Biddulph, Old Hall 1898
Memories of Biddulph, Old Hall 1898
I remember in my summer hols helping an American/Canadian couple to move the gold coloured Budda and other things into their place, ready for the monks arrival. They used to grow all their own veg and herbs there and it was a big eye opener for a Biddulph lad of my age...... great memories.
I was born and bred in the (then village) of Biddulph, south of the hall. My closest memories of the Old Hall were the stories my mother related to me, especially about the incidence of the siege during the Civil War and the use of the cannon, Roaring Meg, which was sent for from Stafford to assist in the siege, and according to her was fired from Nick o' the Hill on Congleton edge. Further to that as a school boy I delivered newspapers in that area and one of my calls was to the people who lived in the Hall at that time, and I must add it was mighty spooky at seven o'clock on a dark winter's morning, and also I was given permission to wander the ruins of the main house and dream a little.
As a child I grew up close to Biddulph Old Hall and spent many hours playing around it and listening to stories of an old lady who was a neighbour and who had grown up at Biddulp Old Hall as the child of the Butler/Cook. She was very proud of this and spoke of a red chair in the shape of a triangle which was said to have dated back to the time of the Civil War and was reputedly given to the Biddulph family by King Charles II. As with legends you always wonder if such a chair existed and where it is now?
This is the seat of the Biddulph family; it was built in the early sixteenth century, probably to replace an earlier Saxon, possibly fortified, house that has been identified on Bailey's Hill, to the south west of the Old Hall. It was partially destroyed in the Civil War, by the immense cannon Roaring Meg - some of whose cannonballs have been discovered in the nearbly millpond of Biddulph Old Mill (by the Talbot). My clearest memories of the Old Hall is driving from Biddulph to Congleton when I was about six; it was winter and the view of the hunting tower of the road was excellent. I remember that when we came back that way later on in the day and it had been snowing quite heavily; the snow had outlined the ...Read full memory
Memories of Biddulph
My father was transferred from a North East Mining Community,to a beautiful place called Biddulph.While he worked hard in the pits,we enjoyed many long days playing in some of the most wonderful places of beauty; Biddulph Old Hall and The Chinese Gardens. The surrounding countryside was well explored by ...Read full memory
In the 1970s I lived in the Old Vicarage and remember being able to view the church from the house. My fondest memories are a lovely gentleman named Tom who used to take me to the shop each week when (I think) he collected his pension. He would always buy me Smiths Salt and Shake crisps - and even to this day they remain my favourite.
My late father, W Gary Bailey, and my grandfather, Master Builder W Lloyd Bailey (who built all of the houses on Brown Lees Road, Brown Lees ) were conducting maintenance work at the church, namely re-mortaring the exterior walls. My father noticed the mortar dropped through between 3 ...Read full memory
I remember as a 4 year old, standing outside my late grandmother ( Annie Bailey's ) railway cottage, watching the steam engine pulling coal laden, wooden frame coal wagons past the Railway Cottages. The Driver and Fireman would both wave their cloth caps at me, as I stood and watched, fascinated !!! The smell of the steam and coal was acrid, full of magic and atmosphere !!!