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Rev. William Booth of Hook

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From the Goole Times, Friday, 25th July 1913:




The death occurred suddenly on Saturday at Filey of the Rev. William Booth, former Vicar of Hook.

Mr Booth, who was Vicar of Hook for over thirty years, retired from that position last year owing to advancing years, and went, with Mrs Booth, to live at Filey. The rev. gentleman paid a visit to Hook so recently as 5th July, having undertaken to conduct the services at the church, which were of a special character in view of the village feast.

Mr Booth had a cordial welcome, and was deeply touched by the way in which his old parishioners showed their regard for him. He then appeared to be in good health, and many were the wishes that were expressed for his welfare and happiness. The news of his death came as a great shock to his numerous friends.

[The article goes on to quote extracts from an earlier interview] ... The Rev. William Booth, who was we believe 72 years of age, was at the time he resigned the oldest clergyman in the Goole district. He belonged to the old school of parsons and was a fine example of the old type of country clergyman. A keen enthusiast in all sports, he took an especial interest in cricket, and earned the soubriquet of "the cricketing parson." He was first associated with the Goole Town Cricket Club, but afterwards for some years played with the Hook Cricket Club. When not playing, nothing pleased him better that to be witnessing the Yorkshire county matches, and for years he took a member's ticket in connection with the county club. His cricketing days were not over until the summer of 1911 when, on his 70th birthday, a veterans' match was played at which Mr Booth announced it was his farewell game.

He took keen interest in horticultural and agricultural pursuits. His beautiful rose garden was famed for miles around, while he was also an authority on fruit growing. In this latter connection he, along with some Hook gardeners, gained a notable triumph at the North of England Horticultural Societies' show at Leeds, when the Hook exhibits were awarded a silver medal.

For a number of years he was one of the principal prize givers in connection with the Goole Christmas Fat Stock Show, while annually he and his wife awarded a clock and bronzes to the oldest member of the Goole Company of the K.O.Y.L.I.

For his years, Mr Booth was an ardent cyclist, and on his tricycle he had ridden from Goole to London and back on more than one occasion.

[The article also includes a long funeral report, omitted here] ... Mr Joseph Glew, of Goole, was the undertaker.




Further detail about Rev. William Booth and family

The first census on which we can identify Rev. William Booth is the 1871 census.

1871 Census : Front Street School, Melbourne, Pocklington
William Booth Lodger 30 1841

1881 Census : Hook Hall
William Booth Head Unm 40 Vicar Lancashire Heywood
James Booth Nephew Unm 15 Solicitor's General Clerk " "
Elizabeth Wainman Servant Unm 33 Housekeeper Yorkshire Laxton

1891 Census : Hook Hall
William Booth Head S 50 Vicar Lancs Heywood
Louisa Talbot Servant S 34 General Servant (Domestic) Yorks Wakefield
Alice Talbot Visitor S 29 Housekeeper " "

1901 Census : Hook Hall
William Booth Head Married 60 Clerk in Holy Orders 1841 Lancs. Heywood
Lucy H. Booth Wife 54 1847 Yorks. Letwell
Anthony A.J. Poole Nephew 8 1893 Ireland
Emma Brown Servant S 27 Cook (Domestic) 1874 Yorks. Firbeck
Martha Lound Servant S 29 Housemaid (Domestic) 1872 Yorks. Firbeck

1911 Census : Hook Hall
William Booth Head 70 Married (12 years) Clerk in Holy Orders Lancs. Heywood
Lucy Harriet Booth Wife 64 Married (12 Years) (No children) Yorks. Letwell {near Dinnington}
Matilda Lound Domestic Servant 33 Single Yorkshire Firbeck
Elsie Cooper Domestic Servant 20 Single Yorkshire Howden



Monumental inscription at Hook:

In / loving memory of / William Booth / vicar of this parish for 32 years / fell asleep July 19th 1913 / aged 72 years /
Also of Lucy Harriet Booth / wife of the above who fell asleep / Sept. 17th 1931 / aged 84 years



Burial register for Hook:

William Booth, Vicar of Hook, buried 22nd July 1913, aged 72, of Filey
Lucy Harriet Booth, buried 21st Sept. 1931, aged 84, of Filey [N.B. nothing in Goole Times for her]

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