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In her fascinating short history of Oxenholme: The Railway Village (1995), Laura Oldham wrote about “Auntie Vi’s” shop and went on to say that Vi Atkinson ‘had an unusually distinctive birthday, beng born on the eighth day of the eighth month of 1888’.

However, further investigation reveals that Vi Atkinson, who was born Violet Emma Lord, was born on the eighth day of the eighth month, but in 1887 not 1888. Vi, who married Thomas Atkinson, died in 1978 aged 90. They lived at Helm Garth in Helmside Road.

But another Oxenholme resident, Florence Jellett, born Florence Caley, was born on the eighth day of the eighth month in 1888, according to her entry on the 1939 National Identity Register. Florence married railway porter George Jellett in 1918. They lived at 18 Helmside Cottages. Florence died in 1988, aged 99.

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Lord


Reuben James Lord (c1846–1906)

  • born at Backup, Lancashire
  • in 1851 was living in Spotland, Lancashire with grandfather David Lord , a cotton weaver, and mother Martha Lord, a mangler
  • in 1861 was living in Newchurch, Lancashire with mother Martha, now a milliner
  • in 1869 married Sarah Ann Hodgson (1851–1919) at Kendal, Wesmorland
  • in 1871 was living at 5 House of Correction Hill (now Windermere Road), Kendal
  • railway servant in 1881 living at 6 House of Correction Hill, Kendal
  • railway signalman in 1891 living at 24 Helmside, Oxenholme
  • railway signalman in 1901 living at 24 Helmside, Oxenholme
  • died 1906 intestate
  • in 1911 wife Sarah was a housekeeper living at Low Cottages, Endmoor, Westmorland
  • wife Sarah died 1919 intestate

Reuben and Sarah had six children, one of whom died as an infant:

  • Martha Lord (1870–1932) – baptised 1 January 1871 at Kendal St. Thomas – married Henry Ellis Swainbank (1868–1942) in 1891 – see Swainbank family page
  • Sarah Eliza Lord (1873–?) – baptised 19 October 1873 at Kendal St. Thomas – in 1891 was a servant at the Station Inn
  • Alice Maud Lord (1876–1955) – appeared twice in 1891 census (at 24 Helmside and at the Station Inn!) – married Anthony Swainbank (1875–1933) in 1898 – see Swainbank family page
  • James Marsden Lord (1882–1937) – see further information below
  • Violet Emma Lord (1887–1978) – born 8 August 1887 – married Thomas Atkinson in 1916
  • Herbert Rainforth Hodgson Lord (1890–1892) – died as an infant

James Marsden Lord (1882–1937)

  • born 1882
  • lived at 24 Helmside, Oxenholme
  • railway engine cleaner in 1901
  • married Alice Jane Parker (1887-1949) in 1910
  • railway engine fireman in 1911 living at Woodend Terrace, Tebay, Westmorland
  • died in 1939
  • widow Alice lived at Lunesdale Buildings, Tebay
  • Alice died in 1949

James and Alice had six children, one who died as an infant:

  • John R Lord (1912-?)
  • Violet Lord (1913-1913) – died as an infant
  • Thomas Kitchener Lord (1914-1989)
  • Herbert Lord (1918-1985) – married Irene Winter at St. Osmund’s Church, Derby
  • Hilda Lord (1919-?)
  • Doreen Lord (1921-?)

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Page last updated 16 October 2017

Helmside Cottages

The red-bricked terraced Helmside Cottages were built in 1885 to house railway workers. Originally there were 25 cottages, 13 on the eastern side and 12 on the western side.

Helmside Cottages as surveyed in 1887

Today, there are only 11 on the western side, and the first cottage is numbered 4.

Number 2 has been demolished – a new brick facia can be clearly seen and the chimney breast, originally hidden internally between numbers 2 and 4 is now exposed. It was demolished to enable the main road to be widened and improve visability at the junction. The residents of No. 2 Helmside at the time were apparently Mr & Mrs Balmer and their daughter Wendy who moved to Bolefoot.

Helmside Cottages – Front view of the eleven remaining western cottages. Image courtesy of Google Street View 2011

Helmside Cottages – Rear view of the eleven remaining western cottages. Image courtesy of Google Street View 2011

Helmside Road, connecting Burton Road to Oxenholme Road, came much later in 1896. Until then, to get to Oxenholme Station and Depot, the railway workers had to use the cinder path running alongside the railway track.


Helmside Cottages – Even numbers (Western side)


2 Helmside Cottages – demolished

  • 1891 – James Jones & family
  • 1901 – Richard Haythornthwaite & family
  • 1911 – Richard Haythornthwaite & family
  • 1915 – Richard Haythornthwaite & family
  • 1939 – Horace Baxter & family

4 Helmside Cottages – now 4 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – John Parkinson & family
  • 1901 – Albert Winder & family
  • 1911 – Albert Winder & family
  • 1915 – Albert Winder & family
  • 1939 – Albert Winder & family

6 Helmside Cottages  – now 6 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Isaac Nelson & family
  • 1901 – Isaac Nelson & family
  • 1911 – Isaac Nelson & family
  • 1915 – Isaac Nelson & family
  • 1939 – Francis Dunlop & family

8 Helmside Cottages – now 8 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – George Armer & family
  • 1901 – Thomas Robinson & family
  • 1911 – Thomas Robinson & family
  • 1915 – Thomas Robinson & family
  • 1939 – Thomas Robinson & family

10 Helmside Cottages – now 10 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Thomas Wills & family
  • 1901 – uninhabited
  • 1911 – John Pinch & family
  • 1915 – John Pinch & family
  • 1939 – Frederick Jackson & family

12 Helmside Cottages – now 12 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Edmund Askew & family
  • 1901 – Samuel Clive Dennison & family
  • 1911 – Joseph Edward Swinglehurst & family
  • 1915 – Joseph Edward Swinglehurst & family
  • 1939 – William Swarbrick & family

14 Helmside Cottages – now 14 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Richard Laycock & family
  • 1901 – Richard Laycock & family
  • 1911 – Richard Laycock & family
  • 1939 – John Campbell & family

16 Helmside Cottages – now 16 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – James Tubboner & family
  • 1901 – Isabella Hindson & family
  • 1911 – William Haythornthwaite & family
  • 1915 – William Haythornthwaite & family
  • 1939 – William Haythornthwaite & family

18 Helmside Cottages – now 18 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – George Page & family
  • 1901 – George Page & family
  • 1911 – George Page & family
  • 1915 – George Page & family
  • 1939 – George Jellett & family

20 Helmside Cottages – now 20 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Richard Baines & family
  • 1901 – Richard Baines & family
  • 1911 – Richard Baines & family
  • 1915 – Richard Baines & family
  • 1939 – Frederick Robinson & family

22 Helmside Cottages – now 22 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – John Butler & family
  • 1901 – William Bell & family
  • 1911 – Christopher Hayton Dobson & family
  • 1915 – Christopher Hayton Dobson & family
  • 1939 – George Weaver & family

24 Helmside Cottages – now 24 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Reuben Lord & family
  • 1901 – Reuben Lord & family
  • 1911 – Thomas George Nixon & family
  • 1915 – Thomas George Nixon & family
  • 1939 – Elizabeth Nixon

Helmside Cottages – Odd numbers (Eastern side)


1 Helmside Cottages – now 1 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Joshua Dobson & family
  • 1901 – Joseph B Whiteside & family
  • 1911 – Francis Edwin ‘Frank’ Graham & family
  • 1915 – Francis Edwin ‘Frank’ Graham & family

3 Helmside Cottages – now 3 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – William Conway & family
  • 1901 – William Conway & family
  • 1911 – William Conway & family
  • 1915 – William Conway & family

5 Helmside Cottages – now 5 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Peter Birchall & family
  • 1901 – Peter Birchall & family
  • 1911 – Peter Birchall & family
  • 1915 – Peter Birchall & family

7 Helmside Cottages – now 7 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – William Schofield & family
  • 1901 – William Schofield & family
  • 1911 – William Schofield & family
  • 1915 – William Schofield & family

9 Helmside Cottages – now 9 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – John Speed & family
  • 1901 – John Speed & family
  • 1911 – John Speed & family
  • 1915 – John Speed & family

11 Helmside Cottages – now 11 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – John Thornburrow & family
  • 1901 – John Thornburrow & family
  • 1911 – John Thornburrow & family
  • 1915 – John Thornburrow & family

13 Helmside Cottages – now 13 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Richard Graham & family
  • 1901 – Richard Graham & family
  • 1911 – Richard Graham & family
  • 1915 – Richard Graham & family

15 Helmside Cottages – now 15 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Richardson Ellison & family
  • 1901 – Richardson Ellison & family
  • 1911 – Richardson Ellison & family
  • 1915 – Richardson Ellison & family
  • 1940 – J. C. Jones & family

17 Helmside Cottages – now 17 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – George Smith & family
  • 1901 – Robert John Armer & family
  • 1911 – Robert John Armer & family
  • 1915 – Robert John Armer & family

19 Helmside Cottages – now 19 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – William Cragghill & family
  • 1901 – William Cragghill & family
  • 1911 – William Cragghill & family
  • 1915 – Frederick Cragghill & family

21 Helmside Cottages – now 21 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – John Thompson & family
  • 1901 – John Thompson & family
  • 1911 – Robert Fothergill & family
  • 1915 – Robert Fothergill & family

23 Helmside Cottages – now 23 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – James Swan Tweddle & family
  • 1901 – James Swan Tweddle & family
  • 1911 – George Taylor Hayhurst & family
  • 1915 – George Taylor Hayhurst & family

25 Helmside Cottages – now 25 Helmside Road

  • 1891 – Henry Jennings & family
  • 1901 – Richard Parker & family
  • 1911 – Richard Parker & family
  • 1915 – Richard Parker & family

Page last updated: 16 October 2017

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Swainbank


Henry Ellis Swainbank (1868–1942)

  • born at Dillicar, Westmorland
  • baptised 9 April 1871 at Kendal aged 3
  • second of eight sons born to Thomas Swainbank (1844–1924) and Eleanor Swainbank neé Ellis (1845–?)
  • in 1871 living at Beck Foot, Firbank, Westmorland
  • scholar in 1881 living at Beck Foot Cottage, Firbank, Westmorland
  • railway engine stoker in 1891 lodging at 10 Helmside with railway signalman Thomas Wills and family
  • in 1891 married Martha Lord (1870–1932) daughter of railway signalman Reuben James Lord (1846–1906)
  • railway engine driver in 1901 living at 4 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme
  • wife Martha ran a shop from their home in Natland Terrace until the Railway Company found out!
  • they then moved across the road and opened the shop at Helm Garth (now 70 Helmside Road)
  • locomotive engineman in 1911 living at Helm Garth, Oxenholme
  • joined the Kendal branch of National Union of Railwaymen aged 46 on 29 April 1913
  • wife Martha died 13 May 1932
  • probate 22 June 1932 to Henry Ellis Swainbank engine driver
  • Henry senior died 28 March 1942
  • buried at St. Mark’s Church, Natland
  • headstone inscribed “In loving memory of Henry Ellis Swainbank died March 28th 1942 aged 74 years. Also of Martha his wife died May 13th 1932 aged 61 years.”

Henry and Martha had five children, one of whom died in infancy:

  • Sarah Eleanor Swainbank (1892–?) – dressmaker – emigrated to the United States onboard S.S. Bohemian departing Liverpool 28 January 1920 – arrived Boston 15 February 1920 – 5′ 3″ tall with fair complexion, fair hair and blue eyes
  • Ellis Swainbank (1895–1953)possibly married Kathleen Wilson in 1921 (unconfirmed)
  • Alice Swainbank (1898–?) – died as an infant
  • Henry Victor Swainbank (1900–1980) – born 16 January 1900
  • Reuben Swainbank (1901–1980) – born 27 July 1901 – possibly married Mary Shepherd in 1939 (unconfirmed)

As a schoolboy, Henry Swainbank senior witnessed a fatal accident near Lowgill Station on 3 December 1881:

Henry Swainbank of Beckfoot, Firbank, deposed “I am 14 years of age, about half past twelve o`clock on Saturday last I was in Lowgill School yard standing on the wall when I saw a train going south. I heard two loud whistles and very shortly afterwards saw a hat flying up in the air, I ran and told the men at Lowgill Cottages. the steam was shut off and the train brought to a stand.”


Anthony Swainbank (1875-1933)

  • born at Firbank, Westmorland 1875
  • baptised at Kendal 21 March 1875
  • fifth of eight sons born to Thomas Swainbank (1844–1924) and Eleanor Swainbank neé Ellis (1845–?) – the first five sons all ended up working on the railway
  • younger brother of Henry Ellis Swainbank (1868–1942) above
  • scholar in 1881 living at Beck Foot Cottage, Firbank, Westmorland
  • railway engine cleaner in 1891 living at 1 Beck Foot Cottages, Firbank, Westmorland
  • in 1898 married Alice Maud Lord (1876–1955) third daughter of railway signalman Reuben James Lord (1846–1906) and younger sister of Martha Lord (1870–1932) who married his older brother Henry Ellis Swainbank (1868–1942) above in 1891
  • railway engine stoker in 1901 living at 8 Hill Place, Oxenholme
  • railway engine stoker in 1911 living at 8 Hill Place, Oxenholme
  • known to railway colleagues as ‘Tant’
  • died in 1933
  • wife Alice died in 1955

Anthony and Alice had three children:

  • Margaret Eleanor Swainbank (1900–?)possibly married Norman D Simpkins in 1929 (unconfirmed)
  • George Marsden Swainbank (1905–1957)see below
  • Mary Swainbank (1908–1980) – married Thomas George Lowthian (1913–1974) in 1937 – lived at Bolefoot

George Marsden Swainbank (1905–1957)

  • born 21 March 1905
  • married Lavinia Bowden Morrison (1906–1992) in 1929
  • bus driver living at Bolefoot in 1939
  • died in 1957

Can you add any information to this page? Do you have any photographs or memories you could share? If so, please email us

With thanks to: John A Bateson

Also see: Lord family page

Page last updated: 16 October 2017