|Lyons Wright who came from Ottringham, Holderness, Yorkshire was
born in 1824. He ultimately became "The Wolverhampton Water
Company's" chief engineer and subsequently became its manager, is my
first cousin 5 times removed and he is related to me through my x2
Great Grandfather Henry Blenkin born 1841. Henry Blenkin's father
was a farmer holding approximately 300 and 400 acres of land in the
Holderness area of Yorkshire.
Henry Blenkin's grandmother Elizabeth WRIGHT (who also came from
farming stock as did the Blenkin's - in the Ottringham area of East
Riding) married Thomas Blenkin in 1804. She had a brother called
Robert Wright born 1786 who had married Mary BEATSON. They had a son
Lyons WRIGHT born 1824 who later moved to Wolverhampton from
Manchester. He became chief engineer at the Wolverhampton Water
Company based in Worcester Street Wolverhampton.
In the 1841 census Lyons Wright is shown as aged 15 and living with
his father Robert in Kingston upon Hull. In 1851 he's still living
with his parents but his occupation is described as a Civil
Engineer. In 1855 he marries Mary Paulina WILTON in Patrington East
Riding in 1858 and they have a child in Chorlton a suburb of
Manchester called Mary Henrietta Wright.
Sadly Mary, Lyons wife dies in 1859 in Chorlton, Manchester and by
1861 Mary Henrietta is living with her grandmother Mary Wright in
Kingston upon Hull but I have been unable to find Lyons Wright
(widower) in this census for that year. However, the 1871 census
shows him at Worcester Street, Wolverhampton near the headquarters
offices for the Wolverhampton Water Company.
In 1881, Lyons is still living at 24 Worcester Street Wolverhampton
with his mother Mary aged 80 and his daughter Mary Henrietta aged
23. Again in 1891 Lyons is living at the same address with his
daughter. Sadly by 1892 Lyons Wright has died in Wolverhampton and
his daughter is living in Bath Road Wolverhampton.
Given that both Lyons Wright and his cousin Henry Blenkin arrive in
Wolverhampton circa 1870 it is highly probable that Lyons the older
cousin may have influenced Henry Blenkin (my x2 Great Grandfather)
to apply for positions in the water industry at Wrexham and possibly
The Blenkin's of Skeckling cum Burstwick - East Riding
Whilst researching my Fullwood family I discovered my great
grandmother's name was Annie Louisa Blenkin but that was the extent
of my knowledge about her. As I had two family group photographs I
knew what she looked like but I didn't know where she came from or
her family back ground.
As I knew Annie Louisa Blenkin had been born in 1869 at
Wolverhampton I soon found her listed in the 1871 census record for
Wolverhampton living at Cambridge House on Newhampton Road with her
father Henry Blenkin born in 1841. His place of birth shown on the
census record was Burstwick in Yorkshire.
The 1851 census for Skeckling cum Burstwick in the East Riding of
Yorkshire shows Henry BLENKIN and his father Thomas (born 1811)
Blenkin living at Burstwick Old Hall and Thomas is farming 210 acres
of land. Thomas Blenkin was born in Ottringham in the East Riding of
Yorkshire and died in 1875 at Old Hall Burstwick.
By the 1861 census Thomas is farming 480 acres of land and employing
8 workers and in 1871 the size of his farm had decreased to 300
acres and employing 7 men.
Extract taken from the History of Holderness.
The above extract indicates the farm house called "Old Hall" at
Burstwick had been rebuilt in 1803 after an earlier building had
been demolished. Below are some recent photographs of the "Old
Recent photo of Old Hall Burstwick.
||The Blenkin family home at
|Before we move on to detail Henry Blenkin's life in
Wolverhampton, sadly I found this account below in an old
newspaper article taken from the Sunderland Daily Echo dated
The above article refers to the death of Agnes Blenkin under tragic
circumstances. Agnes was born Mary Agnes Blenkin in 1890 and her
parents were Frederick Blenkin born 1846 of Old Hall Burstwick and
Mary Agnes Huntley who were married in June 1887 at Registrars
District of Patrington in Yorkshire. Frederick was the brother of
Henry Blenkin born 1841.
Extract taken from The Daily Mail 11th February, 1896.
Tragically even before Agnes Blenkin's death in 1904 there was one
other terrible accident at Old Hall Burstwick in 1886 when Frederick
Blenkin's farm labourer John Hunt was crushed to death working on
Frederick Blenkin born 1856 of Old Hall farm Burstwick, had four
brothers Thomas b.1837, Henry b.1841, William b.1844, George b.1854
and four sisters Sarah b.1836, Fanny b.1839, Elizabeth b.1846 Lucy
Elizabeth Blenkin married George Henry March in 1867 and their
children formed a well known dynasty of British sculptors and
artists. The March family section below details members of this
family who were acquainted with their Fullwood cousins and also
includes a family tree showing another sculptor in the Fullwood/Charlesworth
Annie Louisa Blenkin
Wife of James Treen Fullwood married in Wolverhampton Dec 1889
1869 - 1940
My great grandmother Annie Lousia BLENKIN was born in Wolverhampton
on 20th July 1869 to parents Henry BLENKIN and Louisa TULLETT. They
had married in the December quarter of 1868 at St. Peter's Church
Above left: St. Peter's Church drawn by John Fullwood.
Three views of St Peter's Church Wolverhampton.
|Henry Blenkin my x2 Great Grandfather was christened on the 29
January 1841 in Skeckling cum Burstwick in the East Riding of
Yorkshire. Louisa TULLETT his wife was born in Oswestry, Shropshire
Henry Blenkin (b.1841) of Wolverhampton
Henry BLENKIN's first appearance in the census records away from his
home of Old Hall Burstwick in Yorkshire, happens in 1861 when Henry
can be seen in the census return for East Retford in
Nottinghamshire. He is listed as an apprentice aged 20 lodging in
the Market Place of East Retford Nottinghamshire with a Susannah
Reddish aged 70, whose occupation is listed as Ironmonger.
East Retford Market Place, Nottinghamshire.
|A question arises as to how Henry Blenkin (my great grandmother's
father) came to live in Wolverhampton when he was born near Kingston
upon Hull and lived when an apprentice in Retford Nottinghamshire.
I have been advised by the person who owns the web site below that
Henry may have moved to Wolverhampton because he is related to his
cousin Lyons Wright who was already living in Wolverhampton.
Below are several articles taken from old newspapers which refer to
Lyons Wright activities as a Civil Engineer for the Wolverhampton
water company followed by details of his funeral in 1892.
The Birmingham Daily Post 1891.
The Birmingham Daily Post 1868.
The Birmingham Daily Post 1878.
The Birmingham Daily Post 1892.
The Manchester Courier & Lancashire
General Advertiser 1893.
Henry Blenkin's family of Wolverhampton
Lyons Wright and his cousin Henry Blenkin appear to arrive in
Wolverhampton at a similar time. We also see in the 1871 census
Henry has married Louisa TULLETT and together they are living in
Cambridge House, New Hampton Road Wolverhampton. My great
grandmother Annie Louisa BLENKIN is nearly two years old at the time
of the 1871 census record.
Confirmation of Henry's and Louisa's marriage is in the extract
below taken from "The Birmingham Journal" dated 31st October, 1868
confirming the marriage of Henry and Louisa at St Peter's Church
Wolverhampton on the 22nd October, 1868.
"The Birmingham Journal" dated 31st October, 1868.
Photograph of Newhampton Road in Wolverhampton.
From an old postcard.
|Henry BLENKIN's (my x2 Great Grandfather) occupation in the 1871
census for Newhampton Road Wolverhampton is shown as "Collector of
Water rates". A search conducted looking through old newspapers
throws up an interesting issue. In the Wrexham Advertiser dated 6th
July, 1867, an article refers to a Henry Blenkin of Wolverhampton
being successfully elected as the next Wrexham Waterworks Company
secretary. This appointment happens approximately 15 months before
Henry's and Louisa Tullett's marriage at Wolverhampton.
Wrexham Advertiser dated 6th July, 1867.
However, given the close proximity of each of these events a
question arises about the length of time Henry Blenkin was in his
new role as company secretary awarded in 1867. His place of work
would have been presumably located in Wrexham while his home at the
time of his marriage in 1868 and according to the 1871 census was
Wolverhampton? Did Henry commute between Wolverhampton and Wrexham
for 4 years or did he last only 15 months in his new position as
Company Secretary before getting married? Why does Henry describe
his occupation in 1871 as a collector of water rates when his job
title earlier in 1867 was a company secretary? Did he resign from
his Wrexham based position by 1871 and subsequently move to where
his cousin Lyon Wright was working at the Wolverhampton Water
St. Peter's Church from Queen's Square
[previously called High Green].
|In order to identify Louisa Tullett's parents a search of the 1861
census reveals Louisa aged 15 living in St Peter's Walk
Wolverhampton with her widower father William Tullett aged 49 with
his sister-in-law Ann Summers whose occupation is a beer house
keeper. However, by the 1881 census Henry Blenkin is still living in
Wolverhampton but has moved again into a beer house located in St
Peter's Walk near the church.
This is most probably the same beer house Henry was living in
recorded in the 1881 census?
Another view of St. Peter's from High Green
[now Queen Square].
Annie Louisa Blenkin's family
By the 1891 census Henry and Louisa Blenkin have moved their family
to the Compton Road in Wolverhampton and his occupation is shown as
a Grocer. He remains there until the 1911 census when he is shown as
living in St Mark's Road Wolverhampton. Sadly Henry dies in 1916 at
Compton Road Wolverhampton - The shop on the right is possibly Henry
|By 1889, Annie Louisa BLENKIN has married James Treen Fullwood (my
Great Grandfather) and they have their first born child a girl
called Alice Marian FULLWOOD in July 1890. Sadly Alice doesn't live
long and dies within a couple of months of birth. My grandfather
Frederick James Fullwood is next to be born in July 1891 the eldest
of four boys and four girls.
In 1908 James Treen Fullwood buys a business called "The
Staffordshire Tyre Repair Company" in Queen's Square (formerly High
Green) which is situated within a stone's throw of Henry's previous
residence in St Peter's Walk Wolverhampton. James' first business
premises can be seen here below in Queen's Square.
|James Treen Fullwood's business entrance (entrance on left hand side
in all photos of the "Pictures" building) in Queen Square Wolverhampton.
Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton.
|This picture above was probably taken just before 1900 and the
houses on the left still stand today in 2014. The road where the
cows are walking is called Devon Road and on the left just off the
picture was the home of my grandfather Frederick James Fullwood who
married Nettie Solloway his first wife. The fenced off grassy area
immediately the other side of Devon Road, now harbours two schools
and several houses. On the right hand side of the horizon stands the
bell tower of St Peter's Collegiate Church where all marriages would
have taken place for Wolverhampton at this time.
Alternative view of Newhampton Road, Wolverhampton.
Another view of Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton, in the vicinity
of Cambridge House, where the Blenkin family resided. This area is
within 200 yards of the Molineux Football Ground.
|James Treen Fullwood's and Annie Louisa Blenkin's children can be
seen below. Sadly Annie Blenkin's husband James Treen Fullwood died
in 1939. Mrs Annie Fullwood [nee Blenkin] dies the following year in
Annie Louisa Fullwood's family (nee Blenkin).
|Harold Thomas Fullwood is standing in the middle of the
back row in the photograph above.
Another photo of
Annie Louisa Fullwood's family (nee Blenkin).
|In the portrait above,
Harold is standing on the back row, second from the left.
Sydney March painted a large oil painting of Harold Thomas Fullwood
and he also did two busts (one of Harold's wife Ethel) and two other
Another well known sculptor in the family is Harold Thomas
Fullwood's granddaughter and x2 Great Granddaughter of Henry Blenkin
is Christine Charlesworth (nee Fullwood). She is an official artist
for the 2012 Olympics and her website and short biography can be
seen below using the links provided.
Charlesworth (nee Fullwood)
Christine with Ade Adepitan and his sculpture
Ade Adepitan is a paralympic medalist and TV presenter.
Born in Wolverhampton, Christine studied at Wolverhampton College of
Art from 1966 until 1969. After following a varied career she now
concentrates on sculpture, focusing particularly on the human form,
which she finds to be an endless source of inspiration. She was
elected a full member of the Society of Women Artists in 2007 and a
member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2008. Christine
has to date undertaken over 40 private and public commissions.
Specialising in figurative sculptures and portraiture Christine
feels it is important that a sculpture should not only capture a
likeness, but also the spirit and personality of the sitter and she
also endeavours to show life and natural movement in each piece.
Working in clay, once the figure is built she uses sculpting tools
to lay on and cut back so that a variety of finishes can be
achieved, giving texture, light and depth to the final surface. Work
comprises short-run limited editions and individual pieces to
private or public commission.
Currently Christine is working as part of the 'BT Art of Sport'
group of 10 international artists. This has given her the
opportunity to produce a series of limited-edition Olympic action
figures, as well as a portrait figure of Ade Adepitan MBE,
Paralympic Ambassador, playing basketball. This work won an award at
the 2011 SWA exhibition in London.
Christine exhibits with Surrey Sculpture Society and other venues
throughout the year and also has a permanent exhibition on display
at her studio, where work-in-progress can be viewed.
Sydney March (please look up on Wikipedia) a cousin of Harold Thomas
Fullwood painted a large oil painting of him and produced two busts
one of Annie Louisa Fullwood (nee Blenkin) and two other oil
Christine Charlesworth visited Sydney's studio when she was 18 and
met him and also his sister, Elsie March. His studios were massive,
with roofs that opened up so that huge sculptures could be taken out
with a crane, and there were huge doors for others to be taken out.
Elsie was a lovely old lady and wore a flat straw hat. Apparently
his studio was such an amazing place that this inspired Christine to
As a member of Lyons Wright family, I would like to hear from anyone
who may have information related to my cousin's family and life
story. Please contact me on my email: