Part six of Andrew's column
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Remembering pupils from the 1950s
The Class of 1954 - pupils of Nantwich
County Primary School, Manor Road
to attend Manor Road Primary School, the Junior School and the first
year of the Secondary School until the girls were sent to Audlem Road
I wondered if you had any pictures of the Manor Road
school and of pupils who attended there between 1952 and 1959.
I WAS a pupil in the
infants from 1950 to 1955. The class photo of Mrs Ritchies' class
(above) taken in 1954 is the property of former pupil Pam George,
nee Smith. (My thanks
to her for permission to use it.)
Together we can
name 90 per cent of the pupils. Question marks show pupils whose names we cannot
I was amazed how big
the class was. Only 48 pupils!
Back row, left to
right: Alan Edwards, Michael Ashforth, David Blackhurst, ?, Graham
Dean, Conrad Elson, Leon Betteley, Andrew Lamberton, ?, and David French.
left: David Banks and Howard Smith. Extreme right: Robert Humphries and
Next to back row: ?, ?, Delia Evans, Sylvia Sanders,
Christine Thompson, Geraldine Ashwell, Margaret
Evans, Miranda Holland, ?, Christine Hammersley,and
Christine Ashley, Joyce Spear, Jennifer Tomkinson, Alma Thompson, Linda
Price, ?, Ann Lindop, ?, Pamela Smith, ?, ?, and Lillian McLeod.
Boys, front row: John Durber, Robert Bates, Peter Wakefield, John Downes, Peter
Stubbs, John Ridgway, ?, Colin Edwards, ?, Michael Price, and Richard
Road School – or Wyche School as it is now – celebrated 100 years of
existence in July 2011.
Research found inn keeper and maltster
The Black Lion (left) and the Red Melon
Could the restaurant be a former public house?
I WONDER if you could help me. I have
been researching my mother's family who came from Nantwich.
I have a
reference to a Charles Eaton listed as an innkeeper in the town in
the late 1700s, also his father, John Eaton, listed as a maltster.
Do you have any information
on this family name and their inn? Charles was married to a
Catherine Gaunton. I wondered if this was a local name.
Eric Withers, Prestwich
With Charles Eaton being an
innkeeper we can look up the information in a booklet titled
"The Inns and Innkeepers of Nantwich" written by Dr A.J.McGregor.
In it, he tells us that
Charles held the licence of the Cotton Arms public house at 33
Welsh Row, just two doors to the west of The Black Lion pub. It
was only in existence as a public house from 1749 to 1799 and
Charles only held the licence from 1795 to 1798.
There is no
evidence today of this public house but it just might be the
building which is now an
I have come across the
surname Gaunton before but it is unusual. I looked on the
Cheshire Parish Register website and there are no Gauntons
mentioned. The surname Eaton, however, is quite common in
I haven't come across a
reference to the marriage. There is a reference to the baptism
of a John Eaton at Nantwich on June 9, 1779, but I think he
would be too young to be Charles' father.
Is my father on Tannery photograph?
MY father worked at Harvey's Tannery all
his working life. He retired as the tannery closed down and would
have been one of the last men to leave. His name was Harry Thelwell.
I have looked at the
photograph of the workers in the
1930s (Old Pictures of Nantwich) but don't recognize him.
However, this photo was taken 11 years before I was born. I
would like to know if he is in the photo or if anyone who knew
him could give me any additional information.
Marilyn Simons, Nantwich
I ONLY knew the two, Joe Pennell and
Robert Farrington, who gave me all the names they knew at the time
we put the picture on the website asking for further names.
Unfortunately, we had no response.
But I have found a copy of
an article from The Nantwich Guardian of May 5th, 1950, headed
"Britain's Toughest Workers is Their Claim.
This said: "Over in
the lime yard department
where hides from many foreign and home
markets lay piled, awaiting the initial cleaning and hair-scraping
process, I watched Charles Foxley
of Manor Road North, busily scraping hides as wet and slippery as
freshly caught eels.
"After being immersed in agitating tanks for
eight or nine days, lime solution takes most of the hair off the
skins and they are passed on to fleshing machine operators, Jack
Prince and Harry Thelwell."
That's all I have from that
article, but I have another article from the Nantwich Chronicle some
time in 1948. It mentions the long service by many employees and I
"Long Service. Twelve years after the Harveys took over the Nantwich Tannery, Mr Jack Astley began work
there and he is still going strong. He heads the list of 'long
service' employees with 56 years and is followed by Messrs
W.Hodgkinson (55 years), G.Fisher (53), and John Basford (52). The
Tannery manager, Mr J.S.Barnett, has completed 38 years with the
firm and other employees who have made Harveys their life's work are
Messrs Fred Bebbington
(34 years), W.Brassington (35), G.Crawford
(36), Albert Dutton (38), F.Ellerton (37), E.Edge (34), F.Edgeley
(30), D.Farrington (30), G.Green (46), W.Glover (30), W.Hill (29),
S.Hassall (35), P.Knibbs (37), W.Lloyd (37), J.Lloyd (33), G.Lloyd
(28), D.Merrill (35), L.Mason (29), H.Myford (34), A.Myford (28),
F.Ormes (37), J.Prince (27), J.Ruscoe (38), H.Riley (45), A,Robinson
(29), J.Samways (28), H.Sandlands (38), E.Sandlands (29), E.Shenton
(33), W.Smith (37), J.Smith (36), J.Stanton (35), S.Tilley (30),
J.Tilley (28), T.Thelwell (30), F.O'Hara (28), G.Wainwright (27) and
R. Willett (29)."
T.Thelwell could be Harry
Thelwell, but I'm not sure. If it is him he started there in 1918. What a long service record for all those
Marilyn later wrote: "It
was interesting reading the articles from the Nantwich Guardian and
the Nantwich Chronicle. The T.Thelwell mentioned at the end of the
article would have been my father as he started working there when
he was 14 - straight from Acton School - in 1918.
Was there a Durham Heifer here?
Now a private house,
this building had many names in its history
HOPE you can help me. I am tracing my family history and have
discovered some on the 1901 census ( RG13/3360 SCH 09) in London
Road, located immediately after Willaston School. They are
Edwin and Hannah Metcalf, born 1855 and 1857 respectively, with
their nine children.
My question is, can you please tell me their address as I cannot
decipher the handwriting on the census. It appears to read
"Durham Heifer" or something similar. Was there a public house
by this name?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give and thanks for an
interesting website. I was born at the Barony Hospital and found
its history very enlightening. (See the
Family Lines feature).
Mike Metcalfe, Barkestone, Notts
I can confirm that the house in question
Durham Heifer, a public house. We know a little of its
history. Its earliest name was the Machine House and its publicans
were: 1778-89, Daniel Clowes; 1790-96, John Clowes; 1797-1813, John
Poole; 1814-18, Thomas Blagg; and 1819-22, George Cookson.
Then there is a bit of a
gap and we know that there
were several name changes for the
building. It became the Plume of Feathers, then the Durham Ox and
finally the Durham Heifer as is shown on Bryant's 1832 map of
In charge at these
times were: 1841, John Corns, publican; 1851, George Bebbington, publican and glazier;
1861, George Bebbington, publican and farmer; 1871, Thomas Youd, publican
and farmer of seven acres; and 1881, Benjamin South, innkeeper.
The building ceased being a
public house in the early 20th century, but it still stands.
Andrew later received this e-mail from
so much for all the information and images regarding the Durham
Heifer. It is
now brings my public house total to seven
my ancestry searches,
three of which are still
trading. I must visit them all soon."
Does the Black Horse Inn still exist?
This photograph, showing the Black Horse Inn - the white building - is
in Andrew’s book “Lost Houses in Nantwich”.
IS there still a Black Horse Inn in Hospital Street in Nantwich?
The Black Horse Inn
in Hospital Street no longer exists. It stood on the corner of the
Gullet and the site is now occupied by Rogers' Masonry Yard. We know
that its licence ran from 1844 until its closure in 1910.
Dr. J. A. MacGregor's book, “The Inns and Innkeepers of Nantwich”,
he mentions the circumstances of closure which make interesting reading.
quote: "By 1891 it had come into the possession of the Stockport
brewers, Showell and Sons. In 1909, this fully-licensed house next to
the Gullet was referred for closure under the Compensation Act.
report gave a number of reasons for extinguishing its licence. Very
little trade was being done, the rooms had low ceilings, and the
structurally unfit for licensed premises.
had been eight licensees since 1897. In its favour, it was admitted that
the house was now well conducted and was used by 'a respectable class of
people'; and the house remained open."
However, the inn was referred
again the following year, after Hardy Fletcher had been made temporary
manager in November 1909. The new report added that the Black Horse
provided the worst accommodation in the vicinity, and that Evan Hayes
had confessed to using the 'long pull'."
also a list of the names of the 16 licensees attached to this extract.
It is not known when the building was demolished but it is thought to be
some time after 1913.
mother, Nena Rodgers, contacted Andrew.
Victoria has posed
the question on behalf of her mother who had spent a day in Nantwich
trying to find the Black Horse. Nena is tracing her family history, of
which the Stone family is a part.
Victoria added: "I must admit your website
is very interesting. I'm going back to have another read."
like to thank you for the information. It was very interesting. My great
great uncle, John Stone, ran the inn in 1861. George Stone, my great
grandfather (John's nephew) was staying with him at the time. He was 13
I am over the moon to see a photo of the inn. I can’t thank
you enough for that information. I am going to see if I can get the
books you mentioned.
I can't add much
more. MacGregor has the licensees as Henry Vickers 1853-60, John Stone
1861 and Lawrence Place 1864-5, so John Stone wasn't there very long.
have difficulty getting copies of the books as they're both out of
print, but not impossible if you search the Internet for a second-hand
FOOTNOTE: Nena later found a copy of the
Lost Houses of Nantwich
When did Wood Street School close?
Wood Street School,
July 1, 1886, to June 30, 1887, open 433 times.
John Dutton, 433;
Martha Dutton, 431; Emma Boyer, 430; Nellie Wardell, 430; Wm Platt, 428;
Walter Peake, 427; Harry Maybury, 424; Wm Maybury, 424; Eliza Wright,
423; Frank Platt, 420; Amelia Lamb, 420.
Elizabeth Lamb, 433;
John Wardell, 432; Walter Shenton, 429; George Walley, 426; George
Fisher, 413; Margaret Cooper, 413; John Sutton, 410.
Wood Street School,
June 30, 1887, to June 30, 1888, open 438 times.
John Dutton, 437; Aaron
Davies, 436; Harry Maybury, 436; George Walley, 436; Walter Peake, 435;
John Wardell, 432; Wm Devonport, 430; Eliza Wright, 430; Elizabeth Lamb,
429; Annie Downing, 427; Wm Maybury, 424; George Barnett, 424; Margaret
Cooper, 423; Wm Downing, 423; Alice Knowles, 423.
John Walley, 434; Fred
Downing, 425; Sarah A Bullock, 421; Wm Williamson, 420.
Wood Street National
School, June 30, 1888, to
June 30, 1889,
open 425 times.
Walter Peake, 425;
Alice Knowles, 422; Alfred Lumb, 412; Harry Maybury, 422; Wm Maybury,
422; Tom Barker, 414; Annie Williamson, 412; Emma Bowyer, 411; James
Bullock, 411; Maggie Chesworth, 411; Mary Bolance, 409; Martha Bowyer,
408; Florrie Chesworth, 407;
Wm Noden, 407; John
Wardell, 406; Nellie Wardell, 405; Horace Davenport, 404; Annie Downing,
404; Eliza Wright, 404; Albert Knowles, 402; Wm Taylor, 401.
(No separate list of
I WONDER if you know when the Wood
Street National School closed? I have a newspaper cutting of the
attendance record of a number of children for the years 1887,
1888, 1889 (list above). Perhaps there may be some Dabbers who
grandparents on the list.
John Prince, Nantwich.
I can tell you that the Wood Street
(Church of England
School, Nantwich, opened in
1874 and closed in 1911. There are three school log books relating to
this period at the County Record Office at Chester. Would you have a
great grandparent in the list?