Email received at this web site
From January 2010
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
Updated4 May 2010
The email where John Lovett says that St
Paul's church has changed from C of E to catholic, what's all that about.
Its still C of E surely, or is he on about a different church?
Regards, Lee Ray Brierley
I think he means the way Father Peter
holds his services, there's been a few complaints in the village so much
that a lot of old Brierley churchgoers have gone to Felkirk St Peters for
their Sunday service
Updated 3 April 2010
surprise! The picture you sent me is of my Mum with my Grandmother who
lived for many years in Cudworth, moved to live with my aunt near Gloucester
and passed away at the grand old age of 108. Mum made 89.
parents named the house ‘Roscot’. It was formerly ‘Ivy Cottage’ but Dad got
rid of the ivy as he reckoned it would destroy the stonework. I think the
current owners have a ‘Rose Cottage’ sign but they pulled out the old rose
love to know more about the ‘Farrier’s Arms’. We never knew it used to be
an inn until one morning Mr and Mrs Wood stepped outside and the drive had
fallen in, revealing the cellars. Mr Wood wouldn’t let anyone inspect them,
which was a pity. There is a reference to the inn in a small book about
Brierley published in the 1970s. Mary Draper, one of my school mates, was
co-author. This building has been more sympathetically renovated than
my other eccentricities I’ve been a Barnsley fan for 50 odd years and have
usually managed to see a game each year for the past few as I visit my
cousins near Selby. So I’ve actually kept an eye on how Brierley is
changing. The school gone, ‘Fiddler’s Farm’ demolished; the church gone
from C of E to Catholic, but at least it’s still there.
best John Lovett Australia
Glad you enjoyed the photograph John. The
other author and researcher of the history of Brierley booklet you mention
who has a page on this web site and is a mine of
knowledge of Brierley and the surrounding area.
Hello Gary, it's been a long time!!
Re the Email from John Lovett in Australia (see update 28 March)------- it was only yesterday that
I was on the web re the above. The reason being, my late granddad J W
Steele was an employee of the said company. The book that Mr Lovett refers
to in his Email is still available from Amazon UK although it states that
the books are "used", priced at £14.86. each.
Perhaps you'd pass this on to him!!!
Gordon Steele Walton
Gordon I have forwarded your email onto John
I would take issue with this website, as it
states that Godfrey Pigott Cordeux's father Godfrey Pigott owned Shaw Mills
in Barnsley. Shaw Mills was purchased and owned by John Birks Pigott. The
purchase and mortgage documents have been lodged in the Barnsley Archives
during the last 2 years.
I believe he owned Shaw mills from around 1840 on to around 1890. I am John
Birks Piggott's gt.gt granddaughter. As yet I have not determined who
was, in relation to John Birks. But I would dearly like to know.!
Turangi, New Zealand 3353
Thank you or your email. I will pass on
your details to Richard Watson who is a local historian and writes for
my web site. I am sure he will find your email very interesting and I am
sure he will reply to you personally
Updated 28 March 2010
I stumbled across this site while
trying to find a book about the Hull and Barnsley Railway. My
family lived in Brierley from around 1926 to 1989 when my mother
passed away (I’ve been in Australia since 1966!) Our house was 27
Church Street, next door to what was once the ‘Farrier’s Arms’ right
on Brierley Corner opposite Lindley House. The house was originally
part of a small farm and must be between 300 and 400 years old I
suppose. It was much altered over the years. I suspect that the
present owners have probably restored some of the original features,
although they’ve also lost some of the others.
I went to Brierley C of E school. Mr J H
(Jack) Balmforth was the Headmaster. Then to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
in Wakefield (1949).
I noticed one of your pictures has Halliday
(not ‘Holiday’, although that’s how we all pronounced it) Thorpe in it. He
was a real stalwart of the church and was also school caretaker in my time
there. His brother Cyril used to sing with him in the church choir and
suffered a heart attack during one evening service.
Burntwood Hall was the venue for a number of
church outings. And there were very competitive ‘church’ versus ‘chapel’
cricket matches in those days! I suppose I’m rambling on about the late
1940s. After the Second World War I well remember there was a real ‘village
spirit’ and everyone mucked in to arrange a trip to the sea-side in
Musgrave’s (South Kirkby) fleet of ancient, old and a bit newer coaches. We
were much longer on the road than at the seaside.
I also played on the putting green at
Brierley Park and recall Norman Greenhough telling me that if I wanted to
drive I should take myself off to a golf course. His son, George, is an
Anglican clergyman, now retired, but still active around Camblesforth and
Drax, where my mother’s family came from.
Let me know if I might be able to help with
any details you’re looking for.
Oh, and the ‘H&B Railway’ book I’m seeking is
by G D Parks, published in 1959.
All the best. John Lovett Australia
Thank you for your email which I read with
great interest. I am attaching a photograph for you who I think may be your
mother, A really well known lady in Brierley. I suppose you are referring to
Rose Cottage. I have some up to date photographs if you wish me to send you
some. I got the photograph from Mrs Edson from over the road before she
sadly passed away. Another kindly lady.
Just catching up with your website. Just
to keep your records straight In the
social 120 birthday party it is
Michael Keith not David
All is good this end. Sorry to hear
about Alf Armitrage's death, we were good friends.
keep up the good work with the web site
Vera and David Keith Australia
Thank you both, the photograph has
Many thanks for the
e-mail re. the St Paul's School site closure. As there was not
enough interest shown. It certainly seems the best thing now to
include its contents on the Brierley Village site. I really
was pleased to see details and pictures of my Dad on the Home
Page - he would have been proud.
I will continue to
view the Brierley site with interest, although things have
changed a great deal since my involvement there. Time does
really fly by, and I still find it hard to realise that I have
reached the age of 75!
Keep up the good
With all best
wishes, Alan Balmforth
Dropped in on your web
site which is fantastic. You are a credit to your village. Can we
have one in Barnsley
Yours sincerely Robert
Thank you for
those kind words Robert, unfortunately this web site alone takes up
enough of my time but if you know anyone that is willing to set one
up I will assist them all I can.
Just to keep you informed.
Following the developments
at Brierley hall I have re read all my old notes on the subject and done
some fresh research on the internet. It is such a useful tool now.
Subject to polishing I now have a
new history of the Hall
notes on Lindley House ready to go on my web site. I will let you know
when the notes are ready and email a copy to you.
Do you know of the booklet
'The Ancient Parish of Felkirk' by Rev. Webster ? I have a copy of his
first edition published in 1967 but would like to see a copy of his
later edition, as this had more notes about Brierley.
Richard Watson Brierley
I have attached my new
notes on the History of Brierley Hall. There is quite a lot of new
information on both Brierley Hall and Lindley House.
The notes are now on my
web site but you may use them with a credit to myself. Some of the
notes on Captain Addy's sale of the hall are from your web site
I have a few more names for
Methodist church photo 100, and think it may have been taken around
No. 3 may be ? Corbett
No. 6 is Eric Heeley, my
No. 14 is Kathleen Bird.
No. 16 is myself Janet
No. 29 is John Bates.
No. 30 is Christine
We all used to live at
I love looking at all the
old photos on your great site.
Janet de Haas (nee Heeley).
the photograph has been updated
Flonking news cutting, the person on the left of me is Martin
Poole (Tiny). I think the other lad in the photo his nickname
was Beachy not sure if it was Stuart Beacham
the news cutting has been updated
I would like to know if I
photo schools 30 on line to view. I lived in Brierley for
about 3 years and I cant remember seeing many photographs. l live in
Darfield at the moment but will be moving again soon as I am getting a
house with my girlfriend
Thanks a lot Dean Heckler Darfield
Hi Dean, the photograph is on
line for you
Updated 7 March 2010
I am quite pleased
with Lynsey Bradford's write up for Brierley Hall in the
Barnsley Chronicle. It is a good blend of yours and my notes.
Hope is stirs some interest in the village. I have up dated my
on line booklet 'Brereley a History of Brierley' to note the
changes to the possible building date. Looking forward to the
archaeologists report, but having re read my older notes I am
quite confident of my c1730 building date.
Thanks Richard, I am looking forward
to reading your update when the final results are in as they say.
could you you please
help me? I am trying to trace the last whereabouts of my late grandma
Emma Hirst, she went to live in Brierley around 1934 she lived at number
26 Barnsley road near or next to the Three Horse Shoes pub, in 1937 she
moved just across the road to number 11 The Cottages until she died when
she was 75 years old, I know she died in Southgate hospital Pontefract
and her eldest son Frank Turner the son from her first husband Tom
Turner did all the funeral arrangements which was at Barnsley White
Cross cemetery, nan wed Tom Turner at Silkstone Church on the 8/7/1889,
I don't know what happened to Tom Turner, nan then went on to wed Walter
Hirst she wed him at St Peters church Doncaster Road, Barnsley in 1900,
she had two children to Tom Turner a boy Frank and daughter Mae or Mary,
to Walter Hirst she had either three or four children John, Charles, one
girl Anne, and the youngest boy was Jim who was my dad, i cannot find
documents regarding my dad in connection with my nan, my nans maiden
name was Crawford. I don't know much more but I would love to know if
there was any connection as to why nan went to live in Brierley also if
nan was living by herself or with someone whilst she was there. I do
hope you can help me even if a little snip.
If you let me know where you are from I
will place your email on the web site. There is a large family of
Crawford's living locally so we might get someone writing in. Once you
let me know where you are from I will put your email on the People
Search page which is very widely read
for replying to my recent email regarding my late gran, you asked as to
where i am from, i am from Barnsley, the Crawford's from Ash Row Ardsley,
Turners from Moorend and Hirst from Methley. I hope this may help you and
many thanks once again
ON PEOPLE SEARCH
Would you have a photo a close up of the old school, I was
saying I was sure it had over the doors boys on the left &
girls on the right but someone said no there was nothing over
them. so please could you help..
The web site is great, I have just been looking at my granddad
Losh going into the Three Horse Shoes, its good to look back, and
see how things change.
Thanks a lot Gary..
Betty Richardson (nee Evans) Brierley
Yes Boys and Girls names were above the
entrance door and also at one time the school playground was divided into a
boys and girls by a wall, the evidence of which could be seen clearly before
Just had another look at the photograph
Methodist Church 100 and can recall some other names:
10 – George Kerley
12 - Peter Haigh
15 - Christine Kenyon
22 - Janet Dean
26 - Pamela Turner
Keep up the good work!
Regards! Denise Stones (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor
has been updated
Updated 26 February 2010
Thanks for the reply. Sorry
my daughter has been away a few weeks so only just got your e mail.
Yes Joan is my daughter and
my name was on the photo she asked for but that photo wasn't on line.
When I came to look at your
site I saw myself straight away on
photo schools 34 (not 38 as I said) as a ?,
the girl on the next to front row sat on the right hand chair. I was the
only one in the class with plaits so I used to hide them.
Ruth Fawcett nee
Just an up date on Brierley
Hall. County Archaeologists are working on a survey of the building and
agree with my belief that it was built in the early Georgian period
about 1740. I have documents which I have never published to support
this date and will let you know of any further developments.
Richard Watson Brierley
I have changed your email
address Richard. I am looking forward to the update on Brierley Hall.
Here is a further update on
Archaeologist Jessika Sheppy contacted me for information on Brierley
Hall as a preliminary examination of the building indicated that it was
much older than the Victorian era that some documents suggested. This is
a summery of my notes on Brierley Hall which I have given to her. You
may quote my notes in the Chonicle now if you wish. but it would be
best to wait for the archaeologist report before publishing their
interest. My own date for the building is c1730 as you will see from
'It is quite difficult
to be certain of the early history of Brierley Hall the exterior looks
to be Georgian, but I have never been too sure.
The first positive
identification of the hall is on the 1840 Tithe Apportionment survey.
The home of John Hoyland at the site of the hall in Brierley is shown as
plot 44 on the accompanying map. In the schedule on page 10 it is
described as a Homestead and two cottages. The two cottages are now the
white fronted Hall Farm House on Church Street Brierley to the left side
of Brierley Hall.
Thomas Jefferies 1
inch map of Yorkshire dated 1775, which is quite good for its date,
shows an isolated building on the approximate site of Brierley Hall but
does not give it the hall symbol which nearby Grimethorpe Hall has.
The last will of John
Hoyland of Brierley dated 1733 mentions his home in Brierley but gives
no more information, it is most probable that was on the same site as
the 1840 home of the later John Hoyland.
As late as 1662 the Lord of Brierley
Manor was the owner of most of the property in the village. On a rental
for that year John Hoyland paid £5 rent for Spyeight farm in Brierley.
There were only four people who paid a higher rent, less than £1 was the
more usual amount .
On the manor rental for 1701
John Hoyland (there was a long line of Johns in the family) paid the
highest rent in the village at £40, under £5 being the more normal
rental. Then on the 1720 manor rental John Hoyland again paid the
highest rental of £38, twice in the same year.
This rental has the crossed
out heading 'estate proposed to be sold'. Could John Hoyland have
purchased the hall property between 1720 and the 1733 date of his will,
and could this be the period when the buildings were enlarged into a
Richard Watson Brierley
–it’s good to reminisce in the long winter evenings!!!
you help me please ;----Is there any way we can enlarge the
postcard photo”? I think my father, John Perry b
1909,should be there with his sister, Doris b 1908 – and even his
younger sister Marian--but I can’t make any of them out .
Thanks again for all the effort you put into this site .
to hear from you soon Kathy Scott (nee Perry)
I do have the original
photograph that I have attached for you, but closing in on the faces they
are still blurred. They are not too bad magnified if you know who you are
looking for. It may take a while to download as I haven't shrunk the file.
Let me know if you recognise anyone.
Thanks Gary for taking a lot of trouble!!
not sure if any of my relatives are on the photo but I’ve mailed my
cousin to ask if she can help
will be in touch soon
Your welcome Kathy
photograph Schools 26, I believe that 2nd row number
4 is Diane Holt and number 6 is myself Sharon Wilby.
Sharon Richardson (nee Wilby)
Thanks Sharon, the
photograph has been updated and also made clearer. I have also
given a little secret away on there.
I am researching
my family and find that my several times great grandfather William
Cusworth was born in South Hiendley, on the 5th of
November 1820, as was his son William born on the 7th of
November 1858. William seniors parents were John and Elizabeth ,
the only ones I can find that fit seem to of been living in Brierley
, John was a farmer. Born around 1786. I live aboard and was
wondering if you can tell me if there are any grave stones still
standing from that time.
I found your web site
Anne Marie Andersen nee
Thank you for your email.
Unfortunately Brierley church was only built in 1869 so I would suspect your
ancestors would be buried in the nearby Felkirk Church that is situated
between Shafton and South Hiendley and which is a much more older church.
You can visit the
history of the church
on my web site under local history.
for taking the time to reply. I had read the web site and found it very
interesting. I know that the two Williams were buried in other towns the
older one in New Wortley which I believe is today a part of Armley . I found
record of a John of Brierley in the Felkirk records, and knew that there had
been a church on that site for many hundreds of years, but had hoped that
some of his family had been buried in Brierley.
visit Felkirk and Brierley next time that I am in Yorkshire. I live in
Denmark and I am researching the Yorkshire Cusworths, who were born in the
South Hiendley, Brierley and Normanton areas, at a time when the
population in Brierley was 452. As a child I visited my grandmother in
Armley and still have family in Yorkshire
thank you for a very informative site.
Your very much welcome Ann, I will also pass
on your emails to Richard Watson a very keen local historian who writes for
me on the web site under Ask Richard, hopefully he may be able to find a few
more details for you. Good luck.
Gary of Brierley Village has passed your enquiry on to me.
As Gary says our village church was not built until 1869. Up to that
date Felkirk was our parish and church, South Hiendley , Havercroft,
Brierley, Grimethorpe and Shafton were all villages in the parish. The
old church is on an isolated site between these villages about two miles
west of Brierley. There is an extensive church grave yard with many
ancient memorial stones.
The church registers
are at the West Yorkshire Archives Wakefield
West Yorkshire Archive
On the 1840 Tithe Apportionment survey an Elizabeth Cusworth is listed
as occupying a cottage on what is now Common Road Brierley,
unfortunately she was not on the 1841 census.
I cannot find the name in any local trade directories for the period.
The surname Cusworth is taken from the village of Cusworth about three
miles north west of the town of Doncaster
Hope this is useful to you.
your both very kind
Here are some more bits for the site if you
think they are OK.
must have stood at the top of Frickley Lane i think.
The story behind the
Elms Farm postcard
is as follows. This might be more interesting as the people in the story are
I used to work after school and at weekends
at Elms Farm when it was run by the Ashley family so bought this card to
see who had sent it and to whom.
The card was postmarked Barnsley and dated 30th
Oct 1906.The sender signs herself RK and is the daughter of the addressee
MRS GEORGE SORBY of CLAYTON.
Mrs Sorby is MARY SORBY who was born in 1825
in EVERTON Notts later marrying GEORGE SORBY a farmer from Clayton. The RK
of the sender would have to be their daughter REETOR (later spelt as Rita )
SORBY as she was the only daughter with an R initial.
I had a very lucky guess with the K in her
signature ; in that as she came from a farming family maybe she had married
into a Brierley farming family ,the KENYON family . Lucky guess but her
husband MARTIN KENYON actually worked in the stores at Brierley Colliery
but was related to the farming and butchery Kenyon's. Rita and Martin had
one daughter BEATRICE MARY born 15/12/1894 who married EDWARD THORPE in 1915
shortly after the death of her father Martin in 1914. Her mother Rita died
soon after in 1917. The Kenyon connection continues through Edward Thorpe
as in 1911 he is listed as living with CHARLES EDWARD and EDITH KENYON
famers and butchers and employed as a cow lad. Another occupant of the same
Kenyon household , working as a butchers assistant , was NELSON STEELE
another Brierley name I remember. Beatrice Mary and Edward had two sons
VERNON K THORPE and CHARLES H THORPE. Beatrice Mary lived to the good age of
97 and died in Huddersfield in Nov 1991 .For the first 23 years of my life I
lived in Park Avenue Brierley with mum Mabel and dad Alec and our next door
but one neighbour was the same Vernon Thorpe and his wife Annie and daughter
Susan. What’s this about the six degrees of separation !
Please add to or correct my story.
Dave Nicoll. Always of Brierley but now
living in Pogmoor Barnsley
Email and postcards on
Contribution page. Thanks Dave although I'm not sure what you mean by "six
degrees of separation ! I only went to Willowgarth you know.
Updated 19 February 2010
I think I have reached a reasonable
conclusion to the story behind the short note on
free to correct. It goes something like this:
I bought this postcard from EBay
(apologies to any Brierley folk who also bid) because it was a
picture of my old school in 1915 and i was intrigued to see who had
sent it and to whom. I did not know what i was letting myself in for
but here are the results.
The Alice referred to is ALICE
BEATRICE BRIGGS , one of only two Alice's in infants class at the
time the card was written, 1915. Alice Briggs is recorded on the
1911 census as a 3 year old boarder with the BAUM family in Brierley
along with another boarder, ARTHUR EVAN COLEMAN aged 28 and a
domestic chauffeur. Alice Briggs was boarded with the Baum family
because her mother EMMA JANE BRIGGS was working as a live in cook at
LINDLEY HOUSE, Brierley, the home of Miss EDITH MARY CORDEUX. Also
working at Lindley House as a maid was EDITH BAUM hence the placing
of young Alice with her family. I am guessing that Arthur Coleman
was also the chauffeur to Miss Cordeux.
Emma Jane Briggs was born EMMA JANE
HILL around 1876 in the MAILING district of Kent and had two sisters
ALICE HILL and BEATRICE HILL hence young Alice being named after
them. Emma Jane worked variously as maid ,domestic nurse etc in Kent
, London and Nottingham. She married ROBERT BRIGGS in about 1906 and
was living in NOTTINGHAM (Lenton) at the time of Alice’s birth in
1908. Robert Briggs is variously recorded as a journeyman house
painter or an estate farm worker. A Robert Briggs death is recorded
around the time of Alice Briggs birth and this may have prompted a
move to Brierley.
The card is addressed to EVA
MANNERING care of J B REEVES at an address in TONBRIDGE WELLS. Eva
was born EVA ANNIE MANNERING in AYLESFORD in Kent in 1898 and worked
in service for families around Tonbridge Wells and Speldhurst
locally in Kent, including J B Reeves.
Alice’s mum Emma Jane and Eva
Mannering must have been relatives ,friends ,workmates or neighbours
at some time; they were born in the same area and both worked in the
same jobs. Further confirmation of this comes from a member of Eva’s
family who remembers a MISS HILL as a regular visitor to the now
married EVA TIMMS house in Speldhurst. Miss Hill was probably one of
young Alice’s aunts.
Alice and her mum may have arrived in
Brierley by chance but the Cordeux family name is recorded in
Nottingham ,where Alice was born ,again in London and indeed a
KATHLEEN CORDEUX is recorded in 1911 as a pupil at a boarding school
in Tonbridge Wells ,an area where Eva lived and worked .
Please feel free to correct or add to
these facts and best guesses.
My thanks to the family of Eva
Mannering for the link with Miss Hill and to friend and webmaster
Gary for searching the school records when he should have been
Always of Brierley but now living in
Gary I have two more postcards; I
will need a long lie down after this one but if it proves popular I
will do the others later. They aren’t as complicated; famous last
I would think that this
email took you as long to write as it you to research the postcard
Dave. I think you have done well researching it and thank you for
sharing it with us.
Click to see the
I hope all is well. Just a
quick line to congratulate Kathy for her contribution 'Those
were the days.' She described my upbringing in Brierley (I
had a gap in Africa from 3-10 years of age, where it was quite similar
except for the snakes and crocodiles) to a tee. I am pleased, as she
pointed out, that most of us had our mums at home in those days and as
she says, we played outside on our own for hours on end without any
danger or much supervision. The summers also seemed to be longer and
Best wishes, John Nixon York
Yes, brings back a few
I’m writing to
invite you to join about an exciting new campaign being launched by
Slimming World in Brierley later this month.
the people of Brierley to join our ‘Let’s Beat It Together’
community weight loss campaign. You’ll already be aware that obesity
is one of the greatest issues facing the UK today, and our area is
no exception: in Yorkshire and the Humber , obesity rates are
currently around 23%. This is bad news for our whole community.
First and foremost, it means personal unhappiness, low self esteem
and increased risk of weight-related illnesses such as diabetes,
heart disease and cancer for all of those people struggling to
manage their weight. It affects families, schools, and of course it
puts pressure on our local GPs, hospitals and on employers in terms
of lost working days.
Obesity is a
community problem – and with weekly groups in the heart of our
community, Slimming World is perfectly placed to help. During week
commencing 22nd February we’re launching our national ‘Let’s Beat It
Together’ campaign, inviting the people of Brierley to get together
with people in communities all over the UK to help turn the rising
tide of obesity, and we’d love you to support us.
You can get
involved in several ways:
• We’d be thrilled
if you would help us promote our campaign on your website and
continue to feedback weekly updates on the progress our members are
• Join us at our
campaign launch party in the Methodist Church on Monday 22 February
at 6.30pm – we’re having a special event to launch the campaign.
There’ll be plenty of healthy and delicious food on offer to show
people that healthy eating can be deliciously satisfying and that
with the right support losing weight can be easy and enjoyable, and
we’ll be talking about all the health benefit that losing
weight can bring to Brierley.
We very much hope
you’ll join us in this vitally important campaign to make Brierley a
healthier, happier place!
Slimming World Consultant
Tel 07887 906493
all I can Michelle and I will see you at the launch.
Slimming World at
Updated 13 February 2010
Sorry about the pictures.
I am sending a new
one taken only a few days ago inside our house in Normandy
(Its far too cold to stand around outside!). It was good to speak
to Gail again although the news of her family was not so good. It
is a shame that her parents and elder sister have passed on but I
suppose when one gets to our age there's more than enough news like
this. I believe the other picture I sent you was when Ursula and I
attended the wedding of a friend (Keith Arkwright) in the church at
Grimethorpe. I really cannot remember the date but it was round
about 1970. We are making a dash to Yorkshire in late April, no
definite date yet and expect to drop in the three horse shoes as
Terry Griffiths France
for the pic
Terry it has been updated onto your Where R U Now page. I
am glad you and Gail are back in touch through the web site. You
will have to let me know when you are going into the Three Horse
Shoes and I can come and take a pic or two for the web site.
I have been trying to
find your email address from the Brierley Village website but have not found
a link. I did come across this and wondered if you could respond to let me
know this is the address I should be emailing you on!
I thought it might be
easier if I emailed you the figures every week, and also let you know if
there is any interesting information for your website. For instance, we are
due to launch a special weight loss challenge in group soon and I wondered
if you wanted to come along to our ‘launch party night’ to take photos and
write a piece for the website – there will be free food on offer!
If you confirm this is
the correct email address I can send further information about the launch
night and challenge.
Slimming World Consultant
Brierley and Grimethope
Looking forward to it
Michelle especially the mention of free nosh. Hope it is all low calories
Updated 5 February 2010
name for you in the
Isolation Hospital 4,
the man at the back right of the photo with the bald head, next
to the woman wearing a flowery dress, is my uncle Billy
Regards Janet de
Haas (nee Heeley), Australia
Thanks Janet, the photograph has been
updated, keep those names coming in.
Thank you for the contact details of
Gail Picken, I have forwarded an email on to her
Terry and Ursula Griffiths (nee Hughes)
Thanks Terry, I am pleased I have put you
back in touch with Gail after all these years
On the photograph
Isolation hospital 7,
the handsome man in the front row with his hands crossed is my dad Jerry
Heeley. My mum Kathleen Heeley was a nurse at the hospital before we
moved to Australia in 1958. Thanks so much for your great site, I just
Janet de Haas (nee Heeley) Australia
Thanks Janet, I have updated
the photograph. It was really nice to hear from you again
cutting next to Craig Royston is my son Neil.
Alan Hockey Brierley
Thanks Alan, I have updated the story
I just noticed that
you & others may have been trying to contact me over the last
few years. I am located in Townsville Australia. I have
inherited quite a lot of Charles Gerard Winstanley Bancks
genealogical research notes and associated documents, also his
binocular microscope. I have not looked at this archive for
several years, & only yesterday revisited it. I was astonished
by the shear amount of hand written material by Charles. What a
I am trying to
assimilate this material into a form that can be more accessible
to interested people, but as you would know this is a major
work. I am thinking of scanning a lot of the documents, so that
the originals can remain reasonably intact.
I have attached a
diagram that shows how I am related to Charles.
I look forward to
hearing from you.
forward this to Julie Wright, Brussels, Belgium
(email March 2006)
I have no
record of Julie's email address but I will put out a request for
her to contact the web site
Could you please give
my email address. I would love to
hear from him as were good friends. I often wondered what
happened to him after the RAF. Thanks.
Its on its way Gail, glad to put you both
back in touch.
Updated 27 January 2010
Could you please put a link to
www.d-a-s-h.co.uk from your web site.
I'm desperate for bedding, old mobile phones and funds to help pay for
the dogs. My current kennel fees are £25 PER DAY. I do not destroy dogs
but I can only take maximum of 5 due to how much time I have to put into
All my dogs are neutered, vaccinated,
frontlined, wormed, micro chipped and have 4 weeks free insurance.
I do have other animals but predominantly
dogs, At present the local pounds are putting dogs to sleep daily.
We are fighting a losing
battle, without funds I can't take any other dogs. I need people to
foster the dogs, ie look after & work with them but have the back up
of a rescue if there are any problems we have vet visits etc.
Thank you very much. If anyone can help
please visit my web site.
Tracy Bonner Hemsworth
Come on then folks, lets all
rally round and help Tracy all we can.
I trained at her Dance Classes
Christine Rix Grimethorpe
Thanks Christine, I have updated the
The unknown on the
could be a chap called Ned Kenyon. He lived at Crescent Rd
Havercroft. As the Dodd brothers lived at Ryhill he could have
known them. I wondered also could he be a link to the Kenyon
family someone is trying to trace on your site.
If so I am sure they will get in touch
Jack. Thanks for the update.
I hope that you are
well. You probably don’t remember me but about 8 years ago I spoke
to you about the Marsden’s of Burntwood Hall. My great grandmother
was a Marsden and was related to the Marsden’s of Burntwood Hall.
You were good enough to send me details of the Marsden's from a book
called “A History of Brierley by a William Bretton. I believe this
book was published in the 1920’s. Would you happen to know where I
could get a copy of this book as I recently lost all my data on the
Many thanks for your
I remember your emails
well, 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.
Thanks for getting back to me, sorry not been
able to get back to you due to no Internet access. Did you find out if the
Acorn centre had any copies left?
Unfortunately the Acorn
centre don't sell the book anymore but you may be able to get a copy
from Grimethorpe Post Office. It may be better if you deal with them
direct and perhaps they may post you one out, their number is 01226
711223. Let me know how you go on and if you don't have any luck I
will try elsewhere for you.
Many thanks for getting back to me. I
will try this number or ask my grandparents to have a look there,
they live near Doncaster. I will let you know how I got on. Sadly I
lost all my notes on the Marsden's when my hard drive failed. I have
visited Burntwood Hall and Howell Wood Country Park, as well as
Kettlethorpe Hall which I believe they owned for some 20 years.
There is also a chance they are related to the famous architect John
Carr of York. I’m only in Yorkshire once a year (live in
Gloucestershire) but its all fascinating.
All the best
I have just had a quick look at the web
site and discovered that a relation in Australia is searching for her
Copley relatives and seeking my E mail address.
You may remember My Dad, daughter and I
came up to visit a few years back as Maggie Fry (nee Copley) was one of
The E mail was from Maureen Copley of
Huntleys Cove, Sydney Australia. I would be grateful if you could pass
on my details to her.
Sadly my Dad has now passed away some
two years ago but he really did enjoy the day we spent with you.
Strangely the Ernest Copley Maureen
speaks of as her Father in Law is one of the three Copley's I have
photos for. Maggie Fry (nee Copley) and my Grand Mother Constance
being the other two.
Thanks for your time in this and hope
all is well in what I am sure is a snow laden Brierley
Yes I have had the appeal out to you for a
while now so I am really pleased you have visited the site and found it.
Maureen's details are on their way to you. Good luck.
Many thanks for the E Mail address
for Maureen. I have made contact with her and we are indeed all
related back to Herbert Copley former Post Master in Brierley and of
course Father of Maggie Fry. Herbert had something like 13 children
and it seems that we have an idea of what happened to most of
them. Australia, America and Canada are all places that hold links
back to Brierley. Looks like the Royal Mail really did go
All the best
Your welcome Chris. Glad to help
the last girl with plaits on the right hand side, row
four is myself Ruth Vamplew. I now live in Cleckheaton and have
done for 73 years, my dad was Harry Vamplew who was a miner at
Brierley pit. He died in 1935 aged 49 as a result of miners lung
cancer. My mum was Rita Vamplew nee Pointon. she came to
Cleckheaton and died here aged 61 in 1951 and is buried in St Pauls
churchyard with dad and my youngest brother Clifford. On
there is me my best friend Betty Deighton who I kept
in contact with until her death. Do you have any pictures of
or Brierley Grove Farm where my grandparents lived.
yours sincerely Ruth
Fawcett nee Vamplew Cleckheaton.
Thanks for your very kind
email. Can you check that you have the right school photo number as the
one you have given me doesn't match the description. R u related to Herbert and Arthur who live just down the road
from me? I have a few photos of Brierley Colliery.
line under the buildings section. After speaking to Richard Watson
he informs me that Brierley Grove Farm is now demolished and it was
situated near to where the first roundabout is going from Brierley into
Herbert and Arthur
could be cousins of mine, was their dad either uncle Wray or
uncle Fred. I remember the farm was down a lane, it did have an
orchard where we used to hide from my granddad when we were
scrumping apples, he must have known we were there but he never let
on. I took my daughter some years ago to look for the farm but
it was not to be seen just fields of peas. I think cousin Billy
Baxendale farmed it after granddad (my dad and Billy Baxendales mum
were brother and sister). The railway line was down the fields from
the farm and cousin Ida and me used to sit on the fence and wave to
the trains like the railway children, Ida still lives in Brierley.
My great grand ma was
Rebecca Vamplew. She had the thatched post office and farm in
Shafton late 1890s. I will look at the website again when my daughter
comes back from holiday and try to fit in some of your missing names
on my school picture.
Thanks for your good
Great website which
I found after looking at the Hemsworth site .
Is it possible to
Schools photo no 18
on line. My mother Ruth Vamplew is
on it with her cousin May and best friend Betty Deighton, she
will be overjoyed to see it and her old school which has been
pulled down now. Is there a photo of pudding hill and the cow
mountains anywhere? Mum had to leave Brierley to work in 1935
after her Dad Harry Vamplew died. He worked at
Brierley is always home in her heart
Thank you Joan
The photograph is
on line for you Joan. f you can add names to faces please
I'm glad to see that you
are keeping up the great work that you do with the site. I've been going
through some of my Mother's old photos and scanning them on to my PC.
I've attached a favourite one that was taken on the Co-op Row around
1957. We are all on it together
with Ann Vodden and her mother. I'm happy for you use this on your site
if its useful to you.
Thanks John, that is brilliant,
I will add it to the archives as soon as I have time. Is the back of the
photograph where Grange House is now?
Yes the allotments behind us are
where Grange House now stands.
I've attached a couple more
for you. The first one is my Dad stood in our yard on Co-op Row. The
baby he is holding is Nigel Vodden. I think the year will be
around 1958. The other photo is the wedding of our Margaret and Richard
at Brierley Chapel in 1964. Left to right on the photo is me, then Eddie
Birkinshaw Richard's cousin who was his best man, then my cousin Susan
Emmerson, then Richard, then Margaret, then my Uncle Henry, my Mother's
brother who gave Margaret away as my Dad had died 4 years before, then
my cousin Joan Emmerson. The two smaller bridesmaids were Alison
Birkinshaw on the left and Ann Birkinshaw on the right.
Hope you are keeping
well my friend
Just looking at the
website and saw the e-mail from my old mate Dave Greenwell with news
of his dads passing.
Me and Dave had some
great times on the motorbikes when we were teenagers (seems a long
time ago now) and I would like to give my sincere sympathy to Dave
and his family for their sad loss
Always remember Dave's
dad in the shop, nothing was too much trouble for him.
Keep up the good work,
the website is a credit to you Gary
Thanks Gary, I will pass on
your email to Dave and hopefully you might hear from him
Just had an e-mail from
Dave, thanks for passing on his email address. Brilliant mate thanks!!
I've not seen him for years
and it will be good to have a beer with him and go over the old days
(sounds like we are old men)!!
Many thanks. Another
brilliant result from your excellent web site
Gary Wilson Brierley.
Thanks Gary, I was only too
pleased to put two old mates back in touch with each other.
Will call and see you as
soon as the weather clears and pay my dues for the football club.
You remember I told you
about the postcard I had, well here are scans of the front and back
to see if you can help.
So far I think the
addressee, Eva Mannering, was probably working in service for J B
Reeves, as on the 1911 census he is listed with cook, maid, gardener
etc. The sender refers to Alice; possibly a younger sister to Eva, being
at Brierley school but in the infants. Can you possibly check the school
records for this time for Alice and any other Mannerings. The next idea
I had was to check the Brierley electoral roll for 1915 if that is
possible for Mannerings. The signature looks a bit like ABB but I am not
sure; perhaps she is another sister. General opinion is that the
handwriting is female. I know you are busy but you also like a challenge
and a bit of a mystery.
Thanks for that Dave,
I have a copy of the photograph already in the archives but it is not
very clear so thank you for that. I have always questioned the date on
the print as the school was extended in the red brick in 1916 so I can't
understand the date of 1955, I would suggest more 1915, what do you
think?. I don't have much time just now Dave but I will look at it
closer and check the school records. Can you identify the stamp date on
I think the 1955 on the
front is just the postcard ref no. The date stamp is definitely 1915
when you scan at high dpi and enlarge. Does the central library have
old electoral rolls?
The mystery deepens, there isn't a
single Mannering or anything near the spelling of the name in the
How about an
Alice anything in infants in 1915? I will check with the
library tomorrow for 1915 electoral rolls.
giving you extra work; there's no rush though
I have made
contact with a lady who is the daughter in law of the
addressee on the postcard who will ask the lady's daughter
if she knows about the Brierley connection.
meantime how easy, it never is, will it be to list all the
Alice's who were in infants class in 1915. I am more than
happy to help.
question for you and I wouldn't ask if the weather was
better. Where is no 29 Church St?
and apologies for all the questions
I have checked the
school records and the only Alice's around that time are
an Alice Briggs started the school in 1914 and was born
1907 so that would make her 7 years old and also an
Alice Stocks started the school in 1913 and was born
1905 which would make her 8 years old so both girls are
obviously too old to be in the infant class, help!!!!
No luck with Eva
Mannering's daughter in law. Sorry but it looks like its down to
you to pull the rabbit out of the hat. My current thoughts are that
the Alice mentioned in the postcard was someone Eva got to know
whilst working in service either in Chatham or Speldhurst, both in
Kent. The Alice family then move to Brierley and then Alice's mum or
more probably her older sister send Eva a postcard with the news.The
handwriting on the card is good as is the grammar and punctuation
leading me to think, well educated and probably well off. I am not
sure this will help you with the school records or me with the
29 Church Street is old
the Farriers Arms Dave.
I will be giving a talk on
my father's diary in the new year in York, and have produced it as a
short video which is now on YouTube. The video is basically a
collection of images from Mother's Apple Pie with music that has been
composed by my son, Philip Nixon, for the Children of Far East Prisoners
of War (COFEPOW) charity.
Would you be able to
put this link in the area you have on Mother's Apple Pie' in 'your
contributions?' I also noticed that the price and other details about
ordering the book are now out of date as we have changed them. Would
you mind altering it all to say 'the book is available on Amazon.co.uk,
priced £8, or direct from the authors (and leave my and Barbara's e-mail
addresses as they are).
Many thanks and all the best
for the new year!
John Nixon York
Thanks John, I have had a look at
the piece on You Tube and found it very interesting. It is very hard to
believe when I used to see your dad up and down the village on his bike
at what he went through. People haven't got a clue and it really opened
my eyes. I have so much respect for people like your father and I hope
that through your book his and his comrades suffering and heroic deeds
will not be forgotten
Thanks for your kind
words about my father and his deeds. As you rightly say, hopefully
the book and the video will help in giving recognition to those who
put themselves in danger and performed their duty in protecting all
of our freedoms.
best and thanks again for your work on the website. Some of my
ex-Navy friends (as far away as Brazil) have contacted me because of
the website, so it is really doing its job well.
am pleased to help John and glad to hear of your friend from Brazil
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