Email received at this web site
During the year
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following emails are from the old web site, some of the links may not be active
June 14 2002
I just saw
the e-mail from John Draper on the site. I remember him and Jean was around
my age. I would like to be in touch with Jean. It's always fun to get in
touch with people you haven't seen in years! I have got in touch with people
I went to school with on the Hemsworth Grammar School website too! I would appreciate you passing on
my e-mail address to anybody that knows me and wants it.
I enjoy the
site; it's very well done and interesting. Keep it up.
I have passed on your email to John. The website is always
overjoyed when we are able to put people back in touch. Please let us know
how you go on with Jean or John. What about a couple of pics of you all when
you lived in Brierley and how you are now? Thank you for your kind comments
on the site.
June 23 2002
I've just been reading some
of the e-mails and came across one from Neil Tibble. I am godmother to the
four youngest and went to all their weddings when they lived at Wakefield.
I am still in touch with their mum and dad who live at Mablethorpe. It
was nice to read their mail; it brought back many happy memories of Brierley
Avril, It was nice to hear from Neil but all of a sudden his emails dried up
so I don’t know what has happened to him. I hope he gets back in touch.
June 26 2002
all my fans, here is a link to a photograph of me taking part in the Melton
Olympic C.C. 25 miles time trial near Granby Nottinghamshire Saturday 15th.
(Link no longer ative)
July 6 2002
you please put me in touch with Neil Tibble, I remember him and all his
family well and would like him to e-mail me.
Perry (nee Picken)
I am sorry to disappoint you but I lost all my email
addresses due to a virus about 3-4 months ago. But I will put an appeal out
for you on the Where are you now? Page as I am sure he still logs onto the
July 4 2002
I am researching my family tree and have discovered some of my ancestors
worked for a Cordeaux family in Hoyland, which is not far away from you. Is
there a history of this family or indeed of the local area I could purchase
or, if not, where could I contact to get photocopies?
Thank you for your time
Mrs. Marie Saunderson
I have sent you an email with a few questions on, once I
have received your answers I will pass on your details to Richard Watson who
helps out the Society.
July 7 2002
I don't know
if the attached would be of any interest to visitors to your site? My
Ernest Blenkinsop worked at Brierley Colliery for 6 years
prior to embarking on a football career in 1921 that included winning 2
league titles with Sheffield Wednesday and making 26 appearances for
England. The attached is a very slight adaptation of an article I submitted
to a Cudworth local history magazine recently. As he lived and played
football in Cudworth there is clearly a stronger link to Cudworth than to
Brierley, but I'd be happy for you to post it if it might be of interest.
As I'm keen
to trace any remaining family links in the Barnsley area, I'd obviously
welcome the opportunity to use this as a way of generating contacts
from anybody who may recall the Blenkinsops of Barnsley.
I can send
you a photo of Ernest if you wanted something to accompany the article. My
scanner has just broken, but if you have a postal address I could put
something in the mail to you.
Regards, Bob Blenkinsop East London
I read your article with great interest and would be honoured
to post it onto the website, although I would have to work out what page to
post it on, probably the memories page or the where are you now page as a
separate story may be ideal. It may be a good idea for you to write a
footnote requesting email from any remaining relatives. I would also like
photographs if possible. Brierley Historic Photographic Society, Brierley
Hall, Church Street, Brierley, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. S72 9HT.
It would be interesting for our readers if you did receive
any email from long lost relatives. I would appreciate you letting us know.
July 7 2002
replying to my email.
I live in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. I put in Cordeaux family in search
and came up with your website. I am talking about 1859 - my gr.gr.grandparents, George Gray and Elcy Eyre were married in St. Peters
Church, Hoyland on Nov.15 1859 by Rev. John Cordeaux and more of his family
were the witnesses-Elizabeth, Charlotte, William my gr.gr.grandparents were
living at Hoyland Parsonage at the time, presumably working for the family
as domestic servants.
Thanks for you
forwarding your information onto Richard Watson who is a local historian and
a mine of local information. Richard is a smashing chap and I am sure he
will help you in any way he can, although I suspect he will be a little busy
as he is a keen cyclist and his sport is in season at the moment. Please let
us know how you go on.
July 10 2002
Just to say thanks for putting me in touch with Richard Watson re. the
Cordeaux family - seems he may have something interesting for me.
Regards, Marie Sanderson
most welcome Marie.
your photo of St. Paul's school
(Mr. Balmforth’s class 1951/2)
some of the unnamed the children are 7 John Haigh, 11 was Pamela
Hanwell rather than Janice, 12 was Susan Robinson rather than Roberts 15
Ronald Bastier, 19 Margaret Grimes, 23 John Grimes, 25 David Hollins,
26 John Cooper. I am number 8 in the photograph.
Thank you for your
information Peter. I have updated the photograph today. Thank you also for
showing an interest in the website.
July 28 2002
Many thanks for your email. Sorry I have taken time to reply but we have
just returned from holiday! I will sift through the information and let you
know if it ties in to my research. Thank you again for your help-much
July 31 2002
Many, Many thanks!!!!! I think it
looks great. I know that other members of the family will be really pleased
and proud to see this presented like it is. Thanks again.
It is a
privilege to have your granddad associated with Brierley and this website
Bob. One of our society members remembers visiting his pub in Sheffield.
referring to the article on his granddad
August 6 2002
Hi Gary and Geraldine
Nice to hear from you Gary and always glad to help
where I can. Give me a call when you are free and I'll pop round and see
what you are up to and view those school records, (if available) amongst
other things. I've just returned from a week on the east coast and I'll be
down at Northern General tomorrow to get my VVI PPM batteries and ignition
checked. All I need now is a tolerable drug to control the AF and a silencer
for the metal valve that ticks me to sleep every night. On the whole, I'm
Now to Geraldine's query. (SEE WHERE ARE YOU NOW)
Jesse Wilfred Watson born 1869 son of Francis Watson Journeyman/Stonemason.
Did the 1891 census say where he originated?
I note your mention of Jessie and her brother
Wilfred Watson and report that they are the children of William Watson, son
of George who was in turn the son of William Watson and Charlotte Cooke
Watson of the Farriers Arms at Brierley. My records show that in the main,
during the nineteenth century, the families were employed in Inn keeping, as
Blacksmiths, Shopkeeper, Coachman or Farm Servant. There was a Fred Watson
recorded as being a Mason at the baptism of his son in 1907. (No other
The other Brierley Watson's originated from present
day Monk Bretton but then known as Farmers of Burton Abbey (now Monk Bretton
Priory). Here were also recorded two generations of William Watson's.
There were also Watson families from Hodroyd and
South Hiendley well recorded in Felkirk parish records and on prime
I have checked through my records of baptisms,
deaths and marriages and not turned up one Jesse, Wilfred or Francis other
than those mentioned above nor can I suggest the possibility of what couple
may have produced a child in 1869 that may have matched in any way. Sorry
As you mention the Watson name is quite common and
the employment of travelling gangs of builders equally so. My Rogerson
ancestors who lived in tandem with the Watson's in Brierley were also of the
Journeyman/Stonemason trades. A team of a least three brothers left to work
in Liverpool and since at some point they were recorded on census as being
Stone Carvers, I thought they were most likely working on either Lime St
Station or the Cathedral. One brother stayed in the area, one returned to
Brierley and my Great Great Grandfather Thomas Rogerson.... I'm still
looking for. Similarly, my Great Great Grandfather William Squires and his
brothers arrived in Smithies Barnsley in the mid 1860's from Bramley Leeds
via various other towns and were recorded as Journeymen/Stonemasons. At one
point George (and brother Samuel) was based as running the Honeywell Inn and
a Building Business from the same address 1869-1876. William lived next
door. The Squires family ended their days in Barnsley.
I'm just trying to stress how nomadic the
Stonemasonry trade of the era was. My Great Grandfather, another Samuel the
son of William was described as being born at 'The Brickyard' Bramley.
Keep searching Geraldine, the answer is out there
Cheers for now
Thanks for that
Trevor. I am usually available on Monday or Wednesday morning in the History
Society room which is in the hall next to where I live if you wish to pop in
for a cuppa.
August 10 2002
Thanks for the story about Samantha (Wilson)
(See Where R U Now Garry Wilson) it made her day and I enjoyed it as well.
know if anyone else as this problem with your pages when first entering but
it triggers my Office set up and starts up my reconfigure setup and
look at your code for my end this is what seems to set it off Its no real
problem for me as I've just scripted it out at my side it only happens on
the first site entry?
Good to have a site like yours to keep in touch with
the news in Brierley thanks again by the way looks like not many folks
remember me or don't use the Internet? Might be an age thing!!
Regards Garry Wilson (Australia)
PS say hello to Allen & Ernie
Hi Gary, it was a pleasure to meet your Samantha, really
lovely lass. In fact she could have been from Yorkshire. Lol. I am surprised
no one recognises you, or perhaps they do and they may be to shy to email.
Please keep in touch with the site.
Many thanks for your hospitality today on our visit to Brierley. Our
research into the Copley Family now has some dates to it thanks to your
assistance. It was certainly an emotional time for my Dad as he saw his
Grandfather and Grandmothers grave for the first time. He also had a quick
chat with Debbie at the post office and that certainly bought some memories
flooding back. I doubt if he will make the trip again as at 79 years of age
travel can be tedious, but who knows?
Once again many thanks, the hint of a tear in his eye showed that he had
Chris, Gerald and Suzanne Beaumont (London)
It was a pleasure to meet you all Chris and it was also
satisfying being able to help you in your family search. If we can assist
you further please don’t hesitate to contact us.
August 14 2002
just discovered your site. Having been born and brought up in Shafton and
attended Shafton School and Hemsworth Grammar School in the 60s, I was
interested and suddenly recognised a name from the past. You published a
reply from Joy Midgley on your site, in response to a request for
information. I went to the Grammar School with Joy Midgley and wondered if
this was the same one, I'm sure the house number is correct. Is it possible
to let me have her email address?
Bona nee Collingwood
Thank you for your email Linda. I have e-mailed Joy today
and as soon as I receive a reply I will let you know.
August 18 2002
also have form photos from 1962-1969, and a choir photo (year needs to be
checked). I will find them out, scan them and email them to you when I get
some spare time. It was good to see Neil Bower on the website, he was part
of the same group as Joy and me. I will try and let more of our group know
about your site, and
see what other things we can come up with.
Bona nee Collingwood
That would be great Linda. By the way, I think you may
have Neil Bower mixed up with someone else. Neil attended Raley school in
August 16 2002
I am looking for some old photos of Middlewood Hall in
Darfield. I’m struggling finding any but hope you may know where there is
Sorry I can’t help you Simon,
but I am sure if any of the website readers have any they will contact me.
August 18 2002
read your page with great interest. My grandfather, Frederick George
Ryland was employed as gardener and I believe later chauffeur to
Mr. Hoyland at Brierley Gap. He was married in Castleford in1903 and my
father was born at Brierley Gap Lodge in June 1908 when my grandfather
was listed as gardener (domestic) I also have a letter from my great aunt
witch describes being driven out in Mr. Hoyland's car. Sept.1910 listed him
as a chauffeur living in Marsh, Huddersfield but we have no idea
whether he was still working for Mr. Hoyland. I realise this is only a small
detail but hope it might help you in piecing together the history of the
Hoyland’s at Brierley.
Thank you for your very interesting letter. I have
searched the local school records and cannot find any children by the name
of Ryland ever attending Brierley School. I wonder how long your family were
in the village? The 1910 date was about right, as the Hoyland family seemed
to disappear from Brierley around that time. Your letter makes me wonder if
they moved to Huddersfield and your father followed to work with them. I
will have to look into that. Just out of interest, is it possible to have a
copy of your aunt’s letter for the archives?
August 19 2002
problem - I will organise the letter for you and thanks for such a prompt
reply. My father was born in June 1908 so would not have attended a local
school! His brother was born in Marsh, Huddersfield on 20 Sept 1910. Please
do keep me informed if you find that Mr. Hoyland did move to
Huddersfield. (For the record my grandparent’s address was 3 Field Street
August 18 2002
not replying - its just life getting in the way a bit.
I think I
have a couple of old photos, but I need to retrieve them from the loft
- not an easy task. But I will send them. Please give me an
address to post them to. Have you lived in Brierley long - would I
know you? You asked if my mum was still at Grange house as you
have some video footage, but unfortunately she died in 1989.
Linda Collingwood very well; we were friends at Hemsworth and would be
delighted to hear from her. Having looked at the site I found it quite
emotional. I remember Nellie and Eddie Woodward, my mum
worked for them for many years. I don't understand the
explanation to the Baxendale photo though. If the young child being
held is Bill Baxendale (who was of my mums generation and went to school
with him) I'm not sure the other people can be who they say- I remember
Billy being married to May, not being his mother. Who supplied the
Will be in
touch again, if I come to Brierley where could I see your photos?
Thanks again for your email. Please send your address so I
can forward it on to Linda. The Billy Baxendale you refer to had a son
called Billy. Does this explain it better? Richard Baxendale who is also the
son of Billy Snr and who lives on the farm now with his wife and children
supplied the information. The history society’s address is on the index
page where you can send any photographs or visit us to see the photographs
already in the archives, a cuppa’ awaits you.
August 24 2002
found one of the photos - its of the Coronation tea party for Hill Top
in what was known as the "club house" which was attached to
the "3 Horse Shoes” pub .The original building was an "L” shape
with the main pub being joined to the club house by the big arch way. I
remember the entrance to the clubhouse being up the outside stone staircase.
Is it still like that? I can name most of the ladies on the photo. I
am still confused re the Baxendales! I remember Billy Baxendale
who was also the butcher having a wife called May and 2 sons, David who was
about a year older than me and Richard who you mention is now the farmer
there was also a sister Janet who was I think the oldest. Is the small
boy being held Richards father Billy or did he have another brother I
don't remember? I was at Grammar school with David.
I am really looking forward to
receiving the photograph. You now have me confused with the photograph of
the Baxendale family. I will make it in my way to see Richard who provided
the information and straighten the details up. The Three Horse shoes
structure hasn’t changed at all from when I first remember it in the
1960s. (Giving my age away now). Have you been in touch with Linda yet?
August 26 2002
You have a nice little site here. Very best wishes and
keep up the good work,
Dodds (working medium in Gloucester).
Very kind of you sir.
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