FOLLOWING the Ask Andrew
Special Feature (here)
about The Dowery, a visitor to "A Dabber's Nantwich" has
identified another of the ladies seen in the main picture.
My mother, then Olive Chetwood (nee Birchall), is the one on
the far left of the front row.
Am I right in remembering the premises were the Nantwich
Registry Office until the 1950s or 1960s? Or was that in
LYNDA BURKE, nee Chetwood
Many thanks for your Email. I do
have a few other names which I can give you.
Seated five from left
in the front row
is Dora Green. It is thought that Mrs
Christie-Miller is in the middle, i.e. eight from either end.
row from the front, five from the left, is Doris Ine (behind
Dora Green), then Margaret Brandon, and
then Margaret Butt (who became
Third row from the
front, third from the left, is Muriel Simcoe (who became Muriel
Gilford, my mother-in-law). Seven from the right is Margaret
Whitlow and back row, five from the right, is Joan Bradshaw.
These names were given
to me (apart from Dora Green and Muriel Simcoe) by Nancy Dutton
(nee Bradshaw, whose younger sister I have just named).
I don't remember the
Dowery being the Registry but I do remember the Registry being behind W.H.Smith's, down Church Walk.
I used to get my hair
cut down there - at Ted Moulton’s before he joined Ted Mellor in
The Dowery of course
always was in Barker Street.
Incidentally, I came
across a Chetwood’s Garage advert from the 1930s which I thought
might interest you.
The advertisement for Chetwood's