VIVIAN BRYAN GUY MARTIN (28 June 1932 - ) and BERYL LEWIS (9 Oct 1941 - )

Vivian Bryan Guy Martin, the only son of Reginald Vivian Martin and Mabel Irene Colman, was born on the 28th June 1932 in Doriscourt Nursing Home, Whalley Range, Manchester near to where his parents lived in Oakwood Avenue. He was baptised in the names of Bryan Vivian Guy at Holy Innocents, Fallowfield on the 9th October 1932.

Vivian Bryan Guy are the names on his birth certificate and cause confusion to this day.

V B G M with Uncle Max

The family moved to "Carrs Edge 1, Broad Walk, Pownall Park, Wilmslow in Cheshire around 1933 where he lived until his marriage in 1960 to Beryl Lewis, who came from Ashton under Lyne, he and Beryl then moving to High Lane, Cheshire where a son, Guy David, was born on the 27th May 1964.

They moved to White House Farm, Torkington, Hazel Grove, Cheshire (a semi-derelict house which they converted) and later moved in 1975 to "Willshaw", Whitehough, Nr Chinley, Derbyshire, a 16th Century ex -farmhouse. His parents joined the family there, but after his parents died, some years later they moved to Eccles Road in Chapel-en-l-Frith, Derbyshire.

For his education he attended Wilmslow College and then the King's School, Macclesfield between 1939 -1949 leaving with passes in Cambridge School Certificate for Maths and Divinity, credits in Geography, Metalwork, English Language and Literature and a Distinction in Science. He worked for a short period in Engineering before being called up for National Service (1950 -52) in the Royal Armoured Corps and later the 1st Royal Dragoons (The Royals) where he was inspected by HM King George VI and served 18 months in the Canal Zone, Egypt.

My 'home' for 18 months, when we were not living out in the desert as on the right

On completion of National Service he joined the Dunlop Rubber Company, Loyne Ltd., Metallisation Service Ltd, and Universal Metal Sprayers Ltd., the last two positions holding the post of Managing Director. He then became the Chief Executive of Orrmac Coatings, the successors to UMS.

He retired on reaching his 65th birthday at the end of June 1997. He met his wife Beryl Lewis whilst at Loyne Ltd. and married her on the 8th October 1960 at Christ Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, when he was 28 and she was 18, one day before her 19th birthday. Guy David, their only son was born on the 27 May 1964.

Beryl, who was born on the 9th October 1941 at Ashton-under-Lyne and attended Nursery School from the age of two years. Educated at Elgin Street Church of England School, St. James Church of England School and then Heginbotham Secondary Modern School for Girls until the age of 15 and started work at Loyne Ltd. as a Junior Office Clerk. There she met Guy and after a short courtship they became engaged and twelve months later were married.

On marriage she commenced work at Christie & Company, as an Invoice Typist later becoming Assistant Secretary to the Company Secretary. Leaving the company to have their son Guy David, who was born on the 27th May, 1964. After a short period of time (when Guy David was approx. eight months old) Beryl began taking in typing at home, specialising in Mail Shots for Allied Publicity Services Ltd. an Advertising Company.

Later she learnt the IBM Composer which was the start of her career in Typesetting. After some years she was employed by Focal Typesetting Service as their first IBM Electronic Composer operator and as the company grew she became proficient on the Linotype's Linoterm Phototypesetting machine. She then left there to work for G. Foster Associates (a partner in Focal Typesetting Services) which later went into receivership. After a period of unemployment Beryl decided to start up in business as a self-employed Typesetter, working from home as BM Typesetting Services and also working on client's premises .

Beryl purchased two Linoterm Machines plus a processor and Guy built a small dark room at "Willshaw" from where she carried out her business. Later she purchased her first Apple Macintosh computer and printer. After two and a half years working for one of her Client's, Hyde Burnett, Stockport, she was offered the position of Studio Manager, a position that she retired from in October 1997.

Guy's many hobbies included motor and kart racing, boating, sailing, dog training, caravanning and computing both on the Apple - Mac and several PC's, and now, of course, Genealogy and Family History. Guy served on the Committees of the North West Branch of the Institute of Corrosion Science and Technology and became Chairman, he also served on the Committees of the North Cheshire Cruising Club and Furness Vale Boat Club, also becoming Chairman of the latter, and the Manchester Branch of the Inland Waterways Association.

 He was a director of HCS (Restoration) Ltd., a company formed to re-open the Huddersfield Canal, which in late 1996 was instrumental in obtaining a Millenium grant of many millions for the Local Authorities and British Waterways to complete the restoration.

 He was also a director of the Thermal Spraying Association Ltd. and  served for a two year period as Chairman. Guy and Beryl now live in Chapel-en-le-Frith where he is a Parish Councillor.


Beryl's hobbies included an interest in all of Guys, being Membership Secretary of the North Cheshire Cruising Club and Entries Officer of the Inland Waterways Association National Rally held in Manchester at the newly restored Castlefield Heritage area in Manchester. She was also Secretary of the Furness Vale Boat Club of which she and Guy were Founder Members.

Beryl also has many other interests amongst which are walking, flower arranging, knitting, tapestry, jigsaws and crosswords. A new "retirement " phase of their lives has now started as they have moved to Chapel-en-le-Frith where Guy is a Parish Councillor and kept busy with the work it entails and designed and administers their website. Beryl is a member of the Romiley Ladies Group.


Beryl’s line goes back on her father’s side, father JOHN WILLIE LEWIS, Cotton Weaver, (28 Aug 1911 – Aug 1964)

His father was ROBERT JOHN LEWIS (1), Coal Miner, (I Nov 1871 – 4 July 1927) and he had been in the Welsh Fusiliers.

wife HANNAH TUDOR (26 Nov 1885 – 28 Jan 1983) no marriage certificate has yet been traced.

Their children were:

Herbert Stanley (1907 – 1964)
Elizabeth Hannah (1909 – 1991)
John Willie (28 Aug 1911)
Sarah Jane (1914 – 2005)
Ernest (1918 – 1984)
Samuel (1920 – 2004)
Richard (1923 – 1974)
Edward (Teddy) (1925 – 2006)

He married LOUISA HARRIET ROGERS (abt 1876 - ??) on 17 Dec 1894 at St Giles, Wrexham, there were two children MARGARET E born Malta 1898 and ROBERT JOHN LEWIS (2) born England (22 June 1889)

HANNAH later married Richard Evans on 16 Nov 1929 at Holy Trinity, Ashton under Lyne.

The father of ROBERT JOHN LEWIS (1) was RICHARD LEWIS, Colliery Engine Driver, born 16 Mar 1849 at Hope, Caergwrle, Nr Wrexham, Flintshire, he married Elizabeth JONES born Abt 1850 at Ruthin, Denbighshire, they were married on 06 Feb 1871 at The Parish Church, Wrexham.

Their children were:

Mary A (abt 1867 - ??)
Robert John (1) (1 Nov 1871 - 4 July 1927)
Richard Hy (abt 1874 - ??)
Sarah C (abt 1876 - ??)
William Evan (abt 1878 - ??)
Edward P (abt 1880 - ??)
Thomas (abt 1884 - ??)
George E (abt 1886 - ??)
Walter O (abt 1889 - ??)

All born in villages near Wrexham

The father of RICHARD LEWIS was:

JOHN LEWIS born about 1813 at Caergwle, his wife was Mary Jones born 1808 at Caergwle.

There children were:

William (abt 1836 - ??)
John (abt 1838 - ??)
Mary (abt 1841 - ??)
Hannah (abt 16 March 1849 - ??)
Richard (16 March 1849 - ??)

Richard Lewis 

1861 Census Hope, Wrexham It is not certain that this RICHARD is the son of John Lewis born about 1813 as Richard is shown as aged 50 below but a Richard was born to John Lewis on 16 March 1849

Richard Lewis, aged 50, Blacksmith, born Hope, wife Elizabeth, aged 55, born Hope, Daughter Hannah, aged 14, scholar, born Hope & son Richard, aged 11, scholar, born Hope

1871 Census at Lodge, Brymbo, Richard Lewis, Head, aged 23, Colliery Engine Driver, born Caergwile, with wife Elizabeth, aged 22, born Ruthin, Denbighshire and daughter Mary A , aged 5, born Brymbo

1881 Census at Llay, Richard Lewis, Head, Engine Driver, aged 33 born Flintshire, with Elizabeth, wife aged 31, born Denbighshire, Mary A, Daughter, aged 14, scholar, born Brymbo, Robert J, aged 9, scholar, born Brymbo, Richard H, aged 7, Scholar, born Gwersyllt, Sarah C , aged 5, born Gwersyllt, William E , aged 3, born Gwersyllt, and Edward P, aged 12 months born Bradley.

1891 Census at Gwersyllt, Richard Lewis, Head, aged 42, Colliery Engine Driver, born Caergwile, wife Elizabeth, aged 40, born Ruthin, Denbighshire, Richard H, aged 17, Coal Miner, born Gwersyllt, Sarah, aged 15, born Gwersyllt, William E , aged 13, born Gwersyllt, Edward P, aged 13, born Bradley, Thomas J, aged 7, born Gwersyllt, George E, aged 5, born Gwersyllt, Walter O , aged 2, born Gwersyllt. 

Next door was a TUDOR family but Hannah was not shown on this census but was on the 1901 census with the same family aged 15.

1901 Census at Gwersyllt, Llay Hall Colliery Houses, Richard Lewis, Head, aged 52, Colliery Winding Engine Driver, born Hope, Flintshire, Wife Elizabeth, aged 51, Thomas, son, aged 17, Fitter (below ground), born Gwersyllt, George, aged 15, Pony driver, (below ground), born Gwersyllt, Walter, aged 12, born Gwersyllt.

Robert John Lewis

Birth: 1871 OND Ref: 11b 291 Wrexham

Death: 1927 Ashton ref: 8d 621 aged 56 (JAS qtr)

Buried: Dukinfield Cemetery 9 July 1927 Grave Ref: Section A1 ASH 1490 age 56

BMD index Born Wrexham 1849 AMJ XXV11 279

Marriage Ref: 11b 411 JFM 1871 Wrexham


BERYL’S  mothers line:

ANNIE MAY HENDERSON (30 Sep 1909 - 04 Feb 2000) born 14 Tower Street, Liscard, Wallasey.

Her father and mother were:

CHARLES HENDERSON (26 Dec 1877 – 1957) born 10 Holt St, West Derby, Liverpool and Lily  BARDSLEY (03 Sep 1884 -  1966) born at 21 Lytton St, Beswick, Manchester.

Their children were:

Jessie (4 Jul 1908 – 1980)
ANNIE MAY (30 Sept 1909 – 4 Feb 2000)
Ivy (14 Jun 1911 – 1997)
Ernest (1912 – 14 Aug 1920)
Ruth (9 Sept 1914 –
Charles (1915 – 2006)
Norman (15 Apr 1920 – 1928)
Elsie (1921 – Apr 1996)
CHARLES father was:

WILLIAM HENDERSON, Coach Builder, born abt 1845 at Neston, Wirral and married Annie Bartley (abt. 1847 -??) at Neston, Wirral, no marriage has yet been traced.

Their children were:

John (abt 1875 - ??)
Elizabeth (abt 1877 - ??)
CHARLES (26 Dec 1877 – 1957)
Robert (abt 1880 - ??)
William (abt 1881 - ??)
Annie (abt 1884 - ??)
Martha (Maud) (abt 1887 - ??)
WILLIAM’s father was:

JOHN HENDERSON, Coach Maker, born abt. 1816 at Edinburgh, wife was Elizabeth born Abt. 1821 in England.

 Their children were:

JOHN (abt 1840 - ??)
Margaret (abt 1842 - ??)
WILLIAM (abt 1845 - ??)
Martha (abt 1850 - ??)                   

His father was JOHN HENDERSON , a Coach Wright, born abt. 1791  wife not traced yet.

Their children were:

John (abt 1816 - ??) Edinburgh
Mary (abt 1821 - ??) Scotland
Isabella (abt 1826 - ??) Scotland 

Some Notes:

Annie May Henderson

She was born in Wallasey and later moved to Ashton under Lyne and worked in several of the local Cotton Mills.

On her marriage certificate it is recorded that she was a Setter On, living on John Street, Ashton, and below is a description of a Setter On taken from the Internet.

"....large tins coiled like rope. They were then taken to a frame called a Slubber. Two of these tins of cotton went through this frame and made into one large bobbin, again still very thick. Thee bobbins were then taken to the flies or 'intermediates' Called this by the 'posh' then onto the jacks then these smaller bobbins were taken up stairs to the spinners. I've forgotten how many floors of spinners there were.

Worked in the cabin a few weeks and again was moved up to be a 'setter on'. This job was to help a tenter, (Woman on a pair of flies), fetching empty bobbins and taking away full ones to the jacks, making her tea, doing her errands (chippy) at dinner time, and helping her to clean the frames, for this were paid about 6d a week."  

She was taken ill suddenly on Thursday 3rd February 2000, transferred to Tameside General Hospital that evening and died the following day. She was buried at Hurst Cemetery, Ashton under Lyne on Friday 11th February 2000 in the grave already containing the coffins of Brian and John Alcock. Grave Ref: S  694