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
I used to visit my Bailey family, they lived on the Pear Tree estate, I stayed with my nan and grandad Bailey in Great Haywood. The fish and chips from Lower Brook Street were the very best, the years between 1953-56.
I was born in Rugeley. I first lived in Green Lane near the corner of Hageley Road. The old houses have been demolished, there is town houses now on the site. I then moved to Attlee Crescent it was good in them days as you knew most of the people. My first school was in Church Street, then moved to the boys school in ...Read full memory
My dad informs me that my grandad ran George Mason's in Rugeley for many years. His name was Thomas Parsons and he lived in a large house with my nan, Lillian along the Armitage Road opposite the Brereton park by Thorn. A well known, well respected local gent, he had served in the war but came home after suffering a ...Read full memory
My mother was sent away to boarding school in 1921, when she was eight years old. For various reasons, she could not go home (to Cardiff) during the summer holidays and so she and her four brothers spent the summers in Rugeley at their uncle's house. Sadly, none of them are alive now so I don't ...Read full memory
As a school boy I clearly remember having my hair cut at Heatherly’s barber shop, situated at the top of Upper Brook Street. The shop was run by two old guys (brothers I think) one was named Tom, not sure about the other. A fascinating little shop with a tiny counter at the front of the shop where they sold tobacco products & fishing tackle.
My family moved to Rugeley in 1954 from Northumberland. Dad worked at Brereton Colliery and Mum at Birmid Metals. I attended Aelgar school and about that time got my first job delivering newspapers for the 'Burnthill Press' (Market Square, I think that's the name). My round started from the town out and up the Hednesford road ...Read full memory
I too grew up on the Peartree Estate and have memories of all that Christine remembers. I saw my very first pig at a small farm at the rear of Uplands Green, I think the farmers name was Mr. Duval. I too attended to St Joseph's school Rugelely. I remember being terrorised by the nuns for just living on the estate. Bearing in mind ...Read full memory
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