What Happened To Lady Jones - Whirlow Brook,Sheffield 1946

I came across the following report which appeared in the Sheffield Star dated 21st July 1946. As the Headline states Sheffield Corporation bought Whirlow Brook and nearly forty acres of grounds for 15,000 which in current values amounts to circa 440,000. But the bulk of the purchase was financed by grants from Trusts leaving the Corporation to find a mere 1500 (44,000). Surely it must have been one of the most astute pieces of municipal acquisition that the Corporation has ever managed. The seller was Sir Walter Benton Jones.


The following is a brief overview of Sir Walters life that was obtained from the excellent Treeton Web

Jones, Walter Benton. 2nd Baronet (26 September 1880 5 December 1967) succeeded to the Baronetcy on the death of his father in 1936
Adm. pens. at Trinity College, Cambridge, June 25, 1899.
[Elder] s. of [Sir] Frederick John [1st Bart.], of Treeton Grange, near Rotherham, Yorkshire. B. [Sept. 26], 1880, at Brownhills, Staffordshire. School, Repton [ Derbyshire].
Matric. Michs. 1899; B.A. 1902.
Chairman and Managing Director of the United Steel Companies, Ltd.
Director of the Westminster Bank, Ltd., etc.
He succeeded his father in 1915 as managing director of Rother Vale Collieries which owned mines around Treeton, near Rotherham, Yorkshire and, like his father, became a prominent industrialist with numerous interests and directorships in mining, steel and banking in Yorkshire and elsewhere.
He lived at Whirlow Brook Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire which he built in about 1906 and later at the family seat Irnham Hall, Irnham, Lincolnshire.
A photographic print of Sir Walter, by Bassano, is held in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Of Irnham Hall, Grantham [ Lincolnshire], and Whirlow Brook, Sheffield [ Yorkshire], in 1944.
Succeeded his father as 2nd Bart., 1936.

But the intriguing part of the newspaper report is the last paragraph - "The grave of Lady Jones will be removed from the gardens before the sale is complete"

The following information on Lady Jones was obtained formBurkes Peerage

"Lily Marguerite Fawcett was born in 1879 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of James Dixon Fawcett and Eliza Martha Wightman. She married Sir Walter Benton Jones, 2nd Bt., son of Sir Frederick John Jones, 1st Bt. and Annie Elizabeth Benton, on 9 January 1907. She died on 19 September 1938.
From 9 January 1907, her married name became Jones.
Children of Lily Marguerite Fawcett and Sir Walter Benton Jones, 2nd Bt.
Pamela Benton Jones+2 b. 24 Mar 1908, d. 22 Jan 1997
Sir Peter Fawcett Benton Jones, 3rd Bt.+2 b. 9 Jan 1911, d. 1972
Rachel Mary Benton Jones+2 b. 15 Nov 1918, d. 2002

But the question is what happened to the mortal remains of Lady Jones after they were removed from the garden.?

As a final note, Sheffield City Council have leased Whirlow Brook Hall for many years to the private sector. At the time of writing, the lease was in the process of being transferred, and needless to say, the Hall and its facilities were closed to the public!


Sheffield Star dated 21st July 1946

Treeton Web

Burkes Peerage Citations
[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2114. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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