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My mum and dad ran the George and Dragon. It was my dad's first pub after leaving the RAF. I'm almost certain we were the last ones in there before it was demolished. I have very vague memories of the place - more about the place and entrance bit more than anything I can really call a vivid (...Read full memory)
My 5 x great uncle was a policemen abt 1906. He died chasing robbers who were throwing stones. He was 28 yrs old & left a pregnant wife who gave birth in the same yr. We have a few photos of him. He was born in Staffordshire & his widow must have had her family follow him there. There is also a newspaper clipping of him as he rescued a runaway horse.
My grandmother Maria Knight nee Ward born 1888 was brougt up in the Hillgate area of Ashton where her father owned three shops. The eldest of tweve children she rarely went to school her father would rather pay the fines as she was needed to help at home. Eventually she escaped by marrying a customer Harry (...Read full memory)
I was born in 1930 and lived in Ashton till 1951. Attended schools at St James, St Michaels, and Christ Church Central. I see Harry Henshaw is mentioned, there was also Jack Higginson. The Headmaster was Mr Siddal and one of the teachers Mr Worral, who lived on Oldham. This time was during the war years and we (...Read full memory)
My parents ran the George and Dragon. I can just about remember the place, but I do remember my brother and I sitting in a paddling pool aged 5 and 1 throwing water over the balcony. Our misfortune was it was over the front door. The old pub seemed huge to me then, I remember learning to cycle (...Read full memory)
I lived in Ashton from 1940 to 1947 when I joined the Royal Air Force. I went to Heginbottom Modern School until 1944 and then became a tool maker apprentice at the Joshua Heap factory. At the same time I became a member of 247 Squadron ATC at the grammar school, as it was war time, we trained ready to enter (...Read full memory)