Ralph Cuthbert (1845-1917)

Ralph Cuthbert was a chemist who established Ralph Cuthbert, Ltd. on Westgate.


He was born on 23 November 1845 in Huddersfield, the son of woollen cloth drawer James Ralph Cuthbert and his wife Mary, and was baptised on 29 May 1846 at Huddersfield Parish Church.

After spending the early years of his children in Leeds, the family had moved to Northumberland Street by the time the 1861 Census was taken.

He began working as a druggist and chemist circa 1866, opening a pharmacy on Westgate.

In 1871, he was still living his parents who had moved to Starkey's Court off Northgate.

He married Norah Elizabeth Jane Beaumont, daughter of Benjamin Beaumont, on 4 August 1886 at the Parish Church. The couple had two children:

  • Ralph Beaumont Cuthbert (1889-1957)[1]
  • Jessie Cuthbert (1894-1979?)[2]

By 1891, the family was residing at 68 West Parade.

The private company Ralph Cuthbert, Limited was formed in 1913.

Ralph Cuthbert died on 13 April 1917, leaving an estate valued at £19,455 14s.

Nora Elizabeth Jane Cuthbert died on 14 November 1935 at Wedgewood Grove, aged 77, and was buried on 18 November at Edgerton Cemetery.

Notes and References

  1. Born 14 July 1889 and baptised 18 September 1889 at Huddersfield Parish Church. Worked as a sailor in the Merchant Navy, rising to the rank of "Master of a Foreign-Going Ship" in 1919. Married Mildred Adeline Stephenson, daughter of Tom Stephenson, on 27 September 1917 at the Parish Church. Died 25 June 1957.
  2. Born 27 August 1894 and baptised 27 September 1894 at Huddersfield Parish Church. Married John Rae, son of William Rae, on 15 September 1917 at the Parish Church. Possibly died 1979 in Great Yarmouth.