Worksop: Mystery of Guardian founder photos

This week’s photo is at the centre of a mystery worthy of an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 18th July 2013, 1:53 pm
Vincent Sissons, centre, ex-owner of the Worksop Guardian
Vincent Sissons, centre, ex-owner of the Worksop Guardian

The picture is part of a collection of albums and other memoriabilia left by Dorothy Bealby, formerly of Newcastle Street, Worksop.

She died in January 1990, leaving no family, and the photos are now in the possession of Worksop accountants N. Williamson, of Potter Street.

In the centre of the photo is Vincent Sissons, whose family founded the Worksop Guardian in 1896.

The photo was taken at the Regal Cinema and shows Mr Sissons receiving a long service medal, but it doesn’t specifiy for what.

It is marked on the back to go on page one of all editions, but there is no date.

The Guardian was founded by Vincent’s great-grandfather Frank Sissons and his mother Dorothy.

The paper stayed in the family for several generations until being sold to the Linneys.

Staff at NWilliamson don’t know what Mrs Bealby’s connection to the Sissons was. They are keen for the photos to be returned to the family if possible.

One of the photo albums has detailed information about each picture, listing who the people in them.

One member of the family ran Sandiman’s vineyard near Lisbon, and there is a photo of family members sitting in their own private rickshaw in Hong Kong.

Another family member was Henry Tomlinson, who opened the Anchor Brewery in Sheffield.

Mrs Bealby, nee Weston, was married to Henry Bealby, who ran R Shaw ironmongers in Worksop.

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