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 28 November 2009
Your new look web site looks
Thank you very much Richard
I hope that you are well. You
probably donít remember me but about 8 years ago I spoke to you
about the Marsdenís of Burntwood Hall. My great grandmother was a
Marsden and was related to the Marsdenís of Burntwood Hall.
You were good enough to send me
details of the Marsden's from a book called ďA History of Brierley
by a William Bretton. I believe this book was published in the
1920ís. Would you happen to know where I could get a copy of this
book as I recently lost all my data on the Marsden's.
Many thanks for your time
I remember your emails well Ben, in fact
it was only last week I was looking at the info I sent you and I believe
you later put me onto a web site for further info. The book was actually
published in 1999 by the Brierley Grimethorpe and Shafton partnership. I
will check with the Acorn centre tomorrow to see if they have any left
Merry Christmas and
a happy New Year .Thanks for all your hard work.
I am heading of down
south on holiday on Monday 30/11 so will miss your doo at the
Horse Shoes. Put me down for a £10 donation to the cubs FC
charity night and I will pay you on my return;
be looking for your help in the new year as I have acquired a
1915 postcard of brierley school. The card was sent to a lady in
Tunbridge Wells called Eva Mannering from someone in Brierley
called Alf ? . Will be in touch with more details in the new
of Brierley but now living in Pogmoor Barnsley
And the same to you
Dave, can't wait to look at the post card. Hope you have an enjoyable
holiday and l look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for the donation to
my charity night. Take care
Do you have a photo of the Brierley
Methodist Church building from the period when it was a working mans
club 1914 to 1934 please. Also do you have any photos of the older
Methodist Church buildings.
Wesleyan and Primitive that were in the
Regards Richard Watson Brierley
I have found 3 photographs
which I will send you tonight when I have more time. I may have one of
the old Wesleyan chapel when it was a grocery storage place but it is
only a distant photograph and I will have to search for it has it hasn't
been placed in the archives yet. It was in a background shot taken
outside Mrs Edson house who as you know lived at the back of Brierley
There is no real hurry. Just
following up a possibility that the stained glass windows in
Brierley Methodist Church were taken from the old Wesleyan chapel,
which would make the glass almost 200 years old
Here are the photographs
but as you can see the windows in the old Primitive chapel
are not stained glass although obviously there were probably
more windows that the ones in the shot. Hope these help
Thank you for the
I have found a poor
one of the Old Wesleyan church, but the windows have been filled
in and the walls rendered to make the building into a ware
house. The story is that the stained glass windows were removed
and fitted into the new Methodist church that is in use now. The
stained glass looks more 1920s than 1820s the period of the Old
Wesleyan church. The windows could have been fitted new about
1920 and moved over to our new church. May be some documents can
be found to make things clearer.
Thank you again for
the photos. You may know that the Primitive Methodist church
building was used for a while by the Toc H organization. Local men
joined to work at handcrafting trades as in your two photographs
Thanks for that Richard I
already have that information archived but do you know what the
machine is in the photograph
I think the machine is a
small hand loom probably for making rugs
I hope you are keeping well? Its nice to see the web site just keeps
getting better. I thought I would let you know my father Alan passed
away in August. I would like to pass on a special thank you to the
people of Brierley for all their help and support especially in his
'open all hours ' era.
Many thanks Gary - Keep up the good work.
Sorry to hear about your dad. I
remember the 'Open all hours' days as you say really well with both
your mum , dad and aunty Bessie serving us as kids. Please pass on
my thoughts and prayers to the rest of your family. I will update
your letter on the email page and I am sure it will bring back a lot
of memories for the people of Brierley. Do you have a photo of your
mum or dad in the shop that I could put on the site with your email.
Take care Dave.
Thanks for your kind words. I think we have an old small photo of my
Mum, Dad, Derek and Dale stood in front of the shop. I will try and find
it (can't guarantee the condition but I know you are a whiz kid with
photos) and I will ask our Rob to drop it off. I will send you an e-mail
when I find it.
All the best Dave
My name is
Maureen Wilkinson and I live on Barnsley Road in Brierley. Iím working as a
volunteer on a research project at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley that is
being managed by Dena Bagi, as the Project Officer. Part of this is to
research Roland Addy who was an art collector and donated some of his
collection to the Cooper. Would it be possible to see some of the
photographs that arenít currently online and be put in touch with someone
who knows more about his background?
Hope you can
Have you read my article on
the history of
Brierley Hall where Roland played a large part? You can find
this article on my web site under
Archives. Also if you forward me the photograph numbers you wish
to see I can search for them in the archives. I also suggest you contact
Richard Watson a very keen local historian and a fountain of knowledge
on the history of Brierley. Once again you can contact Richard through
my web site under
If I recall correctly I also have photographs of Roland's father and
the response. Iíve double-checked the photos and these are the ones that we
are interested in.
214 (1950s) - 215 (c1947) - 115( 1920s) - 116 - 117Weddings - 10 (June
can locate them
( I plan
to check Richardís Brierley history online (I have the original booklet) and
then perhaps e-mail him.)
If you would like to contact me Maureen
I have located the photographs
I have just found your website
today and I was reading about the Watsons of the Farriers arms and the
article by Trevor Limbert and he said no descendants of the Watsons were
ever Innkeepers. I have been researching William and Charlotte Watsons
daughter Mary born 1818...she married a publican Joshua Wilkinson of the
musical tavern Shambles Street Barnsley. When he died she became the Inn
keeper until her death in 1893 in which case her son Joshua Watson Wilkinson
took over until 1922. Mary's other son Joseph Henry Wilkinson went on to
become the publican of the Sovereign Inn in Shambles St Barnsley 1898-1905
and then Landlord of the Cock Inn from 1905-1917.
Susan Ross New Zealand
Thank you for the new
information Susan, I have updated the
Here's a bit more
Brierley history; its a wagon label for coal going from Brierley
Colliery to Ulverston in Cumbria.
Randall and Porter
are a firm of leather tanners. I was pleased to get it as the
coal could have been got by my grandfather, James Kerr who was
working at Brierley at this time.
Great to see the
site busy again; my thanks for all your endless hard work.
Dave Nicoll, always
of Brierley but now living in Pogmoor, Barnsley
David, I have added the token on the
Your Contribution page
Great to hear that you are the Taxi driver that delivered my parents safely
to the airport on Tuesday. Thanks so much it's great to spend time with
them. I need to catch up with things on the site in fact I've been really
busy . I had a walk around the village with my dad when I came back
recently. I was sad to see that some of the old buildings had gone . Sad
about the school! But then some parts just haven't changed . Thank
I'll be in touch.
Regards Les Douthwaite (nee Wright) Channel Islands, Jersey
It was a real pleasure Lesley.
My grandmother was born in 1922 in Stairfoot, Phyllis Blackshaw, she is the
last of 7 Blackshaws from her parents. Her father was Edwin Blackshaw and
appears in many of the census records, he was born in Brierley in 1879 to
Edwin and Elisabeth Blackshaw (maiden name Charlesworth).
Edwin's father Edwin was born in Brierley in 1841 to Thomas and Jane
Blackshaw (maiden name Walker), Thomas was born in Little Houghton 1805. My
grandmother lives in Bentley, Doncaster as does my mum so we
are not far from Brierley. I will be
visiting Brierley on Sunday to have a look, I think there is a church
there I would like to visit, if anybody is available for a chat I would
greatly appreciate it as I have just started delving into my ancestry
I have a friend in Royston, a friend in
Wombwell, a friend in Broomhill (formerly in Goldthorpe) and relatives
in Darfield and Barnsley itself.
Phil Mason Balby Doncaster
Was Burt Blackshaw related to you who was
the landlord at the Three Horse Shoes in the 60/70s
No idea as yet, I am still researching a lot
of branches of the Blackshaw tree but it is quite possible, there were many
children who had many children.
Looking at photograph
Methodist Church 97
on the image isn't Carol Parker. If I
remember rightly it's Jane Sissons...though my memory isn't what it used
to be...could be someone else.... lol
Lesley Cormack (nee Baker) New Zealand
Thank you Lesley, the photograph has
are you doing? I have not not seen you in a while. Great web site.
I believe the following names are the people
Schools 24 photo.:-
Ė Glen Smith
Ė Lee Smith (although someone is saying it is Gary or Gerard Firth}
I believe No 30 is Gary Firth and No 33 is Gerard Firth
Ė Linda Higgs
Regards John Keele Bolton on Dearne
Doing fine, everybody is
well thanks. Thanks for the email and the update on the photograph, I
have updated it. See you are still working hard by your email address.
Hows your Kath and Gary doing, not heard from them for a while?
fine. I know they keep looking on the web site. Keep up the good work. Hope
to see you soon
I tried to contact you last year but my
computer setup was giving me problems. Anyway, I am Terry Griffiths and
I used to live in Regina Crescent. I am an ex pupil of HGS and I left
Yorkshire to join the RAF in 1960. I returned briefly (1965) to marry
Ursula Hughes from Shafton and since then we have worked together in
aerospace and power generation in various parts of the world. We
retired a couple of years ago and now live in France. We both share
some good memories of the area and hope to make a trip to Hemsworth in
I am a regular visitor to your excellent
website and we send our best regards to anyone who remembers us.
Terry and Ursula Griffiths (nee Hughes)
Hi Terence and Ursula
Thank you very much for your email. I
am always interested to hear from ex pats and also who is visiting my
web site. I will place your email on the web site next time I update and
perhaps a few old lost friends might surface once they have read it.It
is when I receive emails like yours that makes the time and effort I put
into it worthwhile. I wondered if you fancy writing me a Where R U Now
with photographs for my web site or even your memories of living in
Brierley, I am sure visitors' would find either interesting. Take care
for now and please keep in touch with the site
Bon soir Gary,
Further to your suggestion I have knocked
up a short piece for the Where RU Now page and attached it as a word
file. I really do enjoy my short visits to your site and hope it
continues for many years to come.
I am researching my family
history, and would welcome any information that you can gather from St
Paul's registers about my family
Charles Eric Hanson born
Ethel Marjory Hanson born 1904
Kenyon Hanson born 1907
Donald Robinson Hanson born 1909
William Hanson born 1911
Wilfred Hanson born 1915
These were the children of
Robinson Hanson and Ethel Hanson (nee Kenyon).
seeking to ascertain at what point the family left Brierley to go to
information shows that in 1915 the family was living at Kirby Gap
Cottage, and Robinson was the gardener at the Sanatorium.
sanatorium the same place as the isolation hospital, and/or is it what
became the Country Club on
Brierley crossroads ?
I would also appreciate it if you would
tell me where the original registers, log books etc are now kept.
I believe that my father (Donald
Robinson Hanson) who died in 1994 was the last Hanson to be resident
Brierley. Do you know if there are any members of the Kenyon
family, to whom I am also related,
living in Brierley ?
Many thanks for your help
Don Hanson Scunthorpe
I have searched the school records and
found the following Hanson's registered
||15 -10 - 06
||John - farmer
||30 - 4 - 23
||22 - 4 - 15
||23 - 11 - 23
||30 - 4 - 23
||12 - 10 - 12
||8 - 1 - 17
||? - 10 - 07
||3 - 5 - 18
||8 - 1 - 17
||? - 6 - 10
||19 - 8 - 12
||14 - 6 - 03
||Charles - blacksmith
||1 - 8 - 13
||3 - 4 - 11
||2 -1 -04
||George - blacksmith
||1 - 4 - 15
||? - 10 - 07
||1 - 4 - 14
||24 - 9 - 05
||1 - 4 - 14
||21 - 10 - 06
||1 - 4 - 02
||2 - 6 - 04
||Robinson - gardener
Kenyon's, I have passed on your details to Richard Watson a very
keen and excellent local historian who will answer your question on
Richard page on this web site
Many thanks for your efforts on our
behalf in trying to track down our ancestors !
The information you sent has raised some intriguing questions, which
I shall now pursue further !
Don Hanson Scunthorpe
My spouse and I were thrilled to find
Brierley Village in England. We were unaware that it even existed.
We are from Palm Harbor, Florida. We are the only Brierley's here. No
one is ever able to pronounce our name correctly. It becomes quite
ridiculous to hear the various pronunciations. Things like Breyly,
berkly, and even once Broccoli.
We hope to come visit Brierley England. Is
there a Coat of Arms for Brierley?
I just want to thank you for putting
together this wonderful website and to say hello.
Glen & Suzi Brierley, Palm Harbor, Florida
Updated 8 September 2009
Much impressed with your Brierley
Village Web site, I was only able to view the 'photo
on line section' in
the time available to me.. Will return to the site at some
Keep up the good work.
Thank you Malcolm
Just looking at this photo
Methodist Church number 95, these are some more names
that may help you. Sheila Haigh - 47,Ann Vodden - 25, Sherry Peacock -
24, Roy Sykes - 15, David Baxendale - 13, Kathleen Bird - 17, Jean
Horsfall - 21 and Gary Firth - 27
John Draper Wombwell
Thanks for the information John, the
photograph has been updated.
I've been looking over your
excellent website for the past few days. My wife is the granddaughter of
Horace Beaumont and great granddaughter of William Beaumont as pictured in
the Band of Hope photograph.
William passed away before she was born but her grandfather Horace lived on
until the mid 80s. He was a fine singer even then, playing a strong part in
the choir at Kingsdown Methodist Church in Ealing where his daughter,
granddaughters and great grandsons have all worshipped. I am the current
Captain of the Boys' Brigade at Kingsdown and my sons (Horace's great
grandsons) are stalwart members.
We drove past the
church on Saturday on our way back from a visit to the north and it was
lovely to see the building where Horace spent many happy years worshipping
Do you have a better
quality scan of the photo that you could send to us? Pictures of the
Beaumont family are somewhat scarce and this would be a splendid addition to
our family album.
Thank you for your
email and your kind words about the web site. Do you have the photograph
number as I have nearly 2,000 in the archives and it would take me a while
to search. I can then look for you and check on the quality.
As near as I can work it
out, it seems to be called Image52
Sorry Tony I can't find it. Is it
on the web site if so please send me a link. The photographs are
usually named e.g. Schools 1 or Others 45 etc. Also the image you
sent me doesn't look familiar and is saved in Gif where I save all
my images in jpg. Are you sure the image is from my web site.
I'm beginning to suspect not.
The Brierley Methodist website page has a
HOME button: when clicked it takes you to this site:
at the bottom
of the page it gives instructions to CONTACT US and it offers an e-mail
address for RICHARD. I e-mailed Richard yesterday but he replied saying
that you were the person I should contact. I think I'm wasting your time
for which I apologise. Do you know who I should contact regarding
Brierley Methodist Church?
Thanks again for your patience.
I thought so, you were not on my web
site. The web site you were on was Richard Watson's a local historian
who writes for me on my web site. You may find photographs of your
wife's ancestors on this web site. There is a
search page that you can use. I do know that the
photograph you refer too Richards web site was taken from the book "God
is with us" that was written by Edwin Hambleton and Elizabeth Deighton
who is now in a home. I spoke to Edwin last year and he said he would
try and find the original photographs from the book but he has not got
back to me. I will email again to remind him.
The photograph in question was scanned
from the book so a better quality from that would be impossible. Sorry I
couldn't help you further.
Have you any information
regarding an Emma Woodward, born 11th June 1906 at Brierley with
possible connections to the ice-cream makers. (Was my Grandmother).
Hi Emma, first of all I need to know what
area you are from. Secondly I have searched the old Brierley school
records for an Emma Woodward and there is no records for any Woodward's
at the time she would have started school. Are you sure she wasn't born
elsewhere and came to live in Brierley later. I do know that the
Woodward family (Eddie) who manufactured ice cream under Its Danny's
didn't arrive in the village until later years.
married Nellie who
was in fact adopted by the Oates family who were manufacturing ice cream
on Fidling farm well before the Woodward's. Woodward's only started
manufacturing ice cream on the farm when Eddie married Nellie and Eddie
was the only Woodward (apart from his sons and daughters) who actually
manufactured ice cream in Brierley. Do you have any more names. I do
know that the name Lloyd has come up a few times while gathering
information on the Woodward's. Is Emma your dad or mums mother. What is
the name of your grandfather who Emma married. The more details you give
me the more I can search for you in the archives. Look forward to
Thanks for your prompt
I live in the Penistone
area but grew up with my family in Worsbrough Common.
Emma Woodward was my
grandmother on my mothers side and married Lewis Kitchen in1927, but
don't know where.
Emma had a sister called
Elsie who I remember (she died only within last 5 years) and lived
in Kendray who married Herbert Crossland and they had two sons
Trevor and Kenneth and a further sister the name I can't remember
who possibly lived in Kent.
Been to Barnsley
register office for birth and marriage certificates but was told if
from Brierley they would be under Pontefract.
Found an Emma Woodward
on ancestry website last week born in 1906 in N Brierley and
underneath showed 'M' which I assume stood for Mother and said
My husband grew up in
Cudworth from 1942 to 1964 and knew straight away of Danny Oat's Ice
cream -he'd eaten plenty!! and his brother worked at Brierley Hall
for Hemsworth RDC and they used to nip next door for ice cream.
My name is Linda Hampton. My aunts
Hilary and Doreen Dixon are on these photos. Is it possible to get
copies? I also have a photo of Brierley mine rescue team circa 1934 if
you are interested. My grandfather, William Dixon, is among the rescue
Copies of photographs are priced at £3
for up to A5 and £6 for up to A4. This is non profit making as all monies
goes towards the further collecting, restoring and archiving photographs and
information into the Baipip archives. I would suggest A4approx to be able to
view the class photographs clearly. The photographs are in good order. Do
you live local?
Love the website - I've been
doing a bit of informal research and found it very interesting and
In what year was the last
Good Friday fair held on the common? I have a memory from the late 70s
- 1980 latest - of going to a fair on the common in the summer (on a stubble
field) right next to the cross roads, but that clearly wasn't the good
Friday fair - unless the stubble was the previous year's.
Also, was the Good Friday fair
traditionally held in the nine-acre field that used to be called Oak Royd?
Any idea where I could find out
more information about Ringstone Hill?
I remember the fairs very well myself but I
am not sure of any dates. I have sent your enquires to Richard Watson a
local historian who writes for me on the web site. You will probably hear
from Richard shortly. Do you live in Brierley.
I live in Upton now.
Attached is a photo of Old
Adam, the last of the well bred oaks from Oak Royd, the Good Friday
feast field, where Nevison stashed his loot. If it was indeed 27 feet
in girth it must've been about 800 years old.
I got it from Rotherham
Archives after finding the image on the SCRAN site. They had it down as
the 'Elliot Oak' (after corn law Rhymer Ebenezer Elliot, who retired to
Hargate House at Houghton in the mid-C18) at the 'Wind Gap
Steve Ely Upton
Thanks for that Steve, Have you any
objections to me putting the photograph in my archives and possibly at a
later date on the web site with credits to you. Did Richard Watson get back
to you regarding your questions asked?
Yes - whack it up on the site
by all means - Richard did get back but couldn't be precise about the date
of the last Good Friday feast
There are several
photos on the Brierley site I would like to obtain if at all
possible. How do I go about getting them and how much are they.
They are listed in the Baipip photograph archives page.
Jack Poole Penistone
If you tell me the photograph numbers you are
interested in I will check the quality of them for you and email you back.
Prints are £6 for A4 and £3 for A5. Or you may order to fit a frame but the
price would be the same e.g. a 5x4 would be charged at A5 size. Any purchase
of prints is ploughed back into Baipip archiving and is non profit making.
Do you live local or would they need to be posted
The photos numbers 171 to 175
inclusive come under people category, and 34 comes under others. I live in
Penistone and would hope you could post them to me.
are in good order for their age except for People 171 which is clear but has
bad camera shake on it. I think it only fair that I email
Tracy Bonner who supplied the
photographs for permission to re print them but
I am sure she won't mind if it makes a few extra bob for the archives of
which she is very keen to support.
My interest in the photos is because they
relate in part to Monckton 3-4. Joe lodge was a horse keeper there. I
wonder, was he any relation to Sam lodge who was head horse keeper and
Farrier at the Monckton pits? Were any of them related to Henry lodge
coal owner who had a pit at Ryhill. I am interested in obtaining a
photo of Lodges wooden headgear that was situated down Cow Lane
Havercroft if there should happen to be one in the family. By the way,
Henry Lodge is buried at Ryhill cemetery. there was a Miss Lodge who
taught me at Havercroft infants school during the early forties she
may have been married to Sam lodge. Henry Lodge was born at Penistone
where I now live, small world. Whether they are all connected who
knows. perhaps Tracy Bonner may know. I went to Brierley training centre
early 1951 and I remember the names of the instructors who are on the
I have no problems whatsoever in
you selling copies of the photos . As I have them all & they
will be passed to you anyway. I have everything here still but
am notoriously unorganised. I have something of my own to add to
the website anyway- I have started my own animal rescue! I
didn't intend to but needs must, I am also a Doglost
Co-ordinator & advise on how to find missing dogs etc.
With regards to Jack I will email
Hope everything still ticking
over. You must have amassed a few more photos by now. Are you
having another day at the chapel or have you out-grown it now?
Thanks Tracy. you are right, the
Methodist church hall isn't large enough now for all the photographs in my
collection but I may arrange an exhibition next year for all the new ones
that haven't been on show as yet.
I hope you are keeping well. On
METH 95, number 46 is David Keith [jnr]
another piece in the jigsaw
keep up the good work
David Keith [snr] Australia
Thanks David, the photograph
has been updated.
just browsing through your website pictures. I wondered if you
can purchase copies of the photos? I noticed there's one of me
and my friends on a school trip and I have no photos of this
Jayne Brooks (nee Lukey).
Do you know the photograph number and also where do you
Thanks for replying. The photo number is schools 88 and I live
at ** ********* ***** Brierley
I will drop u a copy of tonight. If you
get chance to look at it could you name the two pupils in red and also do
you have any school photos I could copy and save to the archives.
thanks for the photo, unfortunately I haven't any school photos which is why
I am thrilled to get this one. I think the Jacqueline Chapman I know the boy
but my brains gone for the moment if i remember i will e-mail you. thanks
I am writing to ask if your
members can help me in tracing my husbands family tree. The side I am
having problems with is the Connor's. I know that some of them came from
Wigan in Lancs, but then moved to Brierley and Grimethorpe. I have done
really well with the Geelan side and don't mind sharing info I have to
interested parties. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help.
Rob and Debbie Geelan.
Where are you from
Now there's a question. I
was born in Bolton, lived in Germany for five years and then went back
to Bolton. I then moved to London for ten years and at they moment I
live in Wigan. My husbands mother and father live in Brierley. His
granddad lived in Grimethorpe. I hope that hasn't sent you off to look
for the valium.
I may know your
husbands parents, what are their names and where do they live? Off the
top of my head I do know I have a photograph (attached) of Peter Geeland
who was in the rescue team at Brierley Colliery. Is he related to your
hubby? Also there is a Glen Geeland who lives in White City who married
Jacksy Howells daughter, aged about 50, is he related?
Thanks for the photograph and the
information. I will have a word with my father in law tomorrow. The name
is Geelan not Geeland but there may be something there. I am more
interested at the moment with the Connor's, it's this side of the family
that I am hitting a brick wall with. I know that some of them have roots
in Wigan and Ashton in Makerfield. I will look into the photo you sent
me as he looks very much like my husband's uncle Thomas Geelan. I will
let you know, thank you very much for your help.
Your welcome Debbie
I tried to contact you last year
but my computer setup was giving me problems. Anyway, I am
Terry Griffiths and I used to live in Regina Crescent. I am an
ex pupil of HGS and I left Yorkshire to join the RAF in 1960. I
returned briefly (1965) to marry Ursula Hughes from Shafton and
since then we have worked together in aerospace and power
generation in various parts of the world. We retired a couple
of years ago and now live in France. We both share some good
memories of the area and hope to make a trip to Hemsworth in the
I am a regular visitor to your
excellent website and we send our best regards to anyone who
Terry and Ursula Griffiths France
Thank you very
much for your email. I am always interested to hear from ex pats and
also who is visiting my web site. I will place your email on the web
site next time I update and perhaps a few old lost friends might
surface once they have read it. It is when I receive emails like
yours that makes the time and effort I put into it worthwhile. I
wondered if you fancy writing me a Where R U Now with photographs
for my web site or even your memories of living in Brierley, I am
sure visitors to the site would find either interesting. Take care
for now and please keep in touch with the site.
Updated 5 June 2009
have been looking at the Brierley web site and note that there was a
message to you dated August 12 2002 from Chris, Gerald and
Suzanne Beaumont (London). Chris referred to the Copley's and
the post office and that her father was 79 years of age. I live in
Sydney, Australia and my late father in law, Ernest Copley grew up at
the post office in Brierley. I am doing my family history and think that
the Beaumont's are from the same family.
Is it possible that you or
anyone else has a contact for them?
daughter and I visited Brierley in 2002 to see where the Copley's lived
and worked and took lots of photos.
Maureen Copley Huntleys Cove
Thank you for your email regarding Chris,
Gerald and Suzanne Beaumont. I remember them coming to see
me and I do remember them being very friendly but unfortunately as the
email was from the old web site I don't have any contact details for them.
However I will put out an appeal on the home page when I update the web site
and hopefully they will get in touch. I will leave it on for a couple of
weeks and if there is no response I will put it on the peoples search page
for if they read the web site at a later date. If you have any questions to
ask regarding the Copley's please feel free to visit the Ask Richard page on
the web site. Please keep in touch with the web site.
If they get in touch am I ok to pass on your
It would be good if
you could put out an appeal on the home page and hopefully find
some Copley's. Feel free to pass on my email address and I will
certainly keep in touch with the web site.
Thank you for your
Sorry you couldn't
make it to the miners lamp replacement ceremony yesterday but everything went very well.
It was lovely to see the way Father Peter has given St Pauls a
big lift and now has a great bunch of helpers and supporters.
I met up with some
old friends as well; David Newton, Mrs Swift and Betty Evans,
so a double bonus.
I'm not sure about
photos but I did see one of Father Peters colleagues with a
Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
I am glad
everything went well David. Once again I apologise that I
couldn't make it. I agree with you that Father Peter has done an
excellent job since arriving at St Paul's.
I hope all is well with you.
Just letting you know our
Willowgarth 1968 re-union is taking place at Grimethorpe club on
the 4th July from 7pm. If you are able to come along and take a
photo and prepare something for the Chronicle that would be great.
We will have some food and
drink available and would be pleased to welcome you.
Could you let us know if you
can manage it?
John Nixon/Annice Cooper
fine John but I am really busy and haven't had much time to update the
web site. Unfortunately Saturday at 7pm is a busy time work wise for
me so I won't be able to make your reunion. The story just came in
time as I am producing an A3 brochure on the work Baipip does in
Brierley which includes the web site and I have covered your last
reunion on the front page but I will be able to put the date of your
next one in there before it goes to print. I will also put you a
piece in the chron and on the web site when I update. If I can help
in any other way please let me know. Take care.
very much for including us in the brochure and for arranging something
for the Chronicle/website ahead of the event. I would like to get a
copy of the brochure - could you let me know if this is possible and
how, as Barbara could probably arrange something for me (and Annice).
Just on the photo/story for
the 4th July, would you be able to let your contacts at the Chronicle
know to see if a photographer could attend? I am always happy to draft
the story itself if necessary.
All the best, John Nixon (&
There is a copy of the
brochure going to every house in Brierley but I will hold a couple back for
you and Annice. Re the photographer for the chron, it is very unlikely they
would come out on a Saturday night but I will try booking one for you. If
not, and if you could get as many people together for 6.30 then I could do a
photograph but they would have to be on the ball as I will have to be away
for 6.50pm. Sorry John but that is the best I can offer you.
Thanks for the reply and for holding
back copies of the brochure for us. To make it easier would it
be possible to send three copies to Barbara ?
I think it might be best for us to
take a photo ourselves as I don't see any way of getting people
together at 6.30. We should be able to get a better version
this time by having it as early as possible and making sure we
have a proper arrangement for getting everyone into the
picture. We can also write an article as before and see how it
goes from there.
Regarding Photo -
Schools 2 circa 1960(?)
St Paul's School, Mrs Webster's class
been perusing the site (yet again!) and think the girl on the middle
row, second from the left, of this picture may be Molly Harrison who
lived on Pit Row near us at the time.
Regards Christine Cheetham
(nee Evans) Royston
Thanks Christine, nice
to hear from you. I hope you are keeping well. The photograph has been
I was just browsing the internet after
typing in my maiden name and your site came up with details of a
photograph with me (Sharon
Colbourne) on it.
Methodist church 24.
Unfortunately this one is not on line.
Can you possibly put it online for me to
Sharon Foster (nee Colbourne )
Selby North Yorkshire
How are you keeping, its the Gary that used
to live opposite you at Manor View. I Hope you are
keeping fine. I was saddened to hear about your dad, such a fine man. I see
your Linda now and then when I pick up in the taxi at Shafton club, also
your Keith. I gave your Steve a lift the other afternoon from Cudworth to
Shafton, he looks well. There is probably only you, your Neil and your mum
who I haven't seen for a while.
Regarding the photograph, It has been
placed on the web site for you to view. If you can add any more names
to the photograph I would really appreciate it. I think your cousin Debbie
is next to you, far right of the photograph, you can just see your head pooping up above the
others. Lovely to hear from you Sharon, take care and please keep in touch
with the web site now that you have found it.
you so very much, the photo is great. I will forward to it Karen Lackie
and Tina Tarff to see if they can pick some others out. Its a lovely
website, well done with it.
thanks for your kind words for Dad, I'm biased but, he was a lovely man
and is very sadly missed.
You will always see our lads
going to and from a drinking hole!!!! Ha...Ha...Ha...
I try to get through to see
mam and Linda at least every 2 weeks and am picking mam up this
afternoon, she's coming to me for the weekend.
Take Care and I will keep up
to date on your site.
Are Karen and Tina on the photograph?
No but they are old Shaftoners
so may recognise some of the others.......
I have just re visited the Brierley
website and did a search on the name Wilson. I see that a lady called
Pauline Wilson is researching her husbands tree. My name is Phil Wilson
and my g.g. Grandparents lived at Folly Hall. Please forward my email details to Pauline if she wants
to contact me. I only live in Horbury.
Phil Wilson Horbury Wakefield West
Unfortunately after research Pauline
found that she is not related to the Wilsons at Folly Hall, however she
has left in my possession certain marriage/birth certificates regarding
them which I would be pleased to hand over to you.
Thanks very much for your
contact ref the marriage and birth certificates from Pauline
Wilson. I gather from her email to you that she researched the
background of Mary Lucille Watson. She would be my great
grandmother , married to John Wilson. I would be very interested
to see that information if she still has it. Maybe you could
send her my details so that if she has the inclination, she
could contact me.
I have had troubles
with my computer and have lost all my addresses, would you
please send me your complete address and also Linda's address
The addresses are on
there way to you Edmund. The other story you sent me s been put
on the Your Contribution Page
photo of yours truly and Gordon Steele meeting up for a drink in the Three
Horse Shoes. We have not seen each other for over 45 years; a fact which
disappeared in five minutes. Nearly three hours later we parted having
covered all that had happened to us in those intervening years.
all the staff at the Horse Shoes for food and drinks and looking after us
very well. Thanks also to the young gentleman, whose name I did not get, who
took the photo but chiefly thank you Gary for running the site which makes
these things possible.
free to airbrush Gordon and me back to our former glory.
let you know, the above reunion took place yesterday in the Three
As David said in his email to me this morning, the years just rolled back!
All forty odd of them.
It just shows what an excellent idea the web site was on your behalf, two
old school friends meeting up after such a long time. A brilliant afternoon
spent "chewing the fat", reminiscing, good beer & food. We are going to keep
in touch with one another.
Question. Does anyone else out there remember a relief head teacher at St
Paulís by the name of Mr. Moran? This was at a time when Mr Balmforth was in
hospital. This would be in 1955. He was a dark haired chap who wore glasses,
always smartly dressed, as was the order of head teacher. Perhaps you have
in your records some knowledge of him ----- or am I the only one!!!! Even
David couldn't recall him. Once again, thanks very much for part in bringing
David & I back together.
that others will take the opportunity to contact other long lost friends.
regards Gordon Steele Walton.
Thank you both for your
emails. I was only to pleased to put you both back in touch after all these
years. have sent your story to the chron and also it is on the
page and on the Peoples search success
I have a ten year old lad
wanting to play for a team next season. He as just finished with one team
and is wanting to move on if you are looking for players next season he
would love to play for you look forward to hearing from you
Tony Haddock Middlecliffe
I have passed on your details to the under
11s manager of Brierley Cubs FC Tony.
Updated 1 April 2009
The date for placing the miners lamp in the
church is to be the 31 May at 9.30am.I have spoken to Dave Newton who
rang in following your appeal and emailed Gordon Steele who also said he
would try to make it.
Will keep you posted of any changes
Best regards Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
Thanks for letting me know
Dave, I have mentioned the date in
this weeks local news stories and
also informed the Barnsley Chronicle
The boy in the
Methodist Church 33 is one of the
Hall twins. I think his name was David but I'm not sure.
was interested to see the email from Michael
Keith (see below 18 March update).
I remember his family well as they lived opposite the Chapel, at the
end of my street (Co-op Cottages). On the
Methodist Church 50
photograph that Michael mentions, I am stood directly behind his
I think its fantastic
the way your site is enabling people to share their memories of
Brierley in this way - keep up the good work
Thanks once again for your information
John. I too was pleased to hear from the Keith family as I had a piece about
them on the People's search page since the web site was first launched back
Great piece in the chronicle regarding
Laura's box, lets hope
you get some response!
Jayne Collins Brierley
Thanks Jayne. I was a little disappointed as
I felt the piece needed putting in all the editions and not just the
Cudworth/ Royston seeing as she came from Barnsley. Also I sent in a list of
name that were mentioned in her diary but they didn't publish them either. I
thought if they had printed the names it might have jogged someone's
memory. I haven't had any response yet so I am putting some of the
photographs and names on the web site tonight when I update.
Updated 18 March 2009
contacted your site in April 2001 with information regarding
Photograph schools 28. I have recently heard from Terry Haynes
my brother in law that you might have emailed me to try and work out if
Clive Dye or Raymond Dye is in the photograph. Unfortunately Iím not sure,
but I think it might be Clive. Congratulations on this site which just keeps
getting better and also on your new site for
St Paulís school web site.
Christine Johnson (Beard) Perth Western Australia
Thanks Christine, it was very nice to
hear from you and thank you for your kind words on both web sites.
Hello Gary my
name is Michael Keith.
Methodist Church 6, I am in the front row on the right hand side
next to Julie Armitage. I am also in Photograph number
Methodist Church 30 on the second from the left on the front
row. My sister Carol Ann is in Photograph number
Methodist Church 50 at the front row on the far right. My
brother David Keith is in Photograph
on the second row second on the left.
and I are now living on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. My
brother David lives on the North Coast of New South Wales as are our Mother
and Father, Vera and David Keith Snr.
and I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting your site this evening and this
brought back many memories of our life in Yorkshire.
Michael Keith South Coast of New South Wales
Thank you for you email
Michael. It really is nice to know that all your family are well. It must be
about 45 years ago since you all left for Australia so I was really pleased
when I received the emails from you and your dad and to hear that you still
remembered Brierley fondly. Also thank you for your information on the
photographs, I have updated the web site with them and also the
people search page
with your information. Please keep in touch with the site and if there is
anyone you wish me to look up please don't hesitate to ask.
son Michael has forwarded your email re Brian Seniorís party photograph. He
cannot get it on his computer and I have tried on mine and I cannot get it
also. I get as far as opening the file but it will not give me a photo
image. This is strange as my son who was born over here [he is a cabin crew
director on long haul for British airways] often sends photos from Barcelona
where he lives with no problems.
Anyway keep up the terrific site. Feel free to edit any mail also to give my
email address to anyone who wants to get in touch
you see Julie Armitage tell her we are sorry to hear about her fatherís
[Alf] ill health
Keith senior Ballina Australia
Sorry about the photograph
David, I will try and put it onto the web site t the next update. I have
passed on your message to Julie.
all on the site,
looked at the site I am impressed by the facts that are available. My
mother, Hazel Lucas, has made comments on the site previously.
of left brierley in the mid 80's, got married and moved to Cudworth, lived
there since. I was a
youngster at Brierley and enjoyed the village, I was explaining to friends
the other day how the old petrol station worked, the line and bell that rang
when a car ran over it, I still recall the Shell tops on the pumps. Oh to be
young again. The orchard at the side of it got raided on numerous occasions.
as a Bricklayer for 10 years and then joined the Police. I now work as a
Traffic Cop covering Barnsley and Sheffield. It pays a wage! Lost
contact with loads of friends over the years, would be nice to hear from a
few. 44 now
and stopped counting.
thanks Jim Lucas Cudworth
Thanks for your email. Did you go to Brierley
St Pauls school as I have a web site to its memory where you can leave your
contact details. I know your mum Hazel very well. I worked with her and gave
her my help when she was chairman of Hillside Tara. I still take her and
Betty here and there in the taxi but they always moan about there fare lol.
I have photographs of the old petrol station
when it was in use and when they were filling it up after there was no
further use for it.. Can you also remember going there on foot and having to
ring the bell on the fence at the side of the house. I spoke to Mrs Swinbank
last year and told her that I had a confession to make and it was that when
I was a young lad I used to press the bell and run off, she replied by
saying I too have a confession to make, the bell never worked. 1-0 to Mrs
Updated 11 March 2009
photograph schools 28 and the person you ask about is me. How
are you? I'm fine. Avril died in July 2007 and I came over for her funeral.
I miss her a lot. I'm coming over on 30 July this year until 19 August as I
still have a sister there plus other relatives and friends. I will be
staying with friends in Upper Cumberworth. Say hi to Sheila Kelsall if you
Cooper (nee Picken) Ontario Canada
Hi Gail, I am so sorry to hear about
Avril. Although I never met her, I felt like I knew her really well with our
correspondence and obvious mutual love for Brierley. My thoughts and prayers
are with you all. Thank you for your reply to my email regarding the above
photograph confirming that you are on there.
Please find attached
"Memories" of living at Folly Hall.
Please feel free to
delete/alter whatever you need, if you want anything else, let me know.
Thanks for your memories
Richard. I really enjoyed reading them as I am sure will the visitors to the
site's getting better every time I look at it.
on photos for you:
Schools 11 Back
row left is Linda King and I am stood next to Mrs Balmforth
row far right is my sister Sandra Holden
Middle row 4th left is
I'm returning to the UK on the 4th May and will be in Cudworth visiting my
sister Rita, is anything being planned in the village around this time as
far as exhibitions showing times past?
I am now
in touch with Sylvia Cavanagh thanks to this site via her sister Lorna in
Canada. How small the world is getting.
Veronica Goodwin (nee (Maralynn) Holden) Dubai and France
Thank you for the information on the
photographs Maralynn. Do you know who the May Queen was on Schools 11. I am
so pleased that the web site as yet again managed to put people in touch as
with yourself and
Sorry Gary, can't remember
who the May Queen was, all that I remember is that my mother made mine
and Linda's dresses.
You didn't mention if
you had anything planned regarding an exhibition around May?
I will write a piece
for the "where are you now" page but it may take some time. I have also
joined 'Facebook' as it helps me to keep in contact with my children. We
have problems with MSN here and Skype, although great if you are and
expat, is blocked in Dubai. If you want to see my photos just use the
same email address via facebook. All my children are on there as well
I don't have an exhibition planned for this year as I am
busy revamping the web site and the photographs in the archives. Maybe next
year? I am not on Facebook so unfortunately I can't view the photographs. I
look forward to your Where R U Now feature.
We are no relation to
the Wilson's of Folly Hall Farm.
When I started
researching I knew my husbands Grandfather was called Thomas
Wilson and his great grandfather was a farmer. Instead of checking
all the facts I dived straight in and assumed because
they originated from Shafton/ Royston they belonged to us. I was
Our Wilson's, are
farmers from Royston, but they stayed there. I have the right ones
this time and I have treble checked.
I have the marriage
certificate of Richard Wilson and Charlotte Cooper,(1855) who did
belong to Folly Hall, also the birth certificate of their grandson
Thomas (1885), who's twin, George, died shortly after birth. I am
wondering if I could pass them on to you in case anyone contacts
your Website about them. If you have enough of your own rubbish, I
I am sorry for the mix
up or if I have mislead anyone, I didn't mean to, Cheers,
The first lesson I learned when
doing my genealogy was always work from the present backwards
and always double check any information and do not move forward
until it is confirmed. It looks like you learned the hard way
Pauline but no harm done eh! Having said that I bet you were
disappointed more than anything. I am glad you let me know
because I can now take the appeal for Philip Wilson off the Home
Page. I would love the copies of the certificates for the
archives, they will come in useful somewhere along the line I am
sure. I hope you still keep in touch with the web site.
Thanks for your E mail.
Hopefully, lessons have been learned. How do I get the certificates to
you, can I drop them off anywhere, or should I post them. Let me know
and I'll get it done. Yes, I still look at your brilliant website, I am
hooked now, so keep up the good work,
Regarding school photo 28
I am fairly sure of are:
Horley is spelt wrong and is John Hawley
Spearman is Tony Spaxman
Low is Sylvia Law
Horseforth is Jean Horsefall
Johnson is Pat Jackson
Harding is Pat Audin
Armitage is correct and not Jean Armstrong as your archive/photo
I am not so sure of and hopefully Gordon Steele or Christine Beard can help
Dye or Raymond Dye.
Picken or Carol Hince ; I am not sure as originally I agreed it was Carol as
she was next to Tony, her brother.
OK for you ?
Regards Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
Thanks for the new information David, I have also heard
from Gail Picken (see email above) who confirms that it is her on the
photograph and not Carol Ince. The piece on
Brierley Coal is brilliant and now on line.
really enjoyed looking at the website. I recognise many of the names on the
photographs - especially Baxendale, Draper, Rowley, Spaxmanís etc - we are
probably in some of the photographs but don't recognise ourselves!!
My family moved to Brierley in 1963 and we were very involved in the life of
the Methodist Church. I live in Walton on Thames, Surrey with my husband,
Jerry and we have two grown up children - Oliver and Amy. I am Head teacher
of a Surrey Infant and Nursery school. My sister Susan who is 4 years older
than me lives in Vermont, USA with her husband Dean who she married at the
Methodist Church approximately 34 years ago. Susan and Dean have had a very
exciting life. They met in Zambia and have since lived and worked (as
teachers) in Brazil, California, Boston, Vietnam and are now enjoying
retirement but still very active in their local community.
look for some pictures and send any I find to you.
Maggie Roberton (nee Margaret Killingback) Walton
on Thames, Surrey
Thank you for your
email Maggie. I am pleased to say that your sister Susan has been in touch
with the site and has sent photographs of her wedding at the Methodist
Church. I look forward to seeing any that you send me from your families
time in Brierley.
the piece on
the coal invoice.
You have a scan of the
invoice I think so can you add it as appropriate.
of the railway route is on Wikipedia under Dearne valley railway; so can you
add a link or a copy of the map (its the second one along).
free to correct my bit as you see fit.
St Paul's Church 13,
two Dixon girls (not related) are to Reverend Webster's left as you look at
the photo. The first one with the dark hair is Jilliar not Jillian; unusual
regards Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
Thanks David, everything has been
is David Keith who lived at 14 Church Street and then 80 Barnsley Road from
1958 to 1964. My wife Vera was post lady under Mrs Fry. Belle Dyson also
worked there. My daughter Carol and sons David and Michael attended St
Paulís school. Carol now lives in the far south coast of New South Wales and
is regional manager for a home help. David lives here in Ballina on the far
north coast and is practice manager in a large accounting practice. Michael
lives in Illawara and is a chef. Carol gained a b.SC at Sydney University.
David gained a degree b.bus and dip i.t at Southern Cross University
get in touch later GREAT GREAT website
Keith Ballina Australia
Thanks for your email David
(Sorry David I have just read your email again
before I sent this and realised you are the
father. I thought it was your son David who sent
the email so could you please pass the bottom
part of this email onto him. Re Belle Dyson, she
is still alive and kicking and looking well
although she lost her husband Alec last year.
She lives a few doors from me. David, could I
ask you if your family would consider writing a
piece for my Where R You Now page with
photographs of you all when you lived in
Brierley and as you all are now? I am sure
visitors to the site would love to hear from you
all. If there is anyone you would like me to
look up for you please feel free. Please keep in
have been trying to trace you and your sister
Carol since I came across the
photographs of you both in the playground
of St Paul's school with the pupils and with the
staff before you left for Oz. The following is
an extract from the People search page
Do you know what happened to David and Carol
Ann Keith? They were both pupils at Brierley
School in the early sixties. Mrs Thorpe
who was a teacher at that time informs me that
they emigrated to Australia. But where are they
remember much about Brierley as I know you were young when you left. I don't
know if you remember me but If you look on the memories page on
www.brierleyvillage.com or the contacts page at
www.stpaulsschoolbrierley.com you will see a photograph of me when I was at
the school. To be honest David, I think we are about the same age or you may
be a year older than me (I am 52 this year) but I can't remember you or
Carol. I do remember collecting for leaving presents but I am not sure if
this was for yourselves or the Hanson family. I do remember the going away
present was in a presentation box with, I think, a navy blue lining and the
gift was silver, probably spoons or a silver egg cup comes to my mind.
Having read through my last mail I assumed your geography was as we took for
granted here. By 'far north coast I meant New South Wales coast. We live
90km from the Queensland border in Ballina. The far south coast is about
120km from Victorian border. Narooma is where carol lives and Illawara is
approx, 800kms south of where Michael lives so It is very very rare we all
get together. The last time was 2 years ago for my 80 birthday. It was very
good of you to reply so quickly. I will keep in touch. Keep up the work on
this great web site. I never thought Brierley would be so famous. I got to
know about the site from my niece who is visiting from Humberstone.
Thanks again David Keith senior
Is there any chance you could
pass it on by email?
Keith Senior here again. I have passed on your email to David and Carol and
am awaiting reply. my wife Vera reminded me that she nursed at the 'Fever'
hospital about1945, maybe someone remembers her she was Vera French and
people she knew were nurses Green, Hannon, Spencer, Baines also Ivy Butcher,
Dorothy Butterworth and Joyce Harvey. Sisters were Lloyd, Webster, Jowett
and matron Gardener. Gary if you see Nigel Crossland say hello, he worked at
West End Coop in Hemsworth and knew my sister Gladys quite well. Is Tommy
winter still around?
I have a number of photographs on line and
in the archives with a lot of the people you mentioned on them. Nurse
Spencer who you mentioned wrote
her memories of her time at the hospital before she sadly passed
away. Her husband John Steele also writes
his memories of Brierley.
Nigel hasn't been too well and I am going round to see him this week. Sadly
Tommy has passed away.
sister Margaret Roberton (nee killingback) forwarded your email to me. The
photo you sent to her identified our parents - Marjorie and Jack Killingback
(that is the correct spelling) at David Earle's farewell tea party hosted by
the Methodist church.
husband Dean and I were married in the Methodist Church by David Earle on
Dec 22 1973 and I have attached some photos as you said you'd like to have
some. Hope they are of interest to you.
Susan Greenberg (nee Killingback) Vermont, USA
Thank you so much for the photographs, I
will add them to the archives as soon as time allows. I remember your face
from the photographs although I was younger than you are. I am only 52 this
year. I have searched the archives for more photographs of your family but
none have come to light. You may be on more, and I am sure you will be, but
not named so obviously I won't know. Thank you once again and please keep in
touch with the web site.
Updated 13 February 2009
I have dug out a couple of photo's from
Folly Hall, would
it be possible to either, drop them off, or post them. Please forward
Richard Cornell Hemsworth
Thanks Richard. My address is 24 Grange Road
Brierley S72 9HU. If anyone else has any photographs to add to the
archives and don't have a scanner please forward them to this address. I
will copy them and return asap. I will update the photographs onto your
memories page when we create it next week.
I found your website by a fluke. Excellent
job. Have not finished looking at it all yet.
I was married at Brierley Hall in 1960 so
found the articles on the hall very interesting.
Left England in 1970 for Canada. Both my
hubby Derrick & I are both from South Kirkby. His sister lived at
Brierley for a number of years & my cousin Margaret Beaumont grew up in
Brierley. Again, excellent work. Congratulations.
Hilary South Kemptville Ontario Canada.
Thank you for your kind words Hilary. I am sure you
will get lots more pleasure from the web site. Do you wish me to add your
name to my web site update mailing list?
Thank you Gary, I would appreciate that
Best wishes, Hilary
Just been on
the site and looked at the
I thought the Mayor came over as a
really nice person and his visit (like yours) was much appreciated.
My Mother really enjoyed yesterday and the photos will be a great memory of
She was a bit
tired and slept until 11 this morning.
and I appreciate all your help
It was a pleasure and a privilege John
Thank you for taking an interest in
100th Birthday. It turned out to be something of a reunion
with so many old friends to meet.
Hi Richard as I said to John It was a pleasure
and a privilege
Did you know they plan to knock the Coppins down and build a
new care home that extends back to the stream at the bottom. Building
application has been submitted, apparently it was built just after WW2 and
they are saying that because we have the church and Brierley hall, we have
enough old buildings to retain Brierley's character so it's ok to knock this
Plans can be seen on the councils planning applications
website - Bollingbroke House.
Don't know if itís a good thing or not yet but closing date
for objections is Saturday.
Lee Wray Brierley
Thanks for that Lee. To be honest with you I am a bit
undecided about this one. I took a look at the building last week and to be
honest with you it doesn't seem to hold any charm, not for me anyway. Also
the building is hidden off the road and I suppose the new one would be the
same. After visiting Coppins on a number of occasions and seeing the
outdated way the residents are living, I am thinking more to the fact that a
new up to date building would be good for them and it could also create more
jobs, hopefully for Brierley people. I don't know mate, I am still undecided
what would be best. Having said that, looking at the way they treat
Brierley and its residents I don't think they would give two hoots what we
It was good to see you
again on Wednesday when we attended the
birthday of Mrs Draper. It was also great to see so many faces
from the past, mainly from my time spent at Brierley Methodist church.
I am attaching some
photographs for your St
Pauls School website. You will remember that my mum was a dinner
lady there for many years and one of the photos shows her receiving gifts on
her retirement. I am afraid the dates of her years there evade me, but I
know she served you during your years at school, so you may be able to
The photograph of
mumís presentation has the following names: Pauline Arnold, next not known,
Mrs Garbutt, Mrs Sykes, Mrs Hardwick, Mrs Wreakes and Mrs Whitehead.
I can give you some
names for one of the photographs shown on the
website Ė Social no 20. First on the left is Mrs Anderson,
second is Mrs Haigh. Also the lady presenting the award looks like Mrs Glew!
Keep up the good work
and let us know when you will be holding another Ďopen dayí.
Kind regards! Denise
Stones (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor
Hi Denise, thank you for the photographs.
I already have the one of your mums retirement in the archives, She retired
in 1977. Regarding the other photograph, I will use it on the
St Paul's school web site.
Hello Again Gary
I've been looking at the photos and maybe I can help you with
I think I recognize my father's
hair!! [John Perry] as the man in the back row - slightly hidden by a lady
Kathy Scott [nee Perry]
Thanks Kathy, it was nice to meet
you at Mrs Drapers party. The photographs have been updated.
Updated 30 January 2009
It was lovely to find your site and see your
photograph of the
Brierley football team 1949 on your Sports page.
Harold Rosser is my dad (a keen
footballer in his time) who moved from Yorkshire at a young age to live in
Deal, Kent with my mum. Sadly he passed in 2004 (as did mum in
2008)..... they would have dearly loved to have seen that photo.
I've also emailed the pics to my brother and sister, they will be so pleased
to see them.
Thank you for posting it.
Best wishes Jill Rosser
That was a really nice email
Jill, thank you. When I receive emails like yours it makes all the hard
work I put into the web site really worthwhile.
A great web-site on Brierley, congrats on that.
The reason I am mailing is to let you know, I lived at
Folly Hall Farm from about 63 until 77, and had a great time down there,
I could tell some good tales about Folly Hall. When we looked into
the history of it, it was thought that the building was originally for
the men that dug the railway cutting, and became a farmhouse later. We bought the farmhouse and about 5 acres of land from
Henry Kenyon, local Hemsworth farmer who bought the lot just to get the
land, consequently selling off what he did not need. When we
there was no water at all in the house, no toilets etc, my dad put water
in, later putting a bathroom in. Happy days.
Richard Cornell Hemsworth
Do you have any photograph that might be
interesting for the archives? Also did you attend St Paul's school?
With us living in Hemsworth, before Folly Hall, I
remained at Hemsworth schools but I did go to Willowgarth, because at
the time, Hemsworth senior was changing to High, and a lot of pupils
were sent to other schools and I ended up at Willowgarth for the
last few years of schooling, I will see if I can dig some photos out,
and when I do I will make sure you get a copy
Here is further information for you on the following
Pauls Church 10 (Confirmation at Felkirk Church) 1965
2nd Row boys left to right Ė Lee Smith, William
(Bill) Holden and John Keele
Back row girls right to left Ė 3rd from right
Maralynn Holden (me) white hair gives me away
Royal British Legion circa 1950ís but I think probably early
7th Lady from the right (behind the one in the
suit) is my mother Jane Holden (Mrs Snowden is behind standing on her left)
Photo Ė Information
required number 37 St Paulís May Queen and the year must be
4th from the left standing is my sister Sandra
Holden and I think the May Queen is Linda King
I really enjoyed the photos, itís a shame there are none of
the many Galaís and Miners Welfare outings that we had every year.
Keep up the good work
Veronica Goodwin (nee Holden) Dubai and France
Thanks for the details of the photographs. I have updated
Regarding gala photographs etc, I have loads in the
archives (my collection is around 2,000 photographs strong) it is just
that I don't have time to put them all or there details on the web site.
You will have to fly over next time I have an exhibition when all my
work is on show usually in the Methodist church
Many thanks on the website
photos/article. It looks really good and I am sure people
will be pleased to see it.
Thanks also for the Chronicle article. It wasn't quite
what we anticipated but I guess the angle of contacting our teachers
made a catchy headline and would stimulate interest.
All the best,
It was a pleasure to do John. Well over 100
visits have been made to your article already
That's great news - thanks for letting me
know. I've told Annice too. It does look really good, and nice to know
it is generating a lot of interest.
Updated 21 January 2009
First of all I would like to thank you for a
brilliant website, my childhood was spent mostly around Shafton and Grimethorpe. I remember going to Brierley for a sort of youth club which
was held in a room above The Three Horse Shoes Inn, that would be in the
I am researching my Husbands Family History
and find his ancestors moved to Brierley from Shafton around 1860ish
(The Wilson's) On the 1871 census they are living at Folly Hall Farm. In
1891, the son has moved to Folly Hall Cottages leaving his Father at the
farm. I am wondering if there was a Folly Hall, where the landlord of
the Farm and cottages would have lived. Do you know of one. I would
appreciate any pointers on how to go about getting that sort of
information, ie where to look. Hope you can help.
Regards Pauline Wilson Hemsworth
Thank you for your email and your kind comments on the
web site. I
will pass on your email to Richard Watson who answers questions on my
web site through the
Ask Richard page.
Richard will also sent you a
Re the Three Horse Shoes youth club, I remember my older
brothers and sisters going to it but I was a little too young. I think
my brother Ernest Sheard painted some kind of dragon on the wall. Was it
run by Colin Painter?
Gary, Thanks for your prompt reply, I am
sorry I didn't give you any info'. I moved from Shafton about 1965
when Monkton Pit closed down, my father being a miner. He was
transferred to Kellingley. I have lived in Hemsworth for the last 30
years so I haven't moved far. I look forward to hearing from Richard, I
have looked at his website, he certainly knows his stuff. Thanks again,
Hi Pauline, It wasn't while I was updating the web site that I realised
I have photographs of the Wilson family of Folly Hall in the
Hi Gary, I was so pleased to get your E
mail, even tho' I can't view the photo's. Have you any suggestions? I
have been in touch with Richard several times and he, like you, has been
very helpful. He had an enquiry from a Phil Wilson a long time ago who
shares a g.g.grandfather with us. I am wondering if he has contacted
you, if he has and you still have his details I would appreciate you
passing mine on. Or if you can think of anything I could do, let me
know. I am always on your site and I am sure I have seen his name
somewhere but I can't find it now. I realise you are very busy and I
really appreciate you taking the time to E mail me. Thank you, All the
I only live in Brierley if you wish to
view the photographs. I don't have any details for Phil Wilson but I can
put out an appeal on the web site if you wish.
Gary, Thanks for that , I have been on your
site all morning, Who wants to do housework anyway! Without your site I
would never have known the photographs existed, never mind how to find
them. It has been more use to me than Ancestry.co.uk and I have to pay
to view that. I would like to make a small donation, I have seen how to,
on the site, but, is it secure? It's not something I normally do, on the
internet (being a cynical old bugger)
It would be great if you could put an appeal
out for Phil Wilson, you would know how to word it. I am not sure about
putting my address on the website tho' What do you think.? Another
thing I wanted to ask is, who did you get the photos from or where. The
reason I am keen to know is because on one of them it is
titled, Grandfather and Grandmother Wilson, who I believe was called
Mary T, don't know what the T stands for. John and Mary are my husbands
g.grandparents. On the Wilson family photo are ( I think) John, Mary,
Richard, Thomas, ( my grandfather in- law ) Annie, and Amelia who I
think was called Minnie. At first glance they look like 4 boys. Whoever
had the photo must be a descendant of one of the kids pictured. So I
would be very keen to know where it came from. Sorry to bother you,
Once again, Thank you, Look forward to hearing from you, Pauline.
I am so glad I was able to help. I did send you
details of the names on the photographs, did you receive them? Also
thank you for your offer of a small donation which is really
appreciated. The method of payment to Austen (my web host) is secure,
however if you prefer you could send him a cheque, is on the web site or
you can click the link
me-too. net for his address .
Please make it clear to him that it is a donation for the Brierley
village web site and then he will knock it of the bill when he invoices
me for his web hosting fees at the end of the year. Once again thank you
Regarding an appeal for Phil Wilson,
I always ask them to get in touch with me
first and then I would contact you before giving out your details.
Re the photographs, I have had them in the archives
for a few years but no details where I got them from, sorry!
It was loaned to me my a railway buff friend of mine who knows of my
interest in all things Brierley. I have not compressed it as the detail
is faint so hope it gets through ok.
Best regards Dave Nicoll Pogmoor
Thanks Dave, the copy can be seen under Your
I was just browsing the website and was
thrilled to see how popular it still is after all these years. It's
eight years since I moved to the Dearne and it was several years before
then that I covered your work in the Barnsley Chronicle. Carry on the
good work, you're obviously very much appreciated. All the best,
Gillian Picker Barnsley Chronicle
Thanks for those kind words Gillian they
really do mean a lot to me. It is through people like yourself showing
your support and encouraging me in the beginning that the web site has
you had a look at my new web site
Memory of St Paul's School Brierley
had a look at the site and it's great. I wish someone would do something
like that for my old primary school - it's better than Friends Reunited!
A very Happy New Year to you and yours.
I had a chat with Sylvia (Cavanagh) and she
told me that she had been trying to contact Marylynn (Holden) a while
ago with no luck (through facebook I think). So she was really pleased
to hear that Marylynn had written to your
Memories of St Paul's web
site and mentioned her. Can you pass on her email address
for her to try again. If you could forward the info to me, I will send
it on to Sylvia.
Thanks for your time and effort in keeping
people "connected" Your work is really appreciated.
Best wishes to you and your family,
Ken & Lorna Waters Canada
Your welcome Ken & Lorna. I am so glad I was able to
put Marylynn and Sylvia back in touch after all these years.
I hope all is well with you these days and
thanks very much for the updates you send on the website.
Annice Marshall (from South Kirkby) and I
have an offering for you regarding a recent re-union of
Willowgarth pupils from 1968. We organised the event (at
Burntwood Club, Brierley) - all the details are in the attached article.
Would you be good enough to consider it for
inclusion on the Brierley website a I think it should be of good
general interest around the area.
If you need the original picture files we
have inserted into the text just let me know. One is a bit blurred but
please include if possible as it shows two of my best mates from the
rugby/football teams (either side of me).
Please let us know if you need more info.
The story of your reunion is now published on the
local news page Alan. I have also forwarded it for possible
insertion on the
Willowgarth High School
I am a regular visitor to the website. The
site is full of useful information and it can be quite addictive and
would like to congratulate you on achieving a very good site for local
residents and not so local who I'm sure like to keep in touch with the
Allan Hampson Grimethorpe
Thank you Alan and also thank you for
contributing to the
Your Contribution page with your photographs. Please feel free to
send in more.
Updated 5 January 2009
I have been looking at the old school
photos on the Website and came across
Schools 122 Circa 1989
Primary (VC) School year 2
Which was my year. I cant help notice
that you haven't got all the names updated and I think that I could help.
Back row left to right: Ann Whitelam
(teacher), Robert Curphy, Alan Green, Alexander Berry , Rebecca
Greenwood, Rachel Sanderson, Paul Watson, Edward Hambleton and John
Middle Row l to r: Andrew Lawton, Vicky
Kearford, Christopher McGin, Lee Churchill, Darrel Gavin, Mark Pearson,
Dean Clarke and Stefan Parkin.
Bottom Row l to r: Christopher
Travis, Kelly Lee, Laura Fletcher, David Cooper, Andrew Hambleton, Mark
Woolands, Wayne Parry and Toni Ackland.
I hope that this information helps and
I like what you have done with the website.
Regards Dean Clarke Brierley
Thank you for the information Dean.
The photograph has been updated.
My name is William (Bill) Holden. I found
your site on the web and found it very interesting. I lived in Brierley
from 1953 -1970 in Regina Crescent. With regards to the photo
11 of a
football team from 1967, I think the date maybe at least 3years later. I
am the one on the front row left-hand side, down as M Holden. If my
memory serves me right I can remember playing in a match when David
Moore broke his leg when a goalkeeper dove at his feet. Having now found
this site I shall continue browsing.
Thanks again for a nostalgic look back.
I got the photograph from
the late Ken Elvidge. Did you attend St Pauls
school? If so I also have a
dedicated to its memory. The address is on the home page of the
Brierley Village web site. Maybe you would like to leave your
contact details on there? I will update the web site with your new
Here is the story of Sadie Prevals
visit to Brierley. Her brother Felix
was here a couple of years ago and did a similar piece. She is stood
outside no 24 Hodroyd Cottages on the photo.
Best wishes for the new year
had a phone call
from Gordon Steele
today and we are to meet up in the new year after what must be 45 years
so well done the
new web site for allowing us to get in touch.
Thanks David, the story and photograph of Sadie are
now on the web site. I hope when you meet up with Gordon you will have a
story and photograph for us. I am so pleased that I have made this possible
there's a chap who lives in Brierley that
drives around the village on a tractor with what looks like a shed on
the back of its trailer. can you tell me where abouts in Brierley he
regards John Hardman Ackworth
I think the chap in question could be Colin
Painter who lives on Regina Crescent John
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