WHEN former Nantwich schoolmaster John Barlow saw
the picture of Nantwich and Acton Grammar School pupils taken in 1936 (Old
Nantwich Pictures No 4) he thought he recognised two of them. John, now of Inverness,
taught for several
years at the Church of England School in Market Street.
He sent the
information to Nantwich historian, Andrew Lamberton.
Referring to the grammar school pupils, John says: "I was born in
1936 so these children would have been roughly 11 years
older than me. The name of the boy on the front row on the
right-hand side, R.Leedham, rang a bell.
"My father's sister, Alice,
married Ernest Leedham. At some stage in his life he owned a
grocer's shop at the former of a terrace on The Barony
(Barony Road), roughly opposite the cemetery gates. They had
two boys, John and Ron.
"Apart from buying our
groceries from Leedham's shop and having them delivered
weekly, and visiting the family house very occasionally, we
didn't really have a great deal to do with them. But I do
remember the two boys. Ron took over the shop and John went
to work at Rolls Royce or Crewe Works.
"The age of the boy in the
picture would be about right and the shape of the face and
hair could be scaled up to the young man I remember when he
was working in the shop.
"The Leedham's home was the
end detached house almost opposite to Mrs Jones' shop near the
Peacock public house in Willaston. Bernard's market garden was also opposite.
"I don't know where
Ron lived, but John had a house in the row of detached
houses between Birchin Lane and the terraced houses near to
" 'K.Hassall' on the back row
might be Ken Hassall whose family lived next door but
one to us in Birchin Lane (next to Billy Day) until the
family moved to a new detached house opposite the end of
Birchin Lane. Later, Ken had his own house built next to his
parents'. I think Mr Hassall owned an ironmonger's shop in
Market Street, Crewe."
admits he might be wrong about both of the boys - but adds:
"On the other hand these thoughts may be of help."