Memories of Kidderminster
My family on my dads side all lived in Kiddie, His name was Joe Barker, he lived with his Mum and Dad at 68 Peel St, His sisters were Muriel, Audrey, Jean, Christine and a brother Barry, his Dad also called Joe was a Slaughter Man and his Mothers name was Doll and her maiden name was Hutton, if there is anyone out ...Read full memory
In the fifties Kiddy bristled from dawn to dusk and back to dawn again as the Lowry-folk on 'six-'til two' grumbled and tumbled out of their beds and either cycled or 'legged it' (if they couldn't afford the early-bus) into an ill let Dickensian reminiscent Market Town an hour or two before the day shift ...Read full memory
My first job after leaving school at 15 was at Lipton's grocers. Their shop was at the top of the High Street on the right, between Marks & Spencer and Timothy Whites. The top of the street was a t-junction, you turned left for Blackwell Street and right for Worcester Street. I think the building at the end with ...Read full memory
Several of my Tarbox ancestors were baptised at St. Mary's. William Tarbox, b. 1849 (wife Helen Pitt Cooke) lived on Broad Street and he worked as a weaver. He left for NYC in 1880, leaving his wife and 5 children in the workhouse! She followed several years later. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Kidderminster and the church in 2001 and the cemetery where some of my relatives are buried.