William TICKLE 1847 – 1897

WILLIAM TICKLE 1847 – 1897


William Tickle was the son of James Tickle who was a glass maker in St Helens his mother was Alice Hill. When he was 14 he was an assistant in a provision shop.

On 25 December 1870 he married Elizabeth Ford who was the daughter of Peter Ford a farmer, her mother was Rhoda Knowles. They seemed to be quite well off as Peter`s mother was a proprietor of houses.  Her father died in 1863 and her mother in 1864.

 In 1880 William and his brother John Joseph who was a mining agent both joined the Grand Lodge of Freemasons.

At the time of his marriage he was a book keeper, but by 1881 he was a glass works traveller, working for Pilkingtons of St Helens. They were living in Prescot and now had 4 children, Rhoda Knowles b 1873, Florence Maud b 1876 and Harold James born 1880. They were still there in 1891, but in 1892 moved to Wrexham.

PRESENTATION AT ST. HELENS A number of gentlemen met on the 14th inst. at the Royal Raven Hotel, St. Helens, to do honour to Mr William Tickle, late of Cropper’s-hill, St. Helens, who recently removed to Wrexham to assume the proprietorship of the Feathers’ Hotel. On the announcement becoming generally known among his friends that Mr Tickle was leaving them, they at once determined to show their appreciation and esteem by making him a handsome and tangible presentation. A committee was readily formed, of which Councillor Massey was the president, Mr W. Melling treasurer, and Mr A. Woodhead secretary, and assisted by their coadjutors Councillor Brook, Messrs. R. Durie, G. Ripley, W. G. Dixon, J. Jolley, W. Brooker, and A. Wareing. The gentlemen succeeded in getting in handsome subscriptions, and on the night named the proceedings partook the form of a dinner, which was served in a manner which did Mr and Mrs Box the greatest credit.

Wrexham Advertiser 23 January 1892 (Edited)

William soon became involved in the public life of Wrexham, local societies held their meeting at the Feathers.  He became a foreman of the jury at many inquests. He was still there in July 1895, when he supplied tables for the Wrexham Church Sunday School Festival which was held at the Racecourse, the children had taken part in a service at St Giles, then assembled in the Beast Market for the march to their destination.

William died on 12 June 1897 aged 50 at Copthorn House, Ruthin Road. His death was announced in the Liverpool Mercury.

DEATH OF A ST HELEN`S GENTLEMAN AT WREXHAM.On Saturday evening the death took place at Wrexham of Mr William Tickle who was until lately landlord of the Feathers Hotel, Wrexham. Mr Tickle was a native of St Helens and was for nearly 25 years in the employ of Messrs Pilkington Brothers being for the greater portion of the period their travelling representative for Lancashire and Ireland.

Feathers Hotel

By 1901 Elizabeth had moved to the Red Lion, close to the Kings Mills, she was a licenced victualler. Annie White aged 28 was a housemaid and waitress, she was also from St Helens. They were still there in 1911, but now Annie is described as a companion, while they have one maid and a visitor in the Inn. It then had 8 rooms.

Red Lion

Elizabeth died at the Red Lion on 13 February 1922 aged 71. She left effects of £332 2s 7d and probate was granted to her son Harold James Tickle, commercial traveller.  She was buried with William.



Annie had been born 6 July 1871, and was the daughter of William White and Ellen Seddon.   They lived in Prescot where William was a night foreman in the chemical works.  He had been born in Ireland but Ellen was a local Lancashire girl. By 1891 Annie was a servant for a grocer in St Helens; he is Vincent Tickle and is the younger brother of William Tickle. It`s probable that through this connection that she came to Wrexham. Annie was with Elizabeth Tickle at the Red Lion from at least 1901 when she was a housemaid and waitress, by 1911 she was described as a companion.

Before the end of March 1922 Annie married John Chidlaw at St Giles, Wrexham, she was then aged about 52.  John Chidlaw was born about 1876, his father was Richard who had come from Shropshire to work as a joiner in Wrexham. By 1911 John was working in an iron foundry.

They must have gone back to the Red Lion as John died there in May 1929, he was 53. He was buried with his brother Richard Edward his mother Sarah.

Annie then went to Liverpool to live with Harold James Tickle, he was now a widower and only one son was still with him, they were at Primrose Road, Childwall in 1935.

By 1939 they were in Heathfield Road, Annie was a housekeeper and he was a dried fruit produce merchant.

They appear in the electoral registers for 1950, 1955 and 1960 at 1 Princes Park Mansions which were in Sefton.

Annie died aged 89 in 1 Princes Park Mansion in August 1960. She was brought back to Wrexham and buried with her friends.

Wrexham Cemetery 07/03/2018
Wrexham Cemetery 07/03/2018

Researched by Annette Edwards. February 2019. Gravestone photograph Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02756.