Lucretia France (1869-1954) née Charlesworth


Lucretia Charlesworth was born on 6 November 1869 in Honley, the daughter of George Charlesworth and his wife Mary.

Her father died within a couple of years of her birth, leaving Mary a widow by 1871.

By 1891, she was working as a woollen weaver and living with her brother Tom and his wife Clementina off Church Street, Honley.

She married warehouseman Willie France, the son of plumber Hyde France and his wife Nancy (née Dyson), on 9 June 1893. The couple had three children, although one died in infancy:

  • Ethel France (1897-1954)[1]
  • Harry France (1911-?)[2]

By 1911, the family was living at 52 Rock Chapel Road, Berry Brow.

Willie France died aged 57 on 20 June 1928, leaving an estate valued at £444 8s 7d to Lucretia, and was buried on 23 June at St. Paul, Armitage Bridge.

At the time of the 1939 Register, the widowed Lucretia was living at 13 Deadmanstone, Berry Brow, although with Ethel (who was listed as being "incapacitated") and Harry (chartered mechanical engineer).

She died aged 84 on 22 August 1954 at Storthes Hall Hospital[3], leaving an estate valued at £5,272 17s 5d.


Lucretia France was a Suffragette and a member of the Huddersfield branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

Notes and References

  1. Born 7 January 1897 at Berry Brow and baptised 21 February 1897 at St. Paul, Armitage Bridge. Died aged 57.
  2. Born 15 October 1911.
  3. Recorded as "North Spring House, Kirkburton" in the probate record — this name was used to avoid any stigma being attached to a death in an asylum.