the Board imposed only a small fine.

Chester Courant 1st September 1897
Robert Bridson, traction engine proprietor, Neston, was summoned for using a traction engine and three carriages on the highway with no person in charge besides the three persons required by the Act to be in charge of the locomotive, on 3rd August last. Constable Bostock, who proved the charge, stated that the carriages consisted of a cultivator, a set of harrows, and a water tub. There was another charge in connection with another traction engine, which followed immediately after the first engine and implements, but was not attached to them. The evidence shewed the two engines and implements made up a ploughing set, and after Mr. Churton had addressed the Bench, urging that agriculturists at the present time should not be put to needless expense, the Bench inflicted a nominal penalty of one shilling in each case.

In Robert Bridson and Sons faced a £5 fine for driving a locomotive in Shropshire, en route to Denbighshire, without the necessary licence.

Chester Courant 3rd June 1903
NESTON. ENGINE OWNERS’ APPEAL.-Notice of appeal was given at Oswestry County Petty Sessions on Thursday against the fine of £5 imposed on Messrs. Robert Bridson and Son, engine owners of Neston, for driving a locomotive over the Shropshire roads without, a licence.

However, after a successful appeal to the Home Secretary the fine was reduced to 5 shillings.

Cheshire Observe 31st October 1903
Intimation has been received by the clerk to the Denbighshire County Council (Mr. W. R Evans) that the Home Secretary has reduced to 5s. the penalty of £ 5 inflicted on Messrs. Robert Bridson and Son, locomotive owners, Neston, at the Oswestry Petty Sessions on May 28 last. The offence charged was that of bringing a locomotive into Shropshire without a licence. It was stated on behalf of the defendants that the locomotive had been engaged by the Denbighshire County Council, and that the permit fee had been remitted to the Clerk of the Peace, for Salop. The Denbighshire County Council resolved to petition the Home Secretary in the matter, with the result above stated.

When Thomas Bridson died in 1967 the firm of Robert Bridson and Son ceased trading but some of the engines used by the business have been preserved.


Information about Robert Bridson and Son and the traction engines used by the business is from George Bridson, including information from an article written by him for Steaming: the Magazine of the National Traction Engine Trust in 2016. The website of the National Traction Engine Trust is

Information about Walter Bridson’s service in the First World War supplied by Ian L. Norris.

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Robert Bridson’s daughters were no longer living with him at the time of the 1911 Census. Two had married and the other three were living independently and had been supporting themselves for some time.

Susan Bridson (1868 – 1916) When she left school Susan worked as apprentice to a tailoress but in 1900 married Randolph Mackenzie Millar. They moved to Tranmere in Birkenhead where her husband was employed as a steam engine fitter, possibly at Cammell Lairds. She died in 1916, aged 48.

Sarah Bridson (1870 – 1930 ) Sarah was the first of his daughters to leave Neston in 1891 she was in service, employed as a house maid by a widow living in Rock Park. She continued in the same post for at least another ten years. In 1911 was working in a house in Croydon, Surrey but evidently returned to the Wirral at some point. When died in 1933 at the age of 63 she was living in Eastham.

Esther Bridson (1871 – 1934) Esther earned her living as a cashier and in 1901 was working in Bournmouth where, with her sister Elizabeth, also a cashier, she was a boarder in a house in St Peters Road. In 1907 she married William Laverock Turton, the son of Raby farmer John Turton. In 1911 the couple were living in Gwenville, Hinderton Road and her sister Elizabeth was listed as visitor to the house.

Isabella Bridson(1873 – 1922) was a bookkeeper and in 1901 was employed by a Nottingham butcher in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She was in Bournemouth in 1911 and although she is listed as a ‘visitor’ it is possible that she was boarding there. She died in 1922 at the age of 49.

Elizabeth Bridson ( also worked as a cashier in Bournemouth in 1891 and was possibly still employed there at the time of her visit to Neston to visit her sister, Esther, in 1911

Bridson Roman Road

Built for Bridson's by Burrells of Thetford in 1909

Built for Bridson’s by Burrells of Thetford in 1909

Tom Bridson