Tasker family

George Westerby Tasker was born in 1876 in Hardwick. His father was a Farmer, John W and Jane Tasker.

1891 census, he was a Boot boy at Gordon’s Arms, aged 15. His mother and siblings were living in Prospect Place.

1901 census, George is a Butcher working for Mrs Kennington at 3 Queen Street. His brother Henry is an apprentice with Ringrose Saddlers.

1905 Kelly’s directory listed G W Tasker, 5 Queen Street

1907 George married Florence Flintham, granddaughter of the Landlord of the George Inn, she was barmaid.

1908 baby John was born and died on the 9th September.

1911 census, George is a Butcher with his wife and baby son Edward with an apprentice Butcher, a Journeyman Butcher and a domestic servant. 5 Queen Street.

1913 Kelly’s directory George Tasker, Butcher, 1+3 Waterloo Street, corner of Queen Street and Waterloo Street.

They have three more sons-1915-Tom; 1917-Harry; 1919-Frank

1922 Kelly’s directory George Tasker, Butcher, Waterloo Street

Lincolnshire Life magazine 1977

 At some point George lost his leg and needed help running the shop, so Len Parrott helped in the shop and Harold Plumtree was the errand boy.

1937 Kelly’s directory 15 Queen Street and 3 Waterloo Street

1939 census, George and Florence and son Tom listed in Waterloo Street. Tom was listed as married and a long-distance transport driver.

1945, son Harry took over the business and George and Florence retired to Church Street. Harry had to buy out his brothers as they had equal share in the business.

1949, Florence died and George died in 1950.

It was one of the first butchers in the area to have a refrigerated window.

Market Rasen Mail 2002

1965, Town Guide the business is called H Tasker, Queen Street.

1967, Harry was killed in a road accident and the business was sold to Geoff, Michael and Norman Thompson, who had worked for Harry for a number of years, and had become a junior partner in the business.  H Tasker & Co.

          They continued to trade under the name TASKER.

2002, the brother retired and Bill Lancaster took over the business. Which is why there are two Lancaster Butcher shops in the town.


Edward (Ted) 1910-1989

Ted left home in 1930, he went to Barnsley and became a Chemist. He married Mary Hadwen in 1942.

During WWII, Ted was a Radiographer in R.A.M.C and is mentioned in dispatches. In 1948, he opened a photographic shop, where he worked until he retired in 1971.

He was the Associate of Royal Society of Photographers, he complied books on Barnsley in 1970s. The Tasker Photographic Trust was formed to look after the Collection.

1966-1980, he was a Justice of the Peace.

1979, he was made MBE for services to community.

Ted Tasker MBE, J.P., A.R.S.P died in 1989.

Tom 1915-1976

Tom was a long-distance transport driver, in 1937 he married Eleanor Lidgett.

1939 census, Tom was at home and his wife was in Gainsborough.

During WWII, Tom was a sergeant in R.E.M.E. The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. They had two girls in the 1950s. Tom died in 1976 in Wainfleet, Eleanor died in 1989.

Harry 1917-1967

1939, Harry married Jessie Roberts, later that year in the census, they are listed at 7 Church Street. Harry is Butcher.

During WWII, Harry was serving in the Essex Regiment.

1940, daughter Anne born, 1942 the twins were born and died.

1945 Harry returned to Market Rasen and took over the business. He had to buy out his brothers. Harry and Jessie and Anne moved into the flat over the shop, and George and Florence moved into the house in Church Street.

1960s, they family moved to Mylo, bungalow in Gainsborough Road. Anne left Rasen in 1961.

1967, Harry was killed in a road accident

Daughter Anne 1940-2018

Anne moved away from Rasen in 1961. She married John Gibson in 1962 and had a daughter. She married again in 1988. But she is known by her first married name.

Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen.  Anne was a British Trade Unionist, Labour peer and author of several pamphlets about industrial laws.

1998, she was made an OBE and a life peer in 2000.

2010, she became Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords.

Baroness Gibson died in 2018.

Frank 1919-

Frank moved to Melton Mowbray and married Doris Hewson in 1941. They had 2 children in the 1940s. Doris was a wool spinner in 1939, living with her parents.  Frank?

In 1982 Doris married her second husband Joseph Canham.

Frank junior 1942-2011

Frank junior was a Butcher, he had worked for his Uncle Harry in the 1950s. He married Ann Salthouse in 1962 in Melton Mowbray and moved to Market Rasen to set up their first home.

They moved around for a while until they opened their own butchers’ business in Radford Semele. Frank retired in 1988. They moved back to Lincolnshire just outside Skegness.

Frank became a Master Pigeon Fancier and is  a worldwide legend in the Pigeon Racing World. Frank died in 2011.

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