Taken about 1900
I have just come across the photo of William Calow - double bass maker -
on your website. William was the grandfather of my grandmother Elsie Newton
(nee Calow, father Thomas who committed suicide in 1905). Elsie married
George Newton, and there is one surviving son of Elsie living in Nottingham
- my uncle George. I am John Newton, and live in Sheffield, aged 55.
I work as a consulting engineer, but one of my hobbies is classical guitar
making, which I find very coincidental, and happened before I had researched
the Calows !! I wonder if you have contact details of Veronica Bryan Smith
(Oswestry) - the email address given on your website does not work, and I
would dearly like to get in touch with 'new relations'. I can be contacted
by return email (work address) or at home on [email address hidden]
I have in the past two years done extensive research on my family tree,
and this is now loaded on to Family Tree maker software
Hope you can help
William CALOW 1847-1910
From: Veronica Bryan-Smith (v.bryansmith#btopenworld.com) (change # to @)
Subject: William Calow
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 16:12:47 -0000
Don't know if it's of interest, but I'm attaching a photograph of my
Great Grandfather, William Calow from Tansley, born 1847. His father,
Thomas, was also from Tansley, and his father, Francis, from Matlock.
The photograph was taken in Nottingham - so not particularly 'local'
- where he and his sons, Thomas and Francis, were repairers and makers of
stringed instruments, known particularly for the double bass. They have
brief mentions on a few websites such as
Sorry about the quality, but my 'original' is a very faded photograph of
With best wishes - and many thanks for all the information and enjoyment
your site provides.
The fairly small CALOW family centred on Tansley can be seen on the
following census links:
"As one reached the bottom of the Knoll [in Tansley], just before
the stream that passes under the road, there was a mill set back
from the lane. This was the Bobbin Mill (now a dwelling) where
Robert Black, together with neighbours William Sanderson and Joseph
Calow turned wooden bobbins for use in the Tansley mills. We shall
also find that William Sanderson had his own spindle mill at Foxholes,
just across the stream".
"Tansley Remembered" by Keith Taylor
Source:Veronica Bryan-Smith, Oswestry
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