Bainbridge, William (1843-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Pickering

Castleside Church in the Shotley Bridge Circuit, once more mourns a faithful member through the death of William Bainbridge, at the age of seventy-three. He was born and lived all his life within the limits of the circuit. Forty-eight years ago, under the influence of the. Rev. E. Rust, he joined the Church. For thirty-nine years he was a local preacher, and for thirty years an admirable caretaker. He loved the Castleside building, delighted in its services, and with infinite regret resigned his position, owing to physical disability, shortly before his death. 

Of a retiring disposition, in quiet ways he did yeoman service for the Lord he loved. He was highly esteemed for his lofty Christian character and generous spirit. 

He passed. away on December 18th, 1916, after months of failing health, and was laid to rest in Castleside churchyard. Prior to the interment a service was held in our Church, and the Rev. W. Pickering, in a brief address, paid tribute to his excellencies. Much sympathy was expressed for the widow and family.


William was born abt1843 at Lanchester, Co. Durham, to parents Richard Bainbridge, a stone mason (1851), and Ann Herron.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 apprentice
  • 1871 hosier
  • 1881 stocking maker (hosiery manufacturer)
  • 1891 hosier
  • 1901 stocking knitter wool
  • 1911 stocking knitter

He married Phoebe Fleming (1848-1874) in the spring of 1867 in the Durham Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Ann (1867-1952) – married Thomas Thompson, a stock taker at steelworks (1911), in 1889
  • Isabella (1869-1885)
  • Phoebe (b1872) – married John Bewick, a commercial traveller (1911), in 1895; emigrated to Canada in 1912

He married Margaret Amelia Armstrong, nee Gibson (1843-1921) in the spring of 1875 in the Durham Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three of five children.

  • Hodgson (1875-1951) – a railway engine stoker (1911); engine driver (1921)
  • William (1883-1933) – boot maker and repairer (1901); newsagent (1911)
  • Hannah (b1884)

William died on 18 December 1916 at Castleside, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/365

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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