Gorsebrook House

Gorsebrook House in about 1900. Courtesy of Miss A. Willetts of Smethwick.
Whilst Gorsebrook might be regarded as the family home once Richard had established himself in life, none of his eight children was born there. Indeed it is possible that only four of them lived at Gorsebrook.

We do not know the exact date when Richard and Ann moved into Gorsebrook. They were certainly not there at the time of the 1891 census as a coal merchant by the name of Herbert, together with his wife, five children, and servants, were in residence at this date.

They were certainly there in 1900, but when did they move in? The best guess is around 1894/5 following the departure of Thomas Parker to set up his own company. There would doubtless have been some reorganisation within the company as a consequence of this departure, and maybe, Richard Jones became "Works Manager" at this time and moved into Gorsebrook.

If this conjecture is correct, then, Lucy who married in 1896 would have lived at Gorsebrook. We know from the 1901 Census that Henry (Harry) and his three younger sisters, Alice, Anne and Florence were living there at that date.

Charles would have been around 31 years old at this stage and may well have married and moved into his own home.

He was probably, however, still living in Wolverhampton as he did not join the Metropolitan Railway until 1903. Emily had married in 1887. Edith, if still living, would have been 22/23 and may well have married by this time.

Gorsebrook House was demolished in the 1950’s and is now the site of The Wolverhampton Science Park.

Another view of Gorsebrook House.

The site of Gorsebrook House - January 2002.

Gorsebrook House was the centre of family life for the Jones family over a period of 50 or so years, Waterloo Road (no more than half a mile from Gorsebrook House), seems to have been populated at one time or another by many of the Jones clan and their Corns relatives.

Richard and Ann Jones lived at Lynwood, 150 Waterloo Road after they left Gorsebrook House. Samuel and Harriet Corns lived at Myrtle Cottage, 18 Waterloo Road.

Harriet later moved to 86, Waterloo Road and, after her death in 1914, Hannah Jane Corns, her spinster daughter, inherited the property and lived in it until her death in 1951. The family of Sidney Fletcher lived at 37, Waterloo Road for a period during the 1930’s.

The Waterloo Road connection does not end there. Henry (Harry) and Harriet (Cissie) Jones worshiped at Waterloo Road Baptist Church, as did the family of Frederick Thompson. Two of the Thompson daughters, Freda and Margaret, married two of Harry and Cissie Jones’s sons at Waterloo Road Baptist Church – Ronald and Charles respectively.

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