27 thoughts on “Tin produced for Sheldon & Pearson Ltd, Thornaby

  1. In 1943 my family lived in 2 Henry Street, BonLea, Thornaby, the end of this street was walled off (blocked) by the Sheldon and Pearson Sweet factory walls, On 11 March 1943 Thornaby was bombed, during this air-raid two bombs landed nearby with one bomb scoring a direct hit on the sub-power station situated near the Thornaby railway station footbridge, this affected production at Head Wrightson works. Production was also affected at Kinnell’s Foundry, Allan’s Bonlea Foundry, the Saturn Oxygen Company, John Harpers. W & M Pumphreys’ sugar factory was badly damaged and so was Shedlons and Pearsons sweet works. The damage to housing in the area was enormous with five houses being totally obliterated in an instant. In total 541 houses in the area of George Street, Princess Street and Mandale Road were seriously damaged, of which 81 had to be demolished. George Street C of E school was also seriously damaged and would not reopen until April 1944. Three people were killed during this raid and a further 72 people were injured. We were bombed out. Air Raid Warden Mrs Miriam Pugh (41) was killed on duty outside of the Britannia Hotel when it took a direct hit. Sheldon’s sweets premises were so badly damaged that for many years afterwards I never noticed any work taking place there, nor did it appear to be operational, it was derelict and always closed. This was to be Thornaby’s worst raid of the war with a total of 550 people being made homeless, My mother always said with Sheldon’s sweet factory taking such a large share of the bomb blast, this prevented injury in Henry Street and indirectly may have saved my own life. I was rescued presumably by Thornaby Firemen.

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  2. The Pearson in Sheldon and Pearson was Daniel Pearson. He was the son of Daniel Sheldon’s sister, Sarah. Daniel Pearson was born in Tipton, Staffordshire in 1850. By 1871 he was living with his mother and Sarah’s mother Hannah Sheldon at Darlington Street, South Stockton (it didn’t become part of Thornaby until 1892). Daniel was an iron works labourer. In 1881 he was a ship painter at New St, South Stockton. By 1891 he had become a confectioner at 22 Derby Terrace, South Stockton (probably supplied with his stock by his uncle, Daniel Sheldon). Some time before 1897 Daniel Pearson and Daniel Sheldon went into partnership. In 1911 Daniel Pearson is listed as a Confection manufacturer living at 47 Cambridge Road, Thornaby-On-Tees.
    He died on 13th March 1913 and is buried in Thornaby cemetery. He left effects of £4,650 to his son William Pearson & William Green, both confectioners. William Pearson was a manager at the confectionery works, living at 25 Cambridge Street, Thornaby-On-Tees (1911 census). I assume that the effects included Daniel Pearson’s share of the Sheldon & Pearson business.

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  3. Daniel Sheldon appears to have worked his way up from the bottom. He was born in Tipton, Staffordshire in 1839. At 22 he was an iron roller at Tipton. By 1871 he had moved to Thornaby to work in the iron works. In 1881 he still listed his trade as iron roller but he was also a shopkeeper at 4 Eldon Street, Thornaby. by 1891 he listed his trade as wholesale confectioner, 4 Eldon St. He would live at this address until his death on 10th October 1919. By that time he had accumulated effects to the value of £11,312. Quite a substantial amount for the time.

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    • Prior to 1901 the family set up a further business. Nos 2 & 4 Eldon Street were combined and Daniels wife Hannah ran a drapers from this address along with her two daughters, Sarah & Ada Annie Sheldon. Sarah Sheldon continued the drapers business from this address until the early 1930’s.
      When Daniel Sheldon died in 1919 the control of his effects was passed to his son George Sheldon & daughter Sarah Sheldon. Another two of Daniels sons also worked for Sheldon & Pearson at this time, Thomas & Arthur Amos Sheldon.
      George Sheldon died in 1937. His daughter Dorothy married William Mood who by 1939 was a director of the company living at 33 Scarborough Street, Thornaby. George’s son Walter worked for the company as a travelling salesman and lived at Brechin, Thornaby Green.
      In 1939 Thomas Sheldon was recorded as a Confectionery Company Director living at 25 Cambridge Road, Thornaby. Amos Arthur Sheldon was a Confectionery Manufacturer living at 311 Thornaby Road, Thornaby.
      I’m not sure when the company of Sheldon & Pearson ceased business but when Amos Arthur Sheldon (311 Thornaby Road) died in 1961 he left control of his affairs to Thomas Sheldon, Company Director.

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  4. Cliff, if like me you had been educated in the wonderful or not years of the Great British Empire you would not need ask the question.
    Great Durbars were held in India the one that may well have influenced the picture on the tin being the Delhi Durbar of 1903 for King Edward V11 who did not actually attend, we had the Cine Camera’s there something new at the time the pictures would be shown in the show houses of the time as something new and wonderful.
    Durbar’s were held also in 1877 Queen Victoria’s Reign and in 1911, dates were learned by wrote and we understood that of all the Empire India was the Jewel in the Crown. I grew up with everything Indian being the in thing, Indian Tea, Indian Rice, Spices, Chutney’s, Sauces, even camp Coffee if manufacturers put Indian on the package it sold so a picture of what looks much like a Painting of the 1877 Durbar would sell sweets, it added Oriental Mystery to the goods as did Turkish Delight, why eat scented jelly otherwise.
    Growing up with Empire I never questioned it as it was normality to us, the Sun never Set on the Empire and in 1947 I fully expected to end up in India with the Army and was very upset when without any preparation the British quit India leaving behind the chaos of no Government and what followed, we got the blame. That was down to a British Government who thought all they had to do was walk away and it would sort itself. I saw the same thing happen in 1948 and that war will never end. I never discuss the rights or wrongs of Empire it is over, we thought it normal, it was how things were or managed at the time, a different time and different way of thinking, right or wrong is today better for those people or worse, that is for others to judge.
    Frank.

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      • Cliff, we are all products of our time and my time included an Education at the Richard Hind School where the Teachers knocked into us boys a love of learning which never went away.
        My Daughter asked about a relative who was killed in London in 1945, she said surely the bombing had finished long before that date. It was my time I had been in London and knew the last V2’s landed 27th March 1945 killing 134 people. The war did not end with a whimper it was full blast to the end and long after into my first posting abroad where we found according to the papers at home we were involved with smaller minor upsets. Lying behind my Bren Gun it did not seem to be minor to us. After six long years people were sick of war and did not want to know.
        Life for most started again in August 1945 when the Atom Bomb Dropped, a new start a different life, out with the old in with the new. Nobody apart from family thought of the thousands of British Forces still out in what was left of Empire and still fighting, we were indeed the forgotten Army.
        Frank.

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  5. On 1 March 1897, the North Eastern Daily Gazette reported that the firm of Sheldon and Pearson had donated 2 guineas to the Indian Famine Fund. So it looks as if the firm was already established by 1900.

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    • Thank you very much for the information on Sheldon and Pearson.
      I am asking site visitors for information about Sheldon and Pearson in this months REMEMBER WHEN, which is part of The Middlesbrough Gazette. Hope I am lucky.

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      • Sheldon & Pearson was behind Pumphries ‘Home of Bridal Icing Sugar’ Lots of girls in Thornaby during the 1950 time went to work there. I remember one of my friends telling me the first thing they were told was that they could eat as many of the sweets as they liked. They quickly found that it was a joke for they soon got to ‘hate’ the sight of sweets.

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    • I was puzzled by the choice of an Indian scene to decorate the box of toffee, until I discovered that puffed rice is served as a popular street food in India.

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  6. The earliest reference I have found so far to Sheldon & Pearson, Manufacturing confectioners, Prospect Place, Thornaby-On-Tees is in a 1913 Kellys trade directory.
    George Sheldon, confectioner, was living at Oaklands, Thornaby Village in 1930. He died in 1937 leaving his effects to his daughter, Ella Sheldon and son Walter Sheldon. George was born in Thornaby -On-Tees c.1873. In 1911 he was a commercial traveller for a confectionary.
    Is he the founder of this company?

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    • Thank you for your info. My grandfather had a brother called Thomas, not sure about the names you gave. Two sisters married two brothers. Thomas’s wife was called Lil. I believe the factory started from having a shop, but I may be wrong. Thank you again but I have very little information, but I hope that will improve.

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      • Christina, Thomas Sheldon (b.1882) married Lily Eleanor Robinson in 1908. Two years earlier, his brother Amos A Sheldon (b.1879) had married Edith Annie Robinson. So these appear to be the two brothers who married the two sisters.
        The brothers were two of the 5 sons of Daniel and Hannah Sheldon who lived at 4 Eldon Street, Thornaby. Daniel is listed in the census as being a wholesale confectioner. Although in the 1901 Census, “wholesale confectioner” has been crossed out and “Baker” substituted. Maybe there was a debate about whether “Puffed Rice Biscuit Toffee” was a sweet or a biscuit, a bit like the recent argument over Jaffa Cakes – biscuits or cakes? George Sheldon, mentioned in the previous post by Martin, was another of Daniel’s sons.

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  7. I noticed that Jean Mason might be able to help me in finding the Kay family that lived in Thornaby. Jean I believe you are connected in some way to Sheldon & Pearson, if so I would be gratful for any help in finding this family as I left the area over 40 years ago and lost contact with everyone. 24/02/2012 16:09:37

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    • My grandparents had a sister with the name Kay and she lived in Stranton Street, Thornaby she was a sister of either my granddad or grandmother. My grandparents owned Sheldon and Pearson Sweet Factory in Thornaby.

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  8. My names is JAMES RICHARD KAY and my father’s name was JAMES SHELDON KAY. I am trying to find my family who, when I left the area over 40 years ago, had something to do with Sheldon & Pearson. I lost contact with the family. Could anyone please help me with this matter?24/02/2012 10:24:35

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  9. Sheldon & Pearson were not retail confectioners, but were manufacturers and wholesalers of boiled sweets and seaside rock, with a factory in Thornaby, and selling mainly in North Yorkshire and the Dales. My uncle William Mood married Dorothy Sheldon, and later became the Managing Director of Sheldon & Pearson.

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  10. I have the tin shown in the photo and also another Sheldon & Pearson round tin for NUTJOY. This is stated on the tin as ‘a rich super-toffee with the addition of choice hazelnuts’.

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  11. Other confectioners trading at the same time in Thornaby included – Barrowcliff ltd, 66 Mandale Road and Ralph Spark & sons Ltd, 48 Mandale Road.

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