Besfords

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  • David Besford (1897-1991)

    David Besford (1897-1991)

    David Besford was the son of David Besford and Mary Besford (neé Turnbull). David was born on 1st February 1897 at Middleton Street, Amble, Northumberland. 

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  • David Besford (1863-1954)

    David Besford (1863-1954)

    David Besford was born on 11th September 1863 at Cowpen Colliery. He was the son of John and Margaret Besford.

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  • John William (Jack) Besford

    John William (Jack) Besford

    John William Besford was born on 20th November 1891 at 19 Church Street, Amble, Northumberland. Always known as Jack, he was one one of twelve children, eight of whom survived to adulthood.

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  • George Besford (1893-1966)

    George Besford (1893-1966)

    George Besford was born at 19 Church Street, Amble, Northumberland on 31st January 1893. He would go on to serve in the Northumberland Fusiliers in the First World War.

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  • David Besford (skipper)

    David Besford (skipper)

    David Besford was the skipper of the St. Patrick trawler in Lowestoft.

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  • Mary Besford (later Thompson/Turner) (1888-1985)

    Mary Besford (later Thompson/Turner) (1888-1985)

    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.

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  • Thomas Besford (1899-1994)

    Thomas Besford (1899-1994)

    Thomas Besford was the son of David Besford and Mary Besford (née Turnbull). Thomas was born on 8th November 1899 at Chevington Crescent, Northumberland.

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  • Besford Court

    Besford Court

    Besford Court was the last great, gothic English country house. It is a Grade II*-listed building, located in the village of Besford.

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  • Besford House

    Besford House

    Besford House, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, was built originally as a private residence in 1893. In 1911 it was set up a boys’ home, as a way of getting children out of the workhouses. It has now been restored as a family home.

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  • Besford Church

    Besford Church

    The church of St Peter in Besford is a wonderful example of English church architecture and one of only a few timber frame churches in England.

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  • John Charles Preston (Jack) Besford

    John Charles Preston (Jack) Besford

    Known as Jack, John Charles Preston Besford was a dentist and amateur swimmer, who became British and European swimming champion, and won the British backstroke title seven times from 1927 to 1936.

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  • Dr John Besford

    Dr John Besford

    Dr John Besford is a retired Harley Street dentist, famous for his specialism in prosthodontics.

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  • Ann Besford (1825-1896)

    Ann Besford was the daughter of Robert Besford (1792-1844) and his wife Mary Besford (née Marshall).

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  • William Besford (1823-1906)

    William Besford was born at Dam Dykes farm, near Cramlington, Northumberland. He was baptised on 3rd of August 1823 at St. Nicholas’s Parish Church, Cramlington. William’s parents were Robert Besford (1792-1844) and his wife Mary Besford (née Marshall).

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  • Harry Besford (1921-1992)

    Born Henry Besford on 6th October 1921, but always known as Harry, he was the son of George Besford and Maud Besford (née Carter).

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  • Catherine (Kate) Besford (later Gordon)

    Catherine (Kate) Besford (later Gordon)

    Catherine Besford was born on 22nd September 1883 at Bog Row, Hetton-le-Hole, Co. Durham. Catherine was the daughter of George Besford (1852-1935), a coal miner, and his wife Isabella Besford (née Miller).

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  • Besford Highwaymen

    Besford Highwaymen

    Two brothers, George Besford and Thomas Besford were tried at the Old Bailey in London on 7th September 1768. They were charged with Theft with Violence: Highway Robbery.

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  • Ted Besford

    Ted Besford

    Edward Besford (28 June 1915 – 12 July 1978) was the son of David Besford (1897-1991) and Rhoda Besford (née Websell). He was born in Northumberland, UK and moved to Australia aged 10. He went on to be an Australian rules footballer and cricketer.

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