THE WOMAN CROSSING THE ROAD
The Woman in the back ground is my Auntie Gillian Dainton. She has this very picture hanging in her flat. My mother was born in Uttoxeter. Her family homes; Eaton Croft, Delves Hall, Brookside. I hope any one reading this, would be so kind, if they have any pictures of Delves Hall or Brookside to please send them to me. My mother's family managed United Dairies, (Wilts). G father John Thomas Dainton. GG father Frederick William Dainton. My mother Lavinia came to USA in 1946.
I went to Uttoxeter Girls High School when I was 11 in 1963. My friends, Ros Glass and Gillian Pollard, travelled on a double decker bus from Hoar Cross each day, we all started together. I was in Dunkley (blue) House, Roz was in yellow ( cant recall name). My other good friend, Lorna Childs got on at Abbots Bromley. I remember Miss Sutherland (french) Miss Thraves PE, Mr Fisher and Mrs Hudson. Mr Wooster took over as Headmaster when I was there and after three years we amalgamated with the boys school next door, Alleynes Grammar School. I remember Helen Slater, Linda Peetee, Susan Pickford, Vivienne Crocker, Susan Phillips, Janet Parker, Christine Bateman, Elizabeth Damjanovich and Anne Bond. I remember we visited the Wedgewood pottery on a school trip. Learning went out of the window when boys joined as we were all at that teenage age!!! Good memories.
Uttoxeter, Stone Road
Has anyone got a photograph of Stone Road before the flats were built in the 1970s? My grandmother Mrs Elizabeth Foster lived at 21 Stone Road from about 1910 until they were demolished in the late 1970s and she watched them being demolished from a flat across the road. She was a widow from 1918 when her husband Thomas died as a result of the First Wordl War. I remember Highland cattle at the top of the road (where the swimming pool is now), and the stonemasons and Morin's on the corner (ice cream!).
I remember Mr and Mrs Challinor who lived next door. Lovely terraced houses, no bathrooms, outside toilet, 2 rooms downstairs and 3 bedrooms upstairs. At one time Gran had 4 step-children and 5 children in that house.
Pitts Place Garage
The gap between Woolworth's and the next building was known as Pitts Place where Bert Mellor (my grandfather) ran a garage workshop where he maintained the vans for Devilles, the butchers, and the Uttoxeter racecource ambulance, which was an old WWII canvas sided vehicle.
I was born in 1953 and went to Bradley St Primary. I recall there were three girls who dressed the same; the Pearl triplets. I remember going on a school trip to Heathrow Airport and losing my souvenir cast metal model plane on the coach/bus. I cried so much that my mum had to smack my legs to shock me into stopping. That was in what was being used as a car park, opposite the school. There were huge reels of cabling stored there at the time. We lived on Springwood Rd and crossing the railway bridge to get there, I remember seeing through the railway sleeper fence gaps to build up a picture of what was on the other side
A Sharp Reminder of my Schooldays.
Saturday, 20 February 2010 A sharp reminder of my schooldays. I attended Bradley Street, Church of England Primary and Junior school, Uttoxeter. Some teachers, remain in your memory, others disappear. I remember in particular Miss Kingshott, a tall, a dark,angular lady. Her teaching was always forceful, her discipline strong. I remember her telling us of a visit to Oberamagau and the Passion play. I do not think I thought of her again. After the Royal Marines, I became a police constable in the Staffordshire Constabulary, later to be the Staffordshire County Police, I was stationed in Willenhall Division at Tettenhall Station. Bill Ford from Uttoxeter was on my shift. In 1951 I became the second man at Compton sub-section, which comprised the villages and hamlets of Tettenhall Wood, Compton, Finchfield, Trescott and Wightwick. Very little supervision, only means of communication was a Police Pillar at Tettenhall Wood Cross Roads. In 1952, about April time, we changed from flat caps to helmets, and on my helmet's first outing I was in School... Read more
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When The Searchlights Came
When the searchlights came... During the Second World War, Uttoxeter hardly knew that the war was on, although our young men and women kept leaving, and rationing was severe. One change to us all, on the park side of the town, was the opening of the bypass in 1939. The war stopped operations, and of the dual carriageway (a source of wonder to me) only one lane was open, the nearside side, facing Stoke, the remaining lane remained in its raw construction state, frequently filled with water, and was not completed for 2 years after the war. We local children noticed the arrival of large army lorries on a field abutting the unused lane of the bypass, about 1940. Nissan huts went up, concrete roads laid, and to our amazement an assault course, with death slide over the River Tean, was constructed. Various rumours circulated. It was to be a anti-aircraft battery, then a barrage balloon site, then a prisoner of war camp, but we finally had the answer, four... Read more
Growing up With All my Relatives Living in Stramshall Parish
I was born in 1928, to John James and Olive Mellor, my grandfather was Percival Jackson Mellor, my grandmother Mary Ellen Mellor. They built with help Park Hill Farm, New Road, Uttoxeter, paying tithes to Stramshall Parish. All the family went to Stramshall Church, all my parents, uncles, and grandparents are buried in Stramshall Church. The first Vicar I remember was the Rev Charlon, an Anglican churchman of the old school. My great uncle, Thomas, lives with his wife Selina at Hill top Farm(Cottages). I spent my youth between the two farms and the surrounding fields. With the River Tean running between, it was an exciting place to grow up.
Park Hill Farm, Stramshall Parish
My grandfather was enlightened in many ways. He permitted the children from the western side of the town, to bathe and swim, at The Pipe, boundary with campbells, The Basin, near to stramshall footpath, subject to no litter, and interference with animals. This was permitted long after his death by my family, until 1972, when the farm was sold, due to the deaths of my aunts.
Bombs During The War
Uttoxeter did not suffer much during the war. The first stick of bombs fell in a field at Loxley, and a further stick followed later. The only 'blitz' was on the Bailey and Mellor families, in New Road (parish of Stramshall) - exact date forgotten, 1941/2. I was at home at 57 Park Avenue. My father was on Home Guard duties (he was too old for military service) at Bamfords Ltd, not JCB.
I usually got up early in the summer, walked along the unfinished by-pass and down to Park Hill Farm, breakfasted with my uncles and cousins. Then to school, or I went off scouring the fields. On this day, I met a neighbour, Tom Simpson, veteran of the First World War. He had a strange stacatto speech. He said, "The Germans hit your grandma's". I told my mother and went to the farm. Some rescue and firemen were about, but no police. I saw a large crater in the front garden, some 30 feet across, and... Read more
AWalk With Grandfather
A walk with grandfather
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A Walk with Grandfather.
I was about 11 years old, one summer's day, when I noticed my grandfather, who lived at Park Hill Farm, New Road, Uttoxeter (Parish of Stramshall) was preparing to go out. He had his walking stick, that meant no horse and trap. His name was Percival Jackson Mellor, and he lived with his family, and my paternal grandmother, Mary Ellen (nee Leedham). He said, to me, “Come for a walk”. We walked across the fields, to Campbell’s, and then to Titleys Mill. We gained the Ashbourne-Uttoxeter Road, turned left over the River Tean bridge, and then into Leasons Farm. My grandfather went and spoke to Mr Leason, senior, we then departed, turning left, and carried on until we reached Stevenson Bus Depot, the Yellow Bus service.
We then got onto the footpath immediately opposite the Depot. Grandfather then explained that the large grass mounds were the remnants of... Read more
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