Memories of Thorne

A Time Warp That Is Thorne

Green Top School - Mrs Bell, headmistress and Mrs Downes (many a child was leathered by her) and I can still hear her screaming nearly 60 years on - bless her. Lessons out ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by David Walton

The Fair

The fair arrived annually in June and was eagerly awaited. It was split between three sites in the town. The Market Square, then an open space with stalls only on market day, had as its main ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by Brian Bristow

Thorne Now.

Hi, I live in Thorne now. I was wondering if anybody knows anything about G Webster & Son? It was a drapers and furnishers, and was located on Finkle Street, phone number was 812 107. I ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne

My Father's Story

The gentleman talking to the policeman in the photograph is my father Geoffrey Matthews. He told me, that he was asking the bobby what had happened? The policeman said, "a little ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by David Matthews

Thorn, Steamroller, King Street

Back in those days any roadroller was referred to as a steamroller, even though, as with the one seen in the picture, it was diesel powered!

A memory of Thorne

The Annual Fair

The Annual Fair was always a time that the young people of Thorne waited for. Opposite the Red Bear, not far from Clarkes Pork Pie shop, there was situated a boxing booth and the young ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by Jim Rhodes


I remember Websters very well, I was able to buy clothes by saving 1 shilling a week in their club. My cousin worked there after leaving school and before going in the ATS; she once gave me a Victorian child's apron she had found in the storeroom.

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Thorne As I Remember

So much and so little time; Green Top Primary School, happy days before the big move up to the Grammar School or North Eastern Road Secondary Boys. Mr Morris for metal work, Mr ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by David Walton

Anns Cafe

We used to hang around the street but mostly the cafe. There was Pete Lea, Jim Peason, Dennis Buckley and some stunning girls - Jannis, Orial and a few more whos names escape me. We sat ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by John Stubbs

Charlie Bristow

It always seems a pity when someone's life ends and there is a decreasing memory of their place in the town as the years go by. Hence, if I may, I would like to share with current ...Read full memory

A memory of Thorne by Brian Bristow

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