Updated 16 May 2007
By pure accident I came across your
Web site and was delighted to see faces and read names that I
had forgotten until now. My name is Jeffrey Cook and I am the
first boy top row on the
photograph schools 15.
Also the second girl
top row from Mrs. Thorpe is my sister Marylin Cook, now Marylin
Harvey who lives in Carlton, Barnsley. I can remember all of the
names but would have found it difficult to match their faces. I
can remember John Draper and especially Peter Woolridge who I
worked with at Grimethorpe Power Station.
I attended Brierley School including the Primary School
across the road; I remember playing cricket in the field behind
the School, and walking home each day to Grimethorpe with my two
sisters. I eventually attended
Secondary School and left in 1964. I attended college and worked at the Power
Station in the position of Mechanical Engineer. In 1984 I went
to work in Saudi Arabia and continued an international career
for 10 years.
I am now living and working in San Francisco , California and this is now
my home for the last 14 years.
One last note……….. Mrs. Horton is my Aunt; Horton was my
mother’s maiden name.
The Website is excellent, but I am not sure that I know who
Thanks Jeff Cook San Francisco , California.
I am not too sure where you are on the photograph as the first
boy left is named as is the first boy right. Perhaps you could
enlighten me further. I have updated the photograph with your
sister Marylin. You won't know me as I didn't start Brierley St
Paul's school until 1963. I was brought up on the Hillside
estate and perhaps you may know my half brothers and sisters who
were the Sheards. You may be my brother Alan's age. Thank you
for your kind comments about the website.
Hi Gary, I don't mind writing for the "Where are you
now ?" page but I haven't done much remarkable and think
it may bore people. Also I'm a two finger typist and type slower
than a snail jogging. The article on Felkirk church is
interesting (is John Steel related to Raymond (a.k.a."Coggy")
Steel ?). Both my paternal grand parents are planted in the
graveyard at Felkirk as is my aunty Una (Maundrill) late of High
St. South Hiendley. I was partially educated at nearby Felkirk
Secondary Modern School (as it was then) in High Well Hill Lane.
Brian Bower Has contacted me, thanks for giving him my new
'Bye for now , the footy's ont telly. Regards Eric Heeley
I have passed on your new email address to the people who wanted
to contact you. As you know I already have you on the Where R U
Now page, it was just an update which I will get from Jillian.
Hiya Gary a local resident of Grimey for 27 years now moved
to Brierley, cud yer tell me please do you have a girls brigade
or somat like that in Brierley. I notice there is a boys brigade
but its a young girl of 14 I'm looking for, we are foster carers
and trying to find something in the area for her to do????
Many thanks Keeley Collins of
for your email. Unfortunately the girls brigade finished a
couple of years ago due to lack of interest and to be honest
there is nothing much for a 14 year old girl to do unless
hopefully they build a much needed community centre
that, fingers crossed, may be in the pipeline. We have argued
for a long time that Brierley is the forgotten village and that
there is nothing for our youngsters or elderly to do.
couldn't have been more helpful.
thanks anyway Gary its not your fault, could you possibly keep
my email address and maybe drop me a line if anything does come
up in the future?
Many thanks Keeley x
problem Keeley. would you like me to put you on my mailing list
to notify you when the website
Yes please that
would be great thanks again Keeley x
At last I contacted Eric Heeley. The email address you sent me was the correct one. Thank you. He sent a photo
of himself , he seems to have made it good out there. It was so nice to get in touch with him after all these years.
I will keep contact with him from time to time. I have a few photos of my mum at the Isolation hospital, and one of
my dad when he was in the Brierley fire service in 1941.Once again thanks for the great site, and the dedication
you put into it .
Regards Jillian Gamewell (nee Wilkinson) South Hiendley
Job done Jillian and thank you for the photographs.
Just had a quick look at the
Felkirk Church write up and photo's it look quite good I will go back
to it soon.
The next page took my eye,
The court Leet of the
MANOR OF BRIERLEY by Liz Whitehouse and Stan Bristow
The writers do not seem to know that
Brierley Manor Court Rolls are available at the Nottingham
County record office
archive reference DDSR. I have
copies of several of them and would be willing to loan them to
interested people. I
though any one reading my book would work
out that the manor records would be in the Savil Fojambe
not in the Galway manuscripts as the above
writers seem to think. The web site for Nottingham County Record
Regards Richard Watson
Thank you for the
extra information Richard, I have added a footnote to the
Just a line or
two to let you know I'll be in Brierley May 3rd to May 10th. I
have a couple of old photos that may be of interest for the
BAIPIP site, so I was wondering if it would be possible to meet
with you while I was in the area, or would you prefer I drop
them off for you at your Grange Rd. address? You can reply
direct to this Email address rather than through the web site,
if you wish to.
Hope to hear
from you soon.
Waters Ontario Canada
Well Ken it has taken so long to update the website since your
email that I will say it was nice to meet you
instead of I am looking forward to meeting you. Thank you for
the photographs and I can say I really
enjoyed our chats in the back garden in the sunshine. Can you
come over again as it has done nothing
but rain since you went home on Friday lol. I am looking forward
to seeing you again in October and
hopefully we can do those photographs we spoke about.
Just a line or two to let you know I'll be in Brierley May
3rd to May 10th. I have a couple of old photos that may be of
interest for the BAIPIP site, so I was wondering if it would be
possible to meet with you while I was in the area, or would you
prefer I drop them off for you at your Grange Rd. address? You
can reply direct to this
email address rather than through the web site, if you wish
Hope to hear from you soon.
Ken Waters Ontario Canada
I have just
found out that some people want to contact Eric Heeley. His new
address is enclosed, could you
please pass it
on to the people who have requested it.
Patti, I have passed Eric's details on.
I have just
been looking at the photos of the
Isolation hospital. I wonder if anyone can recall
a nurse called June Callinan who worked at the hospital in the
1950s she lived in Grimethorpe and applied for a job as a
cleaner at the hospital, The matron decided she would make a
good nurse, and so she did, regrettably due to a stern father,
she only became a 'S.E.N.' because to become S.R.N. Meant her
living in during her training. She became my wife in 1960, and
passed away three years ago. Throughout her life she never
forgot her days
hope someone remembers her Trevor. You may be interested to know
that I dedicated my latest
booklet Brierley Remembered Number Two to the former staff at
the Isolation Hospital.
Hope you are well, great website. Can you help please?
23rd June we are having mass at 10am
followed by a coffee morning at Saint
Paul's church Brierley, then
strawberries scones and cream. later on
in the day there will be stalls, band, bingo, and
in the evening a BBQ. We would
like to know if you would
like to bring your photos,
and someone told me you do
a good clown act, do you still
write for the local paper or not? We
are hoping to raise some money
to get the church repaired so if
you can get back to me
Gary I would be so thankful
Richardson (nee Evans) Brierley
Betty I still write for the Chron and no I don't do a clown act
anymore. However I will support your
day as much as I can.
Updated 18th April 2007
On the Mrs Webster class photograph 1960
on the top row
it is Marilyn not Rita Holden. Middle Row 4th from
the left is Susan Gascoigne and the bottom row Thea Dixon and
Doreen not Pat Hardwick
Regards Dee Higgs (Doreen Hardwick)
Thank you for the new information Dee, I have
updated the photograph.
Hey up Gaz
Gary Keele here (Sponnys brother) sending u a photo of 3
horseshoes (sorry about the tear ,ripped it gerin it art).
Got it in a key ring as a Xmas pressy of Margaret (best
landlady ever). I would say it would be around 1989ish when I
got it. When r Kathleen's sorted photos art al send ya some a
church (mi christening) and school pageant.
Till then cheers Keeley (young un)
PS. top notch website
the PS bit Gary lad and the photograph
Updated 5th April 2007
I am a previous
resident of Grimethorpe before coming to Australia and would
love to be kept up with any work
being done on
Grimethorpe Hall. It was always a mystery to me as a young kid.
Also as a
14yr old I started work helping Billy Hughes in the projection
room at Grimethorpe palace, at the
same time I met
my first girlfriend, her name was Josephine Buck and she lived
at Brierley. Josie eventually went
on and married
and found work in the office at Hemsworth brick works, I would
welcome any information as to her
an interesting email Edmund. I will place your search for Josie
on the Peoples search page 1 and wish
following would be of interest to you:
(Nether) 4 Freemen In Brierley and South Hiendley. Earnwine has
6 carucates of land taxable. 3 plough possible
Alric has it
from Ilbert. He has there 2 ploughs and 3 villages and 6 small
holders with 2 ploughs. Meadow, 2 acres.
Pastures 1 league long and 1 wide. Value before 1066 - 40
shilling, now 20 shillings".
information, South Hiendley pre-school was built on the Common
and Felkirk Church School was later destroyed along with the
brass plaques. People used to walk to the Church in Felkirk
from Brierley for weddings, funerals, Christenings
etc. How they did it I'll never know!
Keep up the
for that Jim, I will add the info to the archives
Could you please place
wedding photos numbered 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23
for me to view on the website, with many thanks
Kath Wilde (nee Keele) Barnsley
Firstly, you do have a super website here – thank you! My
mothers family (the Dymonds) owned Burntwood Hall originally and
I see from your website that Burntwood and Mrs Dymond are
mentioned in relation to:-
St Paul’s Church 5.
Would it be possible to see this photo? If you have any more
photos or references to Burntwood, or the Dymonds, to hand I’d
be very interested in them. It’s my mothers 60th
birthday coming up and I’d like to do something a bit special
for her – such as a bit of background info on our heritage!
Many thanks indeed.
Marianne Brame Ipswich
you for your email and your very kind comments on the website.
Regarding the Dymond family, they played an active role in the
village of Brierley and its history for about 400 years up to
1960 and there is too much history about them to put in this one
email. I am sending you a copy of an
email from Sandy Wade-Grey
(he may be related to your family) to the
ask Richard page
of the website for you to read. There is also the reply from
would appreciate it if your mum could take a look at
Number 39 where
there is a family photograph of the Dymonds to which I would
love to put names.
to hear from you soon.
Have you tried the Brierley Village website search engine as I
am sure there is loads more information on the Dymonds. Keep in
touch with the site as I am just putting together the history of
St Peter's church Felkirk where all the Dymonds are buried
It should be on line within the next 3-5 weeks. May I conclude
this email by letting you know how exciting it is to be in touch
with the ancestors of this once great Brierley family.
What a kind and generous reply – thank you very much.
The phrase ‘what a small world’ is of course well worn, but
it is!! Sandy is my mothers cousin – his mother and my
grandmother are sisters (96 and 90 respectively)!! I’m pretty
sure my grandmother is seated on the right of
behind a boy and girl. (possibly my mother
and brother) I will have to double check the others – I think I
can pick out a few more - once I present my mother with this on
Saturday. The John Dymond that Sandy mentions at the beginning
of his first mail is in fact my great grandfather. It is lovely
to find a link to my ancestry and I thank you and your
colleagues/friends for such a detailed, friendly and
professional ‘service’ and bulk of information. If I can fill in
any gaps, I certainly will – though feel free to bin excess or
spurious info that I may pass your way!
Best wishes, Marianne Ipswich
Updated 18th March 2007
I have a group photograph of my Pearson family ancestors, taken outside their cottage which was in, I
believe, New Row Cottages ?. The photo was taken circa 1912. I don't know if it would be of any interest to you,
but if so would you like a copy and how best to send it to you; scan and e-mail?
Kind regards, Matthew Brewster Lincoln
me if a photograph like the one you have is any use to me is
like asking me if I would like to win the lottery! YES PLEASE!!
It would be ok if you email it unless you live local and I could
pick a copy up. Could you also just add a little note giving me
permission to use the photograph and to place it in the Baipip
archives. It would also be appreciated if you could send as much
info on the photograph as possible. Thank you
Thanks for the
great presentation of my
of Elms Farm. I am looking for some help in
finding details around the early and unfortunate deaths of two
of my uncles. The first one is Jim Kerr who died 6/12/36 aged
21years from burns following an explosion a few days earlier at
Brierley colliery. The second one Albert K Nicoll aged 24 years
was at Grimethorpe colliery on 11/9/39.Any help or pointers
would be most welcome.
most welcome David, I enjoyed reading your memories as I am sure
so will many more visitors to the website. I hope you have luck
tracing information on your uncles. I will also place the
details on the
Peoples search page 1.
Stella (David Steele) got a bit of info for you on one of the
kids in the photo
no.24 . On the back row, third from the right
with the red collars is my nephew Ross Steele and the photo was
taken about 1988-1990. I will show him this picture to try and
find more out for you. I hope it helps.
Nice to hear
from you Dave. Thanks for the info,
Updated 8th March 2007
please add my web sites to the local services. My main business
is W Y Horseboxes Ltd and the web site is -
and my other site and
Thank you Gaz
on the local services for you Dave. Your site looks quite
gets better every time I look. Nice one
Hazel. Nice to hear from you again.
I don't mean to sound cheeky but I need a favour if you can help
me. I was looking through the old photos in the archives and I’m
interested in some. Would it be possible for you to send me them
so I can view them please. They are photo 44 dated 1967 (my
granddad in freezer room) also photo's 70, 71 & 130. I don't
have many pictures of my family and I only have one of my
Granddad but none of my Nan and would love to get hold of some.
I hope you can help me or if anyone else has any pictures of any
of my family mainly my Dad (Dave) or Grandparents (Eddie,
Nellie). I would love to see them.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kindest Regards Darron Woodward Stairfoot, Barnsley.
be pleased to put the photographs on the website Darron,
however, you have only put the photograph numbers and not the
categories e.g. people 101, schools 54 etc. I hope you
understand that tracing the numbers only from about 2-3,000
photographs would take me an age. Another thing you might be
interested in is some video I took on the yard with the ice
cream vans around 1991. Your nan (Nellie) is on there talking to
me, albeit only for a short time but really interesting to look
Updated 1st March 2007
If possible I
would like to request that
schools photo no 34
could be put on line when you get chance as Betty Dyson
is my grandmother and it would be nice to see her in her
Consider it done Peter
Some names and
St Paul's church 13 The boy to Raymond Steele's
right is John Grimes who lived in Elms cottages and to his right
is Peter Kaye who lived in a bungalow on Common road towards the
old isolation hospital and now lives in Cornwall. Peter's mum
Grace Mills is the lady on the extreme right of the
photo wearing a light coloured jacket and dark skirt. The two
young ladies to Reverend Webster's right are Jillian Dixon (dark
hair) and Sheila Dixon. They are not related ;Jillian being the
daughter of Mr & Mrs Billy Dixon of Park Road and Sheila the
daughter of Mr & Mrs Jack Dixon of Park Avenue. I remember Mr
Billy Dixon kept a pet fox for a while and Mr Jack Dixon had a
wonderful ability to cheer up all the kids when we were fed up
by producing a bag of sweets or fruit or even chips always
accompanied by him saying "lets reckon its Christmas". Happy
1945-63 Park Avenue now living in Pogmoor Barnsley.
for the memories Dave lol and also for adding names to the
24th January 2007
information required number 38, I've spoken to my
Aunt Elsie (Brazier), and the boy in the picture of 1 Cross Hill
is her brother Harold Winham.
Regards Les Parry Brierley
that Les, I have updated the photograph
your website I was impressed with the content. Good work! My
mother Ellen Greenwood grew up in Brierley and lived in Shafton
before moving to Australia in 1968. As the photo's may be of
interest to her ( old school friends etc) I gave them to her to
look at, she immediately recognized herself in
Schools 9 middle row second from left listed as
Ellen Sherwood. Should be Ellen Greenwood. Hope this information
is useful to you.
Also could you
please post pictures of
Isolation hospital 4 and
Among the people listed in the
photographs is Teresa West (correct spelling Theresa) my
grandmother, and Les my grandfather.
West Adelaide Australia.
you for the information regarding
schools 9 photograph
mother Stuart and also for your kind comments on the web site.
Isolation hospital photographs
put on line for you. Perhaps you could help me by pointing out
your gran and granddad
Peter Lukey here. You have me down as standing in
photo no 27 next to Mr Balmforth.
However its a bit before my time lol as my mum Hilary Newton is
in the pic. Mum tells me the actual lad was called John
Mansfield. All the best!
Peter Lukey Brierley
that Peter, I hope I haven't made you feel too old. I have
corrected and updated the photograph
have been researching the lives of my grandparents, Tom and
Elizabeth Scholey ( and their parents, John (Jack) and Sarah
Scholey of Ryhill and John and Eva Jolliffe of Normanton; as
well as Nathaniel and Mary Scholey, of Ackworth and Ryhill, and
Mary Robinson and Mark Jolliffe...!), and would like to hear
from anyone who remembers them. In particular, I remember John
Steele, and his wife, Joyce, very well. My father, Mark
Scholey, moved us to East Yorkshire, where he became a
successful Quantity Surveyor, but we continued to visit Royd
View, Brierley until my granddad died. I am a historian and I
think it is is no small degree due to my grandparents' love of
history! My father also loved history... and went on to marry
his cousin after my own mother died, so that I am also looking
for the Jolliffes of Normanton and the Robinsons of
"Amcotts(?)", where my great-aunt (Mrs Laura Mackrill) was
headmistress. I went to Grimethorpe Infants School between
1958-1960, and we lived in Oak Street, until about 1960.
I remember the
grocer's van, the wood near Oak Street, and the wagonette which
ferried the children around our estate; also, a good many people
in Brierley...the Baxendales, the Foxes...and would like to
contact anyone who remembers my father, or mother, Dora Oyston.
My auntie and cousin still live in Grimethorpe.
I have met
your brother Kevin from York. He has written a few times about
the Scholey photographs including your dad Mark on the web site.
He came to my photograph exhibition last year. I will include
part of your email on the
People search page
Yes, my brother got to you first; the photos are indeed rare
and valuable to us, as we didn't ask granddad enough about
Brierley when he was alive.
remembered that my Aunt Laura was the Headmistress of Altofts
School for a long time, not Amcotts! When we used to visit my
grandparents, we also knew the Baxendales, Foxes and Oates, and
would be interested to hear about those families; the Oates also
had connections with my mother's family, the Oystons, and I
would particularly like to hear from anyone who knew them: they
lived at Hooten Pagnell for a time before moving to
Susan Beaumont Leyburn
Susan. As you are probably aware
John Steele writes his memories
on this web
site. Sadly his wife Joyce passed away a few years ago but not
of her time
spent at the Isolation hospital. I have been with John this week
as he has just written the history of St Peter's church at
Felkirk and I am typing it up ready to put on the web site.
Richard Baxendale the son of Billy who has passed away now
tenants the farm with his wife Janet. The only member of the Fox
family still living in the village is Ida Swinbank who if you
remember owned the petrol station at the top of Brierley hill.
Doreen Oates and her son Ray have just left Fidling farm to live
in Cudworth . Their farm is to be demolished to make way for yet
another housing development.
I am unable to
contact Eric Heeley on the email address you gave me. He may
have changed his email address again.. I have a few old photos
I'd like you to see. I'll pop up sometime and show them to you.
Jillian Gamewell (Wilkinson) South Hiendley
I have put
out an appeal for Eric to contact me with his new email address
Jillian. As soon as he does I will let you know.
Thank you so much for putting the photographs
SCHOOLS 11, 27, 38, 40, 62, 98, and 134
on your Web Site. I really appreciate
it, and I have looked at them and they are great.
To assist you with your archives, I have asked my Mum to
write down things that she can remember about 'Uncle Jack
Balmforth' in his latter days so I will update you over the
Kindest Regards - Rosie Stewart Bradford
are welcome Rosie
Updated 17th January 2007
There seem to have been some large changes in Brierley since
I was there. Could you list any recent building which is new
to the village? Nothing elaborate but I see you have referred
to some new building in the Park also on the Flates. Am I
spelling Flates incorrectly?!
Some of the the street names seem to have changed as well!
It is extremely hot here at the moment - 41C outside. Our
air conditioning is going full blast!
All the best
Jim Hoyland Canberra Australia
Hi Jim, I have just been talking to your old friend John Steele
and he informs me that it is Flats Field because it is steep
from the post office upwards and then falls flat again. He sends
his regards and mentioned when you both used to go to Tommy Oaks
farm, can you remember? There is a fairly new housing estate now
where the farm was, it is called Haldane Close On the Flats,
there is old folks bungalows on there now and a street of
council houses. Also there is a new housing estate on the old
Brierley Colliery site with access from the top of Brierley
Hill. Since you left Brierley there is also an housing estate
before Brierley park and one that as carried on from Park Road.
You can see these latter two at
Aerial views 7.
The estate before the park which is called Norwood Drive as
extended into the top field as you view the photograph. You can
also see the new school to the left which is further down the
field from the old school with access off Norwood Drive (Beech
Close). There is also a number of private houses gone up on
Cliff Lane in the place of the old farm. When I have more time I
will send photographs
Nice to hear
from you again. Thanks for the info. I see from the e-mail
update a Jillian Gamewell nee Wilkinson is enquiring about Eric
Heeley' s email address I have had the same trouble, so
therefore would be pleased if you will e-mail his address to me.
All the very best to you. Brian Bower (Doncaster)
problem Brian I will send you the latest email address I have
for Eric, please let me know how you go on with it,
e-mail address did not operate. Thanks anyway Bye now Brian
that Brian, I will put an appeal out for Eric to contact the web
site. I wonder if Jillian managed to contact him
My name is
Linda Jagger. I live at Tralee, Barnsley Road, Brierley. I
notice you have a section on the Brierley village website for
local businesses. I wonder if you might include a link to my
added a page
link to your web site under local services Linda. May I
congratulate you on the work you do.
Thank you so
much for the work you've done putting
on the Brierley Village website. I am absolutely
thrilled with it!
are welcome Linda
Congratulations on a fantastic web site. For such a small
village it really is a credit to the inhabitants. Of course,
having been born in Grimethorpe, Brierley was always considered
'posh', the only pit I knew that had white painted walls and
florescent lighting. Yes it was a training pit at the time and
it was only a rumour that miners had to have a bath before
descending the shaft.
Regarding the medal I found, due to an argument with my
laptop, it committed suicide, taking with it all my e-mail
contacts. Could you let me know John Feeney's contact details
again as he would appear the rightful owner of the medal.
Trevor Loring - Leyland - Lancs.
you for your kind comments on the web site Trevor. I am pleased
you have found the rightful owner of the medal
A very Happy
New Year to you. I am really looking forward to the web site
again now we are all back to normal after the holidays. I really
do enjoy looking round especially at the old photographs. The
hard work you do on the site is great, all the best.
Richardson (nee Evans). Brierley
Betty, you should enjoy the recent update of
8 school photographs
as you are
on a couple of them.
I have been
having another look at the pics on your site....Information
required no 30
is earlier than stated
1981....I recognise some faces...but not sure of all names there
is definitely a Parry at the back...and a Conroy near the
front...possibly a Steele at front too...though not terribly
convinced...I am sure the pic was taken about same time as other
pageant pics u have had on here...
Cormack New Zealand
you again for your information Leslie, I thought you had
forsaken the web site it is so long since I heard from you
Updated 10th January 2007
I am in the process of compiling my Family Tree. Is it
possible to have copies of photographs posted on your website,
or emailed to me ? The ones are old School photographs which
have Mr. Jack Balmforth on. As you will know he was the Head
Master at St. Paul's C of E School. He was my Mum's Uncle.
The Numbers I am interested in are :
SCHOOLS 11, 27, 38, 40, 62, 98, and 134
Photographs now on line
Rosie Stewart Bradford
you for your email Rosy. Unfortunately time is not on my side
at the moment but I will place the photographs on line within
the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you may like to read
of the time I spent at St Paul's when Mr Balmforth
was the headmaster
please let me have a copy of
a disc or email copy will do I'll print it
Photograph now on line
Unfortunately time is not on my side at the moment Les but I
will place the photograph on line within the next couple of
I hope this gets to you as I know you want info about
I was shocked when I saw it. You're right about the guy at the
back looking like Danny he's a dead ringer. Anyway I would
really love to know who the lady is because I have two photos in
mirrored glass frames and one is of this lady and some bloke
outside what looks like a caravan its really old. I think I
remember my grandma telling me it was her gran, but I am not
100% certain on this. I will ask other family members if they
know who they are and hope we can give names to these faces keep
up the good work Gary.
is convincing me more that the lady is Mrs Woodward's
grandmother and that the soldiers around her are her sons of
which the one that looks like Danny is possibly Mrs Woodward's
father who would have been a Lloyd
Thanks for the message and merry Christmas to you too.
I am attaching a press release concerning
book I have just published
with Leslie Howson, who also came from Brierley but
died in 1986. The file has all the relevant details so I hope
you can include it on the website for the January update.
Please let me know if you need any more info/images etc.
Best wishes for 2007.
John Nixon York
John and congratulations all round. I have placed the
information on the book under
I have just
tried to read the feature relating to Tracey Bonner and myself,
Geoff Graham. You have the wrong link in there and duplicates
the one to Bryan Bower and Denise Spaxman
It's me Hazel. I have not been on your site for
a few weeks now. I don't get on my computer much these days.
Just sent one of your photographs of the
school being pulled down to our Kevin in
Australia. Hope you like where you living now, I will get up
there one day too see you.
See you soon
Hazel Devonport Brierley
for that Hazel. I hope the photograph and story brings back
memories for Kevin
My name is John
Feeney. An article on your web site suggests you have info on a
medal of my grandfathers - Edward Feeney. I know Trevor Loring
who is in possession of the medal. He is my cousin's husband,
June Callinan. Charles was her father, and Honor Feeney was her
mother and my aunt. Apart from this award there was another
commendation, which involved a trip to London for Edward Feeney
to meet the King, George V.
If you want to
contact me regarding the medal or for Trevor to get in touch you
can phone me on Hereford !!!!!!!!!! or e mail back.
John, I will pass your details onto Trevor
depicts myself, my wife Maureen and our four
grandsons. I don't seem to have any photographs taken in
Brierley. Film was very hard to get during the war.
impressions from the war years - there wasn't much in the way of
entertainment so you provided your own. Dances were held quite
often at the Institute. Alcohol was not allowed in this
building so it was stowed away in the schools. I also recall
watching a variety show in the Institute.
I think what
everyone had to get used to was the blackout, it was pretty near
total. I walked into a black cow in the middle of the road on
my way back from Hemsworth late at night. Bit of a shock. I took
off at high speed as I didn't know what it was. This was near
lights came on at the end of the war everyone felt naked, we
expected to get bombed any minute.
photograph attached was taken at a local flower show.
Jim, I have placed the photograph on your
with the information
trying to locate some of my Yorkshire ancestors. I was born in
Wakefield and lived in South Elmsall. Recently I found out that
my grandfather (also lived in S.Elmsall) had 4 brothers and 5
sisters 3 more than I knew about. Their father was John Thomas
Smith who lived at Lincoln Villas, Brierley having retired as a
colliery manager. He died 29.5.1930 at the age of 70 and is
apparently buried in Brierley Churchyard. What I am hoping to
find out is which son buried him and where he lived.
Can you help. I
would come and do some leg work but live on the south coast ,
but am hoping to get northwards after Easter.
Paul Smith South Coast
check on one thing Paul, are you sure it is Lincoln Villa and
not Clifton Villas.
There is no Lincoln Villa I know off in Brierley. I am sending
your query to Richard Watson a local historian who will be able
to assist you better than I can. You can also
on my web site Regards Gary
for your reply. In his will it says Lincoln Villa. My Godmother
sent me the copy of the will, she told me that John and
remarried after his wife had died in 1901 and his second wife
Hannah inherited everything and when she died the two oldest
sons went to the property and there was nothing left. The will
asks the Trustees to let his wife stay in his property including
all furniture and effects up to her death. It also states that
after his death any debts be paid and any monies from his estate
should be reinvested in Trustee securities and pay all monies to
there was only the house left which they must have sold and
shared amongst the 10 daughters and sons. Families hey and I'm
researching the one called Smith.
again. I am hoping to come north after Easter and hope we can
meet for a pint. Is The Fox still at Brierley crossroads, long
time since I went in there.
passed on your email to
who I am sure will contact you shortly. Richards
is not sure until he checks but he believes Lincoln Villas are
the terraced houses just before Malcolm Hartley's garage on
Eyup big fella
You said I
never e mailed.... so here it it...
the least I've heard you say in one sentence Graham
minimum needed for a mention on this magnificent web site - all
I want is me name in lights !!
best I can do for thee lad
Gazza and let it never ever be said that you are not a man of
your word and of the highest integrity. A top banana !! (fame
for me at last)
I tried sending
this to to Eric Heeley in Australia and had it returned. Do you
have a different address for Eric and if so could you forward
it. You might like to use it for your archives also.
Wilkinson South Hiendley
Hello Eric. You probably don't remember me as it is a long time
ago. I'm Jillian Wilkinson from UK. I've been looking on the web
site Brierley and It's People and was delighted to see that you
have sent a story about your early life and memories of your
time in Hill top. I remember your family very well when you
lived there with your sister Janet. I lived at 40 Hill Top with
my dad Nat and mother Freda, brothers Geoffrey, Peter, Linda,
then we moved to no 17 in 1956 and my brother Stephen was born.
Your mother helped to deliver my sister .It was lovely that you
remember everybody who lived there at the time. I was born at 25
Barnsley road in 1939 so I'm a bit older than you. I have a
photo of Terry Wheater and me with your dad Jerry on the front
step. I will send it later if you get this email. I was only
about 3 and so you was not born then. I remember your sister
Janet. I used to take her out in the pram. Do you remember the
tree in your front garden? You were always climbing on it. My
mother is 88 now she has recently gone to live with my sister
.Dad passed on in 1987, miss him very much. I have done o lot of
travelling around but ended up coming back here in South
Hiendley with my husband and two children and four grand
forward to hearing from you and wish you and your family a
Happy new year.
Gamewell nee (Wilkinson.
Jillian, nice to hear from you again. I am sending you the
latest email address I have for Eric. Please let me know if you
do get in touch it will make a good story for the web site.