Pridmore Family Origins

Our base point for research into the Pridmores is Sheffield. Three generations further back, a link to Bourne in Lincolnshire was established and that is still the confirmed area for our ancestors although, there is good reason to believe that earlier generations were established in the small county of Rutland nearby.

The family trade was centred around rope making and saddlery. It seems the Pridmores became adept in the business as generation after generation continued to produce saddles, collars and harnesses as well as being involved in related occupations such as flax dressing and rope making.

     1. John Pridmore and Ann Durham
          2. John (Flaxdresser)
          2. James
               3. James (Saddler)
                    4. Thomas (Master Saddler and Harness Maker)
               3. Henry (Rope maker)
               3. Thomas (Saddler)
                    4. Robert James (Saddler and Harness Maker)
                         5 William (Saddle Collar and Harness Maker)
                         5. Thomas (Saddler)

James Pridmore married twice, firstly to Elizabeth Bromley in 1799 and secondly to Elizabeth Ward in 1813. There were 16 children between the two marriages from 1800 to 1830. It is from these families that the clan began to spread its wings with the children heading south to Middlesex and as far away as Australia under a paid passage scheme as well as by the justice system.Our direct line continues with James’ son James (b. 1821) who married his own first cousin, Susanna Elizabeth Beeston Pridmore, daughter of James the elder’s brother, William.

All 7 of their children were born in Lincolnshire, the last of which was in 1860. James and Susannah moved to Sheffield, presumably in search of work but James died in Heeley, Sheffield in 1866.His son Thomas William Booth Pridmore (my great-grandfather) carried on the family tradition of saddlery and was employed in Sheffield by a firm of undertakers and cab and coach service providers, Reuben Thompson Ltd, as head saddler.It was interesting to see he was named after William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, whilst Thomas’ brother Brigham was named Brigham Young Pridmore, after the second president of the Latter Day Saints in 1844 and another brother, Joseph Hiram Smith Pridmore after Joseph Smith, the Latter Day Saints’ founder . Brigham also worked at Reuben Thompson’s as a coach maker.

Thomas married Charlotte Hartley and they had 11 children, Thomas Jnr being my grandfather. He married Elizabeth O’Brien (nee Temprell) and my mother, Iris Olive Pridmore, was one of 5 children from this and Elizabeth’s previous marriage to James O’Brien.There were two sons from her marriage to Edward O’Hara, Stephen and myself and whilst both of us have moved around the UK, we have both settled back in Sheffield where our roots are although our own children are scattered through the UK and the world, from Africa to Australia, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire.

In the mid-1850s a link to Australia was established in the Pridmores. Henry Pridmore, born in Bourne in 1830, sailed for Australia aboard the ship Ramillies, 740 tons, Captain Hodden, from Southampton 20th February 1853, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 19th May 1853. They established the Pridmore line in Australia which diversified over time. Son John married Annie Griffiths, daughter of Samuel and Bridget who had been sent to Tasmania by the much harsher passage of transportation under the English judicial system.

In all families there are black sheep but also those who rise to prominence. Pridmores are no exeption. In Australia Professor Saxby Pridmore is Professor of Psychiatry at Tasmania University, published poet, writer of text books and academic papers while in England Campbell William Pridmore became a doctor at Westminster Hospital.

Steel Mill in Sheffield
Abbey Road, Bourne
Townsville, Queensland
Hobart, Tasmania
Professor Saxby Pridmore
Henry Pridmore who went from Bourne to Australia in 1853