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Memories of Bingley
The boats in the photo belonged to my great aunt. As a young boy my job (unpaid) was to ferry the boats across the river and pick up any stray boats. I was very small, aged probably 6, could not swim, but there was no health and safety then!! My great-aunt was a very strict Victorian lady. Her motto was "Work comes first". Happy days?
Alfred Patchetts Butchers
My gandfather was Alfred Patchett and he was a successful butcher in the making when he opened his butchers shop in Chapel Street, Bingley. I believe it is the road which runs off to the right in this photograph. I have a photo of him standing proudly in the doorway of the shop,only a young man in his early 30s. It looked to be a flat roofed building. My mum remembers as a young girl going to the shop and seeing all the meat,sawdust and blood! Not a common sight now in buchers shops... She also remembers once going wearing a red "tam o'shanter" (hat) and as he had an abattoir at the back there was a BIG BULL waiting to go to its fate. It caused a bit of a stirr when seeing mum's nice red hat! Red rag to a bull as they say. He went on to have a few butchers shops and lived on Toller Lane.
Teacher Training College
I was so excited to come here - the start of the rest of my life. The night time views over the valley - so many lights - were thrilling. I couldn't wait to get out and walk all round the area, the air was so clear I grew an inch! For the first time I had central heating in my room.
So many memories, too many to tell, of new friends and good times and heartaches too! Good old College.
West Yorkshire memories
The Ballad of Davy Crockett
When we went to "Dick's" for lunch, there would be me, my kid sister, my parents and my maternal grandparents plus Mum's youngest sister. She was only 5 years older than me- "Auntie Betsy"- and more like a big sister. She was the prodigy of the family, learning to play the piano, and Grandma always used to pressure a reluctant Betsy to play something on the pub piano. This was at the time when Fess Parker was hitting the screens as Davy Crockett, and the theme tune was one of Betsy's special pieces. Unfortunately, one particular key on the pub piano was way out of tune. For those who remember the tune, the intro was sort of.."da dum di dum dum dum, dum di dum dum.." The bum note was on the fourth dum- it must have been an octave out- and the bar was crowded. It brought the house down, much to Auntie Betsy's mortification!
When I was a kid in the 50s, we often used to walk across Shipley Glen, having first travelled on the Glen Tram, to "Dick's" for Sunday lunch- it was always very popular- and catch the bus home from the bottom of the hill- the terminus was the Acorn Inn. A special treat was to go by bus to Bingley, where there was a fleet of vintage Rolls Royce taxis outside the railway station, and the whole family could pile into one taxi for the long uphill ride to Dick Hudson's.
Early Years of my Life
I was born in 1936 in Shipley nursing home and we lived at 1 The Green, Micklethwaite until 1944. My father died in 1941 and my mother was left with me and brother John, surname Walker, to bring up on her own.
I remember the shop owned by Mrs Hay, with a daughter Eunice, and my friend was Jennifer Midgely.We went to Crossflatts school and walked there and back. The farm was owned by (the family name I forget) but it began with S. and what an excitement it was to watch the killing of a pig and the wait for the pig's bladder to use as a football. My mother fell on hard times so we lived in two other houses, one owned by Mrs Hurst. At one time she worked for the coal merchant, a Mr Jackson. All coal (and milk) was delived by horse and cart because of course the war was on.
One of my earliest memories was being taken to hear a piano recital in... Read more
Thomas Binns 1845-1921 No.1 The Green, Later No. 3 Grange Cottages
Hello - I would be very grateful for any information - especially photos - of my ancestor Thomas Binns who moved from Cowling to Micklethwaite c. 1898. He had built Carr Mill Cowling, but that did not work out for very long. He was of the Binns's Mill family - Croft and Carr Mills, Cowling. I do quite a lot of village history research, and most of my own photos are on our Cowling site. I have never found where Thomas and his wife Elizabeth are buried, though both their funeral services were held here in Cowling at the Bar Chapel, which was pulled down 1965/66 - we actually live on the site. Across the road I can see the Binns family monument and vault. Thomas and his family would have probably been closely connected with the Methodist Chapel in Micklethwaite as all the Binns family were staunch Methodists. I think Thomas jnr. and daughter Elizabeth would live with him in Micklethwaite - his other children... Read more