I have been researching the lives of my grandparents, Tom and
Elizabeth Scholey (and their parents, John (Jack) and Sarah
Scholey of Ryhill and John and Eva Jolliffe of Normanton;
as well as Nathaniel and Mary Scholey, of Ackworth and Ryhill, and
Mary Robinson and Mark Jolliffe...!), and would like to hear
from anyone who remembers them. In particular, I remember
John Steele, and his wife, Joyce very well. My father,
moved us to East Yorkshire where he became a successful Quantity
Surveyor, but we continued to visit Royd View, Brierley until my
granddad died. I am a historian and I think it is is no small degree
due to my grandparents' love of history! My father also loved
history...and went on to marry his cousin after my own mother died,
so that I am also looking for the Jolliffes of Normanton and
Robinsons of "Altoffs?)", where my great-aunt (Mrs
was headmistress. I went to Grimethorpe Infants School
between 1958-1960, and we lived in Oak Street, until about 1960.
Mrs Susan Beaumont (nee Schofield) Leyburn Lancashire
Information placed in September 2006
I was wondering if you know of two cottages that used to be across from
the shop at Hilltop? a good friend of mine lived on the left called
Pat, she lived with her sister Doris, mother and Granddad,
their names were King (nee) Prosser. I would love to know where
Pat is now, I have not seen her since 1957.She had a daughter
who she named Carolyn, her married name was Thorley. I
would be very grateful if anyone can give me any information about her.
I think she went to live in Grimethorpe
Thanks again for all your good work. Regards Jill Gamewell (nee
Information placed in May2006
Tommy and Maureen Johnson were brother and sisters who
were sent to live with Mrs Schofield at number 9 Hodroyd
Cottages during the war. Their ages at that time were between 3
and 10 and Patricia in particular remembers
Alice Miles and her son Cyril who lived next door. The
family would dearly love to get in touch with anyone who can
remember them. Maureen who is now
Maureen Hollies can be contacted on 01268 543662 or you can
Information placed in March 2006
Hi Gary, I have just found your website while researching my family
history into William Bancks (b 1782). I too would like to
get in contact with Chris Green who emailed about William
Bancks and Rev Charles Gerard Winstanley Bancks.
I see that you also had contacts from a Robert Baines and a
Peter Mayer and would be grateful if you could put me in
contact with either of them.
My family history research shows that some of the children of
William Bancks were born at Brierley Hill – this is in Staffordshire
(between Dudley and Stourport) and clearly not the same place as
your Brierley in South Yorkshire. The name Brierley Hill is often
abbreviated to Brierley and may even have been transcribed from
censuses as Brierley Hall – or possibly there was a Brierley Hall at
Brierley Hill. I imagine this explains why you could find no mention
of a William Bancks ever owning ‘your’ Brierley Hall!
Thanks Julie Wright, Brussels, Belgium
placed in December 2005
Can you please put me in touch with
Elaine Armstrong who
appears on your email page, as it would appear her
granddad married my granddad's sister. It may also be
coincidence that their family name was Graham & that is my
original family name.
My granddad was Frank Graham, his sister Dorothy
was Joe Lodge's wife. I have some photo's of uncle Joe
with Brownie & Topper & another 2 horses that I cannot remember
the name of.
I also have all 'Aunty' Dorothy's
school reports from the 1920's and her certificates that she won
for various things at chapel. I do not remember 'Uncle' Joe as
he was actually my mum's uncle & died before I was born. My mum
remembers him though, and Topper. Dorothy never remarried and
until her own death spoke of Joe with much love. I also have
birthday and Christmas cards that she saved from their marriage
- you are welcome to borrow anything of interest
I have some other photo's of Uncle Joe
& Aunty Dorothy. She was a lovely lady, I don't know if Elaine's
'Graham' side of the family is also related. Ada - lived at Brierley
park, Harold lived in Grimethorpe. If Elaine would like to get in
touch I can show her the collection of things I have that were
passed to me after my 'Aunty' Dorothy's death.
Also I've been trying to find the
Parry family that lived in Brierley Park in the early 70's.
There were Shane, Andrew, Beverley & Tracey. Shane was the
eldest, Beverley will be approx 39 now & Tracey a bit younger. They
moved from Brierley to Hemsworth. I've bumped into them very briefly
when I first moved back to Brierley after living in the South for 14
years. I can't seem to find them since then. Both Bev & Tracey did a
lot of dancing & had loads of cups & trophies. I wondered if any of
the family can put me back in touch.
I'm also trying to locate Bev &
Debbie King again-they lived on Regina Crescent in Brierley,
I think Debbie is still in Brierley but not sure where. I would like
to try and catch up if anyone can help.
Tracy Bonner (nee Prior) Cudworth
Thank you for your very interesting email Tracy. I am sure
Elaine will be back in touch with the web site and read your
email. If so, hopefully she will send her details which I can
then pass on to you with her permission. I would love to look at
the photographs you have in your possession and possibly add
them to the archives. I will be in touch.
Information placed on 20th July 2005
you can help just been chatting to my cousin Julie Sanderson
(nee Armitage) who works in the village shop and she suggested I
contact you as I have been trying to search for my brother
Geoffrey Grayson. I have tried everything to no avail. He
use to live with Julie and her family in Brierley Park for many
years ago the last known address I have for him is 7 years ago and
he was living in Blackpool. I managed to track him down then
but he has now disappeared. We are a family of four and I have
located my sister and older brother and what would make the picture
complete would be Geoffrey. Just one family photo which we have
never had taken together would be great. Do feel free to
speak to Julie Armitage (don't know if she still uses her married
name) or email me and we can converse. Julies mum and dad are
getting older now and would love to see him one last time as he was
brought up with them from 6 months of age to the age of 18.
Information placed on 25th April 2005
Please can you help me to find
out any information about my grand father. He rented Worsbrough Hall
about 1911 to 1915-6 his name was Joseph Greensmith and
his father was also Joseph Greensmith.
Talate Bawtry Doncaster.
placed on 12th March 2005
I wonder if you
are able to help with my enquiries regarding my half-sister Anita
Johnson (or she may have used
Anita Gillian) who lived for a short while in Brierley in the
mid-60's. I have recently discovered that she died quite young (I think,
at the age of 21) and was married to a Ronnie Normington and
living in South Hiendley when she passed. Her date of birth was 25
or 28 July 1944. I am led to believe that both of them worked at
Southmoor hospital. Anita's partner drove the hearse for the
hospital mortuary. In my early years Anita lived with my mother &
father and myself, but my mother died when I was four and Anita went
back to her natural father & I lived with foster parents until my father
re-married. I saw Anita only once more. As a four year old I remember
her with affection.
My motive for
asking is that I would like to establish where Anita is buried or
whether she was cremated. No-one in the family has this information.
to living in South Hiendley it appears that she lived in Brierley
and she may have had a son. I would still be interested to know a
little about Anita's time in Brierley i.e. where she lived, any
recollections anyone has of her etc. I would be interested to hear from
anyone who knew Anita.
Any assistance you can offer would be very much appreciated.
Information placed on 12th March 2005
I am hoping that you may be able to help me
do some tracing. Perhaps you know of the places spoken of and could
possibly find some photographs of these places for my family history
My trail starts with a Robert Warby
who originally came from Tottenham and settled in Brierley Hill.
Robert Warby was a grocer living in High
Street married to Mary Warby. The children I have listed
for Robert and Mary are as follows. Arthur Robert Warby b. 1862,
Brierley Hill married Maria...possibly Maria Deeley?.
Elizabeth Warby b. 1861, Brierley Hill. Harry
Warby b. 1866 Brierley Hill.
Ernest Warby b. 1868 Brierley Hill. Lawson Warby b.
1872 Brierley Hill.
Arthur Robert Warby and Maria were
living in Hight Street when son Arthur Joseph Warby
was baptised in 1898 in the Parish of Brierley Hill and he was said
to be a Grocer. In the 1891 census it was said that Arthur
Robert was living with his father Robert Warby and
father was a grocer and son was a grocers assistant. When Arthur
Joseph Warby married Florrie Jessie Adams ( a Lavender
descendant) in 1921 Arthur Robert Warby (father)
was a Commercial Traveller and Arthur Joseph Warby was living
at 6 Harrison Road, Brettell Lane, Kingswinford and he was a
Electrician at the Iron Works.
Is there any photo's of Brierley Hill that
might show the Grocers Shop, Iron Works. Also can anyone shed
further light on any of the Warby family members as they are proving
very hard to trace.
Regards Joanne Warby Nee Hooper.
Hi Joanne, sorry to disappoint you but the Brierley Hill you refer to is
in the Midlands and not South Yorkshire. However I will leave your email
on the site for if anyone can help you.
My grandfather was Francis Joseph WARBY, my father was Frank
Edward WARBY, my brother's name is Frank WARBY and I have
various cousins with that name. I'm almost certain that my father
Frank Edward was born in Aldgate east London. I hope this
information is of use to your site.
Regards Vera Allen
on 18th May 2004
I'm looking for Tony and Linda Holmes from Yorkshire,
I'm not to sure where in Yorkshire they live but I'm looking for them as
they are my step-sons grandparents. We live in Ireland and I'm finding
it very hard to find them. Can you help me out? Ryan Whelan is
their grandson and if you can give me a bit of advise on how I can find
people I would be very grateful.
Thanking you, Terence Whelan
placed on 18th May 2004
We are looking to trace some ancestry by surname "Crossley"
once of Brierley Hall Farm. Wondered if you can give us a few
Regards Phil Bradley
After searching the 1881 census for Brierley I have found the following.
John W Crossley age 41 a farmer of 120 acres employing 2
labourers 1 boy at Hall Farm. He was the head of the household and his
wife was called
Ellen age 31 from Wadworth, York England. It does not mention
any children and after searching the old Brierley school records, there
isn't any Crossley's listed at all. It may be that they moved on in
which case you could search the full British 1901 census using
this information. I hope this is of help to you.
Information placed on
4th January 2004
My Grandmother's family came from Brierley and I have found examples on
your other site which shows photos of other Thorpe's. Are there
still Thorpe's in the village and are they related? My Grandmother
Rita was born in 1887 and her father (my Great Grandfather
Charles was born in 1856). At the time it was registered not as
Brierley but as Falkirk which is puzzling since I can no longer find
this village or township even though it is still frequently
mentioned in many early 19th century documents. Any help or leads that
you can give will be most appreciated.
Just to point out to you William, it is Felkirk and not Falkirk. I have
searched the old Brierley school records and found two Rita Thorpe.
Number 1 is listed as being born on 29th August 1884 or 85 (the writing
is not too clear), and the second one as being born on the 4th
August 1889 and admitted to the school on 15th September 1902. This lady
was only at the school for a short time because it states she moved to
Grimethorpe on 5 December 1902. It gives her father's name as
who was a miner. There is also a further 17 Thorp (without the E) listed
and quite a few with the letter E on the end of the surname. I hope this
information is of use to you.
Information placed on
18th May 2004
I found my ancestors- my 2nd great-grandfather Henry Thorpe,
born in Felkirk as you so rightly corrected, was living in Brierley
during the 1881 census. His next door neighbour was William Jeunell.
Have you any information on either of these two?
Hi William, Sorry the only information I have at the moment is what I
have already given you.
Information placed on 23rd December 2003
Janet Hutcheon, who lives in Totnes, is searching for details of her
grandfather who she believes may have come from the Brierley area. Here
is her email.
Hi Gary, perhaps you can help as I can't get into the family
history site. I want to find details of my grandfather whom I was always
told was born in Little Brierley. I now discover that there is a
Brierley Hill, a Brierley but no Little Brierley. Before I travel all
the way from Totnes, I would like to assure myself that I have the right
one. Could anyone tell me if there are any Homers in your
village? My grandfather was known as Jack or John Homer, born
about 1876, he was a soldier who saw service, at least, in Ireland and
lived later in Derby and Nottingham. My grandfather was born in
Brierley, but which one? He was recruited by the Duke of Cornwall Light
Infantry and sent first to Newry where he met my grandmother and then to
the Boer War. After that he went into the prison service and first did
service in Dorchester Prison, then Derby and then Nottingham prison. He
must have had parents back in Brierley and possibly siblings but I need
some kind of connection. There seem to be loads of John Homers.
(He was born in about 1876 and died in 1949 in Nottingham.) I'm
very grateful for your help.
Thanks so much, Janet Hutcheon
Sorry Janet, I have searched the 1881 census for Brierley but there are
no Homers stated as living in Brierley. I have also searched the
Brierley school records which started in 1871 with no luck
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