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I have been looking into further information on who owned and lived at Sandfield Tower before it was a Church, and with the fantastic help from Natalie Jones, she uncovered an excellent connection and further information on William Nutter Kinsman. I am indebted to her for uncovering this further information and together, I have sourced further records from Ancestry to bring this to life.


William Nutter Kinsman was born on the 29th July 1829 in Handsworth, Warwickshire. His occupation in 1851 was a Clerk in the Bank of England and by 1856, he was described as a Gentleman of Liverpool and was married in Manchester Cathedral to Eliza Pearson a spinster aged 23 of Yew Bank, Broughton. Below left we see William Kinsman in 1865 and Eliza Pearson in 1845.

In the 1861 census he was living in Derwent Road with his wife, Eliza, daughter Anne and son Albert. William and his first wife Eliza had three children, Anne (1857-1912), Albert (1860-1881) and William Pearson (1861-1942). To the left we see their Marriage Certificate from Manchester Cathedral.


Sadly in 1861, his wife Eliza dies at the age of 27 in Salford and is buried in St Paul’s Church, Kersall.

Alice Houghton was born in 1834 and by 1881, she is listed as living at Sandfield Tower as the Head/Occupier together with her sister Susan, stepsister Pattie, niece Mary Smith, and 3 servants.


How did Alice live in Sandfield Tower? Was it gifted to her or did she buy it for the family? Certainly, she was doing well for herself, as a spinster, if she was able to buy or rent Sandfield Tower. On the 20th July 1881, Alice Houghton marries William Nutter Kinsman at St James West Derby.


He moves in to Sandfield Tower to be with his wife. They live in Sandfield Tower for 9 years until his death on the 15th Dec 1890 where he died in Southport.

Probate: The Will with a Codicil of William Nutter Kinsman late of Duke-street Southport in the County of Lancaster Gentleman who died 15 December 1890 at Duke-street was proved at Liverpool by William Pearson Kinsman of Wrekin-villas Lostock Park near Bolton in the said County Cotton Mill Manager the Son and Richard Charles Birch of 61 Broughton-lane Lower Broughton Manchester in the said County Surgeon the Executors. Personal Estate £243 2s.


In 1870 William was listed as Occupation Second Lieutenant Lancashire Artillery in Lancashire: 12th Lancashire Artillery Volunteer Corps - William Nutter Kinsman, gent. to be Second Lieutenant.

We see William Kinsman on the right in 1875