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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

John Lawrence

Fred Lawrence

Len Lawrence

Ron Lawrence

Clifford Lawrence

 

All worked 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.
 

 

 

Cliff and Father William LawrenceMy 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;

 Lillain;

Horace who worked at Silverwood, and was in the Royal Engineers 1939-45;

Lucy;

Enoch ("Nip") who worked at Silverwood, and was in the Royal Artillery 1939-45, Harry,

 Margaret (my Mum) - the youngest.
 
Robert tells me that Thomas Jnr (Tommy) fell down at school aged 5, developed "lock-jaw" and died; Uncle Horace was  "at Arnheim trying to get the paras back - he swam the Rhine twice"; Uncle Harry Barlow was in the Fleet Air Arm in 1944, and fought against the Japanese.

 

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 up to:
 
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0253097

 


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).

He divides his time between London and Los Angeles.


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.

 

MOVIES

 

GOOD as Adolph Eichmann
GALLOWWALKER as Apollo Jones
BLACKBEARD as Jack Spector 
WRATH OF THE DRAGON GOD as  Dorian 
COLD AND DARK as Agent Mabbs
GET REAL as Bob
THE DEFENDER as Tech 1
VANITY FAIR as Curzon Street Footman 

 

TELEVISION

 

NCIS  as Nick Taylor
Heartbeat as Alex 
Robin Hood as Luke Cooper 
Judge John Deed as David Baxter 
Afterlife as Chris Rabey 
Monarch Of The Glen as Alex Faversham 
Lie With Me as Simmons 
Waking The Dead as Clive Pearson
The Vice as Rob 
Inspector Lynley Mysteries as Gavin Webster 
Heartbeat as Jethro Woods 
Red Cap as Maurice Green

Peak Practice" as DC Mullins 
"Coronation Street"
    - Episode #1.4488 (1998) TV Episode .... Fox
    - Episode #1.4474 (1998) TV Episode .... Fox
    - Episode #1.4472 (1998) TV Episode .... Fox
    - Episode #1.4471 (1998) TV Episode .... Fox
    - Episode #1.4470 (1998) TV Episode .... Fox
Suffer the Little Children (1994) (TV) .... Detective
Resnick: Lonely Hearts (1992) (TV) .... Young PC 

 

THEATRE

 

Toscas Kiss as Major Tom Morton at Orange Tree Theatre, London/Auriol Smith
The Seagull as Trigorin at Northampton Theatre Royal U.K./ Simon Godwin
The Cherry Orchard as Yasha at Royal Shakespeare Company / Adrian Noble
Macbeth as Macduff  at Orange Tree Theatre, London/ Sam Walters
Disappeared as Timothy Creighton at Leicester Haymarket Theatre/ Phyllis Nagy
 
Footnote from Steven
 
Whatever I've managed to achieve pales when compared to the toil and bravery of everyone who worked at Silverwood, and indeed in the whole of the coal -mining industry. It's coal that built this country, fuelled the industrial revolution, and websites like yours' (if indeed there are any other like yours'!) are a wonderful way to acknowledge the debt the whole nation owes to these people.
 
Again thank you..
   
2007 Steven Lawrence aka Steven Elder and John Doxey

 

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  Steven.
  Many thanks to Steven for sharing his family story on these pages.

 

Steven Elder
Lambert M Surhone, Miriam T Timpledon, Susan F Marseken
VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller AG & Co. Kg, 2010 - 174 pages
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Steven Elder is an English actor working in film, television and theatre. 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.

 

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