1926

EXCITING FIRE SCENES – FARM GIRL’S BRAVE RESCUE OF DAZED MAN – A TIMELY DISCOVERY AT OXENHOLME

The prompt and plucky action of a 17-year-old servant, Margaret Bateson, led to the rescue of all the inmates of a burning isolated farmhouse on Fellside, at Oxenholme, four miles from Kendal, at midnight on Sunday. Unaided she rescued a 23-year-old labourer from an upstairs room.

The girl, who sleeps above the kitchen, was awakened by fumes. She went downstairs for a drink of water and found the kitchen on fire. Returning upstairs she roused the farmer’s son, Henry Rishton. By this time the stairway was impassable owing to smoke, and Rishton, telling the girl to rouse the others, leapt 18 feet from the bedroom window in his bare feet. He got out the car ready to drive to Kendal to summon the fire brigade.

Frank Rishton, aged 77, the farmer, was awakened by the motor horn, and went to the bedroom window and threw out his son’s trousers and slippers.  The old man then awoke his 70-year-old wife and wrapping her in a blanket let her down to the roof of an outbuilding against which the son, before his departure, placed a ladder.

In the meantime Margaret Bateson had awakened the two male farm servants, George Mason and Wilfred Smith. The latter went through the window to assist his employer, who had escaped in the same way as his wife. Together they did their best to fight the fire.

Margaret Bateson, on finding that Mason had not escaped, re-entered his bedroom and found that he had been overcome by the fumes. She dragged him from bed and across the landing into her room, beneath the window of which as another outbuilding. After a great effort she got Mason through the window and together they slid down the sloping roof, dropped six feet on to another roof, slipped down this, and jumped ten feet to the ground.

Frank Rishton, in an interview, said that had the alarm been given a few minutes later the household would have had no chance whatever of escaping. The fire engine was bogged in a muddy lane leading to the farm and had to be dragged out by a tractor. The brigade fought the fire until five o’clock in the morning. The loss includes old oak furniture, pewter and brass.

Miss Bateson told a “Lancashire Daily Post” correspondent that she was aroused about midnight by a tickling sensation in the throat. “Realising the house was on fire,” she said, “I threw something about me and roused Harry Rishton, son of the farmer, Frank Rishton. Then I went into the farm men’s room across the landing opposite mine. This was full of smoke, and George Mason was gasping and struggling for breath on his bed. The fumes here were suffocating. By the noise I knew the others were busy, so I shook Mason vigorously, and at last got him up. Assisting him across the landing into my room I helped him to climb on to a roof. Still holding his hand we slid down on to the second roof, where Mason had to lie gasping for breath before we could both jump to the ground.

Lancashire Evening Post 14 December 1926

 

 

Probate Index

The following transcriptions have been extracted from the National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations):

A

  • ARMER George William of 17 Helm-side Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 2 March 1943 on war service. Administration Carlisle 29 June (1944) to Robert John Armer retired engine driver. Effects £539 2s 4d.
  • ARMER Robert John of 17 Helmside Oxenholme Kendal Westmorland died 1 August 1948. Administration Carlisle 1 September (1948) to Jane Armer widow. Effects £890 14s 3d.

B

  • BAINES Richard of Helmside Natland Kendal Westmorland retired railway signalman died 17 January 1922 Administration Carlisle 29 March (1922) to John Baines hotel porter. Effects £208 0s 11d.
  • BAKER Francis Edwin of Mountain View Gatebeck near Kendal Westmorland died 20 February 1949. Administration Carlisle 9 April (1949) to Mary Jane Baker widow. Effects £447 19s 4d.
  • BLAND Ernest William of 4 Hill-place Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 25 March 1944. Administration Carlisle 2 May (1944) to Margaret Ann Bland widow. Effects £486 9s 11d.

D

  • DIXON George Whitehead of Station Inn Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 4 May 1958. Administration Carlisle 3 June (1958) to Ellen Wilson Dixon widow. Effects £851 15s 10d.

F

  • FORSHAW Ellen of Station Cottages Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 7 March 1914. Administration Carlisle 23 March (1914) to Edward Fleming labourer. Effects £83 15s 3d.

K

  • KNIGHTS Richard Atkin of Hillcrest Oxenholme Westmorland died 10 December 1952 Probate Carlisle 24 February (1953) to Lawrence Herbert Shepherd cycle agent. Effects £3,046 16s 9d.

M

  • MOFFAT Ada Mary of Mountside Beech Hill Terrace Kendal Westmorland died 13 June 1966. Probate Carlisle 7 September (1966) to Philip Gardner Thomson solicitor. £10,108
  • MOFFAT Thomas of Glen-villa Oxenholme Westmorland died 8 March 1923. Probate Carlisle 24 April (1923) to Ada Mary Moffat widow and Arthur Ingram Moffat agricultural merchant and agent. Effects £4,726 5s 7d.

N

  • NIXON Elizabeth Todd of 24 Helmside Oxenholme Westmorland widow died 1 July 1946 at 10 Gandy-street Kendal Westmorland. Probate Carlisle 23 July (1946) to Percy Nixon railway engine driver. Effects £597 14s 8d.

P

  • PAINE Harry of 8 Union-street Kendal Westmorland brakesman died 5 December 1913 at Wigan. Administration Carlisle 2 January (1914) to Jane Paine widow. Effects £168 5s.
  • PEARS John. 16 January (1890). Administration of the Personal Estate of John Pears late of Helmside near Kendal in the County of Westmoreland Railway Porter who died 1 January 1890 at Oxenholme near Kendal in the said County was granted at Carlisle to Sarah Pears of Helmside Widow the Relict. Personal Estate £246 14s 11d.

R

  • RISHTON Frank of Helmdene Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 23 March 1934. Probate Carlisle 9 August (1934) to Margaret Rishton widow Henry John Rishton retired farmer and Richard Askew retired police sergeant. Effects £11,055 8s 8d.

S

  • SWARBRICK Allan of 12 Helmside Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 12 March 1944 at Westmorland County Hospital. Administration Carlisle 2 May (1944) to Jane Swarbrick widow. Effects £372 6s 3d.

T

  • TEASDALE George. 23 August 1866. The Will of George Teasdale formerly of the “Beehive” Inn Stainton in the Parish of Heversham but late of “Oxenholme Station” Inn Natland both in the County of Westmoreland Innkeeper deceased who died 30 June 1866 at the “Oxenholme Station” Inn aforesaid was proved at Carlisle by the oaths of Isabella Teasdale of “Oxenholme Station” Inn aforesaid Widow the Relict William Hindson of Old Hutton in the County aforesaid Relieving Officer and Thomas Dixon of Underhelm in Stainton aforesaid Farmer the Executors. Effects under £800.
  • TEASDALE Isabella. 3 February 1876. Administration of the effects of Isabella Teasdale late of “Oxenholme Station” Inn in the Township of Natland in the County of Westmoreland Widow who died 1 January 1876 at “Oxenholme Station” Inn was granted at Carlisle to George Teasdale of “Oxenholme Station” Inn Innkeeper the Son and one of the Next of Kin. Effects under £200.

W

  • WILSON Charles Henry of Oxenholme House Oxenholme Westmorland died 7 March 1927. Probate Carlisle 27 April (1927) to John Gasgoigne Swinglehurst esquire and Edward Moser solicitor. Effects £49,017 19s 8d. Resworn £49,142 19s 8d.
  • WILSON William Esq. 9 September 1880. The Will with a Codicil of William Wilson late of Rigmaden in the County of Westmoreland Esquire who died 26 July 1880 at Rigmaden was proved at Carlisle by Arthur Shepherd of Shaw End in the said County esquire and Christopher Wyndham Wilson of Rigmaden William James Wilson of High Park in the said County and Charles Henry Wilson of Rigmaden Esquires the Sons the Executors. Personal Estate under £200,000.
  • WINDER Albert Edward otherwise Albert Edward Chapman of 4 Helmside Oxenholme Kendal Westmorland died 30 January 1957 at Kendal Green Hospital Kendal. Probate Carlisle 19 February (1957) to John Willie Winder railway guard. Effects £423 15s 8d.
  • WINDER John Willie of Helme Hurst 100 Oxenholme Road Kendal Westmorland died 29 November 1958. Administration (with Will) Carlisle 19 February (1959) to Helena Winder widow. Effects £2,208 9s 8d.

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