Hathern's own William Ewart Gladstone
William and Florence originally lived in Golden Square where you can see them in the 1924 electoral roll. They then moved to a tiny cottage on left side of The Leys looking from the main road. William worked for a local firm of landscape gardeners which one year had a display at the Chelsea Flower Show at which William shook hands with GeorgeV who was very impressed with the garden. Mr. Daz Marks from Leeds, their great grandson has kindly submitted a few photos of the family, including the wedding (above) of their daughter Dora to Harold Marks with Florence and WEG Bent on the left. One of the girls is a Simpkin who lived in the house on the main road that backed onto their cottage. William was on the Co-op Committee and also in the Home Guard during WW2. Harold and Dora were close friends with Fred and Nancy Hilsden (the 2 ladies worked together at The Brush). By the early 1960s, the whole family had moved to Leeds, but you can still see William at 2 The Leys in the 1951-2 Directory. Below are the photos provided by Daz (move mouse over to see details).