Memories of Ainstable
Does anyone know anything about - or even remember - Mary Collingwood? She lived at "Beck Side" and was the Postmistress for a number of years. She lived with her mother Eliza until her death in 1917. Mary herself died in 1949 aged 83, unmarried, in the workhouse in Wigton. Mary was my great-great-great-aunt - the sister of ...Read full memory
To the lady who lived in the white cottage on the roadside central to the picture of the village of Ainstable: My grandfather lived in that cottage with his grandmother, Ann Dixon, his mother, Mary Dixon and his aunt, Bessy Dixon. His name was Tom Dixon and he was born 5/1897, went to the school in the village, ...Read full memory
I was brought up in the white cottage mid-left, by the roadside, by my grandparents. The Crown Inn at the middle of the picture in the distance was run by Jim and Winnie Tuer, and I was friends with their daughter Ruth. The white cottage on the right was the shop, and later also became the post office. The original one was in the white cottage to the left and was run by Mrs Rowlands until her death. I think this photo was taken about 1955, as council houses were built about then in the field near the pub, and they are not in the picture. The village school was on the right past the pub, and when I attended, pupils were taught with the aid of a radio, by Mrs Glaister and later with Miss Jopson too, who ...Read full memory
Harold Armstrong (my father) and Rachel Mavis bought 'The Bungalow' (opposite 'The Crown Inn' pub) in about 1942/3 for about £300. We lived there until 1957. My two brothers, John and Robert, were born at The Bungalow and we all attended Ainstable School (role approx. 30). Mrs Glaister and Miss Jopson were the teachers. Other residents of Ainstable at the time included the Robinson family (children : Joan and Ian), the Winters next door (originally ran the Pub - Jack Winter was the Landlord), and the Hogarths; the Knubleys (with grandson Ronnie Wilson), the Prouds across the road (family, Valerie and several more, sorry cannot remember names); the Banks (ran the shop for many years).