Masons of Bradder St

I am told that the people in this photograph taken at 72 Bradder Street are my great grandmother Hannah Mason and her daughter Elsie King, my fathers mother Lucy Mason and her daughter Nellie.

This photo shows some more of the Masons of Bradder Street in an unknown location. I can only identify GGrandma┬á Mason, Granvile Smith Aunty Ruby’s Masons husband, Grandma Lucy Mason? can anyone else help?


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  • Lillian Violet Mason, daughter to Charles King and Winifred Florence Mason is definitely the girl in dress on left and holding on to her aunts arm.

    It is either May or Irene Duhy (Winifred sisters). Cant imagine mum holding onto Irene laughing as she was a scary lady. Also I have photos of May and Nellie in an army truck on one of the family visits.

    By sharon (20/10/2017)
  • That’s right Philip.

    Gran mason Winifred married to Charles King Mason is lady in centre with head turned. To her left is her sister Aunty May Duhy and next to her is undoubtably my mother LilLian Violet Mason in her ankle socks. 

    Will ask mum if she can recognise anyone in photo. 

    By Sharon franklin (18/10/2017)
  • I can add a bit of information to the above. The lady with her head turned towards Grandma Mason is my grandmother, I am pretty sure. She was married to Charles King Mason. The two youngsters could be her children John and Lillian (who lives in Southsea).

    By Philip Mason (17/01/2016)
  • Hello Ged and Kathleen, first may I say how sad it is hearing of the passing of Frances Mason. Secondly, I feel I have to offer my apologies to you both, the lady in the top photograph on the left is I now believe my Mother.(without the glasses she always wore).  Thank you both..

    I am going to try and help with the names of the family Masons’..   

    Back row are, L  to R.  Granville, Cyril, Stanley,  and Dolly.

    Middle row.  Nelly, Ruby, ( Mrs Mason’s Adopted Daughter ?)  Grammar Mason.

    Not sure who the youngsters are. 

    By Alan Curtis (02/03/2015)
  • Another Bradder Street Mason, Aunty Francis Cope (nee Mason) has died aged 93 yrs. she was the last child of Norman Mason and Lucy Mason (nee Chapman) She was cremated at Mansfield crematorium on the 17th of February and it was fitting to hear the tributes to her from various people including the preacher who gave a graphic account of her very interesting life and long life. Rest in Peace Aunty Francis.

    By Ged Mason (01/03/2015)
  • Hi GED I can help with a couple of names. the one behind grandma is our Stan would know him anywhere because he took me all over with him. I think the other you can’t see much of is my dad because they were always together. Gran didn’t marry our Ruby till after Stan died. He was Stans friend. Lucy did marry Arthur but moved into his house on Quarry Lane. He lived in one of those houses that you go up all those steps to the front door and the back door on Sibthorpe Street.  Kath Mason

    By Kath Mason (30/01/2015)
  • I cannot comment on my Mason family being well off, but I know they were hard working and in fact G Grandma Mason kept chickens, ducks and pigs in Gregory’s Quarry off Quarry lane which in fact I owned at one time. She also had an allotment on the opposite side of Quarry Lane.

    G Grandma Mason had 9 children, 8 of which were with G Grandpa Mason born in order as follows – Elsie King (G Grand ma’s maiden name) born out of wedlock, Norman a miner and shaft sinker, my grandfather, Ida who later had a fish and chip shop on West Gate in Mansfield, Lesley, killed in the Bilsthorpe shaft sinking disaster in 1927 aged 27, Charles King joined the army and moved away, Alfred a miner was killed in a roof fall at Glapwell Colliery aged 24, Oliver became a bus driver, Stanley who died of Pneumonia aged 31, her second youngest son and Cyril Mason her youngest son who following being a miner became a slaughter man for the Co-op and master butcher owning a shop on Arundal Drive, he also stood on Mansfield market  His mother Hannah Mason (My G Grandma) helped him with this. I don’t know if all the Masons lived on Bradder Street having moved there from 55 Broxtowe Drive.

    My Father aunts and uncles were I believe all born on Bradder Street, to my Grandparents Norman Mason and Lucy Mason, and were Harold Norman my father who joined the First Battalion The Grenadier Guards aged 20 and married my Mother Pearl Eileen Matthews from Abertillery in Wales. They met whilst my Father was based in London and my mother also living in London as she was in service to the Fry Family of Fry’s Chocolate. Aunts Francis who also joined the army, she married John Cope and lived at Newstead Colliery Village, Dorothy (Dolly) Married Eric Lyons and upon his death married Jack Allen, Nellie married Johnny Turner and went to live on Ladybrook Lane, Lucy married Arthur Warrener and stayed on Bradder, Ruby Married Granville Smith and moved to Pleasley all of whom I knew well, and two I did not know, Norma who died aged six when her night dress caught fire and she died of burns, and Roland who died aged two from the Flu. Only Aunty Francis survives to this day aged 93 and still lives in Newstead.

    My grandfather Normans wife Lucy my grandmother died aged 37 and he married Hilda Patricia Berkin and they went on to have 7 more children. Norman died aged 47 I’m told he fell down the stairs at no 71 Bradder and never recovered. I can just remember his funeral. His second wife Hilda died two years later. Their children were Betty Mason who lives in Bury Lancs, Norman Roland Mason who has now died, Hilda Patricia Mason who lives on Derby road, Leslie Mason lives in Langwith, Joan Mason, Pauline Mason and Ann Mason who died within the first year of birth.

    Hope this reveals a little more of the Bradder Street Masons. Something has gone from the old way of life and its sad Bradder Street no longer exists as it held and still holds a lot of memories for a lot of people both happy and sad. But that’s what they call progress.


    By Ged Mason (20/01/2015) (20/01/2015)
  • Having spoken with my cousin Kath Mason she tells me that the lady with my G Grand mother is Mrs Curtis. Sorry for the mistake and the house number was 71.

    By Ged Mason (15/01/2015)
  • I’m Sorry Kathlene and Ged, both wrong. I remember the lady living close by, and as soon as the name comes to me, I will let you know. It could be Mrs Savage from 75, or Mrs Peach from across the road. Frightened me to death when I first saw the photograph, I wanted to jump under the blankets, and who wouldn’t be scared of Grandma Mason, even though she was a great friend to my mother. I knew the whole family, and who wouldn’t, living next door but one. If those eyes could only see, and those lips could only speak. This picture is the nearest I’ve seen that depicts life back then. Takes me back to seeing Mrs Mason, sat in that big chair on the very spot selling 1d ducks, and in summer, Ice Cream. The Mason’s were classed as well off. Just imagine the rest of us.  It was through that front door I, as a child, walked in to look at Stanley Mason, (could have been Mrs Mason’s eldest son), who had passed away, laid out in his coffin in that front room he was only 37 years old. It was the norm in those far off days.  It was strange in a way, and folk did not realise about the bay windowed houses who’s front doors were next to each other, shared their  back yard’s with the people the other side of them. Another noticeable thing from those far off days was, that people spent more time on the street where they lived. Or in the bay windows either sat in a chair at their protected front door, or leaning on the wall. Those who lived in the terraced houses used to sit on their front steps.Thank you for posting this picture, it really did take me back to a time that made me feel lucky to have been born in.

    By alan curtis (15/01/2015)

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