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Tax Farm, Two Dales
My parents and older sisters Margaret, Cynthia, Brenda and Christine lived at Tax Farm, Two Dales in the late 1930s - early 1940s - surname Taylor. They attended Darley Dale School and have very fond memories of being there.
Lived further down the road in the village, the semi-detached house on the left. The first was occupied by the Bowlers, newsagents, next door the Waterfall Bros. I helped at the farm to the right for a bit of pocket money. The farmer was Jim Topliss, his daughter, Jackie & husband Albert, son Mark. Many happy memories. The village is not the same now the farmyard is now houses, cars parked everywhere, we had the best I'm sure.
My grandfather, Walter Walker, used to own the Blacksmith Arms public house in Two Dales which has now been converted into cottages with houses built in what was the garden and orchard. My father was brought up in the pub and left the village when he married my mother, an evacuee from Croydon. As children, my brother and I returned to Two Dales every year for our summer holidays; I still have very fond memories of the village and the friends I made there. My wife and I and my children, when they younger, returned many times to Two Dales just to rekindle happy memories. Things have changed in the village since my childhood days, but on our returns I still manage to purchase some bread and teacakes from Hayes's bakery. It's still in the village after all these years having moved from their original premises to what was the Co-op warehouse.
I lived at Bridge cottage from 1955 to 1964. Just across the road from the Blacksmiths Arms with the Plough Inn at our rear, and the Nags Head in the middle of the village there was no shortage of pubs for the adults. Two Dales in those days was almost self sufficient with Hayes the bakers, I was at school with Julie Hayes. Coates the butcher - still going strong I believe. We had the Co-op which was next door to my grand-parents at Cedar House. Wagstaffs sold most things, I remember seeing Grandma Wagstaff deftly operating the bacon slicer!, we had Bowlers the newsagent and Allwoods shop on the corner of Park Lane, which was where my best friend Carol Fletcher and I used to call at on the way back from Sunday school, at the Methodist chapel, to get sweets, sold to us as a special favour from the back door - no Sunday trading in those days! Two Dales was... Read more
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