Children of Lucy and Alexander Corder

01. Robert Watson Corder

1860-05-28 b. Bensham Grove, Bensham Road, Gateshead, Durham Births digest; The British Friend; censuses; GRO index
1861 living with parents at 17 St Bede Ter., Bishopwearmouth, Durham, with a cook and a nurse TNA: RG 9/3772 f45 p45
1864-06-05 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1866-05-26/-06-02 of Sunderland; stayed at Mosscroft
1870-12-25 of Wigton School
1871 scholar, boarder, of Brookfield School, Woodside, Cumberland TNA: RG 10/5227 f107 p6
1873-12-21 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1874-06-21
1877-11-22 passed Freehand, practical geometry, perspective and model drawing, in the second grade, at the prize giving for the Newcastle School of Art, at the lecture room of the Lit & Phil Newcastle Journal, 1877-11-23
1881 not found in census  
1881-09-11 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1883-01-14 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland
1883-04-15
1884-01-24/-25 of Sunderland
1884-06-14
1884-12-25
1885-12-25
1886-12-25
1887-12-26
1888-02-08 attended the Mayor's Ball at the Liberal Club, in Fawcett-street, Sunderland Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1890-09-17 m. Lilly Gray Vaux (1860–1930), at Trinity Presbyterian church, Park-terrace, Sunderland, Durham The Friend; censuses; GRO index; National Probate Calendar

MARRIAGE OF MR R. CORDER

The marriage of Mr Robert Watson Corder, son of Mr Alexander Corder, 1, Carlton-terrace, with Miss Lilly Gray Vaux, 11, The Avenue, took place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Park-terrace. The ceremony was of a quiet character, only the members of the respective families being present. The bride wore a handsome white silk dress, trimmed with Brussels lace, and she carried a lovely bouquet of chrysanthemums, stephanotis, and orange blossoms. The bride's-maids were her three sisters, who wore dresses of voile de laine, and carried bouquets of white and yellow chrysanthemums. Mr Ralph Vaux, brother of the bride, gave her away. Breakfast was afterwards served at the residence of the bride, and later in the day Mr and Mrs Corder proceeded to North Wales, where they will spend the honeymoon. They have received over 100 valuable presents.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1890-09-17
1891 linen draper, employer, living with his wife and a general servant at 2 The Grove, Bishopwearmouth RG 12/4134 f73 p41
Children: Arnold (1891–1915), Dorothy (1893–1957) GRO index; The Friend; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; censuses
1893-08-04 daughter Dorothy born at 2 The Grove, Sunderland The Friend XXXIII, 1893-09-22
1895-10-18

TO GENTLEWOMEN.

THE WINTER SEASON.

ALEX. CORDER AND SONS

ARE MAKING A SPECIAL SHOW OF

NEW MANTLES,

CAPES, AND JACKETS,

IMPORTED DIRECT FROM PARIS AND BERLIN.

THE NEW

HAND BEADED MANTLE,

IN VELOUR DU NORD.

SPECIAL

BERLIN TAILOR-MADE JACKETS

FROM 22s 6d, IN NEW CLOTHS,

PERFECT CUT AND FINISH.

A.C. and SONS have taken Agencies for the

SALE OF EXCLUSIVE NOVETIES [sic]

For Two of the Best Paris and Berlin Manufacturers which are not Shewn in any other Establishment in Sunderland.

MANTLE AND JACKET MAKING

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.

MR ROBERT W. CORDER has taken the Entire Superintendance of this Department, and all Garments are Cut and Fitted by our Ladies' Tailor.

YOUNG LADIES' JACKETS TO ORDER,

FROM 35s.

ALEX. CORDER & SONS,

FAWCETT STREET,

SUNDERLAND.

Durham County Advertiser
1896-04-09 of Sunderland; present at cousin Mabel Spence Watson's wedding at Pilgrim Street fmh; signed marriage certificate; gave the couple a china bowl Robert Spence Watson's book of newspaper cuttings; Bensham Grove visitors' books
1898-07-23 of 2 The Grove, Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1901 draper, employer, of 2 The Grove, Sunderland, Durham, living with his family, a general servant, and a visitor RG 13/4716 f168 p9
1901-07-24 present at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1901-07-25
1902 of 2 The Grove, Sunderland Kelly's Directory
1911 draper, employer, own account, of Cuba Street, Sunderland, living with his family; 7 rooms RG14PN30184 RG78PN1741 RD555 SD2 ED3 SN39
1913-03-11 draper, of 31, Cuba Street, Sunderland; one of three directors of Corders, Ltd. Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1913-03-13
1914-05-15 present at the funeral of Henry Richardson, at Jesmond cemetery, Newcastle Newcastle Journal, 1914-05-16
1915 of 31 Cuba Street, Sunderland Commonwealth War Graves Commission
1930-03-27 of 31 Cuba Street, Sunderland; d. Royal Infirmary, Sunderland, after an operation National Probate Calendar; The Friend; GRO index
  bur. Bishopwearmouth cemetery, Sunderland Find a Grave
1930-04-14 will proved at Durham by wife Lilly Gray Corder; effects £152 3s. 7d. National Probate Calendar
1930-09-26 further grant D.R. at Durham


Walter Shewell Corder02. Walter Shewell Corder, JP

1861-10-27 b. 18 Bede Terrace, Bishopwearmouth, Durham Births digest; The Friend; The British Friend; censuses
1864-06-05 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1865-05-25
1866-05-26/-06-02 of Sunderland; stayed at Mosscroft
1871 living with father and three brothers at 24 Fawcett St, Bishopwearmouth, with a governess, a general cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 10/5004 f36 p66
  educated at the Friends' school at Wigton, Cumberland C.H. Hunter Blair (1934) 'Walter Shewell Corder', Archaeologia Aeliana 4.11:121-6
1873-06-22 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1874-06-21
  attended classes in chemistry at the College of Physical Science (later Armstrong College), Newcastle upon Tyne Hunter Blair (1934)
1881 apprentice [chemist] in the household of his uncle Octavius Corder, of Swan Lane Chemist Warehouse, Norwich St Andrew, Norfolk TNA: RG 11/1948 f16 p25
  apprenticed to his uncle, Octavius Corder, a chemist in Norwich; then went as assistant to a Mr Martindale, a London chemist Hunter Blair (1934)
1883-04-21 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1883-09-30 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland
1883-12-21 of Sunderland
1883-12-25
1883/1885 practised as a chemist at Kendal, Cumberland Hunter Blair (1934)
1885-12-20 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1885 settled at North Shields Hunter Blair (1934)
1886-07-24

SPECTACLES

AT ALL PRICES TO SUIT ALL SIGHTS

SPECIAL AGENT FOR

HENRY LAURANCE

and other well known makers,

WALTER S. CORDER,

PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMIST,

83 TYNE STREET, NORTH SHIELDS.

Shields Daily News
1887-06-02 of North Shields Bensham Grove visitors' books
1888 established chemical works at the Low Lights, North Shields Hunter Blair (1934)
1890 presented, to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, a cinerary urn from Castle Rising and samian ware from Wallsend
1891 chemical manure manufacturer, employer, of 22 Albion Street, Tynemouth, Northumberland, living with brother and housekeeper RG 12/4227 f4 p2
1891-08-26 m. Margaret Lindsay Watson (1864–1940, his second cousin, d. of William Lindsay and Katharine Watson), at St Cuthbert's church, Marton, Yorkshire The Times; The Friend XXXI Sept:254; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920. York: Sessions Book Trust; GRO index; Hunter Blair (1934)

MARRIAGE OF MR WALTER SHEWELL CORDER.

The wedding of Mr W.S. Corder, of the Low Lights Chemical Works, with Miss Margaret Lindsay Watson, of Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, took place yesterday, at St. Cuthbert's Church, in the pretty little village of Marton, near Middlesbrough. The vicar, the Rev G.W. Trevor, was the officiating clergyman. Mr Percy Corder, brother of the bridegroom, was the best man, and the bride was given away by her uncle, Mr Anthony Harris. There were four bridesmaids, Miss Helen Lindsay Watson, sister of the bride; Miss Corder and Miss E.F. Corder, and Miss E. Spence Watson, cousins of the bride. The wedding breakfast was served at Grove Hill, at the residence of the bride's mother, to a party of about forty guests, and in the afternoon the happy pair left, amidst good wishes, for Darlington, en route for a driving tour through the English Lake District.

 

Shields Daily News, 1891-08-27
1892 entered into partnership with Robert Williamson; co-founder of Williamson & Corder Ltd, glue and gelatine factory; the factory at Low Walker earned its share of opprobrium Hunter Blair (1934); British Glues & Chemicals, accessed 2010-12-19
1892 co-editor of A Short Account of Wigton School and the Neighbourhood Google
1892-12-23 his name added to the Commission of the Peace for the borough of Tynemouth Leeds Mercury, 1892-12-23
1893-07-26 elected a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Hunter Blair (1934)
Children: Eileen (1894–1993), Michael Westray (1901–1966) GRO index; RG14PN30754 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED22 SN174
1894 & 1897 Hon. Secretary of the Northumbrian Small Pipes Society NSPS Transactions, 1894; NSPS Annual Meeting, 1897
1895-06-15 of North Shields Bensham Grove visitors' books
1895-12-25
1896-01-07 registered copyright of his portrait photograph of the Rt Hon. John Morley catalogue entry for TNA: COPY/1/423/56
1896-04-09 present at cousin Mabel Spence Watson's wedding at Pilgrim Street fmh; signed marriage certificate; gave couple a large photograph of John Morley by himself Robert Spence Watson's book of newspaper cuttings
1897-02-21 of North Shields Bensham Grove visitors' books
1897-03-06/-08 of N. Shields; stayed at Bensham Grove
1897-09-26 of North Shields
1899-11-29 addressed the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne upon the Roman fort at Jublains in Brittany and the megalithic remains at Carnac in the same district; the lecture was illustrated by a series of fine lantern slides made from his own photographs Hunter Blair (1934)
  also lectured to the society upon the abbey of Fontevrault, with particular reference to the effigies of the sovereigns of the house of Anjou there preserved; this also was illustrated by his own photographic slides
1900-03-10 of North Shields Bensham Grove visitors' books
1900-07-15 of 4 Rosella Place, North Shields
1901 gelatine, glue and manure manufacturer, employer, living at 4 Rosella Place, Preston, Tynemouth, Northumberland, with his wife and daughter, and a maid RG 13/4801 f162 p31
1901-07 member of the local executive committee of the British Archaeological Association Journal of the British Archaeological Association
1903-01-04 of North Shields Bensham Grove visitors' books
1905-10-11 with his wife, present at the funeral of Charles James Spence, in North Shields Shields Daily News, 1905-10-12
1906 became a member of the council of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and, with the exception of one or two years, served upon it until his election as vice-president in 1930, an office he held until his death; was active in the affairs of the society, but did not contribute regularly to its publications Archaeologia Aeliana; Hunter Blair (1934)
1906-12-28 manufacturing chemist, of 4 Rosella-place, North Shields; appointed a land tax commissioner for the county of Northumberland The London Gazette
 

When Walter Corder settled permanently at North Shields, in the late eighties of last century, he became, as was very fitting for a nephew of Robert Spence Watson, keenly interested in politics and an ardent supporter of the then great Liberal party. His enthusiastic spirit found full scope for its activities in the strenuous political life of those years. His whole-hearted enthusiasm for the cause  he believed in so passionately is well shown by the two illustrated songs of triumph he sent to his friends after the general election of 1910, when the county and boroughs of Northumberland returned an unbroken phalanx of Liberal members to parliament. One of these delightful souvenirs is surrounded by a border of the armorial shields of the count and its boroughs, bearing as its legend the verse:

"Never from the field of combat,

    Never from the deadly fray,

Was a nobler trophy carried,

    Than we bring with us today."

The other, which his friends received with Christmas greetings from his wife and himself, depicted the good ship Northumberland, of ancient build, sailing, towards the sun and the palace of Westminster, from Tyne, beneath her the lines:

"Thou sun shine on her joyously, ye breezes waft her wide,

Our glorious semper eadem the banner of our pride."

Politics excepted, Walter Corder did not take an active part in the public life of North Shields, though he was for many years a justice of the peace for the borough, an office he resigned when other duties and interests made it impossible for him to fulfil its duties.

Hunter Blair (1934)
1907-01-03 member of the Grand Jury at the Epiphany Quarter Sessions for Northumberland Shields Daily News, 1907-01-04
1907-02-07 one of two judges at the third annual exhibition of the Tynemouth Photographic Society Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1907-02-08
1907-04-26 took part in the annual photographic exhibition of the Morpeth Y.M.C.A. Camera Club:

The fines collection is that lent by Mr. Corder, including some of what are practically the earliest photographic prints in existence. They are said to be almost invaluable, and will undoubtedly attract great interest.

Morpeth Herald, 1907-04-27
1909-03-31 chairman of the Federation of the Photographic Societies of Northumberland and Durham; present at their annual dinner Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1909-04-01
1911-01-05 on the Grand Jury for the Epiphany General Quarter Sessions for Northumberland Newcastle Journal, 1911-01-06
1911-01-25 elected to the council of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries Newcastle Journal, 1911-01-26
1911 gelatine and glue manufacturer, employer, living at 4 Rosella Place, North Shields, Northumberland, with his wife and son, a cook, and a housemaid RG14PN30754 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED22 SN174
1911-06-05 took the chair at the 33rd annual meeting of the Old York Scholars' Association Bootham 5.5:361
1912

His chief distinction, however, as an archæologist, for which he will always be gratefully remembered by all interested in Roman Britain, was the part he took in excavating and recording, by pen and camera, the remains of the Roman fort at Wallsend (Segedunum); but for his exertions and interest all traces of the fort might have perished unrecorded, and the eastern end of Hadrian's wall, upon the foreshore of Tyne at Wallsend, have remained unknown. He gave an account to the society of his work on these sites on 29th April, 1903, and again on 31st July, 1912. The council's report for 1912 states that "to the vigilance of Mr W.S. Corder we owe the recovery of the eastern gateway at Segedunum and the practical completion of the plan of that camp." He again showed his interest in Romano-British studies when he generously paid the cost of the plans and illustrations for the Roman chapter in volume XIII of the History of Northumberland.

Hunter Blair (1934)
by 1914-09-03 with his wife, had subscribed £5 to the Tynemouth Centre of the National Relief Fund Newcastle Journal, 1911-09-04
1914-11-06 letter promoting an exhibition of silhouettes in aid of the French Red Cross Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1914-11-06
1915-01-27 elected to the council of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1917-11-30 of 4 Rosella Place, North Shields; organising a guarantee fund to ensure the concerts of the Newcastle Bach Choir may be made permanent and developed adequately Newcastle Journal, 1917-12-03
1918-01-30 elected to the council of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries Newcastle Journal, 1918-01-31
1920-05-17 director of British Glues and Chemicals Ltd, and chairman of Williamson and Corder Ltd, of 4 Rosella-place, North Shield Westminster Gazette, 1920-05-17
1920 with five other companies, Williamson & Corder amalgamated with British Glues & Chemicals Ltd, Corder becoming its first chairman Hunter Blair (1934); British Glues & Chemicals
1920-07-23 chairman of Williamson & Corder Ltd; present at extraordinary general meeting of the company, which agree to wind up voluntarily The London Gazette, 1920-08-06
1920 elected as a member of the Arts Club of London G.A.F. Rogers (1920) The Arts Club and Its Members
1921 retired from the chair of British Glues & Chemicals, owing to ill health, but remained as a director Hunter Blair (1934)
1920s Secretary of Guarantors of the Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir information from Phil Owen, 2010-08-17
1924-06-05 patron of the Tynemouth Amateur Operatic Society Shields Daily News, 1924-06-06; also Shields Daily News, 1925-04-08
1924-11-11 spoke to the North Shields Literary and Debating Society on 'The World's Writing Materials', at St Andrew's Church Hall, Camden Street, North Shields: "At the end of his talk Mr Corder actually made paper in front of his audience by the aid of pulp." Shields Daily News, 1924-11-12
 

Walter Corder was a great lover of music and a member of most of the musical societies of the district; one of the founders and for some years president of the Newcastle Bach Choir; a member and prominent supporter of the Chamber Music Society as well as of the Philharmonic Orchestral Society of which he was a sometime president; he also took a great interest in the North of England Musical Tournament. These societies benefited not alone by his counsel, but he gave freely and usually anonymously to those in need of financial help. Whilst the more classical music appealed most to him, his taste was catholic, and he was for some years president of the Tynemouth Amateur Operatic Society. His loss is deplored by all lovers of music in the north. He was also interested in all forms of literature, reading widely in both poetry and prose. Here again his knowledge was placed freely at the disposal of others. He was for many years a member of the Tynemouth Public Library committee and upon the committee of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1907 to his death, being a vice-president from 1920. His literary knowledge and sound judgment were of the greatest value to both these institutions—nothing that was unworthy passed his critical tasted. He loved art in all its forms, though his great interest was in the graphic arts and the various processes of black and white engraving. He possessed a large and valuable collection of fine, prints, the beauties and technicalities of which he delighted to explain to others no so learned in the subject as himself. He was an expert in the kindred art of photography and had brought photographic portraiture to great perfection. He used to spend many of his holidays travelling on foot in Normandy, Brittany and Norway, his knapsack and heavy camera upon his back, seeking for interesting buildings or beautiful scenery to make into pictures. His intimate knowledge of these arts made him a delightful lecturer upon such subjects as paper-making, early typography and the different processes of engraving in black and white. His expert knowledge of the latter was of much service to the Northumberland County History committee, of which he was a member during the preparation and publication of volumes XII and XIII. He was chairman of the illustrations sub-committee and as such was responsible for the illustrations, many from his own photographs, which appear in these volumes. He was also from 1905 to 1910 the active president of the Federation of the Photographic Societies of Northumberland and Durham.

Hunter Blair (1934)
1927-03-04 director, of 4 Rosella Place, North Shields; with wife, departed London for Gibraltar aboard P. & O.'s Ranchi; 2nd class Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
1927-04-28 arrived London from Gibraltar, aboard the Ranchi UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
 

He lived a full and vivid life outside of his business. His early years at Wigton school and later at Kendal had given him a love for the mountains, lakes and dales of the lake country. He delighted, in those days, in the vigorous sport of rock-climbing, and there are few of the more famous climbs which he had not done; in his older years he took, perforce, the easier tracks to the high hills, but his love for that beautiful district remained to the end, and when able to walk only slowly, he yet loved to stroll by Crummock or Buttermere, looking up to the hills over which, like Wordsworth, he had, as a youth, "roamed from hill to hill, from rock to rock."

Hunter Blair (1934)
1933-07-24 of 4 Rosella-place, North Shields; d. there National Probate Calendar; GRO index; Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 1933-07-25; Milligan (2007); Hunter Blair (1934)

MR W.S. CORDER DEAD

The death occurred yesterday of Mr Walter Shewell Corder, of Rosella Place, North Shields, whose father, the later Mr Alexander Corder, was in business in Sunderland for many years.

Mr Corder, who was 72, took an active part in the literary, artistic and musical life of the North-East, and held prominent positions in societies connected with these interests. In business he was a chemical manufacturer, and was associated with the former North Shields firm of Williamson and Corder Ltd., which was eventually merged with other similar businesses into British Glues and Chemicals, Ltd.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1933-07-25

DEATH OF MR W.S. CORDER

Well-Known Shields Business Man

KEEN SUPPORTER OF MUSIC

A well-known resident of the Borough of Tynemouth passed away yesterday in the person of Mr Walter Shewell Corder whose death took place at his residence, 4 Rosella Place, North Shields, after a long period of ill-health.

The deceased gentleman, who was 72 years of age, was of gentle and kindly disposition and was held in very warm esteem by all classes in the borough.

Mr Corder was a native of Sunderland and a son of the late Mr Alexander Corder, a prominent member of the Society of Friends in the Wearside town. He was trained as pharmaceutical chemist under a large firm in London.

He came to North Shields between 40 and 50 years ago and commenced business as a Pharmaceutical chemist. Soon afterwards, realising the possibilities of scientific treatment of the waste material at the North Shields Fish Quay he founded the North Shields Fish Guano Works at the Low Lights, which in due course became one of the important ancillaries of the local fishing industry.

Some time before the war Mr Corder gave up his connection with the Guano Works, and joined Mr Robert Williamson in his gelatine and glue manufacturing business at Wallsend, the business being carried on subsequently under the style of Messrs Williamson and Corder.

After the war period Messrs Williamson and Corder merged with several other similar manufacturing companies and became British Glues Ltd., Mr Corder being appointed first chairman.

RETIRED

Owing to ill-health, however, Mr Corder retired from active participation in business several years ago.

A staunch Liberal, the deceased gentleman took an active interest in the affairs of the Tynemouth Liberal Association and had been a vice-president for many years.

FORMER MAGISTRATE.

He was a member of the Society of Friends at North Shields, and later at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was formerly a magistrate of the borough, relinquishing that office when he found that through pressure of business he was unable to perform his duties on the bench.

He was an expert amateur photographer, and has left many notable examples of his work. Before ill-health overtook him he pursued this hobby diligently, and was at one time president of the Northern Photographic Society.

Mr Corder also took a keen interest in music and was president of the Tynemouth Amateur Operatic Society and a generous supporter of the Bach Choir, Newcastle. He was a member of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries, and a vice president of the Literary and Philosophical Society.

The late Mr Corder leaves a widow, and one son and daughter, both of whom are married.

Shields Daily News, 1933-07-25
  after cremation, his ashes were placed in the Friends' burial ground at Jordans, Buckinghamshire Hunter Blair (1934)
 

Whatever was fine, Walter Corder cared for. This mind was to be seen notably in his keen interest in painting, etching, prints and music. Of etching and prints, he was probably one of the best judges in the country. The Art Committee of Armstrong College, which he served for a considerable period, appreciated his sensitive help and generous gifts. So far as the writer knows, he did not himself practise any of the graphic arts, but his innate sense of the beautiful and the skill of a clever craftsman, enabled him to produced landscapes and buildings by photography with a sympathy and quality of composition which brought them almost into the region of the creative faculties. His photographic portraits of well-known men, in their pose and values, give a pleasure not very often yielded by this medium. His patience was exemplified in his experiments in making paper from the papyrus plant which he himself had cultivated. He gave valued support to the production of music of the best kind. His slow and considered speech was always listened to with respect, and one perceived a happy sense of humour in the near background. His features were distinguished and thoughtful; his manner retiring and patient, but his influence was wider and deeper than might have been thought from his quiet ways. A man of nobility, his friends and citizenship have, by his death, suffered a great deprivation.

H.B. Saint, quoted in Hunter Blair (1934)
1933-09-22 will proved at Newcastle by widow Margaret Lindsay Corder; effects £49,014 18s. 5d. National Probate Calendar
net personalty, £45,379 The Scotsman, 1933-10-17


Percy Corder03. Percy Corder, DCL

1863-04-05 b. Bishopwearmouth, Durham Births digest; GRO index; The Friend
1871 living with father and three brothers at 24 Fawcett St, Bishopwearmouth, with a governess, a general cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 10/5004 f36 p66
1872-12-25 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1873-06-22
1873-12-21
1874-06-21
1874-07-21
1878/1880 at Bootham School, York Old York Scholars' Association (1971) Bootham School Register. London: Oyez Press
1879-01-27 read "The pied piper of Hamelin" at the fortnightly "pleasant evening" in connection with St Bede's Church Temperance Society Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1879-01-28
1881-02-19 taking a leading part in the movement for the formation of a students' association in connection with the Durham University Extension Scheme Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1881-02-18
1881 solicitor's clerk, living with his father at 1 Carlton Ter., Bishopwearmouth, with a housekeeper and two domestic servants TNA: RG 11/4993 f153 p36
1881-11-25 played Marullus and Lucilius in the family Julius Caesar, at Bensham Grove Bensham Grove visitors' books
1881-12-18 of Carlton Terrace, Sunderland
1881-12-26 played Bob Cratchit at Bensham Grove Christmas party
1882-01-01 of Sunderland
1882-02-20 of Carlton Terrace, Sunderland
1882-04-16 of Sunderland
1882-05-20 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland
1882-06-17 of Sunderland
1882-09-11
1882-10-24 "Minister of Education" in the Sunderland Parliamentary Debating Society local House of Commons Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1882-10-25
1882-12-25 of Sunderland; "Santa Claus" Bensham Grove visitors' books
1882 Christmas "We had Christmas trees for the wee bairnies beautifully arranged by the dear father in the Library with a bower of evergreen in the background whence the presents issued from the hands of Percy disguised as Santa Claus with long flowing white beard & silver locks." Elizabeth Spence Watson's "Family Chronicles"
1883-11-26

"Percy Corder, son of Alexander Corder, of this town, and articled to Messrs Watson and Dendy, solicitors, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has passed the intermediate examination of the Incorporated Law Society of the United Kingdom, held in London on the 88t inst."

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1883-11-26
1883-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1884-01-01
1884-04-29 of Sunderland; "First ride in my life this evening!"
1884-06-14 of Sunderland
1884-11-16/-17 of Sunderland; stayed at Bensham Grove
1885-01-05 of Sunderland
1885-02-01
1885-11-23

Mr Percy Corder, son of Mr Alex. Corder, of this town, who has served his articles with Messrs. Watson and Dendy, solicitors, Newcastle, has passed the final examination of the Incorporated Law Society of the United Kingdom, held in London on the 3rd and 4th inst., previously to being admitted a solicitor of the Supreme Court.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1887-01-28 read a paper at the Newcastle Liberal Club on "The Irish Land Question" Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1887-01-29
1887-05-15 of 41 Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bensham Grove visitors' books
1887-05-17 appointed treasurer to the Northern District Liberal Secretaries and Agents Northern Echo, 1887-05-18
1887-10-11 lectured to the Students' Association in the Subscription Library, Fawcett-street, on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1887-10-12
1887-12-12 elected joint secretary to the new Northern Union of Liberal Associations Shields Daily News, 1887-12-13
1887/1899 Secretary to Old York Scholars' Association OYSA (1971)
1888-03-25 of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bensham Grove visitors' books
1888-10-05 is secretary of the Tyneside Liberal Association Jarrow Express
from 1888 on Executive of Newcastle Liberal Assoc. Edgar B. Collinson, ed. (1935) Bootham School Register, 2nd edn
1888-10-29 re a talk on the history of the Irish Land Laws:

The lecturer is Mr Percy Corder—a young man of sterling ability—well read, and fluent in speech. As a pupil of Dr Spence Watson he has had a splendid political training, and, judging from his previous appearances on the public platform, he bids fair at no distant date to take a high position as a political speaker.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1888-10-31
1888/1899 Liberal Registration Agent Tyneside Division Collinson, ed. (1935)
1889-06-13 best man at the wedding of Henry Corder and Alice Impey, at Chelmsford fmh, Essex Chelmsford Chronicle, 1889-06-14
1889-11-25

The committee of the Sunderland Peace Association are doing good service by directing the attention of the public to "The Waste of the War System." A lecture on the subject is to be delivered by one of the most thoughtful of our young Liberals, Mr Percy Corder, to-morrow evening, in the Workmen's Hall, Monkwearmouth.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1889-11-25
1890-07-05 had arrived at the Queen's Hotel, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Cheltenham Chronicle
1891 solicitor, employer, living with his uncle and aunt Robert and Elizabeth Spence Watson and their family, at Bensham Grove, Bensham Road, Gateshead, Durham, with a cook and two domestic servants RG 12/4176 f60 p46
from 1891 member, Eighty Club Collinson, ed. (1935)
1891-05-09 secretary and registration agent to the Tyneside Liberal Association Shields Daily Gazette, 1891-05-11
1892-01-13 present at a meeting of the Liberal Six Hundred at the Brougham-street Schoolroom Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1892-01-13
1892-03-15 secretary of the Tyneside Liberal Association; present at the AGM of its Walker branch Shields Daily Gazette, 1892-03-16
1893-08-16 m. Helen Lindsay Watson (1866–1948, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, his second cousin and sister-in-law), at Marton-in-Cleveland parish church, Yorkshire The Friend XXXIII, 1893-08-25, The British Friend II Sept:268; GRO index
1894-01 subscribed 5s. to the Friends of Russian Freedom Free Russia
1894 & 1897 on the committee of the Northumbrian Small Pipes Society NSPS Transactions, 1894; NSPS Annual Meeting, 1897
from 1895 member of the council of the Newcastle Incorporated Law Society Collinson, ed. (1935)
  vice-chairman of the council of Armstrong College
Children: Clifford Percy (1895–1896), Terence Spence (1897–1921), Clive Shewell (1900–1948), Rachel (1902–1976) The Friend; The British Friend; GRO index; OYSA (1971)
1895-10-10 son Clifford Percy born at 3 Collingwood Terrace, Jesmond Gardens, Newcastle-upon-Tyne The Friend XXXV:684, 1895-10-18, The British Friend IV Nov:298
1896-02-01 of Jesmond Gardens, Newcastle-on-Tyne Bensham Grove visitors' books
1896-09-14 of Jesmond
1896-12-25 of Newcastle-on-Tyne
1897-02-18
1897-05-07 son born at Jesmond Gardens, Newcastle-upon-Tyne The Friend XXXVII:334, 1897-05-21, The British Friend VI June:152
1898-06-05 of Jesmond Gardens Bensham Grove visitors' books
1899-04-29 resigned as secretary and registration agent to the Tyneside Liberal Association, owing to pressure of business engagements Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1899-05-01
1899 with Robert Spence Watson and others, signed letter to Yorks. QM urging a large building scheme at Bootham, in the wake of the fire on the 12th May The Friend XXXIX:507
1899-11-04 of Jesmond Gardens Bensham Grove visitors' books
1899-12-01 with Robert Spence Watson and others, signed letter of appeal for Bootham School; subscribed £5.0.0 The Friend XXXIX: Supplement
1900-03-04 of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bensham Grove visitors' books
1900-05-20 son born at Jesmond Gardens, Newcastle-on-Tyne The Friend XL:362, The British Friend IX July:207
1900-06-15 stayed at Bensham Grove Bensham Grove visitors' books
1900-12-15 assistant hon. treasurer to the federated liberal associations in Northumberland and Durham Northern Echo, 1900-12-18
1900-12-25 of Newcastle Bensham Grove visitors' books
1901-03-11/-15 stayed at Bensham Grove
1901 solicitor and notary public, own account, visitor with Henry Richardson at Oak Lodge, Osborne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle, Northumberland RG 13/4782 f172 p47
1901-07-24 among the mourners at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1901-07-25
1901-12-25 of Jesmond Gardens Bensham Grove visitors' books
1902-08-17 daughter Rachel born at 3 Collingwood Terrace, Jesmond Gardens, Newcastle-on-Tyne The Friend XLII:588
1902-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1903-06-12 at Bootham OS, "Percy Corder convulsed the meeting with his account of how a Bootham old scholar, too late for a Cunarder, made it stop for him. After that, he said, he thought Bootham boys might achieve anything!" The Friend XLIII:392
1904-08-03 present at cousin Mary Spence Watson's wedding in Newcastle Robert Spence Watson's book of newspaper cuttings
1904 of Collingwood Gardens, Jesmond; gave Frank & Mary Pollard a picture, for their wedding present Mary S.W. Pollard, list of wedding presents
1905-10-11 with his wife, present at the funeral of Charles James Spence, in North Shields Shields Daily News, 1905-10-12
1906-05-18 of Watson, Burton, and Corder, of Newcastle Newcastle Evening Chronicle
1907-08-08 West Cumberland Times, 1907-08-10
1909-03-25 deputy registrar, at Newcastle Bankruptcy Court Newcastle Evening Chronicle
1910/1926 honorary solicitor to Armstrong College Shields Daily News, 1927-12-06
1911 solicitor and notary public, living with his wife and daughter at 3 Collingwood Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, with a cook, a housemaid, and a visitor RG14PN30576 RG78PN1752 RD558 SD2 ED19 SN308 
1911 opposed acceptance of the Shipley Bequest, in an article in the Daily Journal Shipley Bequest, accessed 2010-05-09
1911 Hon. Sec., Newcastle Philharmonic Orchestra Collinson, ed. (1935)
1912 Treasurer, N.E. of England Workers' Educational Assoc.
1912-02-09 is chairman of the Art Department of the Armstrong College (Newcastle) Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
by 1912-11 had subscribed £10 to the Bootham Swimming Bath Fund Bootham 6.2:133
1913 member, Corporation of Newcastle Laing Art Gallery Committee Collinson, ed. (1935)
1913/1914 Under-Sheriff of County of Northumberland
1913-07-22 as under-sheriff, witnessed the execution of John Vickers Amos, for a triple murder:

"Everything passed off without a hitch," said the Under-Sheriff on being interviewed afterwards.

"Amos met his doom very bravely. There was not a hitch of any kind." [ . . . ]

At five minutes to nine a form of declaration was hung outside the prison gates by the Under-Sheriff and the Governor, stating "That sentence of death was this day executed on John Vickers Amos in His Majesty's Prison at Newcastle-on-Tyne in our presence."

Shields Daily News
by 1914 on the Laing Art Gallery Committee Mumba
1914 author of The Life of Robert Spence Watson, the author's uncle Collinson, ed. (1935)
  author of many reviews and articles
  tastes—politics, art, music, education; hobbies—sketching, walking, gardening, reading
1914-06-26 hon. secretary to the Newcastle Philharmonic Orchestra Newcastle Journal
1914-10-21 present at the funeral of Anna Maria Priestman and Mary Priestman, at Jesmond cemetery Newcastle Journal, 1914-10-22
1915-03-10 co-executor of the will of his cousin Ruth Spence Gower National Probate Calendar
1916-08-04 letter re funds raised for the French Red Cross fund, from a German War Cartoons exhibition Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1916-08-07
1916-09-30 of Watson, Burton, and Corder, of Newcastle Shields Daily News
1918 of Jesmond-gardens, Newcastle-upon-Tyne The Times
1919 donated woodwind and brass instruments to the newly formed AC Orchestral Society Borthwick
1919-06-03 co-executor of the will of Axel Fredrik Ericsson, timber merchant and shipowner of Newcastle The London Gazette, 1920-01-30
1920/1921 living with his wife and youngest son at Hill House, Melbury Road, Newcastle electoral registers
1921 of Hill House, Jesmond Park East, Newcastle-upon-Tyne The Friend
1921-05-05 vice-chairman of the Council of Armstrong College Shields Daily News
1921 solicitor & notary public, employer, working at Pilgrim House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; living in 12 rooms at Hill House, Melbury Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with his wife, his son, his mother-in-law, a sick nurse and two domestic servants, with his widowed daughter-in-law as a visitor RG 15/25383 RD558 SD5 ED24 SN343
1922/1927 of Hill ho., Mlbury rd; tel Jesmond 843 phone books
  chairman of Students Union Collinson, ed. (1935)
1923 Hon. DCL Durham Univ., in recognition of services to the university Collinson, ed. (1935); OYSA (1971)
1923/1926 living with his wife and youngest son at Hill House, Melbury Road, Newcastle electoral registers
1927-02-03 has resigned as vice-chairman of the Council of Armstrong College Western Daily Press
1927-03-31

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, William Spellman Burton, Percy Corder and Edward Norman Robinson, carrying on business as Solicitors, at Pilgrim House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, under the style or firm of WATSON, BURTON & CORDER, has been dissolved by mutual consent as from the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the seat William Spelman Burton and Edward Norman Robinson, who will continue the said business in partnership under the same stile or firm as heretofore.—Dated this 4th day of April, 1927.

S. SPELMAN BURTON.

PERCY CORDER.

E. NORMAN ROBINSON.

The London Gazette, 1927-04-08
  solicitor and notary public, of Hindhead, Surrey OYSA (1971)
1927 retired Edgar B. Collinson, ed. (1935) Bootham School Register, 2nd edn
1927-11-15 of Larkrise, Wood-road, Hindhead, Surrey; d. Larks' Rise, Hindhead National Probate Calendar; The Friend; GRO index

MR PERCY CORDER.

Death of Vice-Chairman of Armstrong College.

The news of the death of Dr Percy Corder at Hindhead, Surrey, was heard with keen regret in Newcastle yesterday. In addition to being a partner in the local firm of Messrs Watson, Burton and Corder, solicitors, he was vice-chairman of Armstrong College, and was also connected with many other institutions in the city.

Following a prolonged spell of illhealth, Dr Corder went to live with his wife and daughter at Hindhead some weeks ago in the hope that the change would prove beneficial.

He was the son of Mr Alexander Corder, of Sunderland, and he was 64 years of age. His uncle was the late Dr Robert Spence Watson, of political fame, and Dr Corder was the author of a biography of his distinguished relative.

An association with Armstrong College in the capacity of a member of the Council culminated in his elected to the vice-chairmanship about ten years ago and the conferring upon him of the honorary degree of D.C.L. at the June Convocation of the University of Durham in 1923.

Dr Corder was not only an art collector of repute but a very clever amateur artist. He did active work for years on the Laing Art Gallery Committee. He was also on the Committee of the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Institute. A strong Liberal, Dr Corder was a member of the Newcastle Liberal Club. By religion he was a Quaker and was closely associated with the Society of Friends.

Dr Corder married a Miss Watson and had two sons and a daughter. One son was killed in the Great War and the other is practising as a solicitor in Huddersfield.

He was a brother of Mr Walter S. Corder, of North Shields.

Shields Daily News
1927-11-18 bur. Sec. IV No 11 A, St Alban's, Hindhead parish register
1928-01-16 will proved at London by his son Clive Shewell Corder; effects £10,621 13s. 2d. National Probate Calendar
 

Percy Corder.

PERCY CORDER was born in 1863, being the third of five sons of Alexander and Lucy Corder, of Sunderland. This town remained his home up to the time of his marriage, after which he lived in Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was married in 1893 to Helen Lindsay Watson, of Middlesbrough. Three sons and a daughter were born to them, but the eldest died in infancy, and the next one, Terence, died in 1921 of fever in Mesopotamia, where he was serving in the army after the conclusion of the war.

Of his childhood, it is reported that he would make his brothers play at elections, marching in procession and shouting "Corder for ever!" Another incident is of an old nurse leaving and saying tearfully, "Be kind to Pearcy, he may be led but he'll never be druv."

He was educated at Wigton and afterwards at Bootham, where he remained from October, 1878, to June, 1880, becoming oldest boy.

On leaving school he served his time as a solicitor under his uncle, Robert Spence Watson, of the firm of Watson and Dendy, Newcastle-on-Tyne. After qualifying, he went into partnership with Harry Benson, the firm of Benson and Corder continuing for 13 years. In 1899 an opportunity offered of returning as a partner to his uncle's firm, when then became, Watson, Burton and Corder.

His childhood's liking for politics developed and remained for long his great interest. He was a stalwart Liberal and a great admirer of Robert Spence Watson, the relationship helping him to an inside knowledge of, and a chance of participating in, the affairs of the party. He had, too, the keenest zest in all the fun of the game of politics. I have heard him tell how, in the great Liberal revival of 1880, while still at Bootham, he was allowed to go over to Leeds to hear John Bright speak; the meeting was so excited that two or three persons had failed to get a hearing, when Sir Wilfrid Lawson began in a hoarse voice, "Do you see that man in the white hat?" Everyone turned to look at this unfortunate individual, concerning whom a funny and totally fictitious story was told;  but it made the meeting listen, and the way was paved for the great orator to give his speech.

He had many other humorous political recollections, many of them dating from before the Corrupt Practises Act of 1882, when elections were conducted more lavishly than now. On one occasion the Conservatives had hired all the cabs in Gateshead for polling day; a Sunderland bruiser employed by the Liberals, but acting doubtless without orders, met these cabs on the High Level Bridge and turned them all back. At a later election a threatening letter had been received by John Morley, so the same bruiser was engaged, unknown to the candidate, to shadow, and if need be protect, him throughout the day; after receiving his fee from Percy, the boxer remarked with a smile, "Do you know, I sent that letter myself?"

Percy Corder was Liberal agent for the Tyneside Division from 1888 to 1899, first for Wentworth Beaumont (afterwards Lord Allendale), and later for "Jack" Pease (now Lord Gainford). He also acted as agent for "Willie" Allan in a by-election at Gateshead.

His more active political work had to be dropped when he became a partner in the firm of Watson, Burton and Corder, but his enthusiasm remained, both in opposition to the jingoism which accompanied the Boer War and in rejoicing over the Liberal victory of 1906.

The cause of peace was always a very deep interest with him and he republished William Penn's suggestions for a league of nations.

The Great War came to him, as to so many, as a very great shock, though his intimacy with some of the leading Liberals gave him a knowledge of facts denied to most. There must have been a very deep and painful wrench before he could throw himself unreservedly into support of the war, and it was certainly in no spirit of militarism that he did so, but in the desire for international law and order. He took the chair at a meeting very early on, when the idea of a league of nations was being explained and discussed.

When the war was over his political interests seemed largely changed; new associations had been formed and old ties broken; he was even asked to stand as a Unionist candidate. Something may be put down to the natural conservatism of advancing years; something to his judgment, as a lawyer, that Lloyd George's increment tax was unworkable. But a remark made in the dark days of the Irish troubles as to how much might have been saved had Gladstone succeeded in the attempt to meet the aspirations of that country, showed that his fundamental Liberalism was still there.

Whatever his views, he took no further active part in politics, and gave his surplus energy to the cause of education and the building up of Armstrong College, of whose council he became vice-president. Much of the money for the new Students' Union and for the playing fields and pavilion was secured by him. He was also largely instrumental in interesting the trade-union leaders in the work of the college; it is stated to-day that three-fourths of its students are drawn from the wage-earning classes. Probably the last public function he attended was the annual college conversazione, when an exhibition of its work is given by the students; this exhibition is repeated again next day for the public, who go in crowds. The photograph shows Percy Corder in his robes for the honorary doctor's degree, conferred on him by the University of Durham.

He had a strong artistic side, and his small sketches and paintings showed what he might have done had he given his time to it. He was keenly alive to the beautifying of the city, and served on the committee of the public art gallery. When the Shipley bequest, a large collection of second-rate pictures, was offered to the city, together with a tempting sum of money to house them, he successfully opposed its acceptance. "Pilgrim House," the block of offices rebuilt by his firm, is a simple and dignified piece of architecture, though in too narrow a street to show properly. When the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Society was founded for the promotion of the city's amenities, it was to him that was given the task of seeking to remove from the Central Station some particularly unsightly advertisements, a task successfully accomplished after much tactful correspondence.

For twelve years, from 1887–1899, he was secretary to the O.Y.S.A., then in its early days. All who were present at the meeting in 1900 will remember his valedictory address to his successor, Roger Clark, then just about to cross the Atlantic to be married—"like the Pilgrim Fathers, but they went for freedom"; recalling, too, the American politician's reply to the inquiry whether he would attend the funeral of a great opponent, "I ain't agoing, but I highly approve of it." He served on the York Schools' Committee for some years, and at the time of the Centenary gave the opening address at the Old Boys' art exhibition.

The Bootham Register gives a list of many other appointments held by him. His year as Under-Sheriff for the county of Northumberland brought the intensely trying duty of arranging for an execution.

He wrote the "Life of Robert Spence Watson," a heavy piece of work, but a labour of love; it is well arranged, well written, and worthy of its subject.

His professional mind judged of a thing mainly by what experience had showed to work well. He had a love of dignified ceremonial, of things done decently and in order, and of historic associations. But what one thinks of mostly was his constant geniality and wit, whether in his own home or in his lawyer's office; in the impromptu after luncheon discussions in "Committee Room No. !5" of the Newcastle Liberal Club (alas, that the goodly fellowship of that room is now dispersed!); at Christmas family gatherings or in country walks, both in fair weather and foul.

His health gave way rather suddenly about Christmas of 1926. I saw him one day in the following Summer, and though mind and body were both enfeebled the old geniality was still all there. Under doctor's advice a move to the south was planned and a house taken at Hindhead, in Surrey, but he was not himself able to take a share in the arrangements. He stood the journey itself rather better than expected, remaining in a hotel while the house was put in order; but only a few days after moving into his new home he died, on November 15th, 1927, at the age of 64. He is survived by his widow and a son and daughter.

L.R.

Bootham 13.6:307-310, April 1928


Herbert Corder04. Herbert Corder (Herbie)

1864-06-10 b. Bede's Terrace, High Street, Sunderland, Durham Births digest; GRO index; The Friend; The British Friend
1871 living with father and three brothers at 24 Fawcett St, Bishopwearmouth, with a governess, a general cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 10/5004 f36 p66
  educated at Wigton Friends' school Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
1874-06-21 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1881 apprentice to Fredk G. Caley, silk mercer, of 19 High Street, New Windsor, Berkshire TNA: RG 11/1323 f60 p19
1883-04-17 of Carlton Terrace, Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1883-12-25 of Sunderland
1884-01-01
1884-06-14
1887-05-05 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland
1887-06-02 of Sunderland
1887-09-18
1890-03-13 m. Mary Grace Dymond (1867–1940, of Bradford, d. of Joseph John & Hester Maria Dymond), at Ilkley Friends' meeting-house, Yorkshire GRO index; censuses; The Friend XXX Apr:102
1890-09-18 hon. sec. to the Students' Association Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1890-09-18
Children: Philip (1891–1961), Mildred Grace (1892–1963), Stephen (1895–1964), Joan (1899–1981) GRO index; censuses; The Friend; The British Friend; The Times; H. Winifred Sturge, ed. (n.d. [1932]) A Register of Old Scholars of The Mount School, York 1931-1932. Leominster: The Orphans' Printing Press
1891-03-05 son Philip born at 10 Kensington Terrace, Sunderland The Friend XXXI Apr:99
1891 draper, employer, living with his family at 10 Kensington Terrace, Bishopwearmouth, with a general servant, a house servant, and a monthly nurse as boarder RG 12/4137 f79 p11
1892-09-21 hon. sec. to the Sunderland Students' Association Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1892-09-22
1892-10-15

 

daughter Mildred Grace born at 10 Kensington Terrace, Sunderland. The Friend XXXII, 1892-10-28, The British Friend NS 1 Nov:278
1894-09-06 joint hon. sec. to the University Extension Society Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1894-09-06
1895-03-18 son born at 10 Kensington Terrace, Sunderland The Friend XXXV:192, 1895-03-22
1896-04-09 present at cousin Mabel Spence Watson's wedding at Pilgrim Street fmh; signed marriage certificate Robert Spence Watson's book of newspaper cuttings
1896-09-13 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1896-12-25
1898-10-29 included in ad for Alex. Corder and Sons: "Return of Mr Herbert Corder from London with New Evening Blouses, Transparent Sleeves, Jewelled and Sequin Nets, lace and Chiffon Fichus, Bows, Cravats, &c." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1899-09-25 Hon. Secretary to the Sunderland University Extension Society Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1899-09-26
1899-12-01 daughter Joan born at Carlton Terrace, Sunderland The Friend XXXIX:830, The British Friend XL Jan:24
1899-12-12 read a paper on 'The Attitude of the Society of Friends in Regard to War', at the Friends' Meeting Room, Victoria Terrace, South Shields Shields Daily Gazette, 1899-12-13
1899-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1900-12-08

FRIENDS' ADULT SCHOOL BOATING CLUB.—A social gathering was held in the gymnasium, Norfolk Street, on Saturday night, in connection with this club. About 50 members and lady friends were present. A presentation was made to Mr and Mrs Herbert Corder as a token of the appreciation by the members of their efforts in connection with the club. It is mainly due to them that the club is in such a satisfactory position and possessed two good boats. Mr Thos. Tyndall was in the chair, and called upon Mr Thos. Dunville (the captain), seconded by Mr H. Meldrum, to make the presentation. Mr H. Corder suitably replied, saying that anything he could do for young men he felt to be a duty as well as a pleasure, and he hoped to do more in the future than he had done in the past. The meeting concluded by the members singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." [ . . . ]

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1900-12-11
1900-02-16 letter on 'The Eighth Query' in The Friend XL:105.  
1900-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1901 linen draper, employer, visitor at Esplanade, Grange, Lancashire RG 13/4001 f7 p5
1901 one of the trustees of the Shotton school site and buildings, and of the Durham Burial Ground Sessional Papers
1901-12-07 unable to attend a meeting for the formation of a cremation society, in which he was a believer: he "would have attended but for a bicycle accident, which had caused concussion of the brain." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1901-12-09
1902-02-27 presided at the third annual meeting of the Sunderland Friends' Swimming Club, in the Norfolk Street Institute Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1902-02-28
1902-11-12 recorded a minister at Newcastle Monthly Meeting held at Sunderland The Friend XLII:765
1902-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1903-03-18 took the chair at the annual meeting of the nine Adult School centres, at the Norfolk Street Schools Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1903-12-19
1903-09-09 Hon. Secretary to the Sunderland University Extension Society Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1904 with wife, gave Frank & Mary Pollard a standing workbasket, for their wedding present Mary S.W. Pollard, list of wedding presents
1907-02-22 Sunderland agent for the Friends' Provident Institution The Friend XLVII:129
1911 not found in census  
1911-09-27 at the annual meeting of the University Extension Society:

The resignation of Mr Herbert Corder from the secretaryship—a position which he has filled so admirably since the formation of the Society—was received with great reluctance and regret.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1911-09-28
1911-12-14

A WELCOME HOME.

Last night the members of the Sunderland Adult School met in the gymnasium, Norfolk street Buildings, for the purpose of welcoming home two members, Mr and Mrs Herbert Corder, who have just returned after a prolonged trip. [ . . . ] Mr Corder, who had a most enthusiastic welcome, thanked all taking part in this meeting, and said it was pleasing to think he still had the friendship of the President, who became a member of his class 27 years ago. In describing his trip as a wonderful vision of the world in such places as Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Ceylon principally, he said it had only served, in spite of many new friends made, to tighten the bond between Mrs Corder and himself and their friends at home. Mr Corder gave a brief description of some of his travels. During the following conversazione refreshments were served. Afterwards Mr Corder addressed the meeting, thanking all for this very kind expression of welcome, and telling of some of their experiences in Australasia. [ . . . ] Mr Corder is arranging to give a lantern lecture on his trip at an early date.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1911-12-15
1912-03-12 present at the funeral of his uncle Henry Shewell Corder, at Chelmsford fbg Chelmsford Chronicle, 1912-03-15
1913 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland The British Friend
1913-07-29 of 1 Carlton Terrace; wrote a long letter to the Yorkshire Post, on 'Compulsory Service in Australia' Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 1913-07-31
1913/1914 one of five Young Friends sent to Australia and New Zealand by London Yearly Meeting to work full-time for the Quaker-originated Australian Freedom League which vigorously opposed the compulsory clauses of the 1909 Defence Act. Gave over 100 talks in this period, and published Compulsory Military Training in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of the Friends Historical Society 59.1, 2002:63,66; and 62.1, 2010:58-9
1914-04-15 wrote to the paper from St Enoch's Hotel, Glasgow, on 'Compulsory Service in Australia' Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1914-04-22
by 1914-04-30 had subscribed £1 to the Bootham Swimming Bath Fund Bootham 7.1:75
1915/1936 member of Meeting for Sufferings Letters of Arnold Stephenson Rowntree
1916-03-13 letter in the paper re 'The Local Tribunal' Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1916 motor agent, of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland; registered as a conscientious objector, motivation Union of Democratic Control, war service Friends' War Victims Relief Service Lives of the First World War
1916-07-15

A deputation, consisting of Mr Herbert Corder, representing the Society of Friends' Emergency Committee, waited on the Sunderland Board of Guardians last night for the purpose of pointing out the inadequacy of the money allotted by the Board to British-born wives of interned aliens.

Newcastle Journal, 1916-07-15
1918 of Sunderland The Friend
1919 member of the New Town Council—for promoting a new New Town New Town
1919-10-25 broker; departed Liverpool for New York, aboard the Cunard Carmania UK, Outward Passenger Lists
1919-11-03 broker; arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard the Carmania; wife of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland US, Border Crossings from Canada to US
1919-12-27 broker, of Marston Terrace, Sunderland; arrived New York from Plymouth via Rotterdam, aboard the Holland-American Line Lapland UK, Incoming Passenger Lists
1920-10-06 gave an address to a meeting at Wigton fmh Wigton Advertiser, 1920-10-09
1922 Clerk of the (Friends') Australasian Committee The Friend
1922-07-11 of 25 John Street; acknowledged receipt of donations to the Russian Famine Relief Fund Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1922-08-19 insurance broker; departed Liverpool aboard the SS Baltic; able to read English, French, and German; wife of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland; passage paid by Society of Friends; had previously visited New York and Chicago; to attend Society of Friends Conference, Richmond, Indiana; health good; 5 ft 10 in; fair complexion, grey hair, grey eyes, left collar bone broken New York passenger arrivals (Ellis Island)
1922-08-28
1922-09-30 insurance broker, of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland; arrived Southampton from New York, aboard the White Star Olympic UK, Incoming Passenger Lists
1922/1923 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland The Friend
  keen worker for League of Nations Union and Rotary Club
1923-04-18 gave the address at the wedding of Margaret Isobel Fry and Miles Crawford Burkitt, at Great Ayton fmh Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 1923-04-19
  maintained Friends' Provident Institution office at Sunderland, branch at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; insurance broker at Sunderland throughout his business life The Friend; The Times
1924-12-11 with his wife, among the principal mourners at his father's funeral at Bishopwearmouth cemetery Shields Daily News, 1924-12-12
1926 President of the Friends' Historical Society The Friend
1926-03-26 gave a lecture on 'Incidents from George Fox's Journal', at the Subscription Library Hall, Sunderland, with lantern illustrations from etchings by Robert Spence Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
1927-04-01/-04 of 1 Carlton Terrace, Sunderland; stayed with the Pollards at Fairlight, 9 Denmark Road, Reading Frank and Mary Pollard visitors' books
1927-12-15 among the principal mourners at the funeral of Anna Carolina Spence, at Preston cemetery Shields Daily News
1929-10-12 of Carlton Terrace, Sunderland Leeds Mercury, 1929-10-14
1929-11-08

LANTERN LECTURE.

HOMES AND PRISONS

OF THE EARLY FRIENDS,

By HERBERT CORDER,

OF SUNDERLAND,

FRIENDS' SCHOOLROOM,

FREDERICK STREET,

Friday, November 8th, at 7 p.m.

Northern Whig

An interesting address on "The Homesteads and Prisons of the Early Friends" was delivered to a large audience in the Friends' School, Frederick Street, Belfast, last evening, by Mr. Herbert Corder, of Sunderland.

Mr. Corder is on a short visit to Ireland, and his address last night was one which he prepared for the tercentenary of George Fox's death, and which had also been delivered in America.

[ . . . ]

Belfast News-Letter, 1929-11-09
1933-09-17

There was a large attendance of past and present members yesterday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Norfolk Street Men's School, Class G.

Owing to ill-health Mr Herbert Corder (47 years president of the class) was unable to be present.

[ . . . ]

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1933-09-18
1937-09-24 of Whinyeats, Endmoor, Westmorland; d. there National Probate Calendar; The Friend; The Times; GRO index

MR. HERBERT CORDER

Mr. Herbert Corder, a Quaker, who was widely known in the North of England, died yesterday at his home at Endmoor, Westmorland, aged 73.

Mr. Corder had been especially associated with the welfare of Friends in the Antipodes, and was secretary of the Friends' Australasian Committee from 1914 to 1933. He was also president of the Friends' Historical Society in 1926.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 1937-09-25

DEATH OF MR H. CORDER

Well-Known Wearside Quaker

AID FOR WAR VICTIMS RECALLED

Mr Herbert Corder, retired insurance broker and member of a well-known Sunderland Quaker family, died yesterday at his home, Whinyeats, Endmoor, Kendal, after a short illness.

Aged 76, Mr Corder had been in poor health since his retirement from business seven years ago when he went to live in Westmorland.

A native of Sunderland, he was the son of the late Mr Alexander Corder, who for many years carried on business in Fawcett Street, Sunderland, as a draper and furrier.

One of the first incorporated insurance brokers in the North, he was principal of the Sunderland insurance broking firm of Messrs H. and S. Corder until his retirement, since when the business has been carried on by his son, Mr. Stephen Corder.

An active member of the Society of Friends, Mr Corder was an elder of the Sunderland Meeting House in Nile Street.

POST-WAR TRAVELS

In the years which succeeded the War he travelled extensively on the Continent distributing relief funds raised by the Society of Friends.

Once, inside eight weeks, Mr Corder is said to have travelled more than 17,000 miles on his errands of mercy.

He made the acquaintance of Mr Herbert Hoover in America, and with his aid was able to arrange help from the U.S.A. for German war sufferers.

Mr Corder was also great interested in the growth of the Society of Friends in Australasia, and had twice visited Australia and New Zealand in connexion with the foundation of Quaker schools.

Despite his world-wide travels, Mr Corder had many interests in his native town. He was a founder of the Adult School in Norfolk Street and a pioneer of the University Extension Lecture movement in the town, serving on the Committee of the Society for many years.

GARDENING HOBBY

Other of his interests in Sunderland included the Guild of Help, on the committee of which he served for a number of years. He was an early member of Sunderland Rotary Club and, when he retired to Westmorland, joined the Kendal Club.

Though always living a full and active life, Mr Corder still found time for his favourite hobby of gardening.

He leaves a widow, formerly Miss Diamond, of Ilkley, two sons and two daughters.

The funeral will take place on Monday at Preston Patrick, near Milnthorpe.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1937-09-25
1937-09-25 short obituary in The Times  
1937-09-27 bur. Preston Patrick Friends' burying-ground, Westmorland The Friend

SOCIETY OF FRIENDS REPRESENTED

WESTMORLAND FUNERAL OF MR HERBERT CORDER

Members of Society of Friends from all parts of the country attended the funeral at Preston Patrick, Westmorland, yesterday, of Mr Herbert Corder, a native of Sunderland, who died on Friday aged 73.

Mr Corder had been a prominent member of the Society of Friends all his life, and was a well-known speaker. He was also a great social worker during the War.

Mourners included Mrs Corder (widow), Mr and Mrs Philip Corder, Mr P. Corder, of York; Mr and Mrs Stephen Corder, Sunderland; Mr James W. Corder, Sunderland; Miss Dorothy Corder, Sunderland; Mr Charles Dymond, Newcastle; Mr Donald Gray, York; Miss D. Thornton, Sunderland, Mr and Mrs Tyndale Procter, Yer; Mr Martin Pumphrey, Stockton-on-Tees; Mr and Mrs John Pumphrey, Stockton; A. Neave Brayshaw, Scarborough; Mr Alfred Rowntree, Middleham; Mr Edward Hodgkin, Darlington.

Also present were J. Rowntree Gillett, of London; Mr William Wigham, of Dublin; Mr C.J.R. Tipper, late Director of Education for Westmorland, Mr H Simpson, ex-President Kendal Rotary Club, representing Sunderland and Kendal clubs, of which Mr Corder was a member.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1937-09-28
1940-09-10 will proved (save and except settled land) at Durham, by son Philip Corder; effects £30 National Probate Calendar


05. Ernest Corder

1866-01-10 b. Fawcett St, Sunderland, Durham Births digest; GRO index; The Friend
1871 living with father and three brothers at 24 Fawcett St, Bishopwearmouth, with a governess, a general cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 10/5004 f36 p66
1880/1882 at Bootham School Old York Scholars' Association (1971) Bootham School Register. London: Oyez Press
1881 scholar, of 20 Bootham, St Giles in Suburbs, York TNA: RG 11/4717 f55 p49
1881-12-26 curtain drawer at Bensham Grove Christmas party Bensham Grove visitors' books
1882-01-01 of Sunderland
1882-06-17
1883-04-21
1883-05-17 secretary of the Sunderland and Durham County Institute for the Blind Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1883-05-18
1883-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1885-07-05
1886-12-25 of Carlton Tce, Sunderland
1888-04-12 took part in a Tableaux Vivants entertainment at the Tynemouth Artillery Drill Hall, Albion Road, North Shields Shields Daily News, 1888-04-13
  with J.H. Thorp & Sons, Builders & Contractors, Leeds Edgar B. Collinson, ed. (1935) Bootham School Register, 2nd edn
1890 W.S. Corder & Co., Chemical Works Collinson, ed. (1935)
1891 chemical manure manufacturer, employed, living with brother and housekeeper at 22 Albion Street, Tynemouth, Northumberland RG 12/4227 f4 p2
1891-09-24 one of many on the platform at a meeting of the Tynemouth Liberal Association, in the Albion Assembly Rooms, North Shields Shields Daily News, 1891-09-25
1894-03-17

LOST, on Sunday night, between Tynemouth Road and the Ferry, a BUNCH OF SEALS from a Watch Guard; two Seals, Small Gold Locket Anyone returning same to Ernest Corder, Low Lights, North Shields, will be rewarded.

Shields Daily News, 1894-03-22
1894-06-02 treasurer and secretary of the Sunderland Nomads Football Club Newcastle Daily Chronicle
1895-04-26 hon. secretary of the Nomads Rugby Club Shields Daily Gazette
1895-09-04

THE ALLEGED NUISANCE AT NORTH SHIELDS.

POLICE COURT PROCEEDINGS.

At North Shields, to-day, Messrs Walter S. Corder & Co., of the Fish Guano Works, low Lights, was summoned at the instance of the Tynemouth Corporation for causing an effluvia, which was a nuisance and injurious to health.

[Ernest Corder replies to questions . . . ]

It was ultimately decided to give Mr Corder three months to abate the nuisance in the manner suggested, or to adopt some other plan, if it was more practicable to do so.

Shields Daily Gazette, 1895-09-05
1895-12-25 of Sunderland Bensham Grove visitors' books
1896-04-09 present at cousin Mabel Spence Watson's wedding at Pilgrim Street fmh; signed marriage certificate Robert Spence Watson's book of newspaper cuttings
1898-05-23 gave evidence in the trial of four children for having stolen flower pots from Corder's guano factory Shields Daily News
1898-09-28 provided tea at the weekly sewing meeting for the North Shields Radical Club Bazaar Shields Daily News, 1898-09-27
1898-10-12 appointed hon. sec. to the North Shields Radical Club Shields Daily News, 1898-10-13
1898-11-17 played in a billiards tournament at Mr T. Dunn's, Albert Saloon, Tynemouth Road, North Shields Shields Daily News, 1898-11-18
1898-12-14 attended a public meeting in the Howard Hall, at which Sir Edward Grey was the chief speaker Shields Daily News, 1898-12-15
1899-06-27 gave a barometer for the wedding of Jessie Corder and John Harold Mounsey Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1899-06-29
1900-11-07 stood down as secretary to the North Shields and District Radical Club, as his business engagements were so pressing Shields Daily Gazette, 1900-11-08
1901 manure manufacturer, employer, boarder with Elizabeth Jobling at 9 North Parade, Whitley, Northumberland, with eight other boarders (his cousin Ethel Foster and her family) and a visitor RG 13/4805 f56 p5
1901-12-25 of Holly Avenue, Newcastle Bensham Grove visitors' books
1904-03-31 farmer; left Liverpool for Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard the Dominion Line's Canada UK Outward Passenger Lists
1904-04-09 builder; arrived Halifax aboard the Canada; bound for Winnipeg Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
1910 went to Winnipeg Collinson, ed. (1935)
1916-10 postal address: General Delivery, Post Office, Winnipeg, Canada Bootham 8.2:66
  of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada OYSA (1971)
1935 of 185 Kingston Row, St Vital, Winnipeg, Canada; hobbies—dogs, photography, joinery Collinson, ed. (1935)
  bur. St Vital Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba Find a Grave


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