Harold Mastin of Sheffield (L.R.I.B.A. Chartered Architect)
(Born 1907. Died 1964.)
Harold & Ida Mastin of Sheffield
Notes by J.M. (Harold's son):
After his father Arthur's death the firm continued under a manager, but I can remember my dad talking abut his uncles. Indeed, he said that he discovered an uncle hanging in a rope store at Cavendish Street. He said that he had committed suicide after some women had given him a white feather (mark of a coward) during the First World war and, coupled with a post-flu depression, he had hanged himself. Apparently there were a lot of stupid women doing this sort of thing at that time. I imagine the uncle was too old to go to war anyway.
My dad went to King Edwards Grammar School were he took the School Certificate. He left school at 16 and, I think because of financial constraints, he went to work at A. Appleby and Son, Architects, who were acquaintances of his grandfather Joseph.
Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Dad married mother, Ida Gledhill. Their first house was at Greenhill and my sister Susan was born there in 1937. They then moved to 90 Brooklands Crescent at Fulwood where in 1940 I was born.
I am a little bit vague about my fathers occupation during the war. I think he temporarily left A. Appelby and worked for the M.A.P. (Ministry of Aircraft Production) at Newcastle and then in London assessing bomb damage. After the war ended he was back with Appleby's. He managed to become a Chartered Architect and eventually took over the Architect practice, paying "old man Appleby" a pension of some sort.
At first I think things were a bit hard going and although he had acquired some terraced houses using a legacy presumably left by his mother, my mother said they supplemented income using capital, (not a good state of affairs). When Appleby died, Dad controlled the business and things looked up, only to be depressed again by Dad's heart condition.
We moved to 84 Brookhouse Hill in about 1954, mainly to get off the Hill. Dad took a partner in the firm , Mr Abrahams. In about 1959, he designed and built Stonedell at Shatton near Bamford. He only lived there 18 months before he died in 1964. He was 56. He never saw Susan or I get married or knew any of his grandchildren. He was cremated at Sheffield and his name entered in the Book of Remembrance at City Road.
During his life he saw two world wars, the expansion of air and road travel, the introduction of television, but not the age of computers. The majority of the more major works designed by my father were industrial. The first to come to mind was the Ferodo factory at Chapel-en-le-Frith. He also did a lot of work for the steel works, Steel Peach and Tozer, but I don't know where this is, and many houses. Again unfortunately I'm a bit vague, very annoying!
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