David Besford was the skipper of the St. Patrick trawler in Lowestoft.
Besford family in Northumberland
Explore the rich history of the Besford family in Northumberland through a series of articles written by John Hornsby.
Find out how Jack Besford, who left school on his 13th birthday to work down the mine, would go on to become a leading trade unionist. His greatest achievement was to secure free secondary education for all children in Northumberland.
Mary Besford was the daughter of David Besford and Mary Besford (née Turnbull). She was born on New Year’s Eve 1888 at Togston Terrace, Broomhill, Northumberland. She was David and Mary Besford’s first child (of 12). Her father was working at Broomhill Colliery in 1888.
Besfords in the late medieval period
There is a gap of 97 years between the record of John Besford serving as an Archer in France, and the start of Parish Registers, which would potentially provide the link to the earliest Besford traced in the modern era, James Besford in 1679.
Help us get to the bottom of the unsolved mysteries of the Besfords.
🔍 Where was James Besford born? (1650s/60s)
Dr Besford’s Aubergine Pickle is a limited edition pickle created by chef Cyrus Todiwala in honour of dentist Dr John Besford, a regular diner at his restaurant. It is described as “bold and delicately spiced”, and is now marketed under the Mr Todiwala’s brand.
Todiwala has been described as a pickle connoisseur. As head chef at Namaste, east London, in the 1990s, he observed that once customers had tasted his range of home-made pickles, they would ask to take some home. He began bottling pickles on a small scale, and has since increased production to meet demand.
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