Nostalgic memories of High Bentham's local history

Share your own memories of High Bentham and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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My father was evacuated to Bentham during WW2. He had relatives who owned the Wenning Hotel. His name was Peter Townson. Does anyone have any memories of him? Long shot I know!

My grandparents were George an d Molly postlethwaite they lived in the square up at the top of the main road which has now got modern homes built their, George was a cobbler by trade. They had 3 children James,( Jim.) kitty and Jenny Molly was a wearing I think does any one remember them?

My name is Chris Procter, son of Tom and Joyce Procter of Mount Pleasant, High Bentham. My Grandparents, Richard and Ada lived at Roseneath, Goodenber Road. I remember playing in Goodenber Road on many occasions that i visited and stayed at their house. I remember playing in the loft that had a (...Read full memory)

William Dawson (1833-1901) was a shoemaker in Bentham and lived with his wife Isabella (1842-1914) for much of the time on Main Street. Does anyone know of any descendants or relatives who still live in the area or what may have happened to the shoemakers' premises? Karl

I have been collecting information about the shops in Bentham during the 1940s and early 1950s, I can recall a lot of them but have been trying to remember the name of the pub which, if one came up Station Road and turned right by the Black Bull pub ,was along main street going towards the Auction and (...Read full memory)

I am trying to find information regards my great grandparents, whose surname was Bentham. They lived in the village and I am wondering whether any distant relatives are still living there.

I was born in High Bentham in 1946 even though my mum by then was living in Manchester. She insisted in returning home to have me and a year later my sister to make sure we were Yorkshire lasses, I was born in the front bedroom of 1 Station Road next to Angus's. My mum's maiden name was Winnie Williams and (...Read full memory)

The Plough Inn, in High Bentham was bought by great grandfather Harold Slinger in the early 1900s. He then refurbished it in to two cottages. Harold Slinger was also the registrar for birth deaths and marriages as I recall. After his death my Gran and Granddad continued to live there and my uncle and aunt lived next (...Read full memory)

This is not really a memory - I am tring to find out information about the Plough Inn, Main Street, High Bentham. I now live at this address. The inn has been split into two cottages but I would love to know more about it.

I think that that is my mum Gladys Haigh, and my brother Douglas who is 4 years older than me is beside my mum, I'm the one in the pram I think! We were going to meet my dad Jim Haigh, we used to live Main Street going towrds the pub, the Horse and Farrier, but moved to Goodenber Road in (...Read full memory)