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Down Memory Lane - Westfield
My father, Douglas Aubrey Dixon, also known as 'Reginald' lived with his father, Temple Dixon, at 'Westholme' Westfield Lane - No.81. My paternal grandfather bought the house for £385 in June, 1935. Temple Dixon was a retired railway detective having worked his way up the ladder so-to- speak from working as a porter and ticket collector at Mirfield station (1901 census). I returned to Kippax with my brother, Roy Dixon, in 2008 to visit the family's old haunts. My cousin Bob Clayton's relatives worked in Kippax village, the 'old' Co-op. I came to Kippax to pay my respects at St. Mary's churchyard where my father's ashes are scattered. Sadly, the Royal Oak pub is now closed and the old school building has likewise gone. I was conceived in Kippax, 1939, when my mother Edith married Reginald at the Leeds RO in 1939. My mother returned to Durham city during the early years of the war, and I was born in Bishop Auckland. On my visit to Kippax I stayed at the nearby Holiday Inn, Garforth. Friendly staff, and reasonable food. It is sad to see such a 'mining village' steadily lose its original ambience, as retail shops disappear as they are all over this island. No longer, as Napoleon said "a nation of shop-keepers". Cardboard box stuffers more like it! The Frith postcards are excellent as they capture the 'original' ambience of Kippax. I never did find my grandfather's grave site in St Mary's, as it seems a sexton of decades... Read more
In my Youth
As a youngster I grew up living in Green Lanes - just around the corner from this photo. My friends and I used to sit on the bench seat that was by the flower bed and 'car number plate spot' as youngsters in about 1958, which is a few years before this photo was taken. We kept a notebook of numbers to try to see if we could see numbers in sequence - which just shows how few cars there were around, though I think this photo may be a little earlier than 1965 as the parade of shops seen here was extended about 1962-3.
Although I was born in Aldis St in 1934 we moved to Morden when I was 2 months old, but I do have fond memories of Tooting. During the war we used to sleep on the Underground platform at Tooting Broadway or Balham. One night a bomb dropped on Tooting Broadway Station and people were drowned. My father and brother waited outside for news of my mother, another brother and myself; fortunately we were at Balham that night. I also remember going to The Majestic to see Gone with the Wind; it was so popular we queued through a whole performance, if my memory serves me right. Also saw Frank Sinatra perform on stage at the famous Tooting Granada with its pop up organ.
In 1956 I was 8 years old and I had to have a minor operation at the Cottage Hospital. I remember it was warm and clean and I was treated so well by the lovely nurses; I didn't want to go home. Actually, my mum didn't come and collect me when I was ready to leave, they had to call at my house and ask her to take me home. I felt sad leaving the hospital, it was better than living at home.
Searching For Family
I'm searching for family members whom I've never met & also any information about my family's history, stories ect. This is a huge part of my life that I would love to fill & find out about, so any information would be very gratefully received. My grandmother is/was called Sylvia May Willis born December 1931 at Locks Road, Sarisbury. Her mother was Lillian Daisy Willis (formerly Smith) & her father was Henry John Willis. This up to yet, is all the information I hold & I would really love to find out more. If anyone would like to get in touch with me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance Emma Kelly
Milton Ferry Bridgge Outside Castor, Not at Peterborough!
We scattered some of my father's ashes here in March 2013. He was Arthur Benjamin Wyldbore, b 1921. His family was from Castor and Ailsworth and though he was born in London in 1921, he spent a lot of time with his grandparents and aunts and uncles in Castor and Peterborough. They were Wyldbores, Parkers, Carters, Browns. Milton Ferry Bridge is still a very lovely place, over the River Nene.
I was sent here in 1956 after recovering from meningitis. All I can remember is being taken for walks along the coast with the nurses and being very lonely missing my parents; although they did come to visit me at weekends.
A Not So Happy Stay
I was diagnosed with TB of the knee and admitted to Treloars at the age of 3. Fortunately I have few memories of my time there but those I have are mostly unhappy ones. Visiting was once a month; my parents would arrive laden with gifts. As soon as they had gone a nurse would ask which toy I would like to play with. On one occasion I chose a small farm set. However, the nurse then asked which animal I would like to have. I wasn't allowed to have the complete set only one little pig measuring about 1 inch! The rest were taken away never to be seen again. I remember being placed in a "blanket room" surrounded by red blankets. This was the punishment for some minor "offence". Another time, my cot was wheeled into a dark back hall because I had spilled food. It must have been difficult eating flat on my back with left leg in plaster from waist to foot. I vaguely remember a Sister "Girlie", as I called her. She would treat us by placing, on a table in the middle of the ward, a toy bird which would dip in and out of a glass! My time at the Hayling Island Hospital was much happier. It was Christmas and the nurses entertained us and we were allowed more than 2 visitors on the day. One of the happiest days of my life was the day I left. PS It was later established that I... Read more
Trying to Find A Lost Relative
Hello, my name is Rhonda. This isn't a memory but I'm looking for someone very special that my mum lost contact with back in 1981; his name was Merrick (I think surname was something like Dowel). Merrick is a very rare name and he was meant to have worked in a pub or something like that. If anyone has any information please could someone email me on email@example.com I would really appreciate the help. Thank you to anyone who has taken time to read this. Rhonda
Freezing Weather, in July.
After a bus ride to Hoylake with my teenage friends (Mark Faulkner, Peter Wilson, Jayne Hanna, Peter and Robert Lacey and Jacqueline Pearce), we donned our suits and jumped into the freeeeezing white capped waters of the Pool; this was in July, 1977. We about near froze to death but insisted on getting in for a swim.
Was This my Place of Birth?
On my original birth cert the above is listed as my place of birth. I was adopted but it seems born in Bath. I have always wanted to see where I was born - alas it is too late but I hope I have located the spot. I would love to hear from anyone who has a similar experience or who has a little more information.
People in Welling in '55 - '59
Welling was my home town; I was born in Westwood Lane in 1944 and went to Hook Lane and Westwood Schools. I can remember walking to Hook Lane school passing Leons, it was a clothes shop in Bellegrove Rd. Also a little bakery called Fisons, we used to get our hot cross buns there and yes they were "hot" when we bought them! Opposite was Contobs the sweet shop, a chemist and" Bert " used to sell newspapers on the corner by Central Ave. He was a dwarf and used to ride a three wheeler bike. There was a girl called Edna who lived behind the shops in Bellegrove Road, you had to go "up a slope" near the pet shop. Does anyone remember her? Then there was a big white house where the 'Kings' lived; Lydia, Cassie, Levi and the rest of the family but can't remember their names right now. Reg Foster was a friend of my sister and I, a really nice fellow and a great dancer at the Embassy in our early teens. If anyone remembers any of the people I've mentioned and would like to reply it would be lovely to hear from you. My name was Reid in those days and at school I was known as the 'Reid twins'. My brother's name was John or Colin (that was his middle name) and my older sister was Margaret. Great days...Barbara Reid.
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