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My great-grandfather, Thomas Lee Manchester (not to be confused with my father who had the same name), was born in 1852. He married twice, first in 1873 in Manchester, to Mary Adelaide Peover Lee (the daughter of John Lee) of Birkenhead. The marriage took place in the parish of St John, Byron Street Manchester. He is described as a farmer and bachelor from Sheffield, although another source (see below) gives his place of birth as Longsight, Manchester. His father was Joseph Manchester, a spinner. The marriage was witnessed by Joseph Manchester and Thomas Manchester. There is a Thomas Manchester buried in Pwllheli, who died on 24thAugust 1892 aged 74 years..

The 1881 census reveals Thomas Lee Manchester's first family, including three daughters (Marion, Helen and Mary), living at a house called Pont-y-Cribyn in Llannor. Pont-y-Cribyn is marked on Ordnance Survey Sheet 123 in the LandRanger series (map reference SH353379).

Location of Pont-y-Cribyn

Two infant deaths in the family are recorded in Pwllheli before 1881: 1877 3rd quarter Gilbert Lee Manchester (aged 0), and 1880 4th quarter Rosa Manchester (aged 0).

My great-grandfather was apparently not at home at the time the 1881 census was taken, so he wasn't listed, although he was listed in ten years later in the 1891 census, living at a house called Westfield in Abererch Road, Pwllheli. Mary Adelaide Peover Lee had died in 1886, aged 36, and Thomas Lee Manchester had re-married to Jane in 1887, and had fathered three more children (George (by his first marriage), Alice and Albert. Mary has disappeared but 'Lucy' has taken her place. Since Lucy is of the age that Mary would have been, Mary and Lucy may in fact have been the same person.

His new wife Jane (my great-grandmother) was before marriage the manager of the Tower Hotel in High Street, Pwllheli.

In the 1901 census for the same address, all the children were still at home, and another daughter (Julia, known also as 'Jo') had been born.

The house in the photographs below was called Erylfryn (now known as Craigmor) which is in Penlon Llyn (Llyn Street), and was the home and surgery of Dr Ernest Lloyd Shelton-Jones until his death in 1929.

Erylfryn (Craigmor), Penlon Llyn, Pwllheli Erylfryn (Craigmor), Penlon Llyn, Pwllheli

Thomas Lee Manchester was a founding member of Pwllheli Golf Club, of which he was captain in 1903, 1904 and 1905. He died on November 23rd 1916, aged 64.", and was buried together with his first wife. You can see some photographs of his golf trophies which are now in my possession, and you can read more about Pwllheli Golf Club on their own web site at

In her later years Jane Manchester lived in Cardiff Road, Pwllheli together with her daughters Alice and Julia and her step-son George, all of whom remained unmarried. Albert (my grandfather) married in 1916, my father was born in 1918, but later Albert seperated from my grandmother and returned to Pwllheli (see below). Lucy Manchester married a Dr Shelton-Jones of Pwllheli and bore a son Edwin who became a sea captain, and a daughter Kathleen.

Julia Manchester also played golf and was a secretary of the golf club. In 1957 she donated a prize cup, known as the Manchester Cup, awarded each year to the lady who presented the best six cards during the year.

Many thanks to members of the Gwynedd Family History Society and of for filling in considerable gaps in my knowledge, and to Margaret Bolger, whose research into her own family history brought to light the information concerning my great-grandfather's first marriage, and the two infant deaths in 1887 and 1880.