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Colton School

I went to Colton school from 1952 to1958. The Headmistress was a Miss Snape, she lived in the school house down the road. The school was opposite Colton church - it closed as a school in the early 60s, and is now the parish rooms. I had good times there and remember a lot of the pupils that went there. I left in 1958 to go to Ulverston grammar school.

My Great-Great-Grandmother

My great-great-grandmother was from the area, Edith Jackson, 1876. I have traced her family back a little bit further. Mary, Joseph, Agnes and Elizabeth. Edith married James Park and had a son Philip and daughters Mary and Ada. I would really like to hear from anyone with regard to the above people as I would really like to know a lot more of my ancestors.

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Jackson Family - Spark Bridge

1921, Spark Bridge
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My great great great grandfather William Jackson was born at Spark Bridge, about 1829. My great great grandfather (William's son) Thomas Henry Jackson was born at Crossmore, Swarthmore, about 1858. I would love any information anyone might have about the Jackson family in this location, and indeed any more information about the locations themselves. For example, is Crossmore what is now called (accordning to my googlemaps search) 'Cross-a-moor'?

Hodgson/Braithwaite Family

I do not have a memory exactly but have found out that my Grandma Braithwaite was born in Spark Bridge and a lot of her family of Hodgsons also lived there.  Her father James Braithwaite was a blacksmith and a lot of the family of Hodgsons worked in the Bobbin Mill that used to be there.  I just wish I could work out where they lived.  On the census forms it states Spark Bridge with no road.  I just wonder if they were further up the hill just past the Royal Oak as they seem to be old houses?  I just wonder if anyone out there could tell me?

Red Lion Inn

Red Lion Inn And Farm c1955, Lowick Bridge
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My father ran this pub around 1952 - 53 when I was a small child. It was taken over by the Walkers who were running it when this photo was taken. Bill Livsey (spelling?) owned the farm. We still have an original Frith postcard of this scene. In 1954 we left the UK and I have lived overseas ever since. I have only been back to the UK and the pub (still being run by the Walkers) once as a student in the early 1960s.

My Grandparents Ran The Red Lion Inn For Just Short of 28 Years

Red Lion Inn And Farm c1955, Lowick Bridge
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My grandparents, Albert and Marjorie Walker, moved into the Red Lion in 1954. Following my grandfather's death in 1967 my grandmother continued as landlady until her retirement in 1982 at the grand age of 72. She retired and spent the rest of her days at Lowick Green. Had she not suffered a robbery whilst working in a busy bar she may not have considered retirement as she loved working. She was a very respected landlady and her memory lives on. Both my grandparents are buried in Lowick Church yard. Lowick Bridge Farm next door to the Lion is still farmed by the Livesey family, by Billy's son and daughters. There have been many landlords following my grandparents and perhaps someone else could carry the story on. I had a fantastic up bringing around the Red Lion. It was popular with Hound Trail Tales, North Lonsdale Fox hound gatherings, Morris Men and the Keswick to Barrow, that passed the front door. The Red Lion was a family pub where locals would... Read more

My Mothers Was Evacuated to Penny Bridge During WW2

My mother Iris Woods was evacuated to Penny Bridge during WW2. She first stayed at Penny Bridge House with the Stanley sisters - Franny & Alice? She then was moved to Mrytle Cottage to live with Fred & Ellen Stanley.

She has very fond and happy memories of her time there. I'm trying to trace some information for her with a view to visiting in the New Year. If any one can help we'd love to hear from you, my e.mail address is rebeccajwoods@blueyonder.co.uk many thanks Rebecca

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