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My great grandparents lived in Yardlrys Entry, Horsefair, Rugeley. I know this as it is on my grandfather's birth certificate - Alfred Johnson. In 1919 he was a Corporal in the i/6 north staffs regiment 240380. He had been in France but must have had some leave spring 1918 as Arthur was born Jan 1919! He had been a coal miner. (...Read full memory)

Learnt to dance in there Miss Walsh she married John ? I visited them many years later when they lived Leicester way. Also caught up with Betty and John Griffith (Dec) living in Weeping Cross outside Stafford. I have kept in contact with Betty over the years, another call is imminent. Left in July 1955. Now living in Australia, since 1966. Happy to make contact, also on Facebook.

In the late 1960’s I was a pupil at a nearby preparatory school (Bishton Hall) and used to enjoy walking via Colton to Rugeley as well as the main A51. Walking up towards Admaston was a bit far as I was only eight years old but I did walk up there on a few occasions. Now as a driver I explore the area and go around (...Read full memory)

Hello, I'm doing research on my family history and I believe my grandfather owned a store in Rugeley circa 1955/1960 for many years. His name was Sydney Morley, and the store was simply "Morley's" I believe. Would be interesting if anyone noted it or knew anything about it!

There was a tremendous interest when this reservoir was officially opened by the Queen Mother. The local papers carried details of the scheduled times and events connected with this event. Not least of all, the Queen's route was specified. Needless to say crowds gathered to get a glimpse of her, (...Read full memory)

This is the church in which I worshipped and served at the altar. I remember crusty old Mr Morton, the Sacristan, Father Bucher (who once memorably chased a burglar at night who'd made the mistake of breaking into his church), and two sister in the congregation, each called Miss Harris, whose voices during hymn (...Read full memory)

Can you remember when we beat Hagley Park to win this trophy? Get in touch with any information or if you recognise any one in the photo, thanks. Brian Richings (I am to the right of the trophy holder)

This was the family business. Started in the 1860s by John Astbury who had been a miner in the Brereton colliery, it would have been run by his son Herbert at the time of the photograph. I think they sold to Dewhirsts butchers in the 1970s.

I remeber rugeley I was born view terrace.moved to birch lane when I was 4 a brand new house number 22.started raven hill school then went to nursery fields when it was first built.oh happy in yorkshire now

My family (the Millers) lived in Hillary Crest on the Pear Tree Estate. Dad, Bill, was an electrician in the mine (possibly Coppice). He also had a 2nd job at the Pub at the bottom of the Estate where he sold ales & played the piano for sing-alongs. I remember there were twins living next door (Glen & (...Read full memory)