Family History Notebook

Jabez Swindale

Son of Joseph Swindale and Elizabeth Leonard, born on the 24th July 1866 in Castleside, County Durham 1

Married Caroline Milburn (born c1876 in Medomsley4) on 24th February 1897 in Shotley Bridge, County Durham 1


Francis, born 18983 (died 1901)
Alfred, born 20th May 1900 in Blackhill, Consett, County Durham 1
Edward, born 1901 in Blackhill
Joseph, born 1904 in Consett
Mary, born 1910 in Hebburn
One other child deceased in 1911

Consett Guardian of Nov 1st 1901 in their 'Notable local men' series:-

Mr Jabez Swindale, chemist and druggist. Never been robust...born Castleside 1866, father died when 3...Blackhill Infant School, Old Church School, Durham Road, Wesleyan School, Leadgate where his uncle Mr T.J. Leonard was headmaster. 5 years apprenticeship to drapery business with Mr Jacob Dowson, Derwent Street. Went to Birmingham and then to Wigan but had to resign due to ill health.

Studied geology

Taken into surgery of Dr George Renton at Blackhill as his dispenser.

In 1896 passed exams of Pharmaceutical Society. 1895 set up business in Consett, Leadgate and Blackhill. Member of Wesleyan Church, Blackhill. Superintendent of Sunday School

Died 1939 in Hebburn on Tyne 1

Jabez was a draper's apprentice at 14 at the time of the 1881 census. In 1901 he was running his own Chemists shop at 23 & 24 Bessemer Street, Benfieldside, Consett. By 1911 he had moved to 36 Lyon Street, Hebburn. A list of shops on Hebburn Quay '1940 onwards' gives 36, Lyon Street, Pharmacist, owner Jabez Swindale. 2

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Lyon Street, Hebburn (in late 1950s?) - (with thanks to Ken Goss 15/10/02)
"Mr Swindale's was the second shop from the corner" Norman Dunn 24/12/13 6


1    Information received in an e-mail from Edward Swindale 10/6/99

2    ( 22/9/02 - no longer available)

3    Francis Swindale was buried in Blackhill Cemetery on the 30th of August 1901 aged 3.

4    1901 census

5    1911 census - Chemist and Druggist at 36 Lyon Street, Hebburn on Tyne

The birth of Jabez Swindale was registered in the third quarter of 1866 in the Durham district (FreeBMD 10a 300)
The marriage of Jabez Swindale and Caroline Milburn was registered in the first quarter of 1897 in the Lanchester ditrict (FreeBMD 10a 437)
The death of Jabez Swindale was registered in the first quarter of 1939 in the Durham North Eastern district (FreeBMD 10 458)

6    "The tall building with clock was the Jarrow and Hebburn Co-operative Society's 'Store Hall'. The Hotel was The Commercial Hotel standing on Ellison St/Lyon St corner. Mr Swindale's was the second shop from the corner. The shop on the corner was a Greengrocer5's called 'Dennis's'. Straight across from them was Hewison's the papershop." Norman Dunn 24/12/123