Email received at this web site
During the year
following emails are from the old web site, some of the links may not be active
12 September 2000
Wow, very nice web page, I'm impressed.
You couldn't really say anything else could you
20 September 2000
You are so honest and everything was
presented well, love from Pat and Betty Hillside Tara.
Thanks for those kind words. Pat and
Betty were referring to a story I wrote on Hillside Tara
where they are both committee members.
Sorry we could not stop longer on Friday (exhibition Brierley Methodist
Church), pressing appointment, Good show. Hope to see more in the future.
The picture you showed me of an Edith Watson and child. Edith was the wife
of William Watson who died 1st September 1921 aged 70. William was born 1851
the son of George Watson, (1788-1847) the publican at the Farriers. Edith
died 12th November 1929 aged 73, and if the little girl is called Mabel
Watson, then she died 30th April 1972. Cheers for now, see you soon with the
floppy and the negative.
Regards Trev Limbert.
04 October 2000
Enjoyed your web site and the pictures. I'd intended to
visit the exhibition but had the "in-laws" visiting. See you have us on the
web site already! Amazing!!
Acting Vice chairman Brierley Village Partnership.
12 October 2000
Just seen your site for the first time, and its excellent.
I was aware of it from Richard Watson (glad to see he's doing well in the
hill climb!) I think the "tracing people" page could also be very useful. On
the photo page, I'm on the Mrs Thorpe's class (I'm stood between Denise
Williams (Sault) and Pat Dye). I think they're both taller than me at the
time! I'd say the date is around 1958, as I left Brierley School in July
1960. As I say, excellent page, keep up the good work!
Thanks for the new information on the photograph John and I am
pleased you enjoyed the web site. I will change the information next
time I update the photographs page, which I am hoping, will be
within the next week or so. The web site is still in its infancy and
eventually I hope to update the photograph page at least once a
month with photographs of recent events. e.g. (update in November
with all October photographs), and I also intend to add a page
dedicated to the archives which will include interesting old
photographs and stories from Brierley. I think this will be a very
interesting page when it is up and running. I am also working at the
moment on building a web page that will include all the businesses
and services offered in the village. I am hoping that these two new
pages will be up and running after Christmas.
18 October 2000
This is the second attempt to e-mail you. The first
Thank you for your letter about the Brierley web site. I have visited it
briefly and also the one on the History of the village only to find I am
distantly related to the first lords of the manor. The Neviles are descended
from Baudry le Teuton, as are the Baskervilles.
I will put the site in the parish magazine so more people in the parish will
Revd John Baskerville Vicar of
Felkirk with Brierley.
Thank you for visiting my web site and for putting the details in your
parish magazine, It was interesting to note that you are distantly related
to the first lords of the manor, I will certainly add that information to
Baipip archives. Please call again.
18 October 2000
You were looking for
Christopher Hanson last heard of in Tasmania. I went to school with his
sister, Gillian before the family emigrated. Gillian has returned to England
a couple of times as have her parents, Amy and Wilfred Hanson. I am still in
touch with them through their cousin, Hazel Bagnall (nee Jones) who lives in
Cudworth. Hazel would be happy to speak to anyone who would like an up-date
on Christopher and his family.
Denise Stones (nee Spaxman)
Thank you for your information
Denise. I have contacted Hazel and she informs me that Christopher is now
living in Queensland and that he has been called to the Bar. It is nice to
hear that he is doing well. She also says that she is going to write and
give him the address of this web site so hopefully Christopher will send us
E-mail and let us all know how he is keeping.
21 November 2000
I opened up your site today and found that Colin Earl
wanted to contact me. You said that Colin was not on the Internet at the
moment and that you would pass on a message.
(Brian's message has been passed on to Colin in confidence)
If possible could you also get
me Colin’s contact details so that I can write him a full letter? I must say
that your web site is an excellent source of history on our village and even
though I have not lived there in 33 years I still am and will always be a
Brierley Boy. I see that you have photographs. The teachers I remember are
Mrs Thorpe, Mrs Fox and Mr Balmforth Headmaster. I will have a look and see
if I have any Photos and if so I will send reprints over to you for your
collection. Well Gary I would like to thank you for helping me out in
Contacting Colin and I wish you all the best. If anyone else wishes to
contact me could you please just pass on my contact details.
Also on a further note regarding Christopher Hanson, I did a quick search
and found 16 C Hanson's in the online phone register in Tasmania. Will do a
bit of searching to see if any of these are the Christopher in Brierley.
Will get back to you later on this one.
Thank you for your
E-mail Brian and I am glad that I have been a help to both you and
Colin. I have passed on your details to him today and he was really
pleased, I am told that he has spoken about nothing else all day. He
informs me that he is going to write to you with his address as soon
as possible. I am a little bit busy at the moment and I don't have
time to go through the full collection of photographs, (I have over
1000 now) especially with my next exhibition just round the corner,
but one particular photograph that springs to mind is one of the
Three Horse Shoes trip to Southport flower show (Do you remember?).
There was only one person on it that I didn't have a name for, but
someone at the last exhibition named the chap as
You've guessed it
In the New Year I am hoping to add lots of photographs to the web
site and if I come across any that you are on, I will put them on
the web site and you can copy them at your leisure. I have had an
E-mail regarding Christopher Hanson (see above), but I thank you for
your kind offer anyway. Regarding the teachers you remember, I spoke
to Mrs Thorpe by telephone last week although I have not actually
seen her myself for at least 32 years. I was surprised to learn that
she still lives in Brierley, Mrs Horton another Brierley
schoolteacher still visits her. Sadly Mrs Fox passed away a few
years ago and the last I heard of Mr Balmforth was that he went into
a home about three years ago when he began to suffer bad health.
Keep in touch with the site, as I am sure you will find it more
interesting in the New Year when I start doing the archive pages.
Regarding your photographs on show at Brierley Post Office. No 6 photograph
shows Doreen Hobson, back right hand side of photograph, with black bouffant
hairstyle. Still living in Brierley on Church Street.
Thank you for your E-mail and
for your information regarding no 6 photograph. I have quite recently met
Doreen and reported for the Barnsley Chronicle, on her work for the Friends
of Kariba School Kenya. It was interesting to find out that she is on one of
my pictures. I will certainly add the information to my archives. Do you
live in Brierley? The reason I ask is that I have quite an old photograph
that was found on Fiddling farm and I have no information on the people on
the photograph, but on making enquiries the name Lloyd was mentioned. I
would be interested in your opinion.
30 November 2000
Thank you for your great efforts
on behalf of the village. I have not lived in Brierley since Oct 1st 1959,
but I visit every week to care for my 90 year old Guardian Mother. One of
the many tasks I carry out during my visits is to collect the weekly pension
from the Post Office, hence my interest in the photographs on show. During
this weeks visit I noticed a face that looks fairly familiar, Denise
Spaxman, her face appears on one of the Methodist Church photographs-on the
far left, and her name is not on your list. I may be wrong but I seem to
have read her name amongst the other information on the main Web site under
her married name.
My Guardian Mother Mrs Hilda
Barraclough is one of the three Founder members of the Brierley Spiritualist
Church. Doreen Hobson’s parents, my aunt and uncle, were the other two. As
to your general enquiry re the Fiddling farm photograph, I have a very
limited knowledge of the Lloyd family but I have been told some sketchy
details within living memory- that a Threshing machine was owned and a good
living was earned from the threshing business. I would be very pleased to
have sight of your 'old photograph' with some of your others, because I have
begun some studies that will help in the production of a series of
watercolour paintings I plan to do next year.
Keep up the excellent work,
have been informed by Doreen Hobson that you live in York but you
come over to Brierley once a week. If you can make it on the 20
December which is on a Wednesday, you will be able to view about 95%
of my collection at the exhibition which is to be held in the
village club from 12 noon till 10pm. It was interesting to note
about your guardian mother Mrs Barraclough being one of the founder
members of the Spiritualist Church, I would really like to get the
full details for my history archives. e.g. date the Church was
founded, and the full names of founders, plus a little about their
backgrounds, How the building came to belong to the church, how much
it cost e.t.c. I wondered Cliff, if you had the time if it would be
possible for you to gather this information on my behalf. Perhaps a
questionnaire from me to you would be helpful where you could ask
your guardian mother the details. Also if this is possible I could
arrange to take a photograph as well with the founder members
outside the church itself. Your reply on this matter would be
appreciated. Regarding Denise Spaxman, you are correct, I have been
in touch with Denise regarding her mother who was a dinner lady at
the old school, and as I am assisting the teachers in the new school
with their history lessons on the village I approached Denise for
information. If you cannot make it to the exhibition, please let me
know and I will E-mail the photograph for you to view when I have
more time. The photograph shows a well-built lady sat at a chair
with four soldiers stood around her (possibly her sons). I would
think their uniforms suggest the First World War.
Please keep in touch with the web site, as I am sure you will find
it more interesting when I start building the ‘history’ and
6 December 2000
Hi Gary, Thanks for the web address, it works every
time now by hitting it from your email.
I see you're busy rebuilding your history page, I hope
to catch it later when complete.
News on the Farriers project is that there is a new update to come soon.
I have now got the full 1881-head count for Brierley with all names, occupations
and some name locations. I think there are about 95 places of residence and 474
people. What I need now is someone to give me an idea as to where these places
are so I can pinpoint where most everyone lived. I thought of you
instantly.!!!.The names are taken from census 1841 through 1891 and here they
are. The 1861 home of Police Sgt Joseph little and 1881 Police Sgt Thomas Horne,
both on Pontefract Road. Brierley grove, Folly Hall, Providence terrace Cottages
(possibly on Pontefract road). George Wilson Saddler and Postmaster at Prospect
Cottage, Ringstone Hill, Red house, Bakers Shop/lockup (2 away from three horse
Shoes), Clifton Terrace, Clifton Villa (1881 home of Josiah Harris. Wesleyan
minister), Cliff house (farm), the Church St home of Mary Dymond and servant,
Church St Postmaster George Wilson, Church St home of school mistress Elizabeth
G Smith, which is next door to Watson's shop), James Dymond (coal owner),
Brierley Manor (1881), New Park Spring, Ferrymoor Farm, Ivy House, St Peters
School House and the Poplars.
Any ideas as to how we might get people to come forward and identify these
Cheers for now
Thank you for your E-mail and
although most of the place names have changed, I am sure I will be able to
assist you in pinpointing most of the homes that you are looking for. I am
eager to receive the latest news on the Farriers. Perhaps it may be a good
idea for us to get together in the New Year. In the meantime, if there is
anyone out there who could assist Trevor in locating the Street names,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
I have not had the chance to say it before but congratulations on the Web-
site, its a great one.
Councillor Pat Doyle.
Thank you Pat. Its nice to know
that the site is appreciated and also that it is read by our local
councillors. May I also congratulate the Town Council on their excellent
efforts in providing Christmas activities for all the residents of Brierley
young and old?
Thanks for your prompt reply and
interesting details on your Exhibition, I am working until late on the 20th
but will obviously make every effort to attend, even if it is an hour before
you're due to finish. You may be pleased to know that I researched the
Brierley Spiritualist Church 4 years ago, and produced all the accurate
details for the surviving Founder members, to help commemorate the 40th
Anniversary of the opening of the Church. I will be only too pleased to make
all of above available to you. I will contact everyone to see if they would
consent to a photograph of them at the front of the Church, I will advise
you in due course.
I certainly have no objections
to you using any of my ramblings to fill any spaces on your web page,
anything that will further your most excellent efforts to record the History
of this quite unique little village will help.
I have already mentioned that
I know very little of my (LLOYD) family history. I have been a member of the
Pontefract and District Family History Society for a number of years now, to
try and correct this.
When I was a committee member 2
years ago, I undertook the task to record for posterity; the MMI's of the
Brierley Church and graveyard, before a lot of the stone records are totally
vandalised. Do you know if there are any local contacts that you are aware
of, who are attempting such a project? I am already completing the second
section of the four to complete the job. As I only visit the village once a
week and I'm nearly always pushed for time, the job never seems to progress
Keep up the good work,
It is good news to hear that you
have researched the history of the Spiritualist Church Cliff; I certainly
look forward to reading it and adding it to the Baipip archives.
Regarding your family history,
If you think it may help, I would be happy to place as much information on
the Where are you now section of the web-site if you make it available to
I will check with Father John
Baskerville regarding your search of Brierley Church and graveyard, as I am
sure the Church will hold records. If there were any particular name/s you
wish me to look in there for you then I would be pleased to do so. I also
have access to the old Brierley School records, which lists the name of
every pupil whom attended the school from 1871 if you think it may be useful
in your search.
Brierley Methodist Church web site URL is now
can be found at
The History of
Brierley as can your own and several others.
An email has
come in from Germany requesting a photograph of Burntwood Hall about 1900,
are you able to help.
21 December 2000
Hi Gary, only a quick email just
to say I visited the show today along with Sharon Medlock (nee Cross) and
Julie Sanderson (nee Armitage), I was very impressed, keep up the good
Thanks for your E-mail Alison
and also for visiting the exhibition. I am pleased you enjoyed it. Try to
keep in touch with the web- site over the next year, as I am sure you will
find it interesting.
21 December 2000
Thanks for the most excellent display you arranged today. Brierley can
consider itself most fortunate to have someone of your calibre to dedicate
so much time and effort into its Historical recording of accurate
information. Very well done indeed. I shall await your comments on the
information I gave you this afternoon on the Spiritualist Church. Once again
I am sorry about the quality of the pictures, I am still at the learning
stage of this electronic imaging, I'd much rather sketch or paint than mess
about with cameras and printers. As I promised I shall endeavour to produce
a Founders photograph next Wednesday, the two Ladies with the Church
I'll await your e-mail
Keep up the good work
Regards Cliff Lloyd
PS thanks for the introduction to Neil White, that was a total surprise, I
shall have to contact him again during one of my cleaning and shopping
trips, it will be great to swap a few tales with him, its 42 years since I
last saw him.
It was nice to meet you at the
exhibition, and I am pleased that you enjoyed it. I have only read your
documents briefly re the Spiritualist church, I will write further when I
have had the chance to study them properly. I already have a couple of
questions to ask and I am sure there will be more over a period of time. I
will write further in the New Year as I am totally exhausted now and I am
going to have a couple of weeks of to recharge my batteries. By the way I
have received a reply from Father John Baskerville. Interesting details to
follow. Have a nice Christmas