Stephen Stephens (1856-1932)

Stephen Stephens was a Welsh manufacturing chemist who settled in Milnsbridge.


He was born in 1856 in Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, the son of cooper William Stephens and his wife Catherine.

He married Susannah Eleanor Jones circa 1883 and the couple had six children:

  • Gertrude Stephens (c.1885–1933)[1]
  • Gwendoline Stephens (1886-1955)[2]
  • William Trevor Stephens (1888-1969)
  • Hugh Dynevor Stephens (1890-1981)[3]
  • Anne Myfanwy Stephens (1892-1987)[4]
  • John Alewyn Stephens (1894-1968?)[5]

Stephen Stephens of 136 Longwood Road died on 20 April 1932, aged 75, at Paddock Congregational Church, where he was a deacon. He left an estate valued at £4,059 12s. 4d.


Yorkshire Post (21/Apr/1932):


23 Years on Huddersfield Town Council

Ald. Stephen Stephens, of Longwood Road, Huddersfield, one of the oldest members of the Huddersfield Borough Council, collapsed and died while attending an induction meeting last night at the Paddock Congregational Church, Huddersfield, where he was the senior deacon.

Ald. Stephens had attended the monthly meeting of the Town Council yesterday afternoon, and appeared to be in fair health, though for some time he had not been vigorous and had been under medical treatment for heart trouble.

For 51 years Alderman Stephens, who was 75 years of age, carried on business as a chemist at Milnsbridge. He was born at Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, and after receiving his pharmaceutical training in London went to Milnsbridge and opened in business on his own account.

He was elected a member of the Huddersfield Borough Council in 1908 and became an Alderman in 1920. He performed invaluable muncipal work, and for many years was chairman of the Health Committee. He was a member of the Education Committee, chairman of Royd’s Hall School Governors, and a Governor of Longwood Grammar School. Since 1923 he had been a magistrate for the borough. Alderman Stephens was a Liberal.

His wife died nine years ago. There are three sons — Dr. Stephens, of Kirkburton; Mr. Hugh Stephens, dental surgeon, of Huddersfield; and Mr. W. Trevor Stephens, of Lindley — and three daughters.


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Notes and References

  1. Did not marry. Died aged 48 in the Huddersfield area.
  2. Did not marry.
  3. Born 23 February 1890. Worked as a surgeon and dentist. Married Hilda May Bentley, daughter of James Bentley, on 26 October 1921 at St. Stephen's Church, Lindley. Died 26 April 1981 in Wales.
  4. Born 23 May 1892. Worked as a dental surgeon. Married accountant Frank Parsons of London, son of printer Albert Vincent Parsons, on 18 September 1923 at Paddock Congregational Church. Died 7 June 1987 in Gloucestershire leaving an estate valued at £139,835.
  5. Born 4 August 1894. Worked as a doctor and was a Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Regiment during the First World War. Married Gladys Garside Clarkson (born 18 August 1894), daughter of Ernest Clarkson, on 5 March 1921 at St. Barnabas, Crosland Moor. Lived at The Dene, Kirkburton. Possibly died 1968 in Hertfordshire.