Email received at this web site
email with a full name and a place of residence (e.g. Brierley,
Australia, Leeds etc) will be acknowledged.
Edited email will be answered on the web site and in some cases may
receive a personal reply
Updated 27 December 2008
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks for all the hard work on the two
The miners lamp is now engraved by a man
whose family named Baker used to live at he thought no. 10 Pit Row and
whose grandfather had spoken of the
accident. I have spoken to Father Peter and
have agreed to call him again in the new year to sort out when the lamp
is to be put in place. He is obviously busy at the moment with Christmas
and the fire. Will keep you posted.
I will do you a piece about my cousin's
daughter visiting Brierley and already have a photo of her stood outside
her great grandparents house at no.24 pit row.
Regards Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
Thanks David and a Merry Christmas and happy New Year to
you too. Did you contact that fellow by telephone re the miners lamp,
please keep me informed and I will get a piece in the chron for you.
Looking forward to reading the story re your cousin's daughter visiting
Brierley. Take care David and I will probably see you in the New Year
We will be
carol singing round the village the 23rd if weather is ok
from 4pm. If you can sing you are welcome to come.
Richardson nee Evans
PS Have a
great Christmas and a great new year
the carol singers were wonderful. They brought tears to my eyes.
special thank you to all the sponsors and contributors to the web site and
my super friend for all time, Gaz, for all his work. I wish you all
a very merry and happy Christmas.
from Bill Mielke in Canada.
Thanks Bill, that
is really nice
Updated 17 December 2008
Its Ben Schofield here. I am in New Zealand
at the moment. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and every one
back in Brierley. I am off to Sydney for the New Year, miss you all. The
website is still mint gazza I love it, my email is
email@example.com or find me on Face book through your
Thanks for the email Ben.
Glad to know you are keeping ok. I will give everyone your love and best
wishes. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also.
wondering if you would post my email online. I'm researching my
family tree and have traced an ancestor back to Brierley. I'm
interested in finding out a bit more about Brierley and in
particular the places associated with my ancestors.
My great great great
grandfather was George Wilson who was the
postmaster in Brierley as shown on the 1861 census. His address
was Prospect Cottage - does this still exist?
I believe his mother was called Ann and his daughter
Annie Wilson (born around 1847) was my great great
grandmother. The name of his mother is the furthest back I have
managed to trace this part of my family tree, I don't know what
his fathers name was or what his mother's maiden name was.
would be interested to hear from anyone that knows any
information about George or his family. Or if anyone has any
photographs old or new of Prospect Cottage or the post office.
I have passed on your email to
Richard Watson who is a local historian and
about Brierley on my web site. I
will also post your email on the web site with your contact
details when I update. Thank you for your interest in Brierley
and for getting in contact with the web site. Good luck with
your research, if I can assist with anything else please don't
hesitate to ask.
Updated 2 December 2008
I lived in Brierley from
1958 to 1976 and my parents still live there. I have lost
contact with most people having lived in Leeds, Bristol
and now I live in Worksop. Do you have any links to people who
went to Brierley School 63 - 68, Milefield School 68-70? and
Willowgarth 70 - 76.
I came across your site through the Willowgarth
site. I did not realise Brierley had a web site.
I have just
launched a new web site In memory of
If you like I could put your contact details on there for ex pupils to find.
Just to let you know on Saturday 13th
December, there is a Christmas Fair at Brierley church. It
starts at 4pm till 6pm. There will be a Santa's grotto,
Christmas stalls, cake stall, mulled wine, tea coffee and music
by Grimethorpe & district band.
Then on the Sunday 14th we have a Christmas
concert, that starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and its the kids
from Brierley school, and Jenny who teaches the kids to sing
some of her friends are going to play there musical
instruments they are very good, so if you can put the word
about please would be very grateful. so we have a busy two
and all being well the 22nd December if
weather OK we are going round the village carol singing with
the kids in the choir
Betty Richardson (nee Evans) Brierley
Well folks, you have the news. Please try and
support the church and its members.
Updated 27 November 2008
Hope you are keeping up with the site? I heard from Paul Halford who said he
would be sending you his school info for your
new web site.
Would it be possible to send me a copy of a photo please?
It is: Photograph number
circa 1960s Brierley Ladies FC which
had my Auntie Chris, Bill's goat and my first girlfriend Pauline Cassidy on
Do you sell a full collection of all the photo's you have collected?
Kevin Bates, Adelaide, Australia.
Thanks for letting Paul know about the new site Kev. Your
photograph has been placed on the web site. I will probably put the full
collection on cd eventually but it is
the same old problem at the moment TIME! Anyway, I am still collecting and
archiving them so it won't be until I have archived them all. There is still
a few hundred to do which will take me a couple of years yet.
Hope you are well young fella?
Whilst browsing over some of the website photo's I noticed on the
Church 10 is a Ian Hartley nicknamed Jammy. He went to St. Paul's school in
my class with Paul Halford, Martin & Nicholas Kenyon, John Nixon, Phillip
Jagger etc. etc. He lived on Park View from memory up near the frying pan.
He is 4th in from the left on the bottom row. (See attachment)
Say G'day to all the Bates and Cox relatives for me.
Regards Kevin Bates, Adelaide, Australia.
Regarding photograph number Information required number
24, I think the year is 1987/88, Brierley Primary School Class 4, and
the names are :
Back row l-r: Mrs Allcock, Kerry Fitzgerald, Mark
Smith, Gareth Armitage, Lisa Bailey, Jonathon Winstanley, Darren
Simpson, Clare Halford.
Middle Row l-r: Nigel Smith, Marcus Smith, Ben
Pickering, ?????, Hayley Doig, Katrina Marriot, Wayne Sheard.
Front Row l-r: Mark Horne, Melanie Kearford,
Caroline Duckett, Hayley Todd, Lisa Marsh, David Yoxall, Michael
I might be out on the spellings and I am not sure on the
girl 4th middle row, might be Jay something ?
Regards, Dave Yoxall Canada
Thanks for the information David. Thanks to your
information I have now added the photograph to the archives with the
schools 150. Have you moved to Canada yet?
Yeah am sat working in Vancouver this minute. Staying here for three
months then moving to Toronto.
Regards, Dave Yoxall
You will remember I was waiting for
Father Needham to ok the replacement of my uncles miners lamp
stolen from St Paul's church. Father Needham has given his
approval and now I am getting the lamp engraved.
has taken me a bit longer as I did not know the first names of
the other two miners who also died following the explosion at
Brierley Colliery way back in 1936.
I now know they were: Matthew C
Lawton and Philip Nash. Are there any of these two family names
left in Brierley who may be connected and would like to know
what is happening ?
Regards Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
Do you know any relatives of Matthew C Lawton and Philip
Nash? If so please email Gary and I will pass on the details to David. Also
news stories Nov 27.
Updated 22 November 2008
Yes, you're right, I am David's son (see email under 10
November). I'm currently in the final year of an
electrical engineering degree at Liverpool. I will definitely
let my dad know that you asked about him, I'll get him to send
you an e-mail.
My granddad is currently at Hallstead's in Grimethorpe. He isn't
too well these days, still fighting on though.
Next time I'm back home, I'll dig out the old photos and bring
them up to you, to get a copy. I would appreciate it if you
could let me know when you have chance to put the pics of the
shop and 21 church street online.
If I get chance to pop home soon, and bring u the photos we
have, would I be able to have a digital copy of some of your
photos onto my USB stick?
Kind Regards Rob Greenwell Liverpool university
So sorry I
Evening" last week ---husband sneezed 3 times and was
"full of 'flu"!!!
definitely make the next one .
Scott [nee Perry]
I was a little disappointed in the non support
of the web site but the few people that were there were
magnificent. It ended up a good night. Ask your hubby next time
to work his flu round my next escapade lol. It is same at the
doctors now though, you have to book your illness to enable you
to get an appointment lol. Not to worry though Kath it is nice
to hear from you. By the way, did you attend St Paul's as I am
launching a web
site to its memory very shortly
Gary for your understanding. How do I send a donation for the web
Thanks Kath, that would be nice of you.
If anyone wishes to make a donation I ask them to send it straight
to the web site Host
me-too.net who will then discount my invoice with any
donations they have received on my behalf for the web site
Updated 10 November 2008
granddad (Alan Greenwell) used to own 21 church street, Clifton house and
the old Brierley shop (now a house), the one across from where 21 church
street once proudly stood.
currently have an old photo of the shop which is damaged and is being
digitally repaired by a friend of mine who does graphics.
have any old photos of either the old shop, 21 church street or of Clifton
house? Or even any with either Eileen or Alan Greenwell or their sons Dale,
Derek or David in?
mean a great deal to my granddad to see some old photos
Regards Rob Greenwell Liverpool university
I take it you are David's son who I went to school
with. The only photograph I have of the inside of the shop is a black
and white one with Bessie Woodward behind the counter. I do have a re
produced newspaper cutting of an angled view of the shop but it isn't
very good, it is also showing Mr Jubbs printers shop which was next
door. I will put the photographs on the web site for you next time I
update. How is your grandfather keeping, I haven't seen him since Dale
and Debbie left the post office? Also tell your dad I asked about him
and tell him to keep in touch with the web site as I am launching a new
site shortly to the memory of St Paul's school. I wouldn't mind a copy
of the photograph you have for the archives, do you think you could loan
it me, I am a photographer so if your friend hasn't already started to
repair it I could do it for you free of charge of course. I also have
photographs of 21 Church Street including the back end of its
Hi Robert, one of the
photographs you requested is now on line
Here's a few programs that can assist you in computer maintenance... PLEASE
read the instructions properly as
I don't supply support on it... so it's user beware and user read!
Enjoy Billy Mielke Canada
enjoyed looking at your website, I was born in Brierley my name then was
Margaret Hancock, Albert Hancock's daughter. I was born at Tralee bungalow
next door to Brian Bowers home. I left Brierley when I joined the R.A.F. I
met my then husband in the forces and we travelled to a lot of places. I now
live in Somerset, I went to St Paul's school and Willowgarth.
Margaret Nassau Somerset.
these Photos are of Ferrymoor
Flash on Cudworh Common near (Grimethorpe). We all remember the floods
and the trouble it caused. You can see the man feeding the birds,
the following photos shows the results of the flooding.
From: Allan Hampson, of Grimethope,
Thanks Alan, I have added the photographs to
Your Contribution page
Updated 15 October 2008
My late Grandma was born in 1880 (in Brierley). Her name
was Teresa Shelton. Her Parents owned the "cake" shop famous for its
pies. (I think it is still there). later in life she married Thomas
Bagshaw (my Granddad) and they lived in Grimethorpe at 7 Joseph Street.
My Granddad was a miner, as was his Stepson George. George was the
son of my Grandma. She had two other sons one called Ezra ( nicknamed
jack) and Ernest, two Daughters, one called Teresa and the other Frances
(my late Mother).
My Grandparents &
family moved to Blackpool in the 30s. Apparently before my
Granddad became a miner (after the first world war, he was a
I was hoping I could find some information about
them, if you know anyone who could help I would be very
Many Thanks, and Best Wishes,
nee Adams. Rawcliffe.
Also on People Search
Lets hope someone
recognises your family Jacqueline. If anyone does, please get in
touch with the web site.
I read with interest the article on Felkirk St Peters
church and about Maurice Bradley Parker Boyd. For your correction,
Maurice served in East Africa with the 11th (Hull) Heavy Battery RGA as
a signaller. He died whilst on leave after having a collision on his
bicycle and thus never went to France with the rest of the Battery. It is
a long shot I know, but are there any Boyd's left in Felkirk or Brierley
who may be related to him. I am researching g the Hull Heavy Battery and
am keen to acquire any surviving documents or photographs where
possible. I visited St Peters Churchyard this last Tuesday but
unfortunately could not find his grave, any assistance would be useful.
Many thanks for any help you may offer.
Rupert Drake Lincoln
Thank you for the information Rupert. I will pass it on
to John Steele who gathered the information. I only did the photographs
and edited John's work for the web site.
I am so sorry when clearing my incoming
mail I dismissed some of the addresses I wanted to keep. I have lost
Linda's address and the address John Hardman sent me has a fault in it
somewhere as my email to him gets rejected.
Would you be so kind as to look into these
problems for me
Sincerely yours Edmund Redmile Australia
Their addresses are on there way to you Edmund,
sorry for the delay.
Unfortunately, I have
only just landed on your website, having googled the name of William
I wonder if it
is possible for you to send him an email to tell him, if he is
interested, that I have reconstructed almost the entire Baines
family – in England – from which he is descended. Let him know it is
a fascinating family, with many distinguished relatives for him.
The email from William is from the
old web site and I have lost touch. Hopefully he may see this and
reply in which case I will pass on his details to you.
I wonder if you could help me? I am currently writing a complete
guide to the country houses of Yorkshire and would be most grateful if
you would allow me to reproduce, with appropriate acknowledgement of
course, a photo of Brierley Hall from you website. The illustration
would accompany a brief piece of descriptive and historical text.
Many thanks for your assistance
very best wishes
Prof Ian Greaves
I don't mind at all Ian but
unfortunately the Hall is up for sale and no one is sure of its future. I
will keep you informed.
Updated September 15 2008
keeping well my friend, not seen you around for a while!
wondered where the Taylor family had moved
(see email further down
the page) to as I drove past their old
house by the Three Horse Shoes.
remember playing football for hours with Dean and the rest of the lads (
Dave Leadbeater, Alan Burdett, Geoff Hill to name but a few) on Brierley
park many years ago!
hear from Duane who used to mate about with my brother Darren (sadly
with us no more), Dave Lomas, Clive Pearson again to name but a few of
to show Gary that the website you have created is doing a fantastic job
keeping people in touch with their heritage and their roots!
note the mail from Susan Lazenby regarding John T Audin brought back
memories as he used to work with my uncle Charlie Garner (now
deceased) at Brierley pit and I was told by my mum that the news of Johns
death was given to his family, friends and neighbours when they were all
at a dance in the Institute (now Brierley Club).
actually close by my brother Darren in Brierley cemetery and
the date on his headstone is 13th February 1945
memories triggered by people's e-mails evoke every emotion!
Keep up the
good work Gary
Gary Wilson Brierley
your kind words re the web site Gary. It is when I receive emails like
your that I realise that all the hard work and effort (but also
enjoyable) I put into it is worth while. Also there is a lot of activity
behind the scenes where I receive confidential email from visitors
wanting to get in touch with friends, family etc that no one sees. Some
good news for all ex pupils from St Paul's, I am launching a web site in
its memory and I already have been in touch with John Balmforths son
Alan who has sent me details about his father on his retirement along
with photographs, I am getting very excited about it. It should be
launched, hopefully, before Christmas. I am also hoping for a
contribution From Edwin Hambleton. Maybe you could put pen to paper for
me Gary and write of your time there. I am hoping to involve as many ex
pupils as possible.
This is Ronnie Harpham I can help with the photo
back row left to right Percy Harpham snr back row 4th from left Fred
Gray, front row left to right Percy Harpham jnr 2nd from
left Harry Gray he played for Barnsley after ww2
Ronnie Harpham Brierley
Thanks Ron, I have updated the photograph.
I'm wondering if you can help me, I'm
looking for a club in Brierley that was called "The Nite Owl". I can't
seem to be able to find it although someone told me it has changed name
if this is so do you know the new name? and maybe website address and or
phone number it would be a great if you could help me out.
The nite Owl is part of the Burntwood Court
Hotel. They have 3 bars with different names Nite Owl being one of
them although they have changed the name to Qube Bar
Common Lane Brierley
Barnsley S72 9ET. tel: 01226 711123
Updated 24 August 2008
Here are the details of the photographs I left
you at the last exhibition. I have some wonderful childhood memories of
growing up on Pit Row in the 50s. We all played together - when we weren't
falling out! - and we had free run of most of the gardens as they weren't
cultivated. We also played in the pit yard and the pit fields. I don't
remember any trouble and our mums and dads always knew where to find us at
bedtime. Oh what happy days!
Christine Cheetham (nee Evans) Shafton
Thanks for the info and your
memories Christine, I will start work on the photographs next week.
Just a couple of points for now; do you have access to the school records
for 1926 and in particular the V Kerr listed on
photo 12. There was no V Kerr in my family
history and I was unaware of any other Kerr's in Brierley. The year and my
guess of the pupil's ages would fit with my mother Mabel being the likely
pupil; any ideas. Secondly; is there any news on the stolen miners lamp from
Regards David Nicoll formerly of park avenue
now living in Pogmoor Barnsley
The photograph in question has been out on show at a few
exhibitions and as yet I haven't received any names so it looks like
were out of luck. I enclose details I hold from the school records
regarding the Kerr family and looking at them you are right there is no
V Kerr and the dates suggest it might be your mother Mabel. Re the
stolen miners lamp, I have written to Paul the Pastoral assistant for
any news and I am still waiting to hear from him.
A couple of corrections to the school dates
you have; Mabel's dob is 7th may 1913 not July and Jack's is 29th July
1909 and not 1915.I have checked them out on ancestry just in case my
info was wrong. Jacks death certificate(13/10/1937) lists his age at
death as 24 but his grave in Brierley says 28 which fits with the 1909
dob. I am really guessing on the
photo so any help from older members
of the Brierley community would help as to who on the photo is my mother
Given the school start dates as well 1922 I
need to correct my story to reflect 1922 as the year the Kerr's arrived
That just leaves the question of any
further info on the stolen miners lamp?
Thanks Gary and will be in touch ASAP re
the other photos.
Glad I could help David
letting me know the web site has been updated, I will have a look at it,
also thanks for that photograph you repaired for me Gazza I loved it.
Nicola Damankah (Leadbeater) London
My name is
Duane Taylor. I lived in Clifton House, Brierley from 1963 to 197. My
brother Dean Taylor, sister Dale Taylor and I all
attended St. Paul’s, Milefield and Willowgarth High School.
I have been
through most of the pictures – I am sure at least one of us must appear in
one of them! Particularly I think Dean is in one of the Gala shot’s. I will
see if I have any pictures I can submit.
I now live
in Canada and I am separated with 2 little boys aged 4 and 5.
Dean lives in
Lofthouse, is happily married with a newborn baby – not bad for a 50 year
old. Dale lives in Garforth, is happily married and has a 10 year old boy
and a 13 year old girl. My mum lives in Tingley and my dad lives near
Duane Taylor Canada
Thank you for your email. it was really nice to hear from
you as I remember your family very well (Were you all modelling as
children)? I went to school with Dean and I have lots of photographs of
you all thanks to Barbara Pearson who I believe Dale or Dean mated about
with Clive her son. If my memory is correct, I think you all left the
village before we entered High school as I cannot remember Dean being
there but I did wonder what happened to you all. If you check out the
memories of St Pauls
school that I wrote there is a couple of photographs of me when I
was there, perhaps you could point them out to your Dean, he may
remember me. It would be nice to have photographs of the family with
their children as you all are today. I am forwarding a photograph of you
all and there is also Clive (Doddy) Pearson on it along with
Donald Woodward who if you remember was sadly electrocuted on his uncle
Eddies ice cream yard. Hope to hear from you soon.
is awesome to hear all the old names!
That picture is fantastic.
If you have the time to send more, that would be awesome! I remember Donald
Woodward and his electrocution. I can still remember the milky puddles and
the smell of ice cream from their yard.
Mrs Pearson used to look
after us after school, until my parents came home. We used to play with
Diddy Lomas, Darren, Stephen Vamplew and the other park boys.
I will work on some up to
date pictures and get them to you.
I was over last October –
I brought my boys over to see their cousins. I may pop over myself, but I am
on a training course in Washington DC that I have to go to for a week in
September and November so it could be tight. I took pictures of Clifton
House and drove around Brierley. Everything looked so small! The other
choice would be next Spring.
Ever thought of
organizing a re-union at the Horse Shoes?
Dean finished 6th form at
Willowgarth, but I left at 16 - we moved to Harworth Nr Doncaster. I would
appreciate any more pictures you
have of us, particularly as I now live here in Canada.
Duane Taylor Canada
I tried for a reunion
for our 50th Duane but there wasn't much interest. However, if you decide to
come over let me know and I could arrange a get together one night with all
of you and your families old friends, I think that would be great. I would
love to see you all again especially your Dean.
Updated 24 July 2008
Information required photograph 3, My mother was the Margaret
Audin in the picture, she died in 2004.I think she was 17 when the picture
was taken which would make the year 1948.The occasion was the choosing of
the May Queen, the nurses uniforms were fancy dress. I have the original
newspaper cutting at home and will look it out for you.
Yours Susan Lazenby Preston
Are you referring to the Information
required photograph number 3. Did you mum live in Grange House? Did you live
in Brierley? Thanks for the info I have updated
I will find the newspaper cutting and e mail you the details. I am sure it
gives the names of all the young ladies. I think they were in nurses
uniforms because they were collecting money for a hospital.
My mum lived with her parents Horace and Ursula Audin and brothers
Franklin and John and sisters Dorothy and Ursula. Horace was secretary of
the cricket club and the allotment club. his brothers both played but Horace
had bad eyesight. One of Horace's brothers was killed, electrocuted at
Brierley pit. I am searching for details about this. I will also send
addresses and photos. I work at Royal Mail Preston night shift. what are you
Best Wishes Susan Lazenby
The caption in the newspaper reads:
As seen by Brierley
Hospital Queen (Mabel Earl) as she received that final touch that
matters from an equally charming trio of nurses.
Mother Margaret Rose Audin is the one standing at the back. She was
never a nurse so they are wearing fancy dress.
Margaret was born at 9 Moors Fold Brierley
on 14th 3 1931 and baptised in the Methodist Chapel on 12 April 1931my
parents were married at the Methodist chapel on 23 December 1950. I was
born at 6 Park View Brierley the Audin family had moved to this address
and my parents rented the front room. My granddad Horace Audin says in
the newspaper article written on their golden wedding he worked at
Brierley pit from the age of 13. he earned 7/6 for a six day week. by
the time he married he was earning 32/- a week.
He was secretary of the football and cricket
clubs and he was involved in the allotment association. his eyesight was
very poor so no army service but his 3 brothers were involved. One of
his brothers was electrocuted in the fan house at Brierley pit. I have
found a death entry for a John T Audin aged 38 in 1945 which might be
the one i will send for the death certificate unless you can suggest a
newspaper archive to search. such an event may have been reported in the
paper as a coroner would have been involved. compensation for a death in
the pit in those days was £200 if you could prove the deceased was not
I have a couple of photos which could do
with identifying I will scan and send them.
Best wishes Susan
Thanks again for your email Sue. The
lady I mentioned living in Grange House was an Audin by marriage so
obviously it wasn't your mum. I look forward to looking at the photographs
and trying to identify them for you.
thank you so much for the site. I've really
enjoyed looking through the photos etc. Are there any plans for a "Brierley
(nee Perry) Newark Notts
Not as yet Kathy, as soon as plans are made I
will post the details on the web site.
thanks for putting the picture of Milefield school
to Newlands on. I am 4th girl on front row from left Leslie
Douthwaite nee Wright. My best friends were Christina Tarff, Mandy
Street (who went out with Ian Arkwright ) as did my other friend Jackie
Smith also Bev cooper. I guess they were all from Shafton. Leslie
Redhall lived in Brierley she had a brother called Mark who I think now
Lives in York. Lesley went to Western Australia around 1985. We were at
Art School together. It's nice to see Bugsy Moran. He was a lovely
Oh the other picture of a class at Milefield , the girl
on the end with long pig tails is Ann Webster She lived in Shafton. I
think she is a nurse now.
Regards Les Douthwaite Channel Islands , Jersey
Thanks for the info Lesley, the photograph has been
updated. Is the girl next to you Julie Elsworth (my first love) from
have finally found your website. It took me a bit of time as I'm still
finding my way round my computer. I loved pics and stories and even remember
a few of them.
I am enclosing some memories of the Kerr
family in Brierley; my maternal grandparents. There are some additional
photos to add but I need to get them copied and pass them on to you. Let
me know the best way.
I refer to a pit lamp in the church but I
now understand it was stolen ; any good news before i pass on the bad
ones I will also add some references / sources as well if you think it
is an interesting bit
Regards David Nicoll formerly of park avenue
now living in Pogmoor Barnsley
Thanks for that mate, very interesting. Can you scan the
photographs and send them by email? If not, you may be better bringing
them to me and I can copy them myself and save you the cost.
I Will collect the photos together over
the next couple of weeks and give you a call to arrange to bring
I'm emailing you to let you know how impressed I am by your web site.
It's a veritable treasure trove of history and photos of the area where my
Mum probably grew up. I had asked "Hemsworth Maureen" as I like to
think of her, for help to find which schools my Mum's adopted father,
Charles Gaunt had been Headmaster of, and being the helpful soul that she
always is, she sent me a link to your site. I love it, even if I
didn't find any Gaunts there. They lived in Hemsworth at some point,
though my Mum, Edna Lewis was born in South Kirkby. They moved to
Todmorden soon after, so I may never find where she went to school.
Not to worry, it was just my curiosity.
Thanks again for the good work.
Jenny Daniel Todmorden
Thank you for those kind words.
Updated 4 July 2008
I have not had time to visit the website until recently but
I can see from the 23rd April up-dates that Kathy Scott, (nee
Perry), has mentioned contacting my sister and myself. We grew up together
mainly through Brierley Methodist Church and would love to hear from her
further if you have her e-mail address.
Thanks in anticipation
Regards! Denise Stones (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor, Barnsley
I will write straight away Denise and ask Kathy
permission to pass on her email address. Nice to hear from you again.
Thanks for your mail. I would like to hear from Denise. Please send her my
addy. Any more" Brierley evenings" coming up???
Kathy Scott (nee Perry) Newark Notts
I have passed on your address to Denise Kathy. I hope you
enjoy catching up with old timers. I don't have any exhibitions planned in
the near future but it will be posted on the web ite when I do.
names Adele Acton and this morning (whilst not been able to sleep!) I
stumbled on your website and found it really interesting, I think my family
is very distantly related to the oats family (at this moment I cant remember
how!) I think its my grandmother was cousins with...... (the name daisy
rings a bell?) - I will have to ask.
My grandmother was a Dawson and her parents had the post office on High
Street in Grimethorpe
Anyway the reason I'm emailing you is I know my mum has a lot of old photos
(a lot are my great grandmother when she was little and her parents) from my
families past (some on tin plate!) I believe many are from Grimethorpe area
but a few maybe towards Brierley and wondered if they would be any use if I
copied them to your website? I know there's a couple of the post office too.
I cant wait to show my mum your website
Many thanks Adele x
Thank you that would be
brilliant. My collection so far (including more recent photographs) has
reached about 2,000 photographs which will eventually be left to the
local archives along with all the interesting facts I have gathered over
the years. I married an Oats in 1976 so if you send me further details I
may be able to check things out for you as I am also doing the family
genealogy. Could you please give as much details as you can regarding
the photographs you send e.g. names, dates, location, other people on
photographs etc that you may have. I am also starting to save
Grimethorpe photographs so perhaps you might be able to send these at a
later date. I am really looking forward to seeing the photographs
especially the ones of the post office. Your name will be credited to
any photographs you send me. I am so pleased you enjoy the web site, it
makes the hard work I put into it worthwhile when I receive emails like
yours. Please let me know where you are from and then I can put your
email on the web site. Dawson is a well known name in Grimethorpe.
I see that Ken mentions a few of his old
friends (including me.)
Not sure about everyone Ken mentions, but
Dave Miller still lives in Brierley, as does Pat Dye.
I think Angie Loring lives in Hemsworth, and
John Lomas not far away in Shafton I think.
I've managed a really long move to Wombwell,
(not quite as far as Ken's)
Its great to catch up with people through
your site, so keep up the good work.
Thanks for that info John. I am sure Ken
will be pleased.
Just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed visiting
the website. I wonder if you know where the origin of the name Brierley
comes from or what it means?
Over the years I have been told that Brierley is an
Anglo Saxon name meaning, Brier, meaning briar or hedge and ley a
I would be interested if anyone could shed light
on this for me.
Kind regards, Gary J Brierley
Hi Gary, thank you for your kind email. If you follow the
link below it will lead you to Richard Watson's excellent History of
Brierley site where I am sure you will be able to gain all the
information you require.
My mother was a nurse at the isolation
hospital in 1936 and I thought you may like to have this photo for your
web site. The names from left to right:
Nurse Violet Carter - My mum
It is my mums 90th birthday this year and we
are doing a family history for her. I have been looking for a photo of
the sanatorium as it would have looked in 1939. If you could help I
would be very grateful for a copy.
Marilyn Jones Northampton
Thank you for the photograph which I will
add to the Baipip archives. When you say sanatorium, do you mean the
Robin Hood which is what was the sanatorium, or do you mean the
Isolation hospital itself? There is an old photograph on the web site of
the now Robin Hood
from a number of years ago before the
road widening (see
local history archives under Brierley Gap and the Hoyland family)
but I am not sure of the date. If you mean the Isolation hospital
itself, the I don't have a full picture of the building itself
although believe me I have tried to obtain one. I do have a few
photographs that show staff and part buildings. Marilyn can I ask if
you live local and if your mum is good in memory as I have a few
photographs from the 1930s of staff at the hospital but with no
names except for nurse Brown who is on the photograph you sent with
your mum and also a Charles Addey whom I believe was the ambulance
If so Perhaps your mum could name some
of them for me. Also, if you do live local, the best I could offer
as a surprise for your mum is the full set of the Isolation
photographs I have that you could borrow to show her. Although most
of the photographs are from the 50s your mum still may be able to
remember some of the staff and the buildings. Hope to hear back from
Unfortunately we do not live locally as
we live in Northampton. My mum called it the sanatorium and there
was a lot of patients there with TB so I suspect that it would be
the isolation hospital.
Mum was only 17 and training at the
hospital before moving onto Bradford Infirmary when she was old
enough to start her proper training at 18 so I am not sure how
helpful she would be naming anyone else. Unfortunately I could only
view a few of the photos on the website as the others were not
highlighted. Is this because you have not posted then on there
yet? If you could scan the photo's of the 1930's and email me them
I will ask my mum if she does recognise anyone.
Thank you for your quick response and I
will try and pump my mum for any information she can give me which
may be of interest to you.
Marilyn Jones Northampton
I thought that you might be interested in the following
events at St Paul's Church. It would be nice if you could bring along
your photograph collection.
July 14th Music Festival.
July 19th Social event will let you about
that one later.
Betty Richardson (nee Evans) Brierley.
In reply to your ( Lyn Hall's )
question. It was Jane and Elizabeth's dad, Cecil Nunn who I used to
work for. Hard to believe that was approx. 45yrs ago.
Keep up the good work.
Ken Waters Ontario Canada
Thanks for your reply Ken. By the
way, are you happy with your Where R You Now page?
Hi again Gary,
Yes, we are both very happy
indeed. Hopefully, the article might encourage others to drop you an
Email for the Where R U Now pages. I often wonder where people of "my
time" moved to.
Ken Waters Ontario Canada
I would love to hear from more people Ken
but I think all Brierley ex pats must be shy. There's certainly plenty
of them out there with an average of 8,000 visitors to the site each
A couple of things. I have just been looking at
the Where R U Now
did not live on Cross Hill, we lived at 20 Hilltop until we lost my mum. It
was Grandma and Granddad Lynch who lived on Cross Hill.
Lynne Hall (nee Woolridge) Shafton
Sorry about that Lynne, I have corrected it.
Where R U Now the Waters family,
can you ask Ken which of the Nunns they used to help out with, as the Nunns
are related to my Husband. Was it Jane and Elizabeth's dad or Derek or
Ralph. I know Jane still lives up there, not seen her for a long time
Did you find anyone who last knew when the
church clock worked.
We are having an open day in May. I will let
you know what date later. Other events include, June summer fair,
July music festival and also a social event. December a Christmas fare.
I will get all the dates for you
later. Thanks a
Betty Richardson (Evans) Brierley
The only information I have is that a Mr Kaye from South
Hiendley attempted to repair the clock circa 1973 but failed. So it
obviously wasn't working at that time. When it actually stopped I am not
sure but talking to elder residents I would estimate it last working
circa late 1960s early 1970s. Leave it with me while I make further
I have had a
member of the public in the office, wanting details of parish records
for November 1923!! I explained that I do not hold parish records going
back that far and referred them through to BMBC. The gentleman is trying
to find details about the cenotaph in Grimethorpe and whom conducted the
opening ceremony, which happened in November 1923. Have you got any
records that might be able to help?
Brierley Town Council.
to ask my friend
to help with this one. Here is his reply.
The vicar of Grimethorpe may know as he
has had quite a lot of work done on the cenotaph. Barnsley Archives at
Barnsley Central Library should be able to help as they have collected
records from local parishes. They also have back editions of the
Barnsley Chronicle. It should be easy to find the write up as the month
and year is known.
Regards Richard Watson Brierley
Updated 29 April 2008
Thanks for advising me of the recent
update to the Brierley web site. I have viewed it with much interest,
and am pleased my contributions are of use. I still view the pictures
demolition of the old school
with much sadness. Still, time
marches on, as they say, and I suppose we must accept changes. I
remember visiting the school with Dad many times, and remember the whole
place as if it were yesterday.
Thank you also for the information on the
'reorganisation' changes. Yes, I will certainly keep that information
to myself, as you request.
Nina and I occasionally get up to Sheffield to stay with
friends, and also visit Wombwell to see Nina's brother. Next time, I
think we will try to find time to visit Brierley for old times sake. It
will have changed a great deal since my last visit there (a long time
I remember standing with my Dad at the bus stop on the
main road (not far from the Three Horse Shoes) for the Pontefract bus to
I also seem to remember that In the field opposite, the
school sports days took place.
Dad took his concert party ("The Jackdaws") to perform in
the hall at the Methodist Church on several occasions - I remember, as I
was one of the performers (I played piano duets with Dad from the early
age of seven!). We all went all over the place by bus!! Dad and I did
a double act and called ourselves "Rabbits and Landarmy" (a pun on the
name of the famous piano duettists, Rauwits & Landour, on the
wireless!). Happy days!
I also remember the school caretaker, Mr Thorpe, who
lived in a cottage opposite the school.
Also, I think that Ice cream was made at the farm next
door to the school.
The 'little grey cells' seem to be bringing all sorts to
the surface!! It's really good to be in regular contact with my long
lost cousin, Rosy, thanks to the Brierley Website.
Will keep in touch, Gary. Very best wishes,
Alan J Balmforth Long Sutton, Spalding.
Hi Gary its Lynne Hall, just
been looking through the pages. I see you are asking about Karen and
Sharon Harris. A few years since I found Karen living at South Kirkby,
kept in touch for awhile but not seen for a long time. I think her dad
was living in Brierley or her Grandfather not sure I know her
grandfather Married a Mrs Dodd they lived in the houses across from
Brierley Post office at the back of the Big house. Do not know about
Sharon, Hope this can help a little
Kind Regards Lynne Hall (Woolridge) Shafton
Thanks for the info Lyn. I
think you are referring to George Hepinstall when you mention her granddad
as he used to live in the house you mention but came to live near me on
Grange Road a few years ago. Sadly he and Mrs Dodd have both passed away. If
I had known he was Karen and Sharon's granddad I would have asked him what
happened to them. I hope you haven't forgot to ask your Pete (I have no
contact details for him) to write and update his Where R U Now page
including photos if possible.
Just to let you know that I am really
pleased to have been in contact with Alan Balmforth, Jack Balmforth's
We are now in regular contact via
Emails and have both been happy about finding each other. We have both
been looking through old photographs and it has been quite spooky how
many we have that are the same.
My elderly Mum, Evelyn Mary Harris who is
Jack Balmforth's niece, is particularly pleased that we have found her
cousin Alan after all these years. I am sure that Alan won't mind if I
tell you that she has always told me that one of the happiest days of
her childhood was when she pushed her little cousin Alan around Shibden
Park in his pram, when he was only a few months old !!
She also has very fond memories of her
'Uncle' Jack, so it is nice that she has now more photographs of him and
now knows where Alan is after loosing contact for so many years.
So thank you Gary for reuniting our family
and allowing us to complete our family tree.
Kindest Regards - Rosie Stewart - Bradford
I was only to pleased to help Rosie. I was
over the moon myself when I received his email. He send me some
information on his dad and also some smashing photographs.
I can see that you already have my sister
Margaret listed, but my sister Mary is also on the front row, third in
from the right hand side.
John Draper Wombwell
Thanks John, I have updated the photograph
Updated 23 April 2008
I'm not sure if you have
received my e-mails today. If not here goes. I've really enjoyed looking at
the site -- well done!!!.
I lived in Clifton Gardens
1949-65 and went to Shafton Primary School 1952-58 and Hemsworth
Grammar School 1958-65 and then went to Bristol to do my nursing training.
My parents John and Rubie
[nee Shackelton] Perry were very active in the Methodist Church and I
certainly remember Denise and Linda Spaxman
and their mother Gladys.
Also I remember Mrs Ward and her daughter Hilary. I think
Mrs Ward worked with my mother at Southmead Hospital and she was the
organist at my wedding at South Hiendley Methodist, it will be our
Ruby anniversary in Dec. I was married from 94 Barnsley Rd. My
parents moved there after my uncle Albert Nuttall died. I live in
Newark Nott's but visit Brierley quite often [My parents are buried in the cemetery].
Could you please let Denise and Linda know that I was asking about them and maybe we could
meet up at the next photo evening .Thank you for the nostalgic trip.
Happy memories of Brierley have been revived!
(nee Perry) Newark Notts
Ps Did Nigel Crossland work in
the Coop ? My father worked there late 20's early 30's.
very much for your interesting email Kathy. I have passed a copy onto the
Spaxman's on your behalf. They may be in touch with the web site to ask for
your email address. I have a number of photographs of your family in the
archives and if I am correct, Joe Shackelton was one of the main people
responsible for the joining of the Wesleyans and Primitives to form the
Methodist Church in 1934. Please keep popping in to visit the web site from
time to time. Also I do believe Nigel did work in the Coop at one time but I
will double check next time I see him.
I have just discovered your Brierley web site, and have
been particularly interested in
St Paul's school
photographs of my late father, Mr J H Balmforth, the retired headmaster.
I see that some of the material has been provided by
Rosie Stewart of Bradford (it seems that her Mother is Dad's niece). I
have never met her, and would like to contact her, and would be most
grateful if you could possibly help.
Dad retired to Thirsk, and died there on 14 July 1998.
He had been a widower since 1984. I am now aged 73, and have resided in
S E Lincolnshire for seven years,
If there is any information which may be of use to you
regarding Dad, I shall be pleased to pass on whatever I can.
Alan J Balmforth Long Sutton, Spalding.
I was a pupil of your fathers and I cannot begin to tell
you how pleased I was to receive your email. Your father played a big
part in my life and education. It is a while since I was in touch with Rosie and
she told me that you phoned her mum to tell of your dads passing and
then they lost touch with you. It will give me great pleasure to put you
back in touch and I will write to Rosie as soon as I have sent you this
email. One of the main reasons I was in contact with Rosie, is that I am
collecting information on St Paul's school and I was asking her details
of your fathers passing etc and any other information she may have. So
you can see, apart from having the greatest respect for your father, it
is nice to know that I have found you and perhaps gain information about
your father at a later date. Have you read
the web site about my time at St Paul's? Your father features heavily in
those memories. Have you also seen the
photographs on the web site. Mrs Thorpe and Mrs Horton who were two
of his staff and my teachers are still living, Mrs Thorpe in Brierley
and Mrs Horton not too far away in Minsthorpe. I am sure they would be
glad to hear from you but I am not to sure if they have computers.
Anyway Alan I must inform Rosie and then rush of to work but I am So
exited to hear from you and hope to spend time conversing. Thank you
very much, you have made my day.
Hi again Alan
Rosie has got back in touch with me
straight away and says it is fine to pass on her email address and
looks forward to hearing from you.
Dad was a wonderful man, and not only a father
but my best friend. I still miss him very much, and often think
back to earlier times, even as far back as when I was a little
I will put together a potted history of his life,
if it would be of use to you - I also have some photographs
somewhere in the "photo box". I'll get down to that over the
next week or so.
I have emailed Rosy Stewart suggesting that she
contact me by telephone when she has a moment, so my enquiry to
the Brierley web site seems to have been beneficial to all of
Please feel free to contact me at any time should
you so wish.
I look forward to further contact.
Hi again Alan
Thank you for your reply. Yes I
would love you to put a short story together about your dad. I
have loads of ex St Pauls pupils ask if I know what happened to
your father after he retired. It would be nice to put a small
biography written by yourself on the web site. Also photographs
would be brilliant especially if any of them are re the old
Herewith, as promised, a potted history of my
Father, John Harry Balmforth, together with several photographs,
some of which may be of interest to viewers of the Brierley Web
site (the choice of publication is yours!).
Thanks for the information and the
photographs Alan, I will look forward to working on them and publishing your
work on the web site and
in my next booklet Brierley Remembered Number 3. I am sure that
visitors to the web site will also be very keen to read about your
father especially since his retirement.
the photograph number
am pretty sure that I am the one in the centre of the back row
the sleeveless jumper and tie. I would be eight going on nine then.
I moved to the island of Langkawi in the Andaman sea, Malaysia in 1996 to
run a bar and restaurant. I retired in March 2006 and I still live on the
island in retirement. I have attached a picture of my local beach bar that
you might find amusing.
Ronnie Bastier Langkawi in the Andaman sea, Malaysia
Thank you Ronnie, I have updated the
Hi Gary, What great news it was hearing that
Alan Balmforth has made contact with the web site. Yes, it is fine that
you give him my Email address. I appreciate you getting in touch with me
regarding Alan finding the site. My Mum will be especially pleased as
she often talks about 'Uncle Jack'. Thanks again Gary. I will keep in
Kindest Regards - Rosie Stewart
pleased I could help Rosie
Hello again Gary
I am interested in the V Kerr listed as i am
trying to do a bit for you on the Kerr family of Brierley.
Regards Dave Nicoll formerly of Park Ave
Brierley now living in Pogmoor Barnsley
The photograph is on line for you David
Hope you are well, can you do me a favour? Would it be
possible to find out the last time the church clock was
working please. Father Peter said some of the older people of
Brierley might know, so if you can find out for me I would
be very grateful. The top of the steeple is very loose
Father Peter has been to the top today.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Betty Richardson (nee Evans). Brierley
I will make enquires regarding the clock Betty
I am Ronald Bastier on the photographs of St. Paul's C of E
In the photograph
27 of Miss Fox's class I think the girl at the
end of the row next to June Newton is the daughter of Miss Fox, Valerie Fox.
In the photograph circa 1951/2 I am Ronald Bastier sitting next to Paul Normington
and next to me is Alan Gascoigne from Grimethorpe. I also came from
Grimethorpe. I was in St. Paul's church choir with Neil Mansfield and John
Cooper and others. Mr. Thorpe was not only the school caretaker but the
main cantor and chief support of the church choir. I kept in touch with the
Reverend John Grainger over the years when he was in Driffield. He was a
saintly and humble man. I wonder if anybody remembers all the words of the
school anthem? It was composed by Mr. Balmforth and started off;
"Proudly now we raises our voices high in praise of this our school
May the noble precepts taught us teach us all our lives rule
In our work and play and leisure and our (something) every day - - - - etc"
which I forgot. But it ended with; "ever smiling, ever striving,
cheerfulness and industry".
believe that the school has been
in recent years which is sad.
Regards and best wishes.
PS. Bye the way, Mr Balmforth organised a day trip to the Festival of
Britain in 1951 and I went with my mother and Grandmother.
Ronald Bastier Langkawi in the Andaman sea, Malaysia
Thank you Ronnie, I have updated the
Good morning Gary,
I do hope you are well this bright and sunny morning. I have
,just been looking at old photos of Brierley school and can offer
you the following information.
School 137 circa 1956/57
St Paul's class 2 miss Waller. Back row I think they called
him John Roberts, middle row John Thorpe and I think Ken Price and
maybe Mike Round then me Betty Evans.
Pat Dye ? then I am sure Christine Vamplew then Barbara Thorpe,
Christine is Herbert's niece. I do hope that this has helped you.
Sometimes the more you look at the old photos you can remember
Anyway, have a nice day, Good work you are doing Gary, just
love this website,
Betty Richardson (nee Evans). Brierley
Thank you Betty, I have updated the
I am trying to find any
information on my Grandmother Martha Shepherd Born Brierley Hill
Staffordshire England 1867 her father was Thomas Shepherd a Pork Butcher
she died in 1908 in Erdington Workhouse Aston Warwickshire England.
George Horton Clearfield Utah
Sorry George but the Brierley
you need is in the Midlands, we are in South Yorkshire. I will leave your
details on the web site for if anyone can help you.
Thanks for letting me know
George Horton Clearfield
That's ok George
I have seen your appeal on the Home page of
the Brierley Village web site and understand that Linda Jagger is looking
for my address. Linda is my cousins daughter. Here you are Linda it will
be great hearing from you and I'm not 80yrs old I was 79 on New Years Eve
I have passed on your address to Linda Edmund. Thank you for
Thanks for forwarding Edmund's email address. I hope I
haven't offended him by saying I thought he was about 80 and it turns out
he's only 79!
Linda Jagger Brierley
It's Betty, just to let you know someone broke into the
church again and took brass candle sticks and a miners lamp. We
are having a Celebration day I think its 19th July we would
like you to come and put all your photos out. The kids from
school will be coming, they are starting on the tower
Monday 25th Feb. If you can take the photos step by step,
then you can put them on show, have you got a lot on the
church, would be grateful if you have.
Thank you Gary
Betty Richardson [ nee Evans ] Brierley
Let me know a little nearer Betty
message to all my contacts and visitors to my
Brierley Yorkshire England local
history web site. The new home for
Please open this web site via the link
above and save to your favourites
Regards Richard Watson
everyone gets your message Richard.
I have managed to track down all the
information I needed regarding the deaths of my two uncles in mining
accidents. The archive office in Doncaster has the records of the mines
inspectorate for the Yorkshire region; so a visit there provided all I
required. They have records for fatal and non fatal accidents.
Perhaps you can pass on this source as I am
sure I am not alone in looking for these facts.
Dave Nicoll, formerly of Park Avenue Brierley
and now living in Pogmoor, Barnsley
Thanks for the info Dave and I am pleased you have
managed to find out the info you required. I am sure this will come in
useful for someone.
My Great Grandfather born in the village, a
Shepherd, lived in an ancient cottage alongside the then Pinfold (opposite
the church). He regulated fines for stray animal transgression c 1860.
Great Grandma Sarah worked and lived off a vegetable and flower
smallholding behind the cottage walking and carrying produce in 6 (Six)
round wicker baskets on her head to BARNSLEY Market until c 1914. A
successful day meant she could ride on a horse drawn omnibus back to the
Three Horse Shoes.
Granddad George and
Grandma Emmiline lived in what is now a barn cum garage still standing,
diagonally opposite the old Co-op Building, was known as "Old Mores
Fold" ; c 1896 until c 1900 they moved to "Oakdene" on Barnsley Road where
my Father was born in 1901.Related by marriages to Brookes and Oates
Ron Gibson Easington, Loftus, Cleveland.
Thanks for your very interesting
email. I was interested to hear you were related to the Oates through
marriage as I married Tony Oates daughter Ruth (Tony was Gads son and
Danny Oates grandson0. If I am correct (and I have been known to be
wrong) Moores Fold is no longer there. I have a photograph on the web
site of Moores Fold which as you say was opposite to the old Coop near Pear Tree
Farm and near to where the Methodist Church is now. A lot of people
mistake the outbuilding at Baxendales farm as Moores Fold but this is
further up the road.
I wonder if you can help, I am the grandson
of Adele and Frank Haigh and I would love to get my hands on this photo as a
present for my Nan Photograph No. Methodist Church 9 Women’s Fellowship 1968
Annual Tea. Can you help at all Gary
Many Thanks Darran Haigh Bradford
The photograph has in fact
been updated with the following information.
Women’s Fellowship Annual
Top from the left is Violet
Hambleton (in full view), Adele and Frank Haigh, ? and Marjorie Newsome.
Bottom left to right: Dorothy Foster, Claris Miller, Mrs Miles, Pat
Miller and Delia Hollings.
Photograph re produced from an old newspaper cutting.
Do you live local enough to
order a copy? small prints up to A5 are £3 and up to A4 £6 (non profit
all cash ploughed back into Baipip) or I can put it on the web site when
time allows for you to copy yourself but it is not photo quality but
still very good obviously depending on your printer.
In regards to the
photos, I noticed the one with the
founding members feature my uncle Jim (Dawson). Is it possible that there
are other photos of the family, is so can you put me in contact with them.
Cheers Barry Dawson South Elmsall
Sorry Barry, I only have the photograph that you see with your uncle Jim on
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