The Facer Family of Quorn
Moving from Leicester to Quorn
Henry Facer, a carpenter born in Leicester, and his young wife Ann, moved from Leicester to Quorn in the late 1860s and settled with their baby son in a small cottage on Leicester Road, near the Gas Works, (now The Brinks). Although he is mostly commonly recorded as a joiner, he also ran a newsagent’s business for many years.
The couple went on to have at least six children, and most of the boys followed in their father’s footsteps and became successful joiners.
Harry Facer born 1865
Harry, married Lucy Ellen Rue on 4th September 1894, in St Bartholomew’s Church. The Rues were also an established Quorn family. Harry and Lucy lived at 65 Loughborough Road (see Artefact 1935) and had three children, Lucy, Harry and Percy. Their eldest child and only daughter Lucy had an indomitable spirit and more can be read about her at Artefact 1119. Percy, the youngest son, was killed in WW1, see Artefact 2319.
Harry started a successful joinery and timber business on Meeting Street, where Sanders Road is today and eventually passed this on to his middle child and eldest son, also called Harry. Harry (junior) ran the large wood yard on Meeting Street until his death in 1952, when his sister Lucy took over. During WW1 Harry (junior) was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and joined Quorn British Legion shortly after it was created in 1936. A photograph of him in uniform can be seen below.
Frank Facer born 1870
In the 1890s, as a young man Frank ran the Havelock Coffee House on Station Road (see Artefact 325), but he was better known for being the proprietor of Facer’s furniture and hardware store. This was also situated on Station Road, next to (what is now) Bradley’s grocery store, but on the opposite side of the path up to the Church – see Artefact 63.
Emma Elizabeth Facer born 1875
Emma married Frank Herrick Hefford from Belgrave in 1905 and they moved to Leicester.
John (Jack) Facer born 1876
John became a successful builder and joiner based at Brook House in Quorn (where Hall Leys is today), which he rented from the Farnham family. After his father Henry died, his mother Ann moved into Brook House to live with John and his family.
Nellie Facer born 1879
Nellie married Thomas Leonard Hitchcock from Watford in 1908 and they eventually moved there.
Ernest Facer born 1881
Ernest became a bricklayer and builder, and on the 1911 census he is recorded as still single and working in County Durham.
Fred Facer born 1884
Fred married Louisa Allen in 1909 and the couple set up home at 46 Barrow Road. Fred became a joiner, employing several men. He died in 1939 and is buried in Quorn Churchyard.
1) A brief Facer family chart. You may need to click 'Enlarge' to see the detail.
2) Henry Facer born 1840. This photograph has ‘H Facer’ written on the back and is printed with the name of the photographer, J Wilson. Research reveals that John Wilson took over the photography business on High Street in Leicester from a William Rowe, in 1888, but by 1895 he had moved to Clarendon Park. This dates the picture between about 1888 and 1894. If the image is Harry Facer (senior), he would be aged between 23 and 29, so it seems more likely to be his father, Henry Facer, who was born in 1840, and would have been aged between 48 and 54.
3) Lucy Ellen Facer (nee Rue), who married Harry Facer (senior), on the 4th September 1894, in St Bartholomew’s Church. She was the mother of Lucy, Harry and Percy.
4) The young man in WW1 uniform is Harry (junior), Lucy and Harry’s eldest son.