Memories of South Kirkby

Colliery Blacksmith

My granddad, Arthur Walker, was a miner at South Kirkby colliery until his retirement around 1960; and my dad, Richard Edwin Walker, known as Ted to his mates, was a blacksmith. Dad started at the colliery when he left school aged 14, in 1936, as a blacksmith's striker, eventually becoming a blacksmith himself. I ...Read full memory

A memory of South Kirkby by Roy Walker

Invicta Knitting Mills South Kirkby

Regarding your message, Jennifer Paley nee Bradford. It was so good to see the picture of Invicta Knitting Mills again and to hear you had worked there. It was very sad to see it today, as my father in law Mr. John Briddon owned it, retiring from the business about 1958., and apart from myself, the ...Read full memory


my grandad and granny were , arthur and esther kirkham , my mam was carole she married clive backhouse in 2012 i think after bein together quite a wile , my sistersa and brothers are tina whitehall , kath whitehall , theresa whitehall , craig backhouse , kerry backhouse , liam backhouse an rebecca backhouse

Jennifer Paley (Nee Bradford) Memories!

I worked at the Invicta from leaving school in 1961. I worked as a button holer my name is Jennifer Paley nee Bradford. If you remember me please leave a message on this site.

Sinking Feeling

My grandad used to work at South Kirkby pit for many years, so growing up I was forever hearing stories of his days down the mine. Being a very inquisitive child I would spend hours exploring, even though my grandad used to tell me how dangerous it could be round the colliery. He used to also live on the Northfield ...Read full memory

A memory of South Kirkby by Mark Adams

1940s Courting Days

Not really a memory of my own, but my father remembers going out with a young lady from South Kirby called Violet Shaw who lived on Clockrow Grove. Does anyone know of her and what she did with her life? I think he says she went to be a nurse. Also, a grt-grandfather on my mother's side, Cuthbert Dunbar, died as a ...Read full memory

The Bailey Family

I have lovely childhood memories of visiting Nanna and my Aunties in South Elmsall/South Kirkby. Saturday mornings were always spent at Elmsall Market doing the weekly shopping, cup of tea at the Market Cafe followed by fish and chips to eat after catching the bus back to Nanna's house. If you have any memories of the ...Read full memory

The Good Old Days

I attended this school 1974 to 1977, doesn't seem to have changed much, that's how I remember it. Can't say that I enjoyed school when I was there (spent many a time wagging). But looking back now, yes they were the good old days. I had many great mates and we use to get in trouble quite a lot, caught smoking in the ...Read full memory

Memories And The Tunnel

I remember the loyalty to family and friends who worked at the pit. My grandfathers (Frickley) did, my father was a fitter and turner there at South Kirkby colliery. I miss the place. I remember digging a hole with my next door neighbour Mr Brown, we found big bricks that were the outer of a tunnel headed out to ...Read full memory

My Dad

I remember the snows of 1963, I was four, looking out of our bedroom window on Camp Road and the snow was drifted up to the windowsill! Gorgeous memories of our bedroom fire making shapes on the ceiling and being warm as toast as me and my brothers listened to the howling north wind outside. Our dear dad, Jim Taylor, fought (or ...Read full memory

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