Shavington Secondary Modern School
I started my secondary school education at what is now Rope Lane School when it first opened in approximately 1956. I have great memories of my time there and made some great freinds. The teachers were also great and some that I remember are: Mr Williams, Mrs Stone, Mr Hesketh, Mr Griffiths, Miss Scott, Miss Dixon, and Mr Sadler. Although I lived in Shavington for a few years I can't remember a graveyard there. Can anyone help?
Memories of Cheshire
when I was about a year old I moved to the Hough from Englesea Brook, where my parents lived for a couple of years. I went to school at Shavington and was good friends with John Addison, Alan Giller (the latter living next door for a while until his folks moved to Wistaston. They returned to Shavington years later. The local lads' playground was Hough Common, building dens, climbing trees and cooking baked potatoes in the wood on campfires we made. Also scrumping pears off Lizzie Brookshaw's orchard. Now Lizzie reckoned she owned the common and there was a bit of good-natured cheek on our part as we would scrump the pears or knock on her door and one day she cornered some of us up a tree, wielding a big stick at us. We didn't think anything of it then but today seems to be a lot more paranoid and neurotic. She used to have a chap who came to a small caravan in her orchard at weekends and he... Read more
Those Were The Days
I was born in the home of my grandparents John and May (nee Hulse) Yeomans in Mere Road, my mother being the former Kathleen Yeomans. My immediate neighbours on either side were Jack and May Platt and family and Horace and Kath Gibson and family. Following my father's demobilisation from the army after WWII, I went to live with him and mum in Crewe, but before the 1950's appeared, we had moved back to Weston, living at 24 East Avenue where I remained until I joined the army in 1959. Whenever I went on leave from the army, I always returned to Weston where my parents still lived before they emigrated to Australia in 1963 with my three younger brothers, Graham, Alan and Malcolm. My grandparents also still lived in Weston, later moving from Mere Road to a new bungalow at 19 East Avenue. Sadly my grandmother died late in 1964, but after leaving the army in 1965 and living in Crewe, I still visited my grandad at least once... Read more
I remember S C Cummins quite well, their factory was close to the corner of (I believe) William Street. My grandparents lived at 55 Martin Street for many years and my aunty lived on Earle Street. My uncle lived on William Street and indeed he worked for Cummins on a part-time basis delivering the vans. Crewe makes up a large part of my life, I was born there in 1955 and left there in 57 to move to Scunthorpe, but the majority of my school holidays were spent visiting my very large family who still live their. I remember going to watch the Alex and going to watch Crewe Kings(?) the speedway team which I believe also had its home in Earle Street. My brothers and I also took my grandmother's dog for a walk down by the gully. On my last visit it had changed quite a lot with Martin St gone and the new court house and police station. We always travelled to Crewe by train and my... Read more
I lived in the huts from the age of four to the age of eleven. The huts were on Wistaton Road, where the huts were was called Park Place. Looking at Park Place from Queens Park to the left was a small field and going further left was Webb Orphanage, then a gully which was a short cut to West Street. Behind the small field before Webb Orphanage were the air raid shelters then the Chester and North Wales railway line and the other side of the line was the world famous Crewe Railway Works. To the right of Park Place was a small farm where the owner sold fruit and vegetables then further right was the 'razzer' where my Uncle Tony used to fish for carp illegally shh...don't tell anyone! Across the road was the tip, the place where the gas works used to dump the slack after extracting the gases from the coal. Let's hope this gets more people to mention the huts. I have a million stories... Read more
Frank Bott Avenue
Living toward the end of Frank Bott Avenue, just before the circle where the road bends round into Rigby Avenue. With mum, Doreen, Dad, Cyril (he adopted Cyril as his first name because he didn't like the thought of his christian name William being used to make his initials W.C.), and my two sisters, Kristine (she adopted the K from the C), and Janice. Our immediate neighbours were Mr & Mrs Robinson; he was a first world war vet, and used to use all of his garden front and back for home grown veg, and fruit - I can still remember the gooseberry pies mum would make. On the other side was Mrs Hamilton and her son Don, she was an Irish lady who would call through the hedge," Mrs Waine, Mrs Waine...can I borrow a cup of sugar?" Kids in the immediate area at the time, when we would play footy under the lamplight in the circle, until my Mum would call us in, were; Mick Mason (masog), Dave... Read more
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