Friday, 30 April 2010

William Edwin Lee Wardill 1855 & Annie Mandall 1861

William Edwin Wardill

William married Annie in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear in December 1890. He is the son of Maria Martha Lee who married William Wardill. William Edwin took on the name of Wardill.

William had a piano shop on High Street West, Gateshead.

Elected a Councillor in 1895, he became an Alderman in 1909. He was Mayor for 2 successive terms in 1914 and 1915 and again for 3 successive terms in 1926, 1927 and 1928.

opening of the tyne bridge

During his last term in office, he climbed to the top of the newly constructed Tyne Bridge – he was 72 at the time! In 1927 he changed political allegiance from the Liberals to the Conservatives. He was made an honorary freeman in 1929. He was also awarded the CBE. He died at his home, Craigielea in 1938 and was interred at Saltwell Cemetery.

William Edwin Wardill Grave 003

William & Annie had 3 children all born in Gateshead.

Mary Jane b1891

William Edward Mandall b1894

Thomas Edwin Mandall b1901

1 comment:

  1. A very interesting blog as I am researching my own family tree. I was born in Gateshead too! Some of my family are from Thornton-Le-Dale and the surrounding areas.

    Look forward to reading more.