Mill Street c1950, Clowne
Memories of Mill Street c1950, Clowne
Mill Street Clowne. 1950
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 is incredible when you consider that there was no modern surgical techniques or antibiotics at that time.
Before the Great War grandad used to play football for Sheffield United. He often walked... Read more
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