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Still looking ( Kempsons ) by julie (Member 10255407) on 24-Aug-2016
Hi Still looking for any relation to Alf Kempson who had a daughter Joyce.
Alf is no longer with us but hopefully Joyce will be.
If anyone can help at all I will be grateful
Thanks
Julie
  
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Please Help by julie (Member 10255407) on 8-Aug-2016
Kempsons
Does anyone know of an Alf Kempson who had a daughter Joyce
Alf will have passed now, as for Joyce she might have also but will be middle aged at least .
Please if anyone can help
Julie
  
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Is there anybody there ? by julie (Member 10255407) on 3-Aug-2016
Hi
Does anybody use this site anymore ?
There was always new posts and stories to read, sadly this does not appear to be the case now .
Please if you can read my previous posts in regards to the Kempsons .
Thanks
Julie
  
  • Re: Is there anybody there ? by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 3-Aug-2016
    Not used much these days, most have gone over to facebook for Gorton stuff.
    If you look at the entries for 1-5-16 it may help you get onto it if you want. It has far more info photos etc.
    You may find the answers you want , good luck.

  • Re: Is there anybody there ? by julie (Member 10255407) on 3-Aug-2016
    Thankyou Dave for your reply , I will take a look
    Julie

  • Re: Is there anybody there ? by cw (Member 10242991) on 8-Dec-2016
    Hello David did you live near sunny brow park I think I might have gone to school with you

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Lake Hotel / Still looking for Kempsons by julie (Member 10255407) on 28-Jul-2016
Hi
Can anyone please give me a rough idea of when the lakes hotel at Belle vue was no longer in use , how long before it was demolished thanks Julie
OH still trying to find the Kempson family, see earlier post please
  
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Kempsons by julie (Member 10255407) on 27-Jul-2016
Hi
Does anyone know the Family of Alf Kempson.
Brother , sister , son or daughter, nephew niece etc.
Believe he has been dead for sometime but does have a daughter Joyce, this lady will be over the age of 50 at least.
A good friend of mine is looking for any of the Kempsons related to Alf and Joyce .
Thanks
  
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Kempson by julie (Member 10255407) on 25-Jul-2016
Hi does anyone know of a family by the name Kempson
Alf Kempson I believe has died but he had a daughter by the name of Joyce, will have another name now probably .
This lady will be in her 70's I have been told , please if anyone can put me on the right track in finding any family members
Thankyou so much .
This family did live in Gorton sometime ago
  
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Farrell Family by Chris Farrell (Member 10306633) on 20-Jul-2016
Message for Dave Jones. Hiya I was researching some family history and came across the Gorton Message Board and your entry for 21st July 2014 'Rainy Days' where you say you are related to the Farrells of Bury Street. You also say that you lost contact with Jackie, your cousin and think he's the last of the Farrell clan. Well, I'm Christine, elder daughter of Vinnie who is still alive and well at 8... more >>   
  • Re: Farrell Family by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 26-Jul-2016
    Hello, What a surprise ! yes i am related to the Farrells of Bury Street. I am the youngest son of Margaret (known as Maggie)
    she was the sister of Tommy who was the father of Jack (Jackie) and Vincent. My mothers married name was Jones and i am the surviving
    member of the Jones family. I expect that Jack and Vincent have worked out who i am, i have not seen them since i took my mother
    to Tom... more >>

  • Re: Farrell Family by Chris Farrell (Member 10306633) on 31-Jul-2016
    Hi Dave
    Not sure how we can go about it! Are you still living in the Manchester area? Perhaps we could meet?

  • Re: Farrell Family by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 1-Aug-2016
    Hello again. We live in Formby near Southport, my wife Phyl has said that if you use facebook you should be able to find
    her through that and better contact can be opened up via the private messenger and we can give numbers and emails more
    easily. She says "Phyl Jones Formby " should find her and you can make a "friend request". Meeting is a great idea , but
    Right at this moment we are start... more >>

  • Re: Farrell Family by Chris Farrell (Member 10306633) on 1-Aug-2016
    Hi Dave My daughter Kerri has been threatening to introduce me to Facebook when she comes over in a few weeks time. She intends to bring me into the 21st century with the purchase of a new phone, so, if it's ok with you, I'll attempt to connect via Facebook then. Enjoy the family. Chris

  • Re: Farrell Family by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 1-Aug-2016
    Thats ok, keep looking in just in case there is a better idea. Sometimes our plans with our family change and we can do
    other things. Wouldn!'t like it to go away now that my interest is raised. Dave.

  • Re: Farrell Family by Chris Farrell (Member 10306633) on 22-Aug-2016
    Hi Dave Kerri has just tried to use the search criteria 'Phyl Jones Formby' and also 'Phyl Jones' and 'Phyllis Jones Formby' but no results were found on Facebook, unless privacy settings are stopping us from finding her. Is there any other name we could search for? Chris

  • Re: Farrell Family by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 23-Aug-2016
    Hi again, sorry for delay only just seen reply.
    Phyl's facebook contact says /phyl.jones1 hope this works. She says she should be contactable by just her name, but who knows in this magical computer world. If all else fails i'll probably take a chance on a phone number. Let me Know.

  • Re: Farrell Family by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 23-Aug-2016
    A bit more to that is facebook.com/phyl.jones1

  • Re: Farrell Family by Maureen Hastie (Member 10301269) on 2-Jan-2017
    Hello Farrell cousins. I am Maureen and the grand daughter of Mary Walker (nee Farrell), who lived at 26 Bury Street. She was married to William Walker. I now live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Great to meet up with you all

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DIY Challenge. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 31-May-2016
Here is a task for all Gorton (and others) DIY enthusiasts, You will require:-
Some assembly skills.
Basic electrical knowledge.
Ability to use electrical equipment.
Patience.
Accuracy and... more >>
  
  • Re: DIY Challenge. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 5-Jun-2016
    Ha Ha Jim
    I've just finished mine but did not realize how talented I must have been all these years and as Billy and I have just celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary I must be well qualified now!!!
    We went for a day out last Thursday I had a notion to see Bealach Na Ba in Wester Ross We had Lunch at Loch Carron From there Drove on to Loch Kishorn up over the Pass WOW! down the other side... more >>

  • Re: DIY Challenge. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 6-Jun-2016
    Hi Jean, congratulations on your 50th., a real milestone passed, its becoming a rare event in this day and age.
    Sounds like a great day out must give it a try sometime.
    Keep smiling (and ironing!). Regards to you both.
    Jim.

  • Re: DIY Challenge. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 6-Jun-2016
    Thanks Jim
    Hope you are both enjoying the lovely weather
    Jean

  • Re: DIY Challenge. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 19-Jun-2016
    Hi Jean, lovely sunny day here, due for some rain later then, hopefully, a spell of good weather. Had friends from Australia here for four nights, the weather was kind to us and we trotted around the 'sights' etc. Ignored the garden but have spent today pulling weeds with more to come. Pat has been on a washing spree so I shall soon be on an ironing spree! My ironing position looks out across the ... more >>

  • Re: DIY Challenge. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Jun-2016
    hello Jim
    We too have been enjoying the lovely weather Well we have to make the most of it eh? Today we went for a run to Royal Deeside had lunch a walk around Ballater eating an icecream which had to be eaten quickly because of the heat!!! A compusory visit to the charity shop (there was only one) a great source of entertainment now, then the hour and half drive home
    Billy was a fisherman ... more >>

  • Re: DIY Challenge. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Jun-2016
    PS Forgot to tell you we will be in M/c in August
    Our Grandson passes out from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate then so we have arranged to spend a few days in the old place
    Jean

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Tunney Family Stanley Grove by Alison (Member 10305491) on 24-May-2016
Hi
I'm trying to find information on my Mothers Family.
Peter Tunney Father
Julia Tunney Maiden name Burke Mother
She was one of seven girls
T... more >>
  
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Homemade remedies. by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 17-May-2016
I can remember lots of childhood things from the 1940s but I remember particularly the " medicines"we had to endure. When autumn ended my mother used to get a big tin jug out and fill it with boiled linseed,black Spanish liquorice and sulphur. This jug remained on the kitchen range permanently until April or May the following year. and if you happened to cough or sneeze or show any symptons of a c... more >>   
  • Re: Homemade remedies. by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-May-2016
    hello Frank
    As you can see this site has become almost defunct However as a kid from West Gorton now living in the north east of Scotland I still like to keep in touch with my Mancunian roots
    I was born at the beginning of January 1947 in Robert Street between Clowes Street and Hyde Rd the fourth of six girls! We too endured these remedies and I was amused to be reminded of the sweaty sock ... more >>

  • Re: Homemade remedies. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 22-May-2016
    Hi Frank and Jean. Old remedies, carn't say I have the memories you can recall, however I do remember being told that freshly poured tar on the roads was good 'for your chest'! 'All Fours' was another cure all plus a bottle from Stanley Lumbs chemist on Church Lane would heal all chest complaints!
    My Grandfather was a great believer in 'Lung Healers', tiny grey pills he used on a regular basis ... more >>

  • Re: Homemade remedies. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-May-2016
    Hi everyone, yes we had the horrid Cod Liver Oil before school every morning, gratefully followed by a lovely fruity Haliborange tablet to suck on the way to Thomas Street school. And always had Beechams Powders when we had colds. Loved the baby orange juice Jean, so strong & fruity, it probably affected my teeth, had to have some out at the dreaded School Clinic. If we were sniffly, our Gran on C... more >>

  • Re: Homemade remedies. by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 27-May-2016
    Morning All, can anybody ever remember having 'goose grease' rubbed on your chest to ward off winter colds etc'
    Lynda, the whisky cure sounds like excellent advice, still use that one as part of a good health plan we have developed! Cheers.

  • Re: Homemade remedies. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-May-2016
    Ive heard many a joke about Goose Grease but never actually seen (or smelled) it. We rub Vicks on our chest now Jim xxxx

  • Re: Homemade remedies. by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Aug-2016
    I well remember having goose grease rubbed on my chest as a child, and nobody wanted to sit next to you at school because of the smell.

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Mellands Reservoirs by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 17-May-2016
In the 1940s we lived in Gorton near Belle Vue station.My mother's family were keen anglers but the only close fishing was either the canal at Reddish Lane or the reservoirs on Mellands.I spent many a happy hour on Mellands, there being 3 larger resers on Sandfold Lane. One known as the yaghting pond was on a lower level to the others, was quite shallow and did not yield anything but small perch.... more >>   
  • Re: Mellands Reservoirs by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 22-May-2016
    Hi Frank, what part of the '40's' are you referring to, at a guess it must have been the late '40's' ? During the war years I think the Military Police had their HQ there and there was a anti-aircraft battery there as well.
    My memories extend to my first swimming 'lesson' in one of the 'resers', no idea which one and at a later date going 'logging in' there, trying to chop down old fence posts. M... more >>

  • Re: Mellands Reservoirs by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 4-Jun-2016
    My Dad and I spent many a Sunday morning walking around Mellands.Usually someone would be fishing and in those wartime years you could not use bread or any foodstuff as bait,no groundbait only red sand or lumps of the clay you were standing on could be thrown in. I also remember collecting the strips of aluminium or 'chaff' that was used to confuse radar(of course we had no idea at the time what ... more >>

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Is this RIP for this site? by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 1-May-2016
Is there anybody out there? Its gone really quiet on this site, nothing since 20th. March !
I can only assume that interest in this site has died out completely and moved on to other areas.
Hope somebody will prove me wrong?
  
  • Re: Is this RIP for this site? by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 2-May-2016
    I said the same thing back in December Jim. Seems like everybody has gone to Facebook, i'm told its much better and with pictures.
    Everything has its day.

  • Re: Is this RIP for this site? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 2-May-2016
    Hi Jim, yes Im afraid we get drawn into some Facebook sites, especially the Manchester ones, there's always photos- old & new, stories, artists work, all sorts that keep you on there. You keep finding people who remember your family, or your school, or workplace, probably because there are hundreds, sometimes thousands of Members on each site. e.g. I'm now in touch with 12 schoolpals, all found o... more >>

  • Re: Is this RIP for this site? by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 6-May-2016
    Hello Jim
    Sometimes it is difficult to contribute to a thread of conversation here and sometimes our messages go unanswered Sorry for my part but I agree facebook seems to be much more popular and the Gorton site is very lively Do sign up
    Our weather is much improved Hope you are both well
    Jean x

  • Re: Is this RIP for this site? by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 12-May-2016
    Hi to Jean, Lynda and Dave, thanks for your response to the above, not been on for a while due to Pat being struck down with viral infection, really 'knocked' her for six! Happily its all behind us now.
    I agree completely with all your comments, I am on Facebook but just cannot get 'into' it, perhaps if I spend a bit more time with it I might do better, maybe try to write a poem for Billy! At thi... more >>

  • Re: Is this RIP for this site? by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 13-May-2016
    Hello Jim
    Sorry to hear your wife has been so poorly Hope she is feeling better
    Like yourself Jim I have been out in the garden catching up with jobs like pruning etc and enjoying the beautiful warm weather at the same time However it is a different climate altogether today eh?
    I was firmly set against facebook to begin with Jim there is such a lot of drivel on it but I only really look at... more >>

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Blackpool Tower! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 20-Mar-2016
I once worked with a painter who reckoned that he had slapped a couple of coats of paint on the very highest point of that famous landmark! Also had a teacher at Tech. who informed us that the foundations of the tower contained masses of cotton wool amongst other things. Who, out there, can give us some details about the Tower and the stories associated with the place?
Come on Billy, you are a l... more >>
  
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Bombs and snow!! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 6-Mar-2016
Hi Folks, have recently heard that there is a map that shows where German WW2 bombs landed in the M/c areas, does anybody know anything about this? I was wondering how close any of them were to Church Lane !

Hi Jean, woke up to almost 3 inches of snow all around us this morning, still a lot of it lying. Heaps of the stuff passing out to sea and possibly heading for you ?
Everyone stay warm and safe out there!
  
  • Re: Bombs and snow!! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 7-Mar-2016
    No snow here yet Jim We've been lucky so far Stay warm Jean

  • Re: Bombs and snow!! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 8-Mar-2016
    Hi Jim, hows things up there, we had a few drops of snow in Cumbria but not enough to stop life going on. Bomb Damage Maps = they are University of Manchester Library Image Collection. Its quite hard to find the area you want but I found 3 maps of Gorton showing where bombs had dropped in 1940 & 41. Checked for you and Cross Lane didnt cop for any, but Belle Vue and Speedway did. Copy & Paste th... more >>

  • Re: Bombs and snow!! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 8-Mar-2016
    Hi Jim, hows things up there, we had a few drops of snow in Cumbria but not enough to stop life going on. Bomb Damage Maps = they are University of Manchester Library Image Collection. Its quite hard to find the area you want but I found 3 maps of Gorton showing where bombs had dropped in 1940 & 41. Checked for you and Cross Lane didnt cop for any, but Belle Vue and Speedway did. Copy & Paste th... more >>

  • Re: Bombs and snow!! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 9-Mar-2016
    Hi Lynda, thanks for the info, didn't realise that any had dropped as close as Belle Vue. Thanks for the help. J.

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LOWE by john.lowe (Member 10303457) on 16-Feb-2016
Hi there
looking for any old photos of Leach Street Gorton 1911 especially number 40 Nathan Lowe, Rose Lowe and Edwin Lowe regards John
  
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'Its snowing!' by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 5-Feb-2016
Can all you folks remember the excitement those two words used to create? Even now I can recall sitting in the front room watching the snow coming down and praying that it would 'stick' and not turn to 'slush' overnight.
A good covering of snow turned Gorton streets into a wonderland for us kids! Giant snowballs had to be rolled up on the 'rec'. Snowball battles had to be organised, slides made a... more >>
  
  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 6-Feb-2016
    Yes Jim It was great fun especially if it snowed while we in school I just couldn't concentrate desperate to get out in it Then when it iced over we created long slides queueing up to take our turn with a long run on to it, arms outstretched to maintain balance great fun
    Jean

  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 7-Feb-2016
    Me & Billy call that "slurring" Jean.........

  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 7-Feb-2016
    Hi Jim, I hated it snowing while I was at Ryder Brow, coz I had to walk down the hill & up the hill along SunnyBrow Park(Hengist St/Hall St) to get to Hyde Road for the bus to West Gorton. I still hate the stuff, I can break a bone with my slippers on in the house......and I have....

  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 8-Feb-2016
    Ah yes Lynda
    That's a word I haven't heard for a very long time " going for a slur!"
    And yes snow is very dangerous at our age Though up until not so long ago I did chance a modest little slur with the grandchildren!!
    Jean x

  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 24-Feb-2016
    Hi Jean, an inch of lying snow on the ground here, the sun has come out and it looks beautiful. More of the white stuff to come by the look of things! Whats it like on your side of the Firth? Cheers.

  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 26-Feb-2016
    We live on the coast as you know Jim so we have a clear view of YOUR coastline and we see you have had a fall of snow which looks mostly confined to the hills It looks beautiful from here on a bonny day! We have been very fortunate because we have had only one very light fall which was there when we got up in the morning but gone by the afternoon Further inland and south of us there has been qu... more >>

  • Re: 'Its snowing!' by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 4-Mar-2016
    Hi all - just had a week with Mum (age 93), she needs a little TLC just now. It snowed this morning in Bispham but I managed to get back to Cumbria as my hubby came to get me. Snow all gone by the time we got back to Cumbria.

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looking for old friends by ray galvin (Member 10299595) on 5-Feb-2016
Looking for old friends from the gorton m18   
  • Re: looking for old friends by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 5-Feb-2016
    Hi Ray. Some details might help our jaded memories.
    Names, street names, dates, schools attended etc. events. Lets hear more from you. Cheers.

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favourite treats by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 4-Feb-2016
I could just "go" a stick of SPANISH!   
  • Re: favourite treats by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 5-Feb-2016
    WHAT ! without without the sherbert dib dab ?.

    Got some liquorice allsorts at christmas from Aldi they were rubbish, so i got some Bassets and they were not much better. They don't know how to do it anymore.

  • Re: favourite treats by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 5-Feb-2016
    Liquorice?. Carn't stick the stuff but I'd run a mile for a box of Maltesers or a bag of nut brittle! Once worked at Bratby&Hinchcliffe on Gprton Lane for a short period and there was a guy there by the name of Tommy Bent, his alias was 'The Mintoe Kid', he munched his way through bags of them everyday and introduced me to the joys of Nuttals Mintoe's. As you say they don't seem to taste 'right; t... more >>

  • Re: favourite treats by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 6-Feb-2016
    Well for me it was spanish I loved it even though it turned the teeth black for a while The old folks claimed it gave you a good clean out too Such value for money!!!

  • Re: favourite treats by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 7-Feb-2016
    Correct Jean, My aunty brought me a bag of spanish to the hospital after surgery coz they wouldnt let me go home till "I'd Been"...... It worked.... PS - In my opinion, Bassetts are the best Liquorice Allsorts as long as you get them fresh. Keep an eye on Tescos, they often have them on offer £1 a bag. mmmmmmmmmm

  • Re: favourite treats by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 8-Feb-2016
    My daughter (who inherited her mothers sweet tooth) recently bought a jumbo bag of liquorice from one of those budget shops and said she couldn't eat it so naturally greedy-guts here wouldn't see them wasted
    Now Linda there is not much goes past me but even I could not eat them It should have had not fit for human consumption stamped on the bag!!!
    Jean x

  • Re: favourite treats by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 15-Feb-2016
    The problem with a lot of these "old fashioned sweets" is that they come from places like China, like a lot of stuff these days.

  • Re: favourite treats by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 18-Feb-2016
    Hi Dave
    Just read your post You're right we can never be sure of the origin of anything It's a case of read the small print!

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RAG-BONE.......... by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Jan-2016
Weve been talking about the Rag-bone man who used to come round with his cart, our guy was Tommy Speed, he lived/worked just off Clowes St/William St behind the Club. He'd shout "Bone - Rag-Bone" and you could swap your old clothes/linen for Donkey Stones, Bow & Arrow, Goldfish, Kindling, or a Balloon. Anyone remember him ???   
  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Jan-2016
    Well, it seems I got some of this tale wrong. After speaking with Mum & Bill, OUR Rag&Bone man was Charlie Millward, he would leave his handcart at the end of the entry and come down to put a bet on with Dad - illegal bet of course pre 1961. This was Robert Street, West Gorton of course.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 26-Jan-2016
    Hi Linda. Did your Rag-Bone man have a horse drawn cart? The one that used to come around the Parker Street/Church Lane area did! The Pigswill man was another regular as well, his waggon was also pulled by a horse, it was covered in dustbins to put the swill into, he used to give out Donkey Stones every every now and then.
    Of course pig swill collecting has not been allowed for years, hence our p... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 27-Jan-2016
    I remember the rag bone man's call too My favourite treat was a wooden whip and top The top was round with a flat top had a pointed metal bit at the bottom which we would push between the slabs of the pavement then wrapping the leather strip attached to the whip around the top would pull the the whip sharply sending the top into a spin Then when we decorated the flat top it made a Kaleidoscop... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Jan-2016
    The Bones literally were Bones Jean. Rags, Bones and Scrap Metal were the preference of the Rag&Bone Man. Jim, I dont recall our man having a horse, just a hand-cart. BUT the milkman who delivered to McMunns corner shop (opposite Jean's house) arrived on a horse-drawn cart in the 50's. We have a fabulous photo sent from Tony McMunn, he is sitting atop the cart hanging on to the reigns, aged abo... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Jan-2016
    The bones were taken to workshops where they were boiled down into a thick gloop which was used as an adhesive in the carpentery trade. The Mosquito fighter bomber of WW2 was held together with this stuff and they called it the wooden wonder and any schoolboy from the sixties will tell you what a terrible pong woodwork classes had.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 1-Feb-2016
    Quite right Billy, I still remember the glue smell from woodwork lessons at Varna Street in the '50s'. That smell also followed me into my working years as well. 'Glue size' was an everyday item in the Painting Trade, half pound packet of the stuff ( just like brown granulated sugar) mixed with boiling water and left overnight till it set. Cut off a lump and mix with hot water and you had a bucket... more >>

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 1-Feb-2016
    Being at Sacred Heart we had to walk to Stanley Grove school for woodwork in the late fifties. That glue smell stays with you for life
    i can still smell it.
    I was at Gorton Cemetery yesterday (Sunday) and was sad to look across the old filled in canal and see that the Pomona pub has been demolished.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-Feb-2016
    I think smelly bone glue is still in limited use in specialised trades such as antique furniture and musical instrument repair, to maintain authenticity.

  • Re: RAG-BONE.......... by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-Feb-2016
    One of the few advantages of bone glue is that by applying gentle heat, the glue melts allowing old carpentry joints in antiques to be separated and damaged sections replaced as the old craftsmen made them thus maintaining originality.

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Fueds...! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 16-Jan-2016
As we look back on our Gorton memories ( mainly through Rose Tinted Glasses!?),I wonder how many remember the 'Fueds' that were apt to break out over what we would now consider trivial things!
There were several individuals in the Parker St.,Bryson Grove and Hampden Grove area who had 'run ins'( no names, no pack drill!) about such remarks as, 'her windows are dirty' or 'those steps haven't been ... more >>
  
  • Re: Fueds...! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 21-Jan-2016
    hello Jim Hello all
    I'm sorry that I can't contribute to your "feuds post" My memories of earliest days were evidently viewed through"rose coloured specs" I can only remember living in a very protected extended family environment There were some very notable eccentrics who lived close by not least Mrs Gaskill next door but one to us who thought she owned the pavement in front of her house and us... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 21-Jan-2016
    I remember Mrs Gaskill and her broom and another angry old lady called Mrs cooper who lived two or three doors from us near the bend in Robert Street. Hated kids and thought they owned the street.

  • Re: Fueds...! by jim whittaker (Member 10298446) on 21-Jan-2016
    Hi Jean, its a wild day here today! Pat and I are also working our way through the post Christmas 'debris'!
    Not as isolated as you might think here, have a neighbour opposite us (ex Yorkshire!) and another one soon to move in next to them. There are a few houses spaced out along our tiny road, ten minutes can see us in Tesco carpark, that's just the other side of town. All our space is behind our... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Jan-2016
    Hello Jean, had to reply re old Mrs Gaskill. She lived almost opposite McMunns shop didnt she. Yes you're right, you could hardly walk past her door without her coming out and shooing you away. One occasion we (probably purposely) made a racket outside her house, she came out and chucked a bucket of water over us. Shocking old biddy she was.

  • Re: Fueds...! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 24-Jan-2016
    Hello Jim Lynda and all
    I looked at the map Jim and I see that you have neighbours right enough but with plenty of space between You could shout and swear and no one would hear you!! Nice part of the country though
    Yes Lynda Mrs Gaskell had nothing better to do but wait for someone to trespass It was probably her only entertainment! A few years later and she would probably have been out to bi... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Jan-2016
    Hi Jean, re: old-fashioned sweets. I forgot to mention theres a lovely little sweet shop called Sweet Reunion on Vine St, off Ashton Old Road, sells all the old sweets, and if shes not got them, she'll get them. I called in there on the way to my school reunion and bought bags and bags of all kinds of things that everyone appreciated and scoffed. Spanish laces, cherry lips, midget gems, flying s... more >>

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 24-Jan-2016
    Hi Jim, hope you're not too cold & lonely up there. Met an old Gorton school friend recently who moved with his young family up to The Shetland Isles many years ago while working in the Oil Industry, and stayed for quite some time. They were lonely at first but when the locals realised his wife was a scot and her parents were already in the Shetlands, they fitted in quite well. Theyre back near Lancaster now.

  • Re: Fueds...! by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Jan-2016
    for Jean:- Hi, Mum's asking what your name was when you lived in Robert St, and did u live next door to Mrs Gaskill. Are you related to the Burdicans or Taylors from your side of the street.

  • Re: Fueds...! by Jean McLaren (Member 10294811) on 25-Jan-2016
    I did say right at the beginning Lynda my mother was married twice Her first husband was Merton then she married my father My maiden name was McLaren My mother would have been there a good bit earlier than your family I think as my eldest sister was born in 1936 We lived next door to the beards

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