Memories of Clowne
My name is Keith Webster and I was born and brought up in Clowne. I was born on King Street before moving to Rose Avenue, then to Hickinwood Crescent, where we lived next door to Bill and Jean Ashley and their family. I was great friends with Bill Ashley, and together we would work for the Sibberings, who owned Harlesthorpe Dam, or ...Read full memory
My mum used to work at the Meridian sewing factory, her maiden name was Valerie Dickens, which then became Valerie Smith. I think mum left there to have me and I was born in 1978. If anyone has memories of the Meridian or knows my mum please get in touch. I'm sure she would love to read about memories of this, thankyou, Miss Lyndsey Smith.
The gentleman pushing a cart in the foreground of this picture is my grandfather, Ernest Pearce (1895-1970). The cart was used to transport bundles of sticks that he cut for sale as firewood. They were sold for 4d a bundle. This was used to supplement his wages when he was a miner and later, as in the photo, during his retirement. The history of wood cutting in the family goes back to his father, James Herbert Pearce, who used to lease a plot of land at Whitwell Woods and cut wood for sale from his horse and cart. Grandad was a sniper in the First World War. He was very lucky as he was shot in the head! We were allowed to feel the metal plate that had been inserted to treat the injury. This ...Read full memory