COLLINGE Ellen

Female 1916 - 2019  (103 years)


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  • Name COLLINGE Ellen 
    Born 6 Feb 1916  Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Chr 14 Mar 1916  St Thomas' Church, Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Register 29 Sep 1939  12 Brideoake Street, Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 7 Dec 2019  Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Pneumonia, Heart failure 
    Cremated 3 Jan 2020  Lawrence Saunders Road Baptist Church, Radford, Coventry, West Midlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Internment 7 Jan 2020  St Nicholas' Churchyard, Radford, Coventry, West Midlands CV6 3GJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I297  RADCLIFFE
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2020 

    Father COLLINGE Wilfred,   b. 13 Dec 1880, 9 Townley Street, Tonge, Middleton, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1958, Astley Hospital, Tyldesley, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother ISHERWOOD Lavinia,   b. 13 Aug 1889, 10 Stanley Mill Street, Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1979, Coventry, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1909  St Thomas' Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Family ID F516  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SCOTSON Robert,   b. 16 Sep 1912, Lowton, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1992, Coventry, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 11 May 1940  St Thomas' Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Photos
    Robert Scotson b.16.9.1912 Lowton, Lancs d.3.11.1992 Coventry, Warwickshire and wife Ellen Collinge b.6.2.1916 Leigh, Lancs
    Robert Scotson b.16.9.1912 Lowton, Lancs d.3.11.1992 Coventry, Warwickshire and wife Ellen Collinge b.6.2.1916 Leigh, Lancs
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Feb 1916 - Leigh, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChr - 14 Mar 1916 - St Thomas' Church, Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegister - 29 Sep 1939 - 12 Brideoake Street, Bedford, Leigh, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 May 1940 - St Thomas' Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Pneumonia, Heart failure - 7 Dec 2019 - Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, Warwickshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 3 Jan 2020 - Lawrence Saunders Road Baptist Church, Radford, Coventry, West Midlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInternment - 7 Jan 2020 - St Nicholas' Churchyard, Radford, Coventry, West Midlands CV6 3GJ Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Went to St.Thomas Church of England school from 4-14 years, and always went with her parents to the Isle of Man for their holidays. At 14 years she worked in Leigh Confectionery Company wrapping sweets for two years, and packing in a warehouse. At 16 years she was accepted into weaving (with Annie Sedden, Allan Scotson's godmother) at Walsh Hill Weaving Company. Courtaulds opened a new mill for artificial silk weaving and accepted Ellen at 17 years old and there she worked for 5 years, making material for table cloths, and parachute silk during the war years and supervised the running of eight looms.
      She also operated a crepe machine. Six years after the war she moved with Robert her husband and Allan to Coventry. When she was forty years old she started playing the piano three evenings a week for the Coventry Keep Fit association, something she did for over thirty years, and still continues to play for old people's homes and also used take the occasional turn on the organ as substitute organist at St Nicholas Church, Radford, Coventrry

      ELLEN SCOTSON (Nellie Collinge) b. 6 Feb 1916

      I lived in Brideoake Street, Bedford, Leigh. As a girl I attended St Thomas' Church and Day School. In my young days Bedford Cinema was very popular in the same street where I lived. We also used to enjoy the church dances in Leigh. The most popular were Saturday evening dances were those of Leigh Parish Church Institute and in St Jospeh's Dance Hall. I met my late husband, Robert Scotson, at a St Peter's Church dance. As a boy he lived in Bryom Hall, Lowton (He also had a brother, Abraham, who was a well-known local figure as the shop manager at Leigh Meadow Dairy, and after the War as the owner of a grocers' shop on the Wigan Road. He was president of the Leigh &District Grocers Association from 1961-2).

      My occupation on leaving school at 14 years old, was at Ogden's Sweet Factory in West Leigh. I left this work a year later to learn a trade in weaving at the Leigh Manufacturing Co. Unfortunately their two mills closed down at the beginning of the slump in the cotton trade, and I moved to Stanley Mill in Duke Street where I worked only for three weeks, following which I went to Welch Hill Factory in Twist Lane. After two happy years there, my father, Wilfred Collinge, suggested I go to Courtaulds Brook Mill as a silk weaver, this was an improvement from my previous work. A new weaving shed was opened at Bedford Square where we weavers were each given ten to fourteen looms to operate on shift work and five years I was employed weaving parachute material during Wartime. My husband and I were separated by the war after one month of marriage. Robert Scotson had enlistment for the Army Airborne Division (later Parachute Regt) in which he served for five years.

      The war years were long but were able to find entertainment in the cinemas of Leigh: 'The Regal' in Spinning Jenny Street; 'The Empire' in Bradshawgate; 'The Palace' and 'Sems' in Railway Road. I still remember the first talking pictures at a cinema on Leigh Road, and across the way was Leigh Hippodrome with the live shows. 'The Theatre Royal' in Lord Street had all kinds of variety - I wonder what this building is now? I also belonged to an afternoon dramatic group at St. Thomas's Church in Bedford. Harry Heap was the producer of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

      In 1946 we came to live in Coventry. My husband had worked in Stanley Mill but due to the slump there, he found work in silk spinning at Courtaulds, Coventry where he worked for 34 years and eventually became a superviser. I have been a pianist for the Coventry Keep Fit Association for over thirty years, and still play the piano for a local ladies choir , for elderly people's homes and clubs, and for Salvation Army Senior citizens. My daughter also teaches the piano in Coventry to school children.

      My son, Allan Scotson, works as a Free Evangelical Church minister in Finland and he introduced me to "Past Forward" during my recent visit in his home. Now having read the past five editions I wanted to express my appreciation for many happy memories they gave me. I thank God for all these.

      Yours faithfully
      Ellen Scotson

  • Sources 
    1. [S1218] British GRO births index, Leigh Mar 1916 8c 439.
      Ellen Collinge (Isherwood) b. Leigh Mar 1916 8c 439

    2. [S1230] BMD Lancs births, Wigan & Leigh CUL/71/389 (Reliability: 3).
      Ellen Collinge b. 1916 Culcheth, Wigan & Leigh CUL/71/389

    3. [S128] Document.
      Ellen Collinge baptized 14 March 1916
      John I Lawton

    4. [S1024] Register 1939.
      12 Brideoake Street, Leigh MB
      207/4 Ellen Collinge (Scotson) b. 6 Feb 1915 S Silk weaver
      Birth date incorrect, she was born in 1916

    5. [S1193] Private Allan Scotson.
      Funeral of Hope and Blessing conducted by Allan Scotson, pastor
      Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Ellen Scotson conducted by Steve Cobbin, pastor

    6. [S1193] Private Allan Scotson.
      Internment of ashes conducted by Allan Scotson, pastor

    7. [S434] GRO marriage certificate, No. 279 (Reliability: 3).
      Leigh. St Thomas's Church, Bedford. 20 February 1909.
      Wilfred Collinge 26 yrs, bachelor, platelayer. Residence 53 Brideoake Street. Father: John Collinge (deceased), silk finisher.
      + Lavinia Isherwood, 19 yrs,spinster, 61 Brideoake Street, Bedford.
      Father James Isherwood, operating spinner.

    8. [S1216] BMD Lancs marriages, Wigan & Leigh C7L/3/279 (Reliability: 3).
      Wilfrid Collinge + Lavinia Isherwood m. 1909 Bedford St Thomas, Wigan & Leigh C7L/3/279

    9. [S1225] British GRO marriage index, Leigh Mar 1909 8c 336 (Reliability: 3).
      Wilfred Collinge + Lavinia Isherwood m. Leigh Mar 1909 8c 336

    10. [S434] GRO marriage certificate, No. 383.
      St. Thomas's Church, Bedford. 11 May 1940, Robert Scotson 27 yrs,bachelor, silk spinner. Residence 190 Cheveral Avenue, Radford,Coventry.
      Father Ernest Beswick Scotson, farmer labourer.
      + EllenCollin ge, 24 yrs, s pinster, silke weaver. Residence 12 BrideoakeStreet.
      Father Wilfred Co llinge, textile mill labourer.
      Witnesses:Wilfred Collinge, Ernest B Sc otson, Ruth Collinge. Vicar G.Willett.

    11. [S1225] British GRO marriage index, Leigh June 1940 8c 681.
      Robert Scotson + Ellen Collinge m. Leigh June 1940 8c 681

    12. [S1216] BMD Lancs marriages, Wigan & Leigh C7L/6/383.
      Robert Scotson + Ellen Collinge m. 1940 Bedford St Thomas, Wigan & Leigh C7L/6/383