Nathan the Indefatigable

Nathan was the eighth of nine children born in Filey to John Chinery STOCKDALE and Mary WHITTLES. I mentioned his older sister, Rachel, a servant at St Nicholas House, a couple of days ago.

In 1861, aged 20, Nathan’s occupation was given as Cordwainer, his father’s trade. Shortly afterwards, he left the family home in Queen Street, Filey and moved to York, where he married Mary Ann HARDACRE at the end of 1864. I don’t know how long he continued making shoes for a living but in 1877 he was one of 179 applicants for the job of school attendance officer in the town. He was appointed, together with Thomas THORNTON, on a salary of £80 per annum, (about £6,500 now).

At the census four years later he was still in the post but in 1891 he described himself as an insurance agent. At the age of 60, in 1901, he was working as a School Board Officer.

Nathan’s day work with children stretched into many evenings. A newspaper report in 1883, about the York Temperance Society Sale of Work at the Victoria Hall, mentions a concert given by the Templar Choir…

…under the conductorship of Mr. Nathan Stockdale, and the performance of the juvenile songsters was much appreciated by the visitors.

Nathan was a longstanding member of the “Good Intent” Lodge of the National Independent Order of Oddfellows, Pride of York District, and down the years put his musical interests and expertise to good use. An October 1896 description of a concert in the Good Templars’ Hall, St Saviourgate, says …

The hall was filled with an appreciative audience, and the handsome lodge banner was conspicuously hung at the end of the hall. Bro. Nathan Stockdale, the hard-working secretary, had organized a creditable display of local talent…

Reporting on an N.I.O.O.F concert two years earlier the Yorkshire Gazette’s scribe had concluded…

The whole arrangements reflected the greatest credit on the indefatigable secretary, Mr Nathan Stockdale, and “Good Intent” owes him a deep debt of gratitude for all the arduous work he has done for the benefit and extension of the club.

Nathan died in York in September 1908, at the age of 68. I’m not absolutely sure, but I think he was brought back to Filey for burial next to other Stockdales. There’s a handsome gravestone in St Oswald’s churchyard (photographed this afternoon)…


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3 thoughts on “Nathan the Indefatigable

  1. The monumental inscription book/s for St Oswalds, Filey mentions a – Nathan Stockdale who departed life on the 9th september 1908 – aged 68years. Situated next to John Stockdale and Susanna Stockdale.


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