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Letters relating to, and from Edward W.Colver and Harry Colver

Summary: Letters relating to, and from Edward W.Colver
and Harry Colver
typed by their great­niece Patricia Altham
September 2006, with addition supplied in January 2008
Background explanation
These letters were sent to my grandmother, Charlotte Beckett (nee Colver). She
was known as Lottie or Tots in the family, and as the eldest girl in a family of
5 boys and 6 girls, she was kept busy looking after her siblings, in Rockmount,
Ranmoor, She#eld. Her father Robert Colver ran a well­known She#eld steel
firm with his partner Joseph Jonas; there is a sad post­war story `For King or
Kaiser?' about Jonas and Colver Ltd. A photo of Robert Colver as Master
Cutler in 1890 may be seen as Figure 1. (The figure of the Master Cutler was
marked on this photo at some point in the distant past by a biro curve.)
Lottie was the eldest sister of Ted and Harry Colver, and at the age of 30 had
married Joseph Beckett in 1911. When the letters were sent, the Becketts were
living at 1 Alexandra Road, Hampstead, with their two small children Antony
and Pamela.
Joseph Beckett was a son of William Beckett, and William's father was Alfred
Beckett, founder of Alfred Beckett and sons of Kelham Island, She#eld. I have
just found this lovely picture Figure 2 of the Beckett works, taken by `She#eld


Source: Altham, Pat - Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge


Collections: Mathematics