Aireborough Historical Society

My Great Grandparents The Parkers



Title
My Great Grandparents The Parkers
Date Undated
Location Yeadon

A little piece of history shared with us by Christopher Walton.
Comment "The two people in the photo are my Great Grandparents the Parkers, their daughter Claira Parker was landlady of the Peacock from 1939 but worked their since 1935.
She was landlady because her husband Mr Turp who went to war with the RAF.
I remember Aunty Claira , I knew her because she was my granddad Arthur Parkers Sister.
I believe now that the Parker children where born in Yeadon area but moved up to North Shields for work in the ship yards.
When Arthur Parker was 16 he fell 100 feet into the bottom of the ship he was working on, after weeks in hospital in a coma he came out and the Parkers moved back to Grimethorpe South Yorkshire to work in the pit where Granddad stayed till he died in 1986 aged 80.
I know of siblings two who stayed up Newcastle area, one was John but I don't know the other, in Grimethorpe there was Harry, Arthur, Tommy and Claira in Yeadon.
This is correct to my knowledge but Susan Morgan Nee Parker and her sister Sharon(who are my cousins) have been working on the family tree so they may know more.
Also Claira Parkers Grandson Glynn Collins who still lives in the Aireborough area has more information and has contributed to your Facebook page.
Susan Morgan is also on Facebook.
Hope there isn't too much info here and you are welcome to use any of it on your website. thank you for your interest."

Christopher Walton.
 

jayemturp1
jayemturp1
Incorporating Christopher Walton's information about his family, and our family the correct details are as follows:

1 February 2014
The two people in the photograph are James Henry Parker and his wife Sarah, our grandparents. Their daughter Clare started work as a 23 year old at the newly built and opened Peacock Hotel in 1935 for Henry and Pauline Barker. In 1939 Pauline Barker left her husband, and shortly thereafter he, Henry Barker, left in hot pursuit to find her. Clare contacted the brewery to inform them of the situation, they asked her if she could cope. Indeed she could, and she did become the licensee, in those days it was highly unusual that a license would be granted to a female!
“Terry” Turp was already in the RAF when he met Clare for the first time at the Peacock sometime in July/August 1939 saying “If you take off that ring, I will marry you” ….. Clare was engaged to a gentleman who lived in Grimethorpe, she did remove the ring, she and Terry married on 31 July 1941. Now they had married the brewery would have preferred the license to granted to Terry, but as he was still a serving member of the RAF this was not to be. Clare retained the license until Terry’s demobilisation.
We know Clare and Terry Turp because they were our parents, and Christopher Walton’s great aunt and uncle.
Some of the Parker children were born in Leeds, Grimethorpe and Hebburn, now Tyne and Wear, none were born in Yeadon the only association with the village was Clare’s move there in order to work at the Peacock.
The Parker family moved up to North Shields for work in the ship yards. When Arthur Parker was 16 he fell 100 feet into the bottom of the ship he was working on, after weeks in hospital in a coma he came out and the Parkers moved back to Grimethorpe South Yorkshire to work in the pit where Granddad stayed till he died in 1986 aged 80.
I know of siblings two who stayed up Newcastle area, one was John and the other was Violet who had married James Stark; in Grimethorpe there was Harry, Arthur, Tommy and Clare in Yeadon.
This is correct to my knowledge but Susan Morgan Nee Parker and her sister Sharon (who are my cousins) have been working on the family tree so they may know more. The Parker family tree has also been researched extensively by Brenda Prosser nee Parker, Harry and Ada Parker’s daughter.
information regarding the Peacock Hotel and the Turp family is held by Clare and Terry’s Next of Kin, Michael and his sister Jackie Turp.
Susan Morgan is also on Facebook.
Hope there isn't too much info here and you are welcome to use any of it on your website. thank you for your interest."

Christopher Walton.
Michael Turp and Jackie Turp



23 April 2014
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