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Capt. Arthur Beckwith

“Sunnyside”, The Shore, Hest Bank

Arthur Beckwith was born in Lepton, Huddersfield 26 May 1870 and baptised at All Hallows, Almondbury on 10 July 1870. In 1911 he was living on Hest Bank Lane, (Slyne) his occupation being recorded in the census as Wool Broker, along with his son Harold William born 1898 in Apperley Bridge. He was then a widower, his wife Ada Elizabeth nee Baxter having died c. March 1910.

All Hallows, Almondbury (photo: Alan Hague)

In Bulmers ” History & Directory of Lancaster & District, 1912,” Arthur was listed under Slyne with Hest township as follows: “Beckwith, Arthur, gent., Braeside, Hest Bank.”

Morecambe Guardian 30 March 1929:-

By Order of the Mortgagees.
Vacant Possession.
All that Semi-detached House known as “SUNNYSIDE”.
Situate on the shore, Hest Bank, as recently occupied by Capt. Beckwith and now vacant, containing: hall, two sitting rooms, three bedrooms, bathroom (h and c), WC, kitchen, pantry, wash house, &c. Sufficient space at the side to erect a garage. The property is leasehold for 99 years from November 12, 1897 at the annual ground rental of £5. It is in a pleasant and healthy situation overlooking Morecambe Bay where the air is pure and invigorating. Hest Bank station and (L. M and S Main Line) is only 3 minutes distant and Morecambe can easily be reached by a short walk along the beach.”

In 1939 he is living at 14 Park Street, Morecambe. His “Personal Occupation” being “Private means.”

Research continues on his connection with St. John’s Church and the Scout Troop there.

Presumably this gentleman is the Capt. Beckwith who was appointed chairman of the Lancaster & Morecambe Scoutmasters Association at the meeting in June 1910. “It was proposed and seconded, Captain Beckwith, of Hest Bank, be appointed chairman of the association.”

Arthur died in 1947 in the local area.

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