£2,595raised of £3,000 target by 107 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,000 to Restore the final resting place of Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons (www.wes.org.uk) at Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland.

Shields Road, Heaton, UK.
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Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons passed away in the 1930s, and were buried in Kirkwhelpington. They had one son (Algernon) and one daughter (Rachel), but both children died unmarried and there were no grandchildren.

Parsons created Heaton Works in 1889, and the factory now owned by Siemens, still exists today, employing 600 people. At its peak there were over 12,000 personnel employed. Thousands of local people have benefited from employment at Parsons over the years, and hopefully the factory will go on to create jobs for many years to come. There are many places where you can read and learn about this extraordinary man, his achievements, his contribution to the North East and most people know of his record-breaking ship Turbinia which is at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

Lady Parsons was a founding member of the Women's Engineering Society in 1919 (www.wes.org.uk) and served as the 2nd President of WES between 1922-1925, following her daughter, Rachel Parsons. Lady Parsons was an engineer of ability and had the distinction of being an Honorary Fellow of the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders. At the time of her appointment she was the first lady to be elected an honorary fellow or honorary member of any British engineering society.

Major Algernon Parsons lost his life after 4 years service during WW1, and Rachel Parsons was a pioneering woman who took responsibility for training women for the Ministry of Munitions during WW1. (You can learn more about Rachel here - https://parsonstown.info/people/rachel-parsons)
Their family home at Wylam was handed over as a military hospital, and the factory made over 8000 searchlights during the Great War.

The stones need to be restored, and then I would like to leave the local parish a sum of money to look after the stones in the future.

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  • Ruth Baldasera5 days ago
    Ruth Baldasera

    Ruth Baldasera

    5 days ago

    Birr Castle in Ireland where Sir Charles Parsons was brought up along with his brothers. it is definitely on my 'to do' list to go and visit, especially the gardens which are reportedly fabulous. As a child, Charles was home schooled at Birr, and apparently carried out two hours every morning of practice with experiments before normal school began. http://birrcastle.com/

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  • Ruth Baldasera16 days ago
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    Ruth Baldasera

    16 days ago

    In June 1889, Sir Charles opened the factory in Heaton which still exists today. I have been collecting old aerial photos and drawings of the factory, and found this picture in a really old book from approximately 1911. In July this year, you can see a play at The Peoples Theatre called 'Heaton' which will include an actor playing Charles Parsons, and recently we did some filming at the factory with the actor in costume - great fun!

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  • Ruth Baldasera1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Extract from the Board Meeting Minutes May 2018 - "That the Directors and Secretary have learned with the deepest regret that Major A G Parsons RFA was killed in France on April 26th 1918. They deplore the loss of their colleague and friend and desire to record their sincerest sympathy with Sir Charles and Lady Parsons in the loss of their only son and with Miss Parsons with the loss of her brother. They are confident that this resolution also expresses the sentiment of all members of the staff and employees of Heaton Works."

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Page last updated on: 5/15/2018 11:57 AM



  • Margaret Raw

    Margaret Raw

    May 11, 2018

    Cheque received at CAP Works in Heaton via Friends of Discovery Museum from Mrs Margaret Raw, whose grandfather Mr R J Walker worked with Sir Charles on Turbinia and other projects.


  • Lynette Willoughby

    Lynette Willoughby

    May 2, 2018

    Brilliant idea, thanks for thinking of this and getting it going.


  • Bill Toward

    Bill Toward

    May 1, 2018

    Many thanks Ruth for giving me the chance to donate to this and I will definitely share on Facebook. I wish you every success in raising the targeted amount.


  • Andrew Michel

    Andrew Michel

    Apr 28, 2018

    It is a great cause and pleased to support it. And thanks for your support at the Nescoe 360 Seminars


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    Apr 13, 2018

  • Sandie Booth

    Sandie Booth

    Apr 6, 2018

    Well done you are doing a great job!


  • Alan Rutherford

    Alan Rutherford

    Apr 4, 2018

    My second attempt Ruth - let's keep trying!


About the fundraiser
Ruth Baldasera

Ruth Baldasera

Shields Road, Heaton, UK.

I have been reading a lot recently about the Parsons family, and the huge impact of their work on the people of the local area. I am fascinated by the stories I have discovered about Charles and Katharine, their son and daughter, and their contribution during WW1.

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