This was the family business. Started in the 1860s by John Astbury who had been a miner in the Brereton colliery, it would have been run by his son Herbert at the time of the photograph. I think they sold to Dewhirsts butchers in the 1970s.
I visited Rugeley only once, with a fellow solder named Jimmy Ball who lived on Cross Roads. That was in 1950. I lost touch with him, but have some great memories of my two-day visit to that lovely town with its fine people. Anyone know the Ball family, please? Thanks. Jac Mills.
My family (the Millers) lived in Hillary Crest on the Pear Tree Estate. Dad, Bill, was an electrician in the mine (possibly Coppice). He also had a 2nd job at the Pub at the bottom of the Estate where he sold ales & played the piano for sing-alongs. I remember there were twins living next door (Glen & Glennys??). I went to ...Read full memory