Fielden, eldest son of Joshua who founded the Fielden Empire, was
first the manager of the family owned Lumbutts Mill and then the
sole owner, buying it from the family about 1813. He was a frequent
visitor to the mill, enjoying a social life in the village, and
walking there and back from his home at Waterside along the narrow
lanes. He never married, but found the young girls of the village
good company. One of his lady-friends was Hannah Uttley, and before
long, she gave birth to his son, Thomas Fielden Uttley. He was baptised
in 1817 at St. Paul's Church, Cross Stone, and brought up by his
mother in Lumbutts. Hannah's relationship with Samuel was open and
known by all. In 1825, Samuel was on his way home one day when he
stopped to talk to a friend who was repairing a stonewall at the
roadside. Giving his friend a demonstration of stone cutting, he
collapsed and died. His brothers then supported young Thomas as
though he were a legitimate son, finding him managerial employment
in later years.
William Bayes arrived in Todmorden, possibly from Northamptonshire.
He was a cordwainer, or shoemaker, by trade. In 1826, a year after
Samuel's untimely death, Hannah Uttley married William Bayes at
Halifax Parish Church. They settled in Lumbutts in a cottage on
the main lane through the village. William became involved in the
internal wrangling of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel along the road
in the neighbouring village of Mankinholes and was amongst those
who wished to leave the chapel to build a new Free Church at Lumbutts.
The first meeting about the new church was held in his home in 1836,
and from then on he was actively involved in the Lumbutts Chapel,
and became the village schoolmaster.
Hannah and Thomas were soon to be joined by John (1827), Isaac (1829),
Alfred Walter (1832) and Albert Benjamin (1835). Isaac and John
died young and are buried in the grounds of Mankinholes Chapel.
Alfred followed his father, becoming a schoolmaster at Lumbutts,
but art was his passion. He was talented enough to leave the green
hills behind and migrate to London where he could study properly.
William died aged 51 in 1851, and Hannah died a few years later
aged 66. They are buried at Mankinholes with their sons.
married a distant cousin of his half brother. She was Emily Ann
Fielden, daughter of James Fielden, a grocer and bookseller of Todmorden,
and Susan Sutcliffe. Alfred and Emily lived in a small flat in Kentish
Town, and as the children arrived, they moved to larger premises
and finally to an upmarket residence on Fellows Road in West Hampstead
where he had his own studio. The children, Emmeline (1868), Walter
(1869), Gilbert (1872) and Jessie (1876), all became renowned artists
in the footsteps of their father.
story of the Bayes family is beautifully described in the 'Bayes
Saga', written by Jessie Bayes. The work is unfinished as she was
still writing when she died in 1970 aged about 93. The manuscript
was transcribed and loving typed out by her nephew, Alexander Bayes,
who gave a copy to each of Jessie's great nieces and nephews. Her
story begins in Lumbutts and ends in Todmorden, covering her childhood,
through Victorian London, France and America, Queen Victoria's funeral,
the First World War and Great Depression. One of Jessie's great
nieces, Clare Ash, has generously shared this Saga with us, together
with family photographs. The Saga can be read by clicking the following
link, but please note, the story is the copyright of Jessie Bayes.
BY JESSIE BAYES