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This page sets out information that we have found about the Gedling 1 branch of Fairholm in England.

So far, we have 150 people on this tree. 

We have used the following abbreviations on the tree:

b : birth
c : christening or baptism
m : marriage
d : death
bu : burial.

The early family

This branch is headed by Benjamin and Jane Fairholm. They married in 1832. Benjamin was the eldest son of Joseph and Ann Fairholm who lived at Nottingham and a grandson of William and Ann Fairholm who lived at Shelford. Jane's maiden name was Leeson. She seems to have been Benjamin's second wife. His first wife seems to have been Elizabeth Kent. She died in 1822, the same year they married, possibly in childbirth. Benjamin and Jane had seven children. They were all born at Radford, as were fifteen of their twenty-two grand children. Their surviving sons were Joseph, who married Emma Culley in 1866, and Reuben, who married Eliza Julia Read in 1865. Some relatives also lived at Sneinton. Descendants of Joseph have provided us with a lot of information, but we have only identified a few descendants for Reuben. Benjamin was a framework knitter.

The most recent information we have is that the descendants of Joseph and Elizabeth are living in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, the West Midlands and Wales.

Benjamin Fairholm - soldier in India & China (1837-1874)

"This soldier is physically unfit for further military duty thro' an attack of chromic bronchitis since his arrival home from China."
From the record of the proceedings of a regimental board Dublin 05 April 1862  Discharge no. 645.

Benjamin Fairholm joined the King’s Regiment (8th Foot) in 1855 and arrived in India in November that year. In 1857 he was involved in the responding to a local outbreak of the Indian Mutiny at Jullender and received the India Mutiny Medal for this. The regiment moved onto help regain Delhi, which had been taken by the mutineers and then proceeded to Agra, clearing up pockets of rebels on the way.  In November 1857 the 8th Foot helped to relief the hard pressed garrison at Lucknow and In 1858 formed the garrison at Futtehghur.

In late 1859 / early 1860 the regiment traveled to Calcutta, some by bullock cart and some by river in two steamers to prepare for embarkation home.  Two hundred and sixty-four officers and privates volunteered  to joint other corps including Benjamin who joined the 87th Foot which was under orders for active service in China.

Benjamin’s new regiment traveled to Hong Kong on five steam ships.  A journey that took five weeks. Instead of proceeding north with the main force the 87th Foot became the garrison for Canton and remained there through the Summer and Autumn of 1860. Although not involved in any military action,  three officers and 47 men died during the posting.

The regiment left for home in December 1860, arriving back six months later. They  were posted to Dublin and the Curragh Camp.

Having survived three long sea voyages and much fighting, Benjamin contracted chronic bronchitis.  His after his arrival home and was discharged from the army as unfit.  He returned to Nottingham, but by 1871 was in the Lenton Pauper Lunatic Asylum.  He died in 1874 of consumption aged 37 or 38.


Part of the Sanderson Map of 1835 reproduced from a copy held by Nottinghamshire City Library

Part of the map of the town of Nottingham and its Environs produced for the Duke of Newcastle in 1861 produced from a copy held by Nottinghamshire City Library
New Radford grew up on the eastern edge of the parish of Radford from the late 1790s. For a short while its development helped to relieve congestion in Nottingham caused by restrictions on the town's growth due to land ownership issues. The map below left shows Nottingham (centre right of image) and New Radford (in the red circle) in 1835. The expanding city eventually absorbed New Radford and later Old Radford, further to the north west.

The second map (from 1861) shows the streets in the area in which the family lived or worked from the early 1800s to at least 1936. The area was called Bottom Buildings. North Street and South Street were later renamed Lea Street and Brassey Street. The properties between North Street and South Street and Parker's Row and Parker Street were back-to-back houses - meaning that only one wall of the house could have windows and doors. Additional terraced properties were built later between South Street and Parker Row (which was made an extension to Windmill Street).

The first old photograph was taken around 1912 and shows the south side of Parker Street just past its junction with Hornbuckle Street. Joseph and Emma Fairholm (nee Cully) lived on this street from at least 1868 to at least 1871. The properties are probably typical of the ones that family members had lived in from the early 1800s in this area.  The second old photograph shows the chemists at the junction of Alfreton Road & Independent Street - the street immediately north of where family members lived - circa 1904.

By the start of World War I the area had become run down. Although improvements were made to some of the properties around that time, the streets that the families had lived in had been demolished by the start of World War II and in the 1960s a massive redevelopment took place in this part of New Radford.  The modern photograph shows how the area was redeveloped in the 1960s as part of a large scale scheme. It was taken in January 2003.

Reproduced courtesy of Nottingham City Council Local Studies Library / www.picturethepast.org.uk.
Picture the Past provides access to a large collection of photographs of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for viewing on-line and for purchase.

Reproduced with permission of Reflections of a Bygone Age from their book Radford with Hyson Green and The Forest on old picture postcards (ISBN 0 946245 83 5) - one of the books in their 'Yesterday's Nottinghamshire' series.


Reproduced from a copy held by Nottinghamshire City Library
Sneinton grew up on the eastern side of Nottingham, in a similar way to New Radford and New Lenton on the west side - to help cope with the overcrowding in Nottingham.

The map from 1881 shows some of the streets where members of the Radford branch and the Southwell 2 branch lived in the the mid to late 1880s : West Street, North Street and Walker Street. The old photograph shows Carlton Road circa 1917 on a postcard published by W. H. Smith. The streets where family members lived were just to the right of the two boys.

Piecemeal redevelopment took place under clearance schemes in the 1930s and a larger scheme took place later.  The modern photograph shows the redevelopment of West Street and North Street. It was taken in January 2003.

Reproduced with permission of Reflections of a Bygone Age from their book Sneinton and St. Ann's with Carlton Road on old picture postcards (ISBN 0 900138 18 2) - one of the books in their 'Yesterday's Nottinghamshire' series.