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65 Year Old Resident, Looking For Reunited Friends Please Read

Hello, my name is John Smith. I used to be a previous resident in the Thrintoft area during my chilhood. I would like to re-associate or contact some of my old companions from the area. Thrintoft is the only place I have great memories of in my younger days and I am looking for people to share them with or to speak to any of my old friends thank you.

PS. I lived there for about 10 years from 1948 to 1958.

Marwood Family

I was born at my grandparents' house, Water End, Brompton on the 30th October 1924. My father was Joseph Christopher Marwood - always known as 'Chris'. Our home was Malpas House, Brompton. My Mother was from Margate in Kent. I attended Brompton School and later Northallerton Grammar School. In my early years we had two linen mills in Brompton and a variety of shops. We moved from the village in 1936 when my father and one of his cousins built their houses on Brompton Road. I think this is now Northallerton Road.

First House

c1955, Great Smeaton
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In this picture I lived in the house with the porch sticking out, just past the pub THE BLACK BULL (white building). Up the side of my house, or country cottage as it was termed, was a slaughter house at the back.  I worked in Patons & Baldwins in Darlington textile mill as a woolsorter.

The Black Bull, Great Smeaton

c1955, Great Smeaton
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A little bit of history about the Black Bull. My GGG Grandfather Thomas Banks (1791-1869) was the inn keeper during the 1850's and possibly for a short period before that. He also ran the slaughterhouse and the butchery business behind the pub which is referred to by Malcolm in his memory. Thomas died in 1869. The Black Bull and butchery was then run by his son Thomas, until his death in 1887 when it was taken over by his sister Elizabeth with the help of another sister Margaret. Margaret died in 1912 and Elizabeth in 1914. All were, I believe, buried at St Eloy Church in Great Smeaton.

Castle Hills, Northallerton

North End c1960, Northallerton
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My grand-parents, Ernie and Winnie Hewby, lived in a big old house towards the end of Castle Hills across the lane from a small farm/small holding. I believe the house was called Standard Lodge and that during the war they ran a small café there and kept some pigs. My siblings and I used to love visiting, my grandfather won a competition for his gardens (he loved gardening) and I've inherited his love of roses. We used to wave to the train drivers as they travelled past the house and sometimes they threw sweets to us. At Christmas time we used to practice our carol singing and go to all the neighbour's houses, then there was the big count up of how much we had made that night and this helped us to buy Christmas presents for everyone. We were sometimes sent to the farm across the lane, I think for milk, but this was usually quite risky as they had two dogs one on either side of the path... Read more

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