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My 4th Great Grandfather was Joseph Tomlinson who started Joseph Tomlinson and sons Ltd Funeral directors in, I think 1860. After his death in around 1904 his son Joseph Tomlinson (my 3rd great grandfather) had taken over the business and expanded it into the leading establishment in the area. They had many properties across the whole of Sheffield, the largest being at Borough Mews which had the three storey stable to store their many horses. Tomlinson was also responsible for having one of the first charabancs in Sheffield. When Joseph Tomlinson (3rd great grandfather) died in 1922 his son Joseph Godfrey Knight Tomlinson (2nd great grandfather) had taken over the business and expanded it further into the taxi cab market, creating Tomlinson red line taxis. Joseph G K Tomlinson then died in 1958. I don’t have much more information about who inherited the business after that or if it got sold when J G K died. 

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Joseph Tomlinson and sons also had a property where they used to make the carriages used for funerals, weddings and taxis. The property was Broomhall Mews where the Goodyear tyre factory was, on Upper Hannover street. They had room for 50 horses to be stabled there.

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My 4th, 3rd and 2nd great grandfathers created and ran Joseph Tomlinson & Sons Ltd. I already know some information about them but it is limited. I was just wondering if anybody knew anything I didn’t know. It would be much appreciated.

Edited by Gabriel Scott

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I did enquire about Tomlinsons records some years ago and was told they went in the skip.

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1 hour ago, hillsbro said:

Amng family papers I found Tomlinsons' bill for the funeral of my great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Lawson (1831-1906). Here is a link to a scan of the rather attractively designed bill. https://i.postimg.cc/59pSwjF1/01.jpg

Thank you for that, it’s brilliant. I was told by my mother about all the things that were owned by Joseph Tomlinson that were in the family home. Unfortunately there’s an evil stepmother in the way, which means that it’s unlikely that I will ever get to see all the items. One of the items was a model carriage made from metal that had been used as a prototype for one of the big carriages made by Tomlinson’s, but it is now in Australia which is a real shame.

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Does anybody know anything or have any stories relating to the firm, Joseph Tomlinson & Sons Ltd. of Borough Mews, Bedford Street.

If you or any of your older relatives know anything or have any stories please message me, as I would love to know.

Please ask any older family members if they can remember anything, as they might just know something.

 

Thank you so much and take care,

G. Joseph Scott

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