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THE LAWRENCE FAMILY
By Steven Lawrence
"My name is Steven Lawrence. Although as a professional actor and writer I work under the name "Steven Elder". I took my name from the street in Sunnyside I was born on - Elder Drive. (the front room of 63 Elder Drive to be exact!). "
My Grandfather William Lawrence worked at Silverwood for 50 years up to his death in 1964 from pneumoconiosis, he received a certificate and a Davy Lamp from the coalboard in acknowledgement of his 50 years of service.
From a local newspaper obituary I have I've got the following: He was born in Staffordshire, moved to Rotherham as a child, and was employed as a "collier and packer" at the Canklow, Maltby, and Silverwood Collieries. He retired in 1959 after 50 years service as a coal-miner.
William had an hobby which was carving coal, and amongst the things he carved were Bibles
William had six sons who also worked at the mine, only one of those sons being alive today [ November 2007 ].
William Jnr. (Bill), Lawrence
at Silverwood in the 1950s. Ron left the mine, joined up in the army,
and fought in the Korean War, he was also an amateur boxer.
My Father Clifford Lawrence was born on the 5th August 1932 and he represented the colliery as a boxer in the N.C.B. Amateur Boxing Championships in the early 1950's. Just to give you a bit more background - Dad left Silverwood in 1964 to begin a career as a pub manager for Whitbreads Brewery. At first he managed the 'Ladys Bridge' Pub in Sheffield, then the 'Bush Inn', Barnsley, then the 'Gateford Hotel' in Worksop. He left the licensed trade in 1979.
Clifford's wife Margaret Barlow whom he married at Dalton Holy Trinity Church, on the 16th of July 1955! was the youngest of nine children and the couple lived at 63 Elder Drive Sunnyside.
Just some further info I received from Robert Mills my cousin on the Barlows: Granddad Thomas Barlow and grandma Harriet had 9 children. They were Thomas (died aged 5); twins who died during birth;
Horace who worked at Silverwood, and was in the Royal Engineers 1939-45;
Enoch ("Nip") who worked at Silverwood, and was in the Royal Artillery 1939-45, Harry,
Margaret (my Mum) - the youngest.
Clifford Lawrence today is remembered with the Global I.D. 84505 in the annuals of world boxing history, as a Welterweight, and his statistics are as follows;
Won 14 bouts with 5 K. O's and lost 23 bouts with 7 K. O's a total of 37
The career of Clifford Lawrence with photo's
The area lost another great character when Clifford Lawrence sadly passed away in Dalton Magna in 1995. He was buried at Dalton Holy Trinity Church where his wife Margaret is also buried.
Steven Lawrence Today [ November 2007]
I've just done another episode of Heartbeat! I think
it will be transmitted in the UK early next year. I always enjoy going up
there and working with them - a wonderful bunch of people, and a great
atmosphere to work in. It's filmed mostly in a beautiful village in West
Yorkshire called Goathland. There's useful website (you might have found it already) called
International Movie Database which will give you an idea of what I've been
Wikipedia entry for Steven:
Steven Elder's birth name is Steven William Thomas
Lawrence. He was born in the front room of 63 Elder Drive in the coal-mining
community of Sunnyside, Rotherham, England. His grandfather, father and five
uncles were all coal-miners at the Silverwood Colliery in Rotherham, England.
His father, Clifford, was also a professional boxer. His mother, Margaret, was
the youngest of ten children. Steven was educated at Valley Comprehensive School
in Worksop, Nottinghamshire; and at Queen Mary, University of London where he
was awarded a BA Hons degree in English Literature. He then attended drama
school at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (London).
Steven has certainly made a name for himself on the international scene, and as can be seen below from a selection of his roles his talent as an actor keeps him very much in demand.
GOOD as Adolph Eichmann
NCIS as Nick Taylor
Peak Practice" as DC Mullins
Toscas Kiss as Major Tom Morton at Orange Tree
Theatre, London/Auriol Smith
Footnote from John:
If there is one thing I am certain
of it is that Clifford and the whole family would be very proud of
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