Memories of Bolton Upon Dearne
I had a wonderful childhood growing up on Commonwealth View. We played "tiggy" and "can" on the street and roamed over the farmer's fields over the "suicide bridge" and went "mountain climbing" and rummaging on the tips, also many trips to the "milky stream" to catch stickle backs and drink cold tea out of pop bottles. One game we played was "digging to Australia" - funny because that's where my brother and I now live but I'll never forget mischievous night, penny for the guy, May Queen parade and Sunday School Outings. One day a guy came to work and he also went to Bolton on Dearne Infant School, also at the same place I met a great friend who was from Wath. I wonder if anyone is around from those days on Commonwealth View?
My Great Grandad Joseph Askew came to Bolton-upon-Dearne around 1876 from Lincolnshire . He worked at the newly opened Wath Main Colliery (where there is now a Golf Course) On doing my family tree I found out the he and his wife Sarah had 14 children, 7 boys and 7 girls. They lived in the old Ladycroft Terraced houses ...Read full memory
My dad, lived with his family in Bolton upon Dearne from the age of about 3yrs in 1921. They were (like many others) very poor. My grandad, Frank Coombs (who my dad is named for) and my nan, Henrietta (Hetti) with children Margaret (peggy), Nell, Frank, Sid moved for work in the flour ...Read full memory
I was born (Dec 1948) over my mothers hairdressing shop in Furlong Road (number 123 I think) , next door to Peter Creighton the butcher (Peter and his wife Alice were my godparents). I can just remember my mother doing her hairdressing while I watched from the back room. I think that one of her ...Read full memory