Started by: dellhse (70) 

Has anybody come across anybody with the surname Holme?
Or maybe have known anyone in the past.
Maybe have come across the name, in Wigan
anywhere, Thank you for taking the time to read this.I would be interested.many thanks,

Started: 4th Oct 2008 at 13:05

Posted by: markfishwick (167)

A family called Holme run a small garden centre in Bickershaw and have a stall on Wigan Market.

Replied: 4th Oct 2008 at 14:25

Posted by: dostaf (inactive)

There's a Holmes House Avenue in Winstanley.

I don't think they'd have named an avenue after a two up-two down.

edit 15.00 If it was related it probably would be Holme's House though. Still, you never know.

Replied: 4th Oct 2008 at 14:40
Last edited by dostaf: 4th Oct 2008 at 14:58:01

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Many thanks markfishwick & dostaf for your help. Iam forever trying to find anybody that may be related, to me in some way, So thank you both I shall have a look.
Many thanks

Replied: 4th Oct 2008 at 15:14

Posted by: fred rosbottom (1930) 

There is a Holme Terrace IN wigan just off Mesnes Road. I think it is the first left after the Brocket. ends at Lessingham Avenue, so the odds are that there may have been a family with that name in Wigan, years ago. Try getting in touch with the History Shop, bottom of Library Street.

Replied: 5th Oct 2008 at 10:24

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Many thanks for your reply, It's amazing that there is a Holme Terrace.
Yes I think I will send them an E-mail,
as I live in Lincolnshire, I'm unable to get up there at presant.
Thank you so much for answering.
Wendy Coleman nee Holme

Replied: 5th Oct 2008 at 12:26

Posted by: elizabeth (5439) 

I have just been on the I G I on family search and just put the odd name in and a date and found
Elizabeth Holmes b 1893 Wigan

Charles 1909 Warrington

perhaps that gives you the start you need you can go on the I G I and just insert the Surname but you will have to go through over 200 nmaes and see whats there it could be 2,000 names I when I was doing my research went through quite often over 5 thousand names to find children of family best of luck

Replied: 5th Oct 2008 at 14:22

Posted by: elizabeth (5439) 

Just a thought ask Sandra if she can find any one in the 1901 census ,

Replied: 5th Oct 2008 at 14:24

Posted by: xrh59 (inactive)


Replied: 5th Oct 2008 at 17:32
Last edited by xrh59: 11th Oct 2008 at 15:01:58

Posted by: fred rosbottom (1930) 

I am just a bit puzzled, are you looking for Holme, or Holmes,? if you are including Holmes in your search, there is a Masonic Lodge named Holmes Lodge in Wigan it is Lodge No 2708 and the first Master of this lodge was a C. B. Holmes, he was Master in 1898, so that could be a date for you to use in your search, as he must have been a prominent person in Wigan to have had a Masonic Lodge named after him. The name Elizabeth Holmes born 1893, that Elizabeth has mentioned, could have been his Daughter as the dates seem to be about right.
Cheers Fred.

Replied: 5th Oct 2008 at 22:20
Last edited by fred rosbottom: 5th Oct 2008 at 22:28:40

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Thank you elizabeth, for your thoughts I have tried that for HOLME but not much success, but I will try again, many thanks.

XRH59 Bless you for taking your time to do that. But I'm afraid to tell you that it's not the right family. My family are Holme without the S, although I have found 1 with an S.
But I must thank you so much for trying to help me, you have found such a lot of information, I'm amazed and dissapointed that it is not my family.
But I thank you again for your kindness in trying to help me,
Kind regards.

Thank you for helping me again.You are wondering but it is HOLME without the S.
But thank you for the info regarding the lodge. My father used to be in a lodge too.
I have found one relative that had an S on the end,which did suprise me. But I havent anybody with a name begining with C.
But thank you again for your suggestions.
I will follow on with all the info I have next.
many thanks

lived in 17 Ironmongers Lane,
he married his 1st wife ELLEN MOSS B 1828.
D 1865, Wigan
They had 6 children
ALICE HOLME B B 1849 MARRIED Thomas Foster,they lived in 8 Lathams Yard.
Ellen Foster b 1869
Isabella Foster b 1878
Jane Foster b 1883
Johnathan Foster b 1881
Robert Foster b 1885
Annie Foster b 1871

Richards & Ellens other children


children MARY F HOLME B 1886

JANE HOLME B 1856 MARRIED Joseph Beard b 1853 children, LIVED AT 8 Vere Street.


THOMAS HOLME B 1852 married Elizabeth ? they lived at 1 Bridgewater, Wigan

Father RICHARD WIFE DIED IN 1865 and he remarried in the same month to
ALICE WORTHINGTON she had a daughter from previous marriage Margaret.

RICHARD & ANN from Wigan, thats all I know about them, except they were married in Upholland.
So that is my limited knowledge,I live in Lincolshire so it makes my resources limited.

Well if anyone could help any snippets would be much appreciated.
Very many thanks to everyone that reads it.
Wendy nee Holme

Replied: 6th Oct 2008 at 10:51

Posted by: fred rosbottom (1930) 

Hi, could you tell me what relation and about what year was he born?
I have found quite a few "Holme" names in Wigan, so any information you have could narrow it down.

Replied: 6th Oct 2008 at 11:56

Posted by: xrh59 (inactive)

No worries dellhse! I only copied those,Sandra did them for me a while back.
Good luck.

Replied: 6th Oct 2008 at 12:58

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Hi Fred
Thank you for your thoughts.
The Holme that I am most interested in is my Grt Grt Grt Granddad Richard Holme who married Anne Flemming, at St Thomas the Martyr,Upholland. 22/aug/1814.
reg; 12,entry 35.
I have no information d/o/b/or any info.
I know that they had at least 1 son Richard (jnr)married to Ellen/Alice,he was born 19th may 1826, he was

Replied: 6th Oct 2008 at 16:02

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Sorry Fred I cut myself off,still trying to get the hang of a computer!
1851 Head Labourer
1861 he was a provision dealer
1871 A labourer
1881 A General Labourer
He died in 1892 at the age of 65, whilst living with his daughter Jane & family.
I know I have very little to on, but Iam at a loss, where to turn next.
Very many thanks for reading this.
Yours Wendy Coleman nee Holme

Replied: 6th Oct 2008 at 16:10

Posted by: gaffer (7109) 

In 1881 the surname Holme was most prevalent in the Lancaster area. A lower representation occured in Liverpool and Wigan. The next level occurred in Carlisle, Blackburn, Manchester, Lincoln and Luton.Small numbers were found in Inverness, Dumfries, Durham, Licoln, East Midlands, Walsall,Gloucester, Milton Keynes, South East London and Sutton. In the rest of the UK it was rare.

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 09:12

Posted by: highfieldlass (342)

There was a Hugh Holme who lived at Holland House (now Holland Hall) who married Anne Bankes in 1731. Anne was the sister of William Bankes of Winstanley Hall. Hugh Holme helped supervise work on making the River Douglas navigatable from Wigan, along with the Bankes' and other colliery owners. It took most of the 1730's to complete.

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 10:07

Posted by: veteran (1602)

My wife's maiden name was Holme she lived in Golborne her fathers name was Frank, and grandads name was Joseph,uncles names where,Lawrence,Albert,Tom and sisters names where Ethel,Emily.

They where all born in Lowton, Nr Wigan.

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 13:51
Last edited by veteran: 7th Oct 2008 at 14:53:29

Posted by: sonlyme (3163)

There are two Holme's in my doctors and their fathers where there before them.Lokk at the surgery website.

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 17:57

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Many thanks for your information, it was very interesting, and imformative. I shall have more of an open mind. as where to look.
Many thanks

Highfield lass
Thank you, for the info on Hugh Holme,
I have'nt managed to get that far back yet, but it would be nice to think he was related, As I come from a background of engineers, it might be possible.
So I will keep it in mind.
Kind regards to you.

Many thanks for repling, I don't see a link yet, but I bet there is one there, I shall do some more checking.
Thank you so much

Thank you for taking the time to reply, I shall go and have a look.
Very many thanks

Thank you to you all, you are all so kind, its so refreshing in this day and age, to find so many nice people, or maybe its just living in lincolnshire I don't know.I have'nt met many down here!

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 20:13

Posted by: henry7 (727)

There is a Doctor David Holmes in Hindley, I think he's now retired. Both his daughters are GP'S in Hindley.

Replied: 9th Oct 2008 at 19:45

Posted by: veteran (1602)

Dellhse you are very welcome.

My wifes family originated from Liverpool and some of the family moved to Blackburn and lived near Ewood park football ground. I'm not sure if that will help you or not.



Replied: 10th Oct 2008 at 13:25

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Thank you Veteran
It could be a help, I know my Father used to talk about Liverpool. when I was small,
But as a young child in one ear out the other!
You live and learn, How I so wish I'd taken it all in,
So many thanks, It might spread my thoughts.
Many thanks to you.

Replied: 10th Oct 2008 at 18:38

Posted by: bentlegs (4810)

I worked with David Holmes 20 odd years ago at Parkside Coll but cant remember where he was from, Tonker may know,

Replied: 10th Oct 2008 at 19:33

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Thank you henry 7
For your information. Iam about to look into that one.
Very many thanks for your thoughts.

Hi bentlegs
Many thanks for your thoughts, you never know it come up, along the line.
Very many thanks

Thank you both for your thoughts

Replied: 11th Oct 2008 at 14:52

Posted by: elizabeth (5439) 

have you tried the Marruage Registers for your relatives in the 1800 sometimes but not lways they give you a parent or /Widower>etc I have picked up many alead from the registers also if you go to Family Search and type in HOLME and england you may pick up something that you know of ,there that has not been mentioned here. and dont forget in days gone by everyone wasn't literate so it is written down as they hear it thus Holme/Home/Homes just a thought


Replied: 12th Oct 2008 at 12:49
Last edited by elizabeth: 12th Oct 2008 at 12:55:36

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Hello Elizabeth
Thank you for your thoughts, I did try marriage registers ages ago, but I did'nt come to any success, Yes your right about the spelling of the name, ( I keep trying not to think to hard about it, a real can of worms to start on)! I will have another go.
Many thanks for your thoughts. they all help. who said Genealogy is fun!
All the best

Replied: 12th Oct 2008 at 16:31

Posted by: davep (48)

Hi Wendy,

My wife's grandfather was a Holme and was a blacksmith in Higher Ince. We believe that at some time the family added an "s" to their name and became therefore Holmes.



Replied: 12th Oct 2008 at 16:38

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Hi Davep
Thank you for your information, I shall keep that in mind, It does seem that all my family seems to have been, around iron, brass, metals in some way, I shall keep it in my thoughts.
Many thanks for your thoughts
Wendy C nee Holme

Replied: 12th Oct 2008 at 17:53

Posted by: saintpat (786)

my daughter in law is aholme she comes from hindley green her dads name is derek holme and he lives in hindley green

Replied: 18th Oct 2008 at 18:26

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Hi Saintpat
Very many thanks for your message, hopefully as I progress with my Quest, to find any living family, connected to mine.
I might be able to find a connection, so I will keep this in mind.
Again, many thanks to you.
Wendy nee Holme

Replied: 19th Oct 2008 at 11:18

Posted by: tonker (25314) 

Bentlegs, ... David Holmes was from Lowton.

There was a bloke named John Holmes. Hmmmm., I can't quite place him though!

I think THIS might be him!

Replied: 19th Oct 2008 at 16:58
Last edited by tonker: 19th Oct 2008 at 18:27:09

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Hi Tonker
Many thanks

Replied: 19th Oct 2008 at 18:29

Posted by: jif73 (2)


"My wife's grandfather was a Holme and was a blacksmith in Higher Ince. We believe that at some time the family added an "s" to their name and became therefore Holmes."

I've just started researching my family tree and these details you gave match my family exactly. I've been trying to send you a private message on the forum but it seems you aren't registered.

Could I ask you to register and send me a private message, please?

Replied: 29th Sep 2011 at 03:10

Posted by: noddy2 (292) 

there was a fred holmes head master at digmoor school in upholland early 1950is

Replied: 29th Sep 2011 at 08:37

Posted by: explorations (468)

The Bankes's of Winstanley Hall had their male line run out and so a Mr. Holme changed his name to Bankes.

Replied: 29th Sep 2011 at 18:53

Posted by: veteran (1602)

Dellhse my Wife's maiden name was HOLME, her Father (frank) came from Blackburn he had brothers, Tom,had two children Brain and Christine. Albert had one daughter Janice.
Then there was Lawrance (children don't know)

Sister Emily(children don't know)

Sister Ethel two children names not known.

Frank had a daughter (my wife) name Margaret, and a son name Frank (past away 4 years ago)

Hope that this bit of information will help

Frank, Albert,Tom,Lawrance, lived in Golborne.

Replied: 30th Sep 2011 at 13:13

Posted by: davep (48)

Hi Jif73

Just registered with the forum Should be active within a couple of days.

My wife is Susan Holmes whose father was John one of the 11 children of Thomas Holme and Matilda Olivia Twynam.

Replied: 4th Oct 2011 at 19:22

Posted by: kayleigh (1161)

davep and Jif73 I dont think there are private messages on here. you have to go through Brian , the host.

Replied: 4th Oct 2011 at 19:39

Posted by: stevemul (412)

I´ve done quite a lot of research into a family of Holmes,
originally from Marsh Green area of Wigan ( early 1800s )
2 of them went to Australia, 1 returned to Wigan with his new family in 1873.
Lots of earlier records had them as Holme, others as Holmes.
When you can´t read or write it doesn´t matter too much.

Replied: 4th Oct 2011 at 19:50

Posted by: berni63 (23)

I also have the name Holme in my family tree - living in Blackrod and Wigan late 1790s and early 1800s. That name has sometimes been transcribed as 'Hulme'.

Replied: 4th Oct 2011 at 21:01

Posted by: veteran (1602)

Berni63 you say that you have the name "HOLME" in your family tree, living in Blackrod, and Wigan in the 1790,s and early 1800s.

Have you come across any of the "HOLME" family coming from Blackburn that lived near to Ewood park football stadium.

My wifes name was "HOLME". And her cousin as been doing a family tree also of that name, is there any way that I could put him in touch with you????

Replied: 11th Oct 2011 at 15:37

Posted by: berni63 (23)

Hi Veteran,
Not sure if my e mail address shows on the profile but have found what I think is your e mail address. I will attempt to e mail you and hope it works!!

Replied: 12th Oct 2011 at 18:44

Posted by: kayleigh (1161)

sonlyme looked at your link for the doctors in hindley.

do you knowe what happened to Dr David holmes He was old dr holmes son and married to Dr ann holmes ???

Replied: 12th Oct 2011 at 21:32

Posted by: kitekat (1498)

dellhse: Do you have a sister called Carol and did you live in Anderton Street, Higher Ince?

Replied: 14th Oct 2011 at 15:19

Posted by: dellhse (70) 

Hi KiteKat
Sorry so long in answering your question. Regarding do I have a sister Carol. Only brothers.

Replied: 20th Feb 2012 at 16:08

Posted by: LindaHolmes (7)

Hello!! I found this topic through Google and just joined the site so I can find out more information!
My name is not really Holmes but I am interested in Joseph Holmes born in 1831 in Wigan, Pemberton, Lancashire, England. He did not marry a local. He married a lady, Mary Clark Woodhead from Rawmarsh, Yorkshire and almost immediately migrated to Australia in 1856. He is my 3x great grandfather!! His mother was Hannah and it seemed he lived with Hannah and Samuel Holmes who may not have married Hannah. He appears in the 1841 and 1851 censuses if we have the correct man.
We don't know about siblings nor where either of his parents are from or their parents.
If ANYONE has information, or if they think they may be related, I would be delighted. I have done DNA testing so we could compare if you have done that testing too.
There is a lot of relatives here in Australia!!!! The township of Holmesville is where he settled with wife Mary and it is still nearby to where I live today. It was named after them.
I am also going to start a new post in case it helps more people to notice this.

Replied: 20th Jun 2021 at 05:59
Last edited by LindaHolmes: 20th Jun 2021 at 06:02:04


Note: You must login to use this feature.

If you haven't registered, why not join now?. Registration is free.