The Suggs of Sheffield (Sports)

In October 2009 I located the graves of George Ulyett and his family in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery. It has been said that George "..was probably the best cricketer Sheffield ever produced."

And yet barely fifty yards away from George's grave is a rather impressive monument to another family that is closely associated with sport and commerce in Sheffield.

The monumental inscription refers to HUBERT HENRI SUGG who died in September 1871 at the age of 38. I checked the burial records for Burngreave Cemetery and found some additional information

SUGG, Hubert Henri (Son of Hubert Henri Sugg, age 6 months).
Died at Burngreave Road; Buried on March 22, 1871 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 10, Section V3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Vault No. 9 & 10.
Plot Owner: Hurbert Henri SUGG of Burngreave Road.

SUGG, Hubert Henri (Solicitor, age 38).
Died at Burngreave Road; Buried on October 2, 1871 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 9, Section V3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Reopened Vault 14193.

A family tragedy - Ellen lost her young son and husband within six months of each other. The house where both deaths occurred was Fearn Lea, a Victorian Villa on Burngreave Road

The next reference to the family is in the 1881 Census

Household:
Source Information:
Dwelling Brocco Bank Rd Census Place Nether Hallam, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342117 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4627 / 95 Page Number 1      

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Ellen SUGG Head W Female 51 Sheffield, York, England
Emily SUGG Daughter U Female 21 Sheffield, York, England
Walter SUGG Son U Male 20 Ilkeston, Derby, England Solicitors Clerk
Frank Howe SUGG Son U Male 19 Ilkeston, Derby, England Solicitors Clerk Out Of Employment
Sarah Ellen SUGG Daur Female 14 Sheffield, York, England Scholar.

It appears that Ellen did not remarry but lived with her two sons and two daughters at a house on Brocco Bank.

It was her two sons WALTER SUGG and FRANK HOWE SUGG who brought the family name to prominence. Both were excellent sportsmen whose careers have been well documented. As I have no wish to repeat content on other sites, further information on FRANK can be found on the BygoneDerbyshire website and the excellent cricket information website

Cricket Photograph Albert Ward Frank Sugg - Famous Cricketers And Cricket Grounds By C W A Alcock, Published By Hudson & Kearns 1895

Similarly WALTER's career  is also covered on the equally impressive cricket archive website.

According to the information on the sites, Walter and his younger brother Frank opened a sports shop at 32 Lord Street, Liverpool, with a branch at 10 North Street, Liverpool, and for 12 years from 1894 to 1905 issued Sugg’s Cricket Annual. There is a 1906 advertising poster that gives the following information

"Frank Sugg Ltd Lord Street Sheffield branches 54 Snig Hill Sheffield, 8 Queen Street Cardiff, 4 New Station Street Leeds (suppliers of )
Boundarie, Jjessop and Invinsa cricket bats.

They added more shops and I believe they also had a manufacturing company that specialised in cricket bats and other sporting equipment. However at sometime and for what reason I have not been able to discover, the two brothers went their different ways by establishing two companies. Frank Sugg Ltd and HBB Sugg Ltd. The HBB are the initials of Walter's son. This occurred before the deaths of the two brothers in 1931 (they died within eight days of one another). A snippet of information I came across - HHB Suggs in 1927located at 28 Angel Street Sheffield Athletic Outfitters and Wireless Dealers. - may indicate that the reason for the split was purely commercial. Walter wanted to diversify into wirelesses whilst Frank may have wanted to remain just a sports outfitter. But that is just pure speculation. Another possibility is that they had a difference of opinion with regard to the location of the business. When he died Frank lived in Liverpool whilst his brother Walter who died on his 73rd birthday after a long illness  was based in Sheffield  Again speculation I'm afraid.  

Many people remember Suggs in Sheffield and they remained in business until the twenty-first century. But on 24th November 2000 it was announced that

"Sugg Sport is to close its eleven sports stores in January 2001 with the loss of 118 jobs, unless a buyer can be found."

Unfortunately a buyer was not found and all eleven shops closed and with it the name of Sugg


Sources

Sugg Sport 113 Pinstone Street Sheffield S1 1US

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