Friends of Hastings Cemetery
In the obituary of their son William it says:
"He came of a family held in much honour in our town and far beyond it.
There was in William Slade, as there was in his revered mother, what has been called a public soul."
In the 1891 Census William Slade Senior was living on his own means with his wife Mary Ann, and their daughter, Mary Ann who was aged 27. Their address was Walcot Lodge, Laton Road. They had two servants and visitors Robert and Lydia Slade.
Leeds Mercury West Yorkshire, 13 Jul 1903
MR. WILLIAM SLADE. The funeral took place at Hastings on Saturday, at the age cf 81, of Mr. Wm. Slade, a well-
1729 a Jonathan Tyers the elder became Proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens.
In the 19th century, the Vauxhall Trust Estates were owned by Margaret Tyers [Barrett] Weller Poley. She left the property in trust to William Slade of Walcot Lodge, Hastings and to Robert H. Slade, (b.1871) and Edith Marion Slade (b.1876), the son and daughter of Robert and Lydia Slade of 14 Springfield, Leeds, with much of the fortune (around £30,000) going to various church charities.
of Walcot Lodge, Hastings
Who fell asleep July 7th 1903.
In the 82nd year of his age
For above half a century a faithful friend & earnest supporter of the British & Foreign Bible Society, and of Sunday School work in connection with the Congregational Churches at Leeds & Hastings
Also of Mary Ann his devoted wife
and fellow worker for 53 years
Who was born April 11th 1823
And who died January 31st 1926
In the 103rd year of her age
She founded the Bourne Mission for the benefit of the fishermen of Hastings
The hands that ever moved to bless now
Now folded lie
The feet that rod the ways of love
Hastings and St Leonards Observer -
Beloved and revered by all who had known her during century's span, Mrs. Mary Ann Slade, the grand old lady of Hastings, passed peacefully at Walcot Lodge, Laton-
Her passing severs one of the few remaining inks with the pre-
Appleby. At the early age of 12 she began her work of social help and devotion (which continued for over eighty years). She then became a Sunday School teacher, and taught the poorer children of Leeds their first words. In those days there was no elementary education as we understand the word to-
In her social work Mrs. Slade was a zealous worker. She founded the Bourne-