Dr Robert Styring
- Born: 18 Mar 1850, Sheffield 336,337,338,339,340
- Baptised: Sheffield (St Peter's Cathedral) 247
- Marriage: Annie Frances Hovey Q2 1880, Sheffield Registration District 335
- Died: 24 Nov 1944, Painton, Devon at age 94 134,247
Solicitor, 1875, Lord Mayor of Sheffield 1906-7. Freeman of the City, 1924
Robert quit the family business when Henry Ashmore returned from his travels, and studied law, founding his own practice with his two sons, called Robert Styring and Sons. For many years he lived at 'Moorseats' on the Hathersage Moors, made famous in the novel 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, as the home of the Minister with whom Jane Eyre sought refuge. Built by the Eyre family in 1627.
Subsequently, he moved to 'Brincliffe Towers', left to the City in memory of his wife, and later used as a home for elderly people. The grounds now form Chelsea Park. Leader of Liberal Party in City Council, benefactor, friend of J G Graves and awarded Hon LLD by Sheffield University, in 1924. An Alderman from 1899 after being a City Councillor for St Peter's Ward since 1886. He was Chairman of the Electricity, Parliamentary and Water Committees, and was successful in the inclusion of Tinsley into the City boundaries. From 1900-33 was a member of the Education Committee, and was Chairman of King Edward VII School governors.
From 1925 -1936 was a Town Trustee and he was a Liberal and non-Conformist.Presented £20k to Sheffield University for the endowment of scholarships and research work.
Reputed never to have worn the same tie twice when attending Council sittings!
Travelled worldwide in his retirement.
Noted events in his life were:
• Education: Hebblethwaites School in The old Freemasons' Hall in Paradise Square. 341 for three years from age 12. There was about 200 pupils, taught by one master and one assistant. He finished top of the school.
• Occupation: clerk and collector in father's estate agency. 342 for four years after leaving school at 15. Left when his older brother returned to the business.
• Occupation: solicitor's articled clerk, by the time of the census in April 1871. 343 He was then living with his parents and four siblings at Manor Cottage, Sheffield.
• Occupation: solicitor (Senior Partner, with George Webster), by April 1881 (the time of the census). 339 He was then living with his wife and a domestic servant at 64 Crescent Road, Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire.
• Occupation: solicitor, by the time of the census in April 1891. 344 He was then living at 60 Crescent Road, Eccleshall Bierlow, Sheffield with his wife, four children, a governess and two domestic servants.
Robert married Annie Frances Hovey, daughter of George Henry Hovey and Frances Baldwin, Q2 1880 in Sheffield Registration District.335 (Annie Frances Hovey was born circa 1855 in Sheffield 345,346,347.)