|We have been looking forward for some considerable time to
the 1901 Census being available on the Internet. Unfortunately the
site crashed within a few days of being opened. This was a great
disappointment as I had hoped to establish that my great grandfather,
Benjamin Rollings, was living at the house in Sandy Lane. After
waiting two months, in the hope that the site would resume service -
which it did not - I decided to pay the Archives office for a search on
the house in Sandy Lane, Tettenhall. No entries were found for the
property. I now felt that I was never going to find the answer to
My Star Jason at the rally, just after I had
delivered the Mayor to the chapel.
|The Black Country Rally took place on the 14th July 2002.
It was a magnificent day. A total of 130 cars, motor cycles, buses
and trucks were present.
The event was a great success. I
had the very pleasant duty of driving the Mayor of Dudley and her
companion to the Sunday School Service at the chapel in my 1930 Star
|The entire contents of the St. Joseph's Convent Junior
School, Sandy Lane (my great-grandfather's house in about 1895) were
sold at auction on the site. The junior school has closed down but
the nursery school will continue and the sisters of the French Order
will continue to live at the convent.
I went along to the view day and found it most interesting
to see the outbuildings and the grounds, which were far more extensive
than I had originally thought. The nuns had been kind enough to
show me around the house on my previous visit when the house was first
My grandfather's house in Sandy Lane as it is now.
Note the outbuildings to the left. There are extensive grounds
behind the house.
|At long last we have proved that Benjamin Rollings, and
his daughter Katie, lived at 24 Sandy Lane, Tettenhall. The
information was found on the 1901 census web site now it is up and
The all important census entry.
The census also shows that his sister in law, Mary
Holding, was living with him; and that they had one live-in servant,
The reasons for our not being able to find the
information in our previous searches were:
1. We had been looking under Sandy Lane,
Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. The entry was made as Staffs, W'ton.
2. The district then was not Tettenhall but Wrottesley.
Whilst looking out this information I found that
Benjamin's son, Joseph, was the manager of a public house, at number 21
Pearson Street, just around the corner from the Star works in Frederick
|At the beginning of January 2003 I decided to telephone my cousin,
Peter Lisle, and his wife Nora to wish them well for the New Year.
Whilst talking to Peter, I asked how his painting was progressing. You
will recall that I mentioned previously the portrait he had painted of
the Queen Mother and, indeed, the one of myself. He told me that he had
received quite a few commissions recently from local people and that he
had just completed one of the inside of the Chapel at the Royal
Wolverhampton School. He said he would send me a copy of the picture. A
few days later a copy of the picture arrived in the post.
Peter Lisle's painting in chalk pastel, varnished,
of the interior of the Royal Wolverhampton School chapel.
|The picture is looking from the rear of the Chapel
towards the altar; the Rev D. Atkinson is shown on the
right, with his son reading the lesson. The Head of the school at the time, Mrs Ann Evans, is on the
The interesting part of the picture, as far as the Rollings family
is concerned, is the reredos behind the altar, which depicts
Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper".
It was presented to the chapel in
1913 by Lucy Rollings and friends, in memory of her late husband, John
Rollings, who was a Past Vice President of the school.
|Peter is making quite a name for himself with his
pictures, which are produced to a very high standard indeed,
including the above mentioned picture.
The reproductions on this web
page does not do justice to their quality but I thought it would be
nice to have the one of the Queen Mother included here.
commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal
Wolverhampton School, of which she was patron.
Lucy Rollings in 1887.
|When the ownership of my great grandfather's house
in Sandy Lane was proved, I thought that would conclude matters
relating to the Rollings family in Wolverhampton. To my
surprise I received an e-mail from Mrs. Mary Evans, who lives in
Washington, DC, USA.
Mary advised me that she had been told by her Uncle Tom about
the Rollings story being on this web site. In the e-mail
she told me that she was descended from Richard Lisle, the son
of Edward Lisle, whose wife was Sara Ann Rollings, and that her
mother was Beryl Lisle.
In the correspondence Mary told me she regularly wrote to
Winifrid Janowski, whose mother was Amy Beswick Lisle.
|Winifrid had sent her two photographs, of Uncle John
and Aunt Lucy Rollings (my great great grandfather's brother and
Mary was not sure how they fitted in to the
family tree and I explained that John was Sara Ann Rollings'
I am now in possession of the two splendid photographs shown
here. They have the date 30th August 1887 on them.
Mary thought they may have been wedding pictures. But that
was not the case as they were married on 2nd April 1881. What the event, if any, was, we do not know.
I have now sent Mary a lot of details of both the Rollings and
the Lisle family trees.
John Rollings in 1887.
||At the beginning of March I received a letter from
Mary Evans with which she enclosed a copy of her family tree. At
that date, she advised me that her mother has 6 living children, 23
grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren with one more expected in
June. With spouses that makes a total of 87 people.
was a photograph of herself and Max on an Alaskan Cruise in 2002.1
can certainly see a likeness to the Rollings family in Mary.
|On the occasion of the Black Country Car Rally at
the Black Country Museum, in July, Bev Parker, of the Wolverhampton
History and Heritage Society, handed to me photocopies of two
Invoices relating to my great grandfather’s building business at 31
Powlett Street, Wolverhampton.
They where dated 30th September 1897 and the 30th December 1897
respectively. Both accounts related to repairs to a property in
Bilston Road owned by Messrs Blakeway.
It would seem that the
December account was not cleared very quickly.
||I asked Bev how he had obtained the accounts. He
told me that he had received a parcel of papers from Mr. Jim Boulton
of Wombourne, who had carried out a number of house clearances years
The papers where found on a spike that was used to file
receipts. I have since made contact with Jim and I am pleased to say
that I now have the original papers in my possession.
I think this more or less concludes the family history in Wolverhampton.
I shall now move to my grandfather and the family in Birmingham.
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