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Great Horton Industrial Society Ltd

We have just acquired a silver teapot with the following inscription:-
Presented to Mr L A Drake by the EMPLOYEES of the Great Horton Industrial Society Ltd February 7th 1899.
It is a beautiful antique teapot with a highly decorative surround to the central inscription. Have you any other information on this event or person ?
We are Roy & Jeanette Walker 19, Glenstrae Road Christchurch 8081 New Zealand

Is This my Dad Driving The Jag?

Wade House Road c1960, Shelf
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Between 1960-62 my dad, Harry Henshall of Westbury Road, Cooperville drove a Jaguar Mark 2, 2.4 litre in two tone grey over Westminster blue and with the registration number XUG384. At this time he worked at Home Silks aka Mandale Mills as Foreman Overlooker.
I can't be sure from the picture that it is definitely two-tone or even if it is a Jag but I'd like to think it was him.

Moving House

At the time we lived near Coley church, mum, dad, sister June, brother Paul and me, Steven. I remember moving up to Burnley Hill Terrace near the Duke of York on a  horse and cart. I didn't realise then but it was our first house with a bathroom, it must of been heaven for mum and dad not having to get that bath tub out anymore. It was a loving warm house where 3 more brothers came later on. I have fond memories of dad, God rest his soul, washing all Saturday morning with that famous twin tub. The hours we spent down on Houseman's Farm at hay making. Great times at Shelf youth club and round the dam fishing. My dad worked at Sam Smith's mill, and mum worked evenings there. My dad many times came home with cuts on his head and I often wondered why until later when I worked at Crossley Carpets and I had to clean the machines that I  now know how he got... Read more

Buttlers' Belly Bashers, 1963

Yes, that's the name we gave them later on in our youth. No one did fish and chips like Mr Buttler and his wife, only costing a few pence to my knowledge. We used to put loads of salt and vinigar on. Then this loud voice would say 'That's enough lads, off you go' . Buttlers even became a hang-out place for our gang once over. When I look back I think it was his fish and chips why we hung out there. My wife even became a lover of his fish and chips in our courting days. Yes, it was a sad day when he retired, end of another era (long live my thoughts of Buttlers' belly bashers). For those who don't know where Buttlers was, it was down by Shelf roundabout, they have built flats there now.

Living in Shelf 1971-1981

My mom lived in the shop at Shelf Roundabout but moved away to Bradford, I think when she met my dad. When I was 8 my mom, now on her own, must have felt the pull back to Shelf and brought me and my sister, Linda to live on Car House Road. We moved a couple of times, once to Cheap Side, Shelf Moor, then to Burned Road just across from the post office. I worked at Stump Cross garage near Shibden Park from the age of 15 to 18. I have many fond memories of Shelf as a young boy, playing down Shelf Woods and Shelf Park. We would often go to Shelf roundabout and hang around the fish shop. I had a Yamaha fs1e motorbike at 16 and would cruise round Shelf and the surrounding areas with a few mates; Richard Ambler who had a Garrely 50 and Micheal shackleton with his Honda 50. One thing I always remember about Shelf Park was when I was about 14, I was walking past the... Read more

June Memory's at Burley Hill Terr

I lived there with mum, dad, sister Iris and brother Graham, my sister got married from that house. I have good memories from that house, I remember helping with hay making, feeding a white cow over my garden wall, getting our first TV in Shelf for the Queen's Coronation . My brother went to live at Pepper Hill. I went to Shelf school. My granny and aunts lived opposite a park, we used to pick blue bells in the woods. Dad played in Black Dyke Band. We went to live in Queensbury at west end up Commercial Street, no bath room, toilet down the street, it was bad. Then we got a bathroom, but I had no bedroom then so we moved, but when I lived there I went to Fox Hill and Queensbury School. My name was June Bentley before Brownhill.

A Wartime Symbol of Defiance - A Giant Meat Pie!

Manningham Lane c1950, Bradford
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One of Bradford’s famous literary sons was the author and playwright J B Priestley, who was born in Mannheim Road, Bradford, on 13 September 1894. J B Priestley provided Britain with a rather strange morale-boosting symbol during the Second World War – a meat and potato pie. The pie which inspired Priestley had been a feature in the window of Arthur Roberts’s food shop in Godwin Street for around 40 years; it actually consisted of a pie crust over an empty pie dish, which concealed a mechanism that puffed steam out of holes in the crust at intervals. During the war Priestley broadcast a series of radio talks on Sunday evening, and one day he visited Bradford just after the window of Arthur Roberts’s shop had been blown off in an air-raid. Priestley happened to wander past the bomb-damaged shop and there, in the partly boarded-up window, was the pie, still puffing away and trying to entice shoppers to come in and buy. Priestley described the scene in his next... Read more

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