Memories of Birstall

My Dad The Rag Man

My dad was born in Howden Clough but he had a rag warehouse at the Smithies cross roads opposite the Grey hound pub. He used to buy old clothing and rags from people known as 'totters' or from householders who took them to him. The 'totters' used many types of transport to collect and move their old clothing on. Some used ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by Peter Armitage

St Peter's Church At Birstall

My "sixth" great grandparents James Norfolk and Mary Wilson were married in St Peter's Church at Birstall. This was on 3rd September 1690. If any other person following up family history at this parish has a connection with either of these two 6 X great grandparents I would be very pleased to hear from you. I ...Read full memory

Birstall Life 1970

Does anybody remember Clifford the milkman, he had a barrel in a yard that he used as a dog kennel in the village. Or the Co-op in the village, I think it was that sold record players and I  think shirts folded up, and kept in drawers behind the counter. I was 4 at the time of these memories. The dry cleaners that you ...Read full memory

Cinema On A Saturday As A Boy

I grew up in Driglington late 50s/ 60s and remember going to watch Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, now that was another lifetime ago. As I got a bit older lots of us drig lads used to visit a coffee shop in the main street - cannot remember its name, and met lots of Birstall girls there.  I also remember ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by cbroa7

Lambert's Confectioners Bond Street

My grandma & granddad (Ted & Janet Lambert) used to run a confectioners in the corner building at the top of Bond Street, a steep cobbled road then. They used to bake bread and cakes at their main shop in Drighlington, next to what is now the doctors surgery. I remember him taking me in his Bedford van to ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by Paul Robinson

An Industrial Village

Having grown up in Birstall I have a fondness for this little market town in West Yorkshire, situated approximately 8 miles from Leeds and centrally placed for easy access to other major towns Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Fifty years ago Birstall was a thriving village, where everyone knew everybody else (and ...Read full memory

Jack Garside And Mucky Minnie

Does anyone remember 'Spring-heeled Jack' and 'Mucky Minnie', the local tramp and his partner from the market place? Well, we do, and we also bought his house to sell on. My husband still has the scars from the flea bites to prove it.

A memory of Birstall by Carole Firth

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