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Name: Mary Bloomer

Burial Number: 1051

Gender: Female

Occupation: Schoolmistress; School Principal;

Born: 00/00/1866

Died: 15/09/1921

Buried: 21/09/1921

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Mary Louise Bloomer was born in 1866 in Pelsall Staffordshire, to Boaz Bloomer Junior and Agnes Anne Shoemack.  (Boaz and Agnes married 1862 in Kensington). Mary louise had 5 siblings –

Edith Agnes born 1864 Pelsall,  (m. George Francis William Ewens, d. Pennsylvania USA)

Marian born 1865,Pelsall,  died 1913 Stourbridge Worcestershire, no record of marrying

Kate born 1867 Pelsall,  died?

Rosalie born 1870 Pelsall, died?

Harold Bloomer born 1871, Pelsall, died 1958 Staffordshire

Boaz Bloomer Junior was an Iron Master working for his Father (also called Boaz) at the Pelsall Iron Works.    


(courtesy of Pelsall History Society)

Boaz Bloomer senior and his friend Thomas Davis became business partners, and in 1846 bought the Pelsall Ironworks, Staffordshire. On 6th June 1865 the London Gazette reported that Boaz Bloomer had bought out Thomas Davis’s share of the company when he retired and would now run it with his son, Boaz Bloomer junior.  The ironworks did well and was re-named to ‘The Pelsall Coal and Iron Company’. They also bought several coal mines, which in addition to selling coal as far afield as London, supplied the ironworks with the coal necessary to keep their engines running.   Boaz Bloomer employed several hundred men at Pelsall and it bought people into Pelsall village, some to lodge and some brought their families and settled in the village.

Pelsall c.1926 (from Britain from above)

There were three major accidents at the Pelsall ironworks, the first was on 14th November 1872 when there was an explosion and one of the mines flooded, claiming the lives of 22 men. After this Boaz Bloomer set up the Pelsall Hall Colliery Fund in honour of the men to ensure each child of the men under 14 years of age would receive 2/6d per week, and each widow until remarried would receive 9/6d per week.  The 2nd was on 12th November  1879, when  another explosion cost the lives of six men following an issue with gas ventilation, and the 3rd on the 14th December 1887 was caused when  a boiler exploded which killed 3 men and injured 4.

Despite these tragedies the Pelsall Ironworks remained a success until closure in the 19th century. A recession hit in 1891 and the firm lost £3,647.11s.7d (approx £300,000 in 2020). The company was forced into liquidation in 1892 when the bank demanded repayment of a  £20,000 overdraft (approx £1,640,986.00 in 2020), sparking a crisis in Pelsall village as the Ironworks had employed most of the village

Pelsall Ironworks (courtesy Pelsall History Centre)

Boaz Bloomer was a Methodist and became a highly influential part of the community. He helped to finance the building of shops and the new Wesley Church in Chapel  Street.

Wesley Church (courtesy of Pelsall history centre)

Mary Louise Bloomer was living with her family at ‘The Sycamores’ 46 Church Street, Pelsall in 1871 (the house was built by Boaz Bloomer), and she was attending school.

The Sycamores (courtesy of Pelsall History Centre)

By 1875 Agnes Bloomer,(Mary Louise’s Mother) had died aged 39

It is unclear why Boaz Bloomer choose to move out of the area but by 1881 Boaz junior and 5 of his children had moved to Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne

Then in 1891 Boaz had moved to Union Street Pocklinton Yorkshire with 2 of his children, Marian and Kate. Mary doesn’t appear to be with them.

In 1901 Mary Louise is back at home in Union Street Pocklington and is a schoolmistress  along with her sister Kate. They set up the Denbury private day school at their home in Union Street Pocklington

By 1911 Mary is the Principal of the school, but by 1912 she had put the school up for sale.

Union Street with the Denbury House school on the left

Yorks Post June 24 1912 – For Sale – Goodwill of an old established Girls Boarding and Day School, and Boys Preparatory – For particulars apply Miss Bloomwe, Denbury House School, Pocklington.

It is unknown why she moved to Worthing which would have been sometime after 1912, but she died in Worthing on 15th December 1921


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 4 Plot: 16

Exact Location (what3words): modern.people.stack

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Mary Louise Bloomer 15th September 1921 R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Mary Louise Bloomer

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1866

Town: Unknown

County: Staffordshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 15/09/1921

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


12 The Grove Pelsall Staffordshire

Boaz Bloomer (Head) age 42, Agnes Anne Bloomer (Wife) age 34, Edith Agnes Bloomer (Daughter) age 7, Marian Bloomer (Daughter) age 6, Mary Louise Bloomer (Daughter) age 5, Kate Bloomer (Daughter) age 4, Rosalie Bloomer (Daughter) age 1, Harold Bloomer (Son) age 4 months, plus 5 servants.


6 Hundon Terrace, Jesmond Northumberland

Boaz Bloomer (Head) age 52, Edith A Bloomer (Daughter) age 17, Mary Louise Bloomer (Daughter) age 15, Kate Bloomer (Daughter) age 14, Rosalie Bloomer (Daughter) age 11, Harold bloomer (Son) age 10, plus 2 servants


Union Street Pocklington Yorkshire

Boaz Bloomer (Head) age 62, Mary Bloomer (Daughter) age 26, Kate (Daughter) age 24, plus 1 servant


Union Street Pocklington Yorkshire

Boaz Bloomer (Head) age 72, Kate Bloomer (Daughter) age 34, Mary Louise Bloomer (Daughter) age 35,  plus 1 servant


Dewsberry House School, Pocklington, Yorkshire

Maria Louse Bloomer (Head) age 40?,  plus 1 governess, 1 servant, 1 hospital nurse

Miscellaneous Information

Pall Mall Gazette 23rd Nov 1872 –

The search for the bodies of the men killed in the Pelsall coal-mine was resumed yesterday morning. About five o’clock three men, named Lees, Goring, and Jaundrell, succeeded in forcing their way about 160 yards from the bottom, and there found eighteen of the missing miners in the very part of the workings which the explorers having been seeking to reach for several days past. Ten lay upon the floor of the mine, seven others were crowded together in a sitting posture on two tubs, and the eighteenth , an old man named Starkey, was just beyond. Their clothes were dry, and the appearance of the place showed that the water had never reached their level. Their deaths must, therefore, be ascribed to choke damp. A party of men at once went down to clear the roads sufficiently to allow of the bodies being got to bank, but this proved a work of great difficulty. The bodies could easily be carried forty yards from where they were found, but the other 120 yards lay through a roadway nearly choked up. The probabilities are, therefore, that all the dead will not reach the surface or some hours. The strictest secrecy with reference to the discovery has been preserved by all concerned, and consequently there were but few persons upon the bank. When brought up the bodies will be taken to the Station Inn and viewed by the coroner and jury at once, in order that the relatives may proceed with the burial. It is proposed that all the dead shall be deposited in one vault.

The Scotsman 13th November 1879

Six men were killed yesterday in the Shortheath pit, belonging to the Pelsall Coal and Iron Company, near Wolverhampton, by an explosion of fire-damp. They were driving a new heading into which it is supposed there was a sudden rush of accumulated gas.

Cradley Heath & Stourbridge Observer 7th an 1888

The Pelsall Boiler Explosion – Yesterday Mr Thoneycroft, the deputy coroner, resumed the inquest at Pelsall touching the deaths of Thomas Elwell, William Lever, and Thomas Ledbury, who were killed by the explosion of a boiler at No 9 colliery of the Pelsall Coal and Iron Company, on the 14th December. John Ward, boiler smith, said he properly repaired the boiler when it was placed at the pit about seven years ago, and he considered it then a good boiler capable of 10 or 12 years’ reasonable work without repairs. He had never thought a removal of the brick casing necessary, but a thorough examination was not possible without such removal. Joseph H Bullock, general manager, said the boiler was about 17 or 18 years old. It was used in the ironworks about 10 years at a pressure of about 401lb, per inch.


Walsall Observer July 4 1908

The Late Mr Boaz Bloomer – On Wednesday, 24th alt, the remains of the late Mr Boaz Bloomer were brought from Pecklington. Yorkshire, and interred in the family vault in Pelsall Curchyard. During the morning it became known that the funeral would take place, and a very large number attended to show their respect for the deceased, and their sympathy for the bereaved family, The Body was met at Palsall Station by many who had learned of the interment, and conveyed in a hearse to the church. The friends and relatives who followed were joined by Messrs. E Wilkes, W Stanley, S Taylor, W Leeder, S Riley, C Mann, A Silvers, A H Barnett, and G Harrington. The cortage was met at the church by the Rev. AG Till, Mr JA Lloyd (churchwarden) Mr J Wilson and others. During the impressive service the hymn “Brief life is here our portion” was sung, and as “I know that my Redeemer liveth” was being played the body was conveyed to its resting place. Mr Bloomer, who attainied the age of 80 on the 25th May last, was well known and most highly esteemed in Palsall and neighbourhood some years ago. It will be remembered that at one tie he was the principal owner of the extensive Pelsall Ironworks and collieries. He was for many years a Guardian of the Poor, and a most prominent Wesleyan. Pelsall was largely indebted to him for the splendid Wesleyan church and schools, and on Sunday last touching references were made to his life, work, and death, both in the school (of which he was for many years superintendent) and the church. During the morning service “Blessed are the departed” and the “Dead March” in Saul, were played by the organist. In the village his name and influence are most gratefully remembered, and the deepest sympathy is extended to the various members of his family who now mourn his loss.