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St.Stephen's, Whelley


Early Walking Day on Whelley
Photo: Christine Jones
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Item #: 32952
This is from my own family photos and I'm pretty sure it's St Stephen's. All my family including myself went to St Stephen's school. Looking at the dress of some of the ladies, I think it's early 1900's? My family of Winstanley's lived at 138 Whelley which I think is one of the houses in the background with Beaconsfield St just seen in the middle? My mum Irene Causey grew up in Derby St which will be just behind and parallel to these houses. I also think it's the White Lion & Railway pub further up? I haven't been able to identify which of my family are in the photo though. Happy to be corrected on any of my observations and would welcome any comments. Thanks :)

Comment by: A.W. on 19th February 2021 at 10:12

Going off the style of the Lady's hats I would say it dates froma round the 1920's.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 19th February 2021 at 10:44

What a brilliant photo, and I would say 1920s/early 1930s going off the dresses and cloche hats. Just look at the shawls on the ladies on the pavement! I was born in 1952 but my Mam carried me in a shawl which was wrapped around herself with me tucked snuggly in its folds, as she had done with my much-older brothers. I still have it.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th February 2021 at 10:55

It looks like the 1920's to me Christine. The dresses to the knee and the oversize bouquets. Great photo to keep , must be a hundred years old.

Comment by: Edna on 19th February 2021 at 16:29

Lovely photo Christine, I don't recall the Streets you have mentioned though..Irene I remember baby's being carried in those shawls, they seemed easier to carry that way.x

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th February 2021 at 07:33

What great photo to have & what a contrast, the walkers in pristine white with the ladies on the pavement in there dark clothes & shawls. I wous agree with everybody else, 1920/30s. Thanks for sharing it with us Christine.

Comment by: S.N. on 22nd February 2021 at 19:42

I remember Bill and Molly Winstanley, and their family living at 138.

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd February 2021 at 21:36

I bet th'owd women are saying " look ut length o'them frocks - they'll be catchin' their death!"

Comment by: Christine Jones on 27th February 2021 at 06:45

Thanks, everyone for your comments. I agree A.W. I thought the girl's hats that are walking looked 1920's style but the ladies in the shawls threw me a bit! I wasn't sure when that changed.

Yes S.N., Bill was my great uncle. His sister Hannah was my grandma. Of the 10 brothers and sisters, 3 lived at 138 Whelley with their parents Thomas and Harriet (nee Anderton). James Henry was the other brother that lived there until he got married in 1940. My grandma married Thomas Causey in 1937 then Bill and Molly married in 1946. I guess that's why they ended up staying there. Bill was the last of the Winstanley's to marry. My great-grandma Harriet was around until 1949 and great-granddad Thomas until 1954.

Family history is a hobby of mine so I'll be sharing some family photos and places soon.

Thanks again, everyone! :)

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