Does any one from Bamfurlong remember Gerry Lewis?
Started: 10th Jan 2009 at 23:56
Gerry Lewis was not from there he used to drive the coach
Replied: 11th Jan 2009 at 00:56
25 links in a pole. 4 poles in a chain. 10 chains in a furlong.
A furlong is the length of a furrow, ploughed into a field.
I wonder how Bam furlong got it's name?
Replied: 11th Jan 2009 at 19:04
Hi tina, people will problaby remember arthur smalley who gerry worked for, arthur's son still lives there in same house, the name of company was wm liptrot who was a coach propieter and coal merchant, i think arthur also dealt with funeral directors, i have had some e-mails & photos of bill with gerry on them, good old days.
Replied: 11th Jan 2009 at 19:58
Thanks bambam I remember the name Arthur thats was all. I also remember playing around jolly jacks,never thinking that one day I would be drinking in the place.Is it still there?
Replied: 12th Jan 2009 at 11:52
Jollys burned down a good few years back, theres a brand new police station on the site now.
Replied: 12th Jan 2009 at 18:03
I helped do jollys up when it was done shame what happened
Replied: 12th Jan 2009 at 22:20
Hi tina, i sent you some pics via e-mail hope you get them.
Replied: 12th Jan 2009 at 23:22
Arthur Smalley did do funerals, in fact, up to my Dad passing away, it was a bit of a family tradition for us to use him.
I thought that the coal man in Bamfurlong was Bob Butler?
Anyone remember "Bert fish"???
Replied: 28th Apr 2009 at 10:13
Do you know how Bamfurlong got its name, Tonker?
I don't but I have seen it spelt in a few different ways in old books, for example Beinfurlong, but all ending in furlong.
Replied: 28th Apr 2009 at 15:40
According to "The place names of Lancashire" its been known by a couple of names:
Banforthlang (in 1448)Banforthland (in 1538) Banforlonge (Hall) (in 1553) Bamferlonge (in 1584) Apparently, the name is derived from old english names for peas or beans.
Replied: 28th Apr 2009 at 16:24
Thanks for the explanation Uncle Joe, sounds like that could be it...Bean Furlong...maybe they grew them there, or just ate a lot of them!
Replied: 28th Apr 2009 at 16:41
If I'm truthful, I'm not 100% certain that Bamfurlong being translated as "bean field" is correct. That translation comes from old english, and around that area, its more likely to derive from scandinavian. The north of England, (when I was a youngster!) was in the area known as Danelaw, the south in Mercia. Danelaw was the viking influenced part, Mercia the english.
In caes you didnt know, there is another Bamfurlong in Glouctershire. Its probably only a shoddy copy though!
Replied: 28th Apr 2009 at 18:14
Hi uncle joe, i remember bert the fish he used to have small van and went all over wigan area, also remember frank coalman can't think of his last name, good years the 70s real summers and bad winters.
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 08:25
bambam, are you from Bamfurlong?
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 11:07
Bert the fish was Bert Gibbons,Bob Butler and Jack Pimblet were the coalmen followed by Brian Mann, Athure Smalley was the funeral director who buried my dad and my brother,Tommy Duffy was the fruit man for the coop,Joss was the butcher at the coop and Paul Johnson was the manager of the food store at the coop and Mrs Sergant was the manageress of the drapery shop at the coop, i took orders out on Fri& Sat and some times helped out at the coop at the side of the Drum and Monkey, when it was school holidays i was always helping Tommy on the fruit & veg wagon all for a doller aweek and i was millioner come sat dinner, i have lot of fond memories of Bamforlong some sad but maily happy
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 16:09
Hi uncle joe, no not bamfurlong i lived in downallgreen from 1960 to 1985.
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 17:25
I remember buying pies from "Finneys" at the top of Bamfurlong near the railway bridge
Going down the "pad" and fishing in the "razzer"
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 18:07
i went school with a family from bamfurlong, the penningtons anyone remember them.
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 18:12
Stephen Pennington & Ronald Pennington, from Beech Tree Houses
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 18:38
youre'e bang on latics, i think sister's name was valerie.
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 18:43
I thought that the sisters name was Christine, but I'm probably mistaken...and the Top was between Finneys and the railway bridge, was it not?
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 19:11
you could be right there uj, it's been a while.
Replied: 1st May 2009 at 19:18
Its not often that I'm right! I'll make sure it doesnt happen too often!
Replied: 2nd May 2009 at 17:18
i remember the penningtons bambam, i lived next door to them in beechtree, barry was the eldest followed by christine, ronald, stephen and valerie,barry is down south somewhere and stephen and valerie are in bamf or plattwas i think, haven;t seen ronald for years though.
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 19:45
Hi Massumbula, I remember you well enough! How are you? I've not seen you for years...
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:08
Oh joe you are cheeting now.lookin at there profiles.
I'm ashamed of you.
I thought you liked guessing games.
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:13
Theres no need whatsoever to look at his profile, I knew who he was as soon as I saw the name he chose...
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:27
Last edited by uncle joe: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:29:23
his he black?
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:29
Nope, unless he had a job in t'pit...
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:33
all massumbulas i know are..
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:36
Not this one!
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:37
OK.I GIVE IN,YOU WIN.
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:42
i dont believe it! I've silenced a woman.....
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:43
1 nil to you.
I don't lose often.
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:45
Anyway, there were three black ladies....
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:46
i'm alert again.go on?
Replied: 15th Jun 2009 at 20:52
Hi, uncle joe, you remember my nickname then, can;t say i have a clue who you are, but sure to know you. oh! and i did work in;t pit but not hard enough to get black ha!
Replied: 23rd Jun 2009 at 18:53
Do you remember who it was that lived next door to "Little Harry"????
Replied: 25th Jun 2009 at 09:03
sorry uncle joe, can;t say i recall "Little Harry".
Replied: 25th Jun 2009 at 20:11
Was Derick Summers [not sure of the spelling] from Bamfurlong?
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 03:19
Massumbulaa: Iff you are who I think you are, then your first name will begin with the letter "A"
Tina: is that the same Derek Summers that went to AGS? He was in my classs if it was.
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 10:00
What about Eric Corless's shop, general grocers if I rmember rightly he was a couple of doors up from the Hallsworth's my family, my dad was Frank
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 12:02
caltermark you mention Bert Gibbons was he the fellow who was stabbed in Ashton,years ago,by a lad from Town Green
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 13:34
Didnt know that Frank, although i have known Bert from being a kid,and his Aunty Leah Butler was my god mother, as long has i did know him they had a chippy then a fish van.
His son Paul went to school with my son Mark
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 16:10
Eric Corless's shop was facing the chippy he had a son and a daughter Stan & Christine
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 16:16
uncle joe, you are probably thinking of my elder brother alan.
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 17:47
Thats who I thought you were..sorry! how is he? does he post on here at all?
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 17:56
sorry uncle joe, alan succomed to cancer in 1981 aged 28, how did you know him?
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 17:59
I'm so sorry to hear that hes passed away. We used to be mates in the early 70's, and had a lot of good times together. We lost touch though when I moved out of the village.
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 18:05
when I was a kid that little village was divided into 4 sections,Lump,which was from Smalley's to mains lane,council houses,up Bamfurlong(long row,etc,)and oer'bridge,over the railway bridge.Places seem so big when you're a kid.
Hi Beryl,it's Jeff,Fred's son.It must be going on 45yrs since I last saw you.
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 19:04
uncle Joe,yes he went to A.G.S.So I must know you? as I'm the same age
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 20:32
Ozzie: If you'd have said to my Mum that she lived on t'lump, shed have probably killed you, gentle as she was...nobody at Arthur Smalleys end of Bryn Gates considered themselves Lumpers.
Tina: I guess we do know each other if you went there as well. But who are you?
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 21:11
TINA is bam bam's sister.
I thought you'd left us joe?
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 21:16
Hi, Ozzie you are right abuot the village being in 3 sections, from smallys corner to pub/co op,was lump,then the other section ours, council kintbury st down to the school was bryn gates, then bamferlong to the station, I lived in kintbury st from birth 1938 tillI was 15,good times,frank.
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 21:43
its great to 'hear' from you, I,ve seen a few of your other comments on other ww sites, Also saw your picture on the photo section of schools, I think I still think of you as that age. Sorry that uncle Fred is so poorly, mum keeps me up to date. Jeff do you have any info on Great grandmother Elizabeth Hallsworth she is the german side of our family? Your dad hopefully might remember more than our aunties do!Also please say hello to all the family. Beryl
Replied: 26th Jun 2009 at 21:43
Caltermark the Bert Gibbons iam thinking about came from Pewfall sorry about that
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 00:21
Last edited by frankwalford: 27th Jun 2009 at 07:55:11
I'm beginning to sound a little like Tonker here, but whether you like it or not, "the lump" did not stretch from Mains Lane to Arthur Smalleys. It finished well before. Basically, it was Beech Tree Houses...
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 08:20
Uncle Joe it's driving me mad who you could be!you need to give me clue!
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 11:59
Same here! Did you go to AGS as well?
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 12:17
yes I did.
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 12:44
My first year was in 3A, along with derek. That was the last year we were at the old school. Ring any bells?
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 12:48
no,no bells ringing.Just my brain banging ,Do you have any other names?Were did you live?You seam to know a lot about downall green and Bamfurlong
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 12:56
I lived at both DG and Bryngates. My Mum, and her Mum were from there.
Were we in the same class/year at AGS?
Do you use the ww forum? If so, you can pm me to put us both out of our misery.
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 13:12
Uncel Joe I made a mistake .The Derek summers I knew went to school with me,now known as cancsfield high sorry did not know what AGS STOOD FOR
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 13:27
No problems, but if you lived at Bamfurlong, we should know each other anyway...
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 14:38
uncle joe, still can;t place you, thought i knew all our alans mates, sure your not Harry or Oz. Where in bryn gates did you live?
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 14:39
Next door to Harry...thats the "Little Harry" I referred to. His Dad had the same name,therefore was known as Big Harry
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 15:27
I 'm from Downall green ,but hung out in Bamfurlong a lot until my 20's
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 16:37
AGS= Ashton grammar school ,is that right?
My brother Martin went there
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 16:46
"Bert fish"!! did he have a son Paul?
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 16:51
Last edited by tina m lynaugh: 27th Jun 2009 at 16:52:13
Yes, and a daughter, Katherine.
Who were your mates in Bamfurlong?
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 17:09
uncle joe did harry live next to the entry on bolton road
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 18:33
massumbula your'e thinking of Harry Boulton,brother of Ralph(also known as tung)who was my mate.Hi Beryl,only know her as Elizabeth Fromme and from what mum says she was a little ostrasized because of the war of course.The best person to ask I believe is aunty Dot.
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 20:14
Uncle Joe sorry for that but that's how it seemed to us as kids in the council houses.Hardly ever went passed Clarks' corner only to get Adamsons pies,oh and to go to co-op of course.Wouldn't have wanted to get a clip round the ear off your mam.
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 20:18
Theres no need whatsoever to apologise Ozzie,I take it you've worked out who my mam is? As you know Ralph, I take it you know Tony and Martin also?
I was actually thinking of doing a little Bryngates knowledge test to see how many people remembered things about the village....
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 20:27
My brother's were friends with the Penningtons . I'm really trying to think of names.I know a lot of first name,s
Replied: 27th Jun 2009 at 21:01
Tony and Martin are the Fitzgerald brothers who lived facing Bryn Hall or Jack Wrights or Lloydds depending on your age
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 15:09
Last edited by caltermark: 28th Jun 2009 at 15:32:40
...or even Lloydies....
Caltermark, are you another from Bryngates?
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 15:27
No i was born in Bamfurlong NUMBER 94 Lily Lane but!!! my dad was born in 4th st in 1918 i went to school with Tony Fitz (Holy Family)Margo Boffey and the McFarlands
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 15:38
Mark, I remember the names from the Coop days.The Butcher was Joss Fisher, He was also a member of Brynhall Fishing Club.They held their meetings at the Brynhall hotel (Lloyds).
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 15:40
Norman, I hope its ok to ask you this, but did you live at Downall Green once?
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 16:16
unclejoe, I didn't live there but my family did after leaving Brynhall (Crippins).
I was living in Rhodes, North Manchester, I used to visit very often with my wife and two childre3n.We spent every Christmas there.
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 17:59
In that case, I know one of your relatives, last time I met him, he was on the Brittania...
Replied: 28th Jun 2009 at 18:24
unclejoe you are on the right track.
Replied: 29th Jun 2009 at 15:53
Norman, give him my regards. He'll know who I am if you tell him the last time we spoke was at my cousins wedding.
Replied: 29th Jun 2009 at 16:47
Ozzie - Hi Jeff just out of interest the info I do have on Elisabeth Hallsworth so far is: born Germany 1864 ? which state.
Her father (Our GGGrandfather) is Heinrich Frohn and he was a cooper spelling of Frohn is accurate from the marriage certificate. She came to England at age approx 17/18yrs and worked in service in Sevenoaks chesire and before her marriage. Have previously spoken to Auntie Millie who doesn't have any more onfo, but maybe in time some will come back to her. Its amazing what a fraction of information will uncover. I have often thought of how hard it must have been for her. Beryl
Replied: 29th Jun 2009 at 16:59
Frank Walford, i think Albert Gibbons from Ashton Cross was stabbed by a lad called Towne from Pemberton , cant remember Townes first name,He had also stabbed his own dad before that,
Replied: 29th Jun 2009 at 18:13
There was a family 2 girls 2 or 3 boys.names Sharon, Natalie,
Aidan! can't remember there last name!Can any one help me ?there mother died young.
Replied: 29th Jun 2009 at 23:13
Last edited by tina m lynaugh: 1st Jul 2009 at 03:54:48
Hi Beryl,thanks for the info,I will let my mum know about her dad.Yes it must have been hard for her,mum met her I think just after the war,she used to live in Golbourne and died soon after,round about'46 I think
Replied: 30th Jun 2009 at 14:04
Thanks bentlegs i couldn't think of his name.
Replied: 30th Jun 2009 at 18:29
Does anyone know the Fairhust family from Bamfurlong?
Replied: 16th Jul 2009 at 15:32
Do you mean the ones that lived in the council houses?
Replied: 16th Jul 2009 at 16:29
Berylh did you know jeanne and vera pennington fron kintbury st?
Replied: 16th Jul 2009 at 17:50
hi bert,yes I knew jeanne and vera,went to bryn gates school with jeanne 'cos I used to live in mains ave,what happened to them?
Replied: 16th Jul 2009 at 19:06
Hi bert not sure about jeanne and vera but did know Beryl and Edna Houghton, think they were in same street, I went to Ashton sec mod with them.
Jeff take a look at photos/walkingday/bamfurlong methodist chappel, think I spy Rita as a 'leader up' can you confirm
Replied: 16th Jul 2009 at 21:03
Hi bentlegs, i think his name was eddie townsend.
Replied: 16th Jul 2009 at 21:22
hi bentlegs his name was eddie town from haydock and he was released after about 7 years .
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 11:22
hi ozzie are you related to ozzie who worked at kwik save on locket rd.As for Jeanne and Vera, Jeanne is in Yorkshire and Vera is in America. They are my wifes cousins. She used to go up Bamfurlong quite a lot when she was young, her nan and grandad lived in Kintbury st.
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 11:29
uncle Joe:Yes they lived in the council houses!
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 13:08
hi bert,yes Neil is my brother.What are your wifes nan&grandad last names?Hi beryl,that is indeed Rita leading up in the Chapel walking day and I also am in pics with Derek Evans,who posted most of those pics.
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 14:07
Tina. in that case, yes. Thet lived almost across the road from my aunt/uncle/cousins
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 14:52
hi ozzie there names were syd and may pennington.
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 16:44
Uncle joe do any of them still around?some times I used to go for a drink with Paul [Bert's son the fish man]and that crowd !
Replied: 17th Jul 2009 at 22:00
Tina, I havent a clue what happened to Paul. As to any of the others, I'd have to ask around.
Replied: 19th Jul 2009 at 10:54
Hi tina I am a fairhurst if you mean us I am the eldest derek then theres denise,jackie,paul,gordon and glynn we all was brought up in kintbury street mums name was kath n dads name was gordon they passed away in 1980 and 1981.The other family you mentioned natalie, adrian, alan,sharon and ashley where the mathers they lived in mains avenuse andlost their mother young...wondering who you are tina haaa bet you can enlighten me on that x
Replied: 26th Jul 2009 at 20:46
Last edited by dekker: 26th Jul 2009 at 20:48:30
Yes dekker that is the family,s I'm talking about
I used to go to school with Natalie.
Also worked with Sharon Mathers and we became friend,s.Also worked with your sister Denise and brother Paul.Also hung out in Bamfurlong all the time. Now that you mentioned your name I remember you a little. Did your uncle used to run Jolly Jack?
Replied: 26th Jul 2009 at 21:48
dekker, What happened to you ? .You teased me by saying who you are,and then I don,t here from you .This is what a one night stand must feel like [Don,t know as I,v never had one .OR is it that I,m not pretty enough for you Come on don,t make a girl feel bad
Replied: 2nd Aug 2009 at 01:39
does anyone remember the chippy run by mrs gibbons and lea butler it was in the house next to the entry and harry and ralph boultons paul gibbons now lives in ashton near hilton st
Replied: 18th Sep 2009 at 16:32
I used to live in Bamfurlong.
The name isn't unique - there's another near Cheltenham.
Replied: 18th Sep 2009 at 18:42
--oy-- so did I....
tagonagy: Yes, I do. The number of the house is 629...
So I'm thinking that I should know you two...
Replied: 18th Sep 2009 at 20:38
I lived in 4th Street.
Replied: 18th Sep 2009 at 20:41
So did our Mike....
Replied: 18th Sep 2009 at 20:55
is it true the old bamfulong hotel has now been renovated to a house.
Replied: 19th Sep 2009 at 02:41
uncle joe ilived at 619 from 1943 to 1970 so you probably know who i am
Replied: 20th Sep 2009 at 12:09
If I have the houses right, then you are either Anns Dad, or Uncle, is that correct? You were 7 doors down from me.
Replied: 20th Sep 2009 at 12:49
UNCLE JOE NO YOU ARE MISTAKEN WE LIVED NEXT DOOR TO THE POTTER FAMILY WHO EMIGRATED TO AUSTRALIA AROUND 1960 THE OTHER SIDE OF US WAS THE THOMSONS AND JIMMY WOOD WHO EVERYONE CALLED TIMBER
Replied: 21st Sep 2009 at 08:49
OZZIE DID YOU HAVE TWO BROTHERS WHO EMIGRATED TO CANADA IF ONE WAS NAMED ALAN IUD TO WORK WITH HIM AT THE VULCAN IN EARLESTOWN IN THE EARLY SIXTIES
Replied: 21st Sep 2009 at 08:55
I am one of the brothers in Canada,I still have a brother in Bamfurlong and Alan is over here as well.It sounds like you must be Tony.Yes?
Replied: 22nd Sep 2009 at 21:20
Greetings from the west and an exiled Abramer. If you click on the name of the person making the post-in this case Tagonagy- it will show you the persons details.
Replied: 22nd Sep 2009 at 22:24
hi ozzie yes i am tony do you remember my brother martin he still lives in platt bridge .how is your brother alan its along time since we worked together at the vulcan
Replied: 23rd Sep 2009 at 13:26
Tagonagy, I do know who you are. I guess that you have worked out who I am also.
Ozzie, what relation (if any) are you to Fred?
Replied: 23rd Sep 2009 at 14:14
Hi uncle joe
If you mean Fred of Mains Ave,he is my Dad.
Tony,Alan is doing oK,still working and I'll be seeing him on Saturday.Of course I remember Mart,we used to mate to-gether with Ralph and Kev.I have been back to UK many times,the last in May of this year and I saw Ralph in the Bryn Hall.
Replied: 24th Sep 2009 at 14:36
hi Ozzie, yes, thats the one.
Replied: 24th Sep 2009 at 18:01
hi uncle joe i mis read your message iam uncle to anne iwas talking to harry last night and he thinks you went to live in sweden what happened to your older brother harry seems to remember him also going abroad
Replied: 29th Sep 2009 at 17:33
My older brother passed away just over two years ago. If you talk to Anne (or T), she knows the story.
Replied: 29th Sep 2009 at 19:54
you lived in forth street
I lived at 620 from 48 to 75.
Dose anyone know what happed to Brian Thornton that lived in forth street from 49 to around 70.
Last I herd he was trying to get to Aus
There are some photos of Bryn gates and Bamfurlong in the album.
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 00:00
Derek, I know exactly who you are....
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 07:39
I think I have worked it out who you are.
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 10:13
I will admit, you know my brother better though.
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 10:42
Sorry I can only remember AH
I cant even remember you living across the road I had to consult with the memory bank ( my mam and dad )who still live in Abram.
My gran lived next door at 618
There are some class photos of Bryn Gates primary school taken about 1963 album, schools, bryn gates,
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 11:03
As you were the photos are taken around 1959 60
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 11:09
Derek, I misread your post earlier, I thought that you meant ah, right...I bet your Mam said I'm BB's youngest, didnt she? Calling my Mam that is a quirk of the village, as women are usually known by their maiden names...
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 13:25
I am still a bit confused are you A.H. who had a tiger cub around 1965 or am on on the wrong horse.
Dose D.G. youth club ring any bells.
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 15:35
AH was my elder brother. Everybody remembers his Tiger Cub, in fact, M McN and I were talking about it a few months ago when your name came up in the conversation.
Unless my memory is totally wrong, you came up to the house in DG when you were going to the Youth Club.
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 16:42
HI, Derek, Ilived in bryn gates born in 1938 kintbury st,then moved to 212 lily lane next to wilcoxs shop about 1948 left about1956 Frank.
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 16:46
Did anybody know the carney's?
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 17:51
Cant remember visiting your house but its possible I always went to DG youth club with M.M. We used to go on his Triumph 21 and after go to the chippy on the corner of soughers lane with all the gang.
I met my misses because she was a friend of Maz
Maz used to go to the club.
M.M. and I went to the club because your brother said it was a good place to go.
So its all your brothers fault
Replied: 6th Oct 2009 at 23:59
Can anyone remember Butlers chippy and shop next to the entry on Bolton road possibly number 619.
My dad says it was a shop until about 1975 I say it was made back into a house well before 1960.
Can anyone remember the chippy that was directly across the road from 619 618 that was my Grandmas shop then made into a house.There is a photo of 618 and 620 in the album.
Replied: 7th Oct 2009 at 14:29
Hi Derek,how are you.I remember the chippy and your memory is correct.It was turned back to a house in the 50s.Hello Trixie,I remember Edgar&Patricia Carney.Edgar was a bit older than me and knocked around with my brother but Pat was the same age and I think was in my class at Bryn Gates school in the 50s.
Replied: 7th Oct 2009 at 15:03
I'm a bit confused here. I remember the chippy at 629, which was near the entry. Was there another one? Then there was a shop right at the other end of that row (ie, farthest away from the Jolleys entrance). On the other side of the road, at 626 was another shop, Bishops, which I think closed around 1975 or so.
Derek, my brother was always doing things like that, ask MM!
Replied: 7th Oct 2009 at 16:34
The chippy was next to the entry next door to Big Harry.
Directly across the road is where I lived at 620 next door was my Grans chippy but that was long ago.I dont think anyone will remember it.
Bishops was four doors to the right of me.
Replied: 7th Oct 2009 at 17:16
...my Nans was next door, on the other side.
If I remember correctly, behind that row used to be an air raid shelter. Was that filled in? If it wasnt, those new houses that are built there certainly are going to have some settlement issues!
Replied: 7th Oct 2009 at 17:57
I don't know Bamfurlong that well but I do remember a chippy opposite the Bamfurlong pub. It may be one of the ones mentioned but I don't know the house numbers through Bamfurlong.
Replied: 7th Oct 2009 at 18:00
My grandma & grandad joe & gladys JAMES lived at 538 bolton road bamfurlong 2nd house up on right opposite farm, they had 2 sons ALBERT & ARTHUR who used to work at coop (FRUIT & VEG)they moved on to run waterworths in wigan & 2 daughters enid (my mum)& sylvia,i remember the PEET family from beech tree house,s and im not sure if pauline Mclaren lived there as well she went to ashton secondry.my mum used to babysit someone called HARRISON and raymond CARTER lived in the end house before beech tree house,s
Replied: 29th Dec 2009 at 20:16
some bad news for you Eddie (Edgar)Carney passed away just before Christmas,
I remember Butlers chippy because Lea Butler was my God Mother she was Bert Gibbons aunty who took the chippy on the chippy was near Fitzgeralds house
Replied: 1st Jan 2010 at 18:29
Very sad news.I think he was 64.
Did he have an older brother John?
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YES HE HAD A BROTHER JOHN, ANOTHER BROTHER,CHRIS,& SISTERS LUCY,BETTY & PAT
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Is John still alive?
We used to be friends with John +Carol years ago in our biking days.
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eeup caltermark I used to mate abowt wi Stan Corless He had BSA Rocket at the time,think I had Mi 600 Dommy then,
eeup bentlegs the Towne Man your thinking of was Eddie.poor Albert was in the wrong place wrong time ,if I remember He was a Coal Bagger he got stabbed in the entry that went from the bottom of Liverpool Rd to the Steam Engine.
Replied: 5th Jan 2010 at 20:45
Was he buried at Downall Green,i remember something like that happenin.
Replied: 6th Jan 2010 at 10:03
cant remember that Trixie! but could be right as He came from Ashton Cross/Pewfall area
Replied: 6th Jan 2010 at 10:45
I see you mastered the photos.
Replied: 6th Jan 2010 at 10:46
John is still alive and lives over hindley green way
Remember Stan very well mad as brush on bike, did he not mate with a lad named POPE from Ashton?
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Eeeup caltermark Stans best mate was Ken Corbett from Platt Bridge,Ken was also My best Man wen a geet wedin 1971.when I mated with Stan His Dad had the shop in Princess Rd in A-in-M,
Hi Trixie yep sozzed the photos out finally!
Replied: 6th Jan 2010 at 20:58
Stan and his sister lived in Bamfurlong for a very long time, his mam and dad had a shop there ,i lost touch when i got married in 63 and moved up Hindley his other mate up Platt Bridge was Geoff Gaskell who had a Velosete and a Manx Norton
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caltermark! if Mr Gaskell still as the Velo&Manx he's Quids in?.I think Stan also had a brother who was a cop,lived in St'helens,somebody told Me Stan had the car-bar across from Tesco in Hindley for a while?
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UNCLE JOE I know this is a bit random, I have read these blogs and understand you know alot about Bryn Gates, Ashton etc. I am trying to track down an old freind I am wondeing if you have any information about him? It is Allan Jones.Thanks any help would be much appreciated
Replied: 9th Aug 2010 at 18:46
Samantha, I know at least 3 people by that name. if he is the one that lived in Bamfulong, I could ask around. It would take time though, as I dont live in the area any more.
Replied: 9th Aug 2010 at 19:22
There was an allan Jones who worked at Parkside & he got killed in a car crash on Southward rd , Newton le Willows, He drove a Cortina E , he was going to work on the afternoon shift & he was travling too fast to take the corner, i am guessing at 1974-5 , Tonker may know of it,
Replied: 9th Aug 2010 at 22:43
I know an Alan Jones he lived across from my Grandparents John and Bertha Prescott in Kintbury St. I used to work with him at Unit Pallets Golborne until he left. I often see him around Ashton on a Saturday evening.
Replied: 5th Sep 2010 at 23:05
does anyone know how ronald and stephen pennington are doing, they lived at back of bryn gates not seen them for years would like to hear how they are keeping
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On about 'Chippys' I grew up in Bamfurlong in the 1960's and in the late 1960's the only chippy I recall was the one which was in the row of terraces opposite the Bamfurlong Hotel near the railway bridge, these were knocked down circa 1971 after we had moved away to Pemberton, but as I recall 'Finneys' across the road installed a frying range and tried to take over from the demolished 'chippy' but I don't think it lasted
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 00:31
That chippy as still there about 1974 or 5. The lad that can tell you exactly is the one that has the post office now. He used to run it!
Apls, I'm thinking that you and I must know each other...
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 10:22
The only Joe I knew in Bamfurlong was Joe and Betty Tinsley, they lived opposite the school and they had a daughter Barbara
Which chippy was still there in 1974/75 the one at the top near the railway line or the one in Bolton Road?
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 11:24
It was the one opposite the Bamfulong hotel, or "t'Top" as it was better known.
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 12:37
I can belive that one was still there, as I said it was knocked down after we moved in 1971, but I cannot remember there ever being a chippy on Bolton Road and I can remember back about has far as about 1965/66
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 15:38
Derek will probably be able to confirm this, but the one on Bolton Road had long gone before 1965/66. I think probably around the end of the 50's.
APLS, do you remember Big Harry, and where he lived?
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 16:06
I don't think so Joe, unless he was a coal mon.
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 18:40
Terry Ryan and his wife run bamfurlong P.O. they also ran the chippy and the Bamurlong hotel.
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 18:54
I think back in the 60's it was owned by someone named Holland.
Replied: 19th Sep 2010 at 19:04
My Aunty Winnie worked now and then in Eric Corless's shop at Bamfurlong. She lived in Bamfurlong for many years up to her passing her name was Winnie Ingram, her husband's name was Albert.
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To proud latics supporter, I went to school with Barbara Tinsley. She went to Wigan Convent school and I think she married a Police officer and moved out of the area. I have not seen her for many years now.
Replied: 26th Sep 2010 at 23:40
Barbara was a few years older than me (not many) and on a few occasions she actually baby sat me
We moved away from Bamfurlong in 1971 and Barbara visited us in about 1973 and by then she had married and 'yes' she had married a policeman and he was with her when she visited, he was actually a BTP policeman (British Transport Police) they patrol the railways.
The next time I came across Barbara was in 1980 and she had a shop on the Millers Lane Estate in Platt Bridge which she called "Pat's Girls" this seemed an unusual name for a shop, but it looked to be doing well.
In the early 1980's I moved away from the Wigan area and lived in Atherton for a while, which is not something I would recommend for a Wigan person to do, because they are a funny lot in Atherton, that I can tell you
The next time I visited Millers Lane was in 1986 and Barbara's shop had gone and it doesn't surprise me to hear that she moved out of the area, because I have never seen anything of her since 1980
Has a "by the way" is Bamfurlong still called the "Posh" part of Platt Bridge
Replied: 27th Sep 2010 at 12:54
Kathhwal, we must be related. Winnie Ingram was my dads aunty.
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We lived in Lily Lane for only a couple of years in the early 60s, bungalow nearest to Ashton, next to Wilcox's shop. Used to play football, rugby and cricket on rec near Jolly Jacks and on Chapel Field.
I remember some of the names on here, though, wonder if anybody knows some others - Brian Calder, David Rigby, the large Hodgson family from Bolton Rd., and a lad called 'Satch', don't know real name. Also some girls who lived at the Bryn Hall pub (Wrights, twins?) and Elsie Jones from Lump.
Replied: 5th Oct 2010 at 15:30
Wanner - how strange was Aunty Winnie your dad's Aunty before her marriage to Uncle Albert or did she become your dad's Aunty after her marriage?
Replied: 5th Oct 2010 at 21:59
a proud latics suppporter, thanks for the info on Barbara, I've not seen her for years. I suppose with her husband's job they could have been drafted anywhere in the country - perhaps that may be the reason for her moving and closing her shop.
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Kathhwal- Winnie was my dads aunty after she married Albert. I think Albert was my grandmas brother. But all of a sudden i'm getting confused. My dad passed away in 1994 so I cant confirm and my mum has just gone on holiday so I cant ask her until she gets back. I spent a lot of my childhood with Winnies son Derek and his wife Sylvia. Funnily enough I also used to call Winnie "aunty". I remember Albert passing away even though I was only about 4 or 5 at the time.
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Wanner I think I know your family, I think you're quite a bit younger than me, do you have a relative called Valerie by any chance?
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I can't say for definite that Barbara closed the shop, she might have sold it, but in 1986 when I visited the Millers Lane estate I could not place the shop from memory, it being 6 years since I last visited there.
There had been some demolition on the estate, because it was probably the worst Council estate in the Borough back then and some of the tenants were scumbags, in some of those maisonettes you could not see the grass in front because of rubbish which had been thrown out of the windows, if one of the scumbags opened a tin of beans, they did not chuck the empty can in the bin, they chucked it out of the window instead
So I concluded at the time that the shop had either been demolished or altered externally to such an extent that it was unrecognisable from how it looked in summer 1980
Replied: 6th Oct 2010 at 13:54
a proud latics supporter - thanks for the info on Barbara, from what you say Platt Bridge really has changed - doesn't look for the better. I feel sorry for the nice people who live there, and there definitely are some. I lived there up to to the early 70's and the people then were really nice and looked out for each other. I remember when I was little if your mum had taken you out and left the washing out and it had rained, the neighbours brought it in for you.
Oh how times have changed!!!!
Replied: 6th Oct 2010 at 17:30
Kathhwal - I do have a cousin Valerie. Valerie's mum was my dads sister.
BTW I'm a Platt Bridger
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Wanner my dad and Aunty Winnie were brother and sister (my dad being (one of the many) older siblings - Aunty Winne was the youngest of the children.
Wanner the older members of your family will remember our Molly going to Sheila's for her hair done. Molly was a singer in the local clubs - just wondered whether they are aware she died on 19/8/2010 and sadly her husband Jack then had a stroke and he died in hospital on 27/9/2010 - I'm sure your family will know Molly as she was close to Aunty Winnie. There is going to be a fund raising event in November in memory of Molly and for the Alzheimers Association, they were in the early stages of trying to set this up when Jack died. I'm sure they will start planning this when they begin to feel a little better after this awful twofold shock.
Replied: 6th Oct 2010 at 23:37
The Millers Lane and Woodcock Drive Council estates were the problem in Platt Bridge and the scumbags on those estates probably didn't even come from Platt Bridge originally
The indigenous people of Platt Bridge, who are known collectively as being the “Wazzers” not the immigrant scumbags who inhabited Millers Lane & Woodcock Drive (I know they weren’t all scumbags) the Wazzers are alright and you can tell a Wazzer by their accent, it is a wonderful deep Lancashire accent
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Kathhwal- My mum told me about Molly's death a few weeks back I knew she was a singer but mum never mentioned she was part of the extended family. I dont think she is aware that her husband had died also, thats terrible news. I will pass the info on when she returns from holiday.
Replied: 9th Oct 2010 at 11:10
does anyone remember my Gran Eileen Bradburn she lived in Bamfurlong long time ago along with my dad (Harold Hewitt) and her parents Fred and Sarah Bradburn.
Replied: 10th Oct 2010 at 19:22
Louise, Harold Hewitt, if its the same one, is a relation of mine on my Mums side.
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my dad harold hewitt is 53 if that is any help to you
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In that case, its definately not the same one.
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I know his father had the same name
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apls,is the Joe Tinsley the one who was a train driver at Springs Branch,if so he's still going strong.I saw him last month at retiral meeting for ex B.R men at Morris St W.M.C. second Thursday of every month,always well attended,reflects well on the camaraderie which existed between railwaymen
Replied: 12th Oct 2010 at 16:38
When I lived in Abram I think a guy from near to me worked for BR. His name was Frank Keenan. Did you know him? I think his brother worked for BR as well.
Replied: 12th Oct 2010 at 18:45
Seem to remember the name broady,i'll ask somebody from that neck of the woods Thursday
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There is a Frank Keenan who lives near me.He worked for B.R.,he was a lookoutman on the Tampers.
Replied: 12th Oct 2010 at 19:29
He lives on Shelley!!
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Wanner, sorry not been on the site for a few days. Thanks very much for passing the details on to your mum.
Replied: 12th Oct 2010 at 23:08
I worked with Frank Keenan for many years until his retirement.Frank had served in the Royal Navy prior to joining the railway and could he tell some tales. A great bloke to work with never a dull moment or a cross word. He had a brother called Jim who worked for J. Strange slaughter house. I heard that frank passed away about 10yrs ago but not sure about it.
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"We lived in Lily Lane for only a couple of years in the early 60s, bungalow nearest to Ashton, next to Wilcox's shop"
Jackdog did you sell your bungalow to a Jimmy and Wendy Morgan
Replied: 13th Oct 2010 at 19:11
He was certainly still alive when I left Abram in 2006. Maybe Bluesman can advise us. I will do some checking.
Replied: 14th Oct 2010 at 20:09
broady That's great news I hope he's still going. Lovely fella is Frank.
Replied: 14th Oct 2010 at 21:17
No idea who bought it...I was about 12 at the time!
Replied: 15th Oct 2010 at 17:54
"apls,is the Joe Tinsley the one who was a train driver at Springs Branch,if so he's still going strong"
I have only just seen this utt and yes that is the Joe Tinsley that I mentioned before and he was a loco driver at Springs Branch and when I was about six years old his daughter Barbara took me on a long walk (it seemed like it at the time)to Bamfurlong Sidings where Joe was driving a small steam loco which I suppose was a shunter and he gave me and Barbara a ride on the footplate of the steam engine, which looking back now is something which I can feel very lucky about, I wonder how many people who have seen pictures of Bamfurlong sidings can say they rode on the footplate of a steam loco there,
I am glad to hear that Joe is still going strong, do you know if he still lives in Bamfurlong utt
Replied: 17th Oct 2010 at 13:57
apls,i think so but missed Morris street on Thursday so will have to wait till next month to confirm this
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Proud Latics Supporter
I lived at 94 lily lane in the 50s 60s & 70s.My aunt still lives there
The three chippies i remember was Bert Gibbons in Bryn Gates
opposite Jack Wrights, the one facing Corless is shop,Coulton was there name, and the one facing the "TOP"dont remember their names
Replied: 18th Oct 2010 at 15:51
Being pedantic, it was Sally/Leah/arthur that had the chippy opposite the Bryn Hall. Berts business was selling fish. If you think about it, it wasn't opposite Jack Wrights, but Lloyds...
Replied: 19th Oct 2010 at 08:04
quite right aunt Leah my god mother did have the chippy,Bert did sell fish and it was LLOYDS
Replied: 19th Oct 2010 at 17:09
Frank Keenan is alive and well and 81 years old.
Replied: 20th Oct 2010 at 12:56
That's brilliant Phil you couldn't have told me anything better.
Replied: 20th Oct 2010 at 19:58
hi does anyone remember the names of the wright twins who lived at the bryn hall pub on bolton rd
Replied: 11th Jun 2011 at 15:14
Jack Wright had the pub, I work with his son Ian but I am not aware he is a twin. I can find out if theres anything you want to know.
Replied: 16th Jun 2011 at 20:47
Ian Wright didnt live at the pub, it was his grandparents, Jack and Margaret, There was 4 daughters 1 son, no twins.
Replied: 5th Nov 2011 at 20:52
Sorry I meant to say "Grandson"
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No worries, wanner, he must be looking old now Ian lol,,,
Sadly both Jack (john) and margaret have dies, buries at Abram St Johns.
Replied: 16th Nov 2011 at 13:51
not from bamfurlong area but bike round it sometime,
but i have to say, this is the friendliest thread i have
been on for a long time.
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While we're on about Bamfurlong, does anybody remember Arthur Grundy, he worked at Plank Lane pit and used to do a Disco or summat at Jolly Jacks in the early 1980s.
Some of the young lads at the pit used to call him "the oldest swinger in town", that's when the term "swinger" meant something entirely different to todays meaning.
Replied: 27th Nov 2011 at 20:25
to tina m lynaugh sorry I havent been here for a while and didnt reply as I had lost the password to the account but just found it : ( ... My uncle jimmy was steward at the jolly jacks at one point so you know who we are and I still live in kintbury street altho denise now lives in mum and dads old house ,paul gibbons son of bert now ives in ashton in makerfield near the telephone exchange there ,
So come on now i need to know who you are as am completely lost on this maybe if you say where you lived may be a good clue x and sorry once again for it being so long ...we now have a page on facebook called bamfurlong and bryn gates so if you use facebook add it and Im sure you will bump into loads of people you know there we also need old pictures posting on there if any of you guys have any we would be most grateful.
Replied: 27th Feb 2012 at 21:36
Stuartp ...Wrighty now has the grey rinse effect and he's carrying a fair amount of extra timber around these days But I didn't say that
Replied: 27th Feb 2012 at 22:07
Is it true that Lloyds (or Jack Wrights, or t'Bryn Hall) has closed and is up for sale?
Replied: 28th Feb 2012 at 17:21
Uncle Joe. I pass Bryn Hall everyday to and from work and it were open today.
Replied: 29th Feb 2012 at 21:19
My dad said his family lived at the Lump is that classed as bamfurlong.
Replied: 10th Mar 2012 at 09:12
No, it was classed as Bryngates. Nowadays, I haven't a clue what they class it as!
Replied: 10th Mar 2012 at 10:35
I lived in bryn street 1961-1963 then moved to bryn hall i parked my bike at bert gibbons when i went to school (abram bryn gates),smalleys conducted my dads funeral in 1969, my grandad had the farm across from maines pit,we moved again in 1970 to downall green then to bryn, four people on this blog know me, who am i.
Replied: 29th Jul 2012 at 05:14
chief57, when you say you lived at bryn hall, do you mean the cottages crippens lane?
Replied: 8th Aug 2012 at 18:58
I've been trying to work out who cheif57 is myself, any clues chief?
Replied: 8th Aug 2012 at 21:53
Massumbula so sorry for not answering had trouble with my account , it was the farm at Bryn hall and here's the shocker we played football on the pitch across from Bryn hall pub and we were good friends for a while in the mid to late 60s.
Replied: 27th Jan 2013 at 19:02
Uncle joe I did change my surname in 1972 if that helps any.
Replied: 27th Jan 2013 at 19:07
Doesn't help in the least...I remember that there was a girl that used to park her bike at Bert Gibbons place, in his pen. Thats not you though, is it?
Replied: 28th Jan 2013 at 13:58
Uncle joe no me and my younger brother used to park our bikes at Bert gibbons when we came from Bryn hall farm to go to Abram Bryn gates school.
Replied: 28th Jan 2013 at 15:17
Uncle joe I think the girl might have been my close friend (then) Sheena Day, who lived in the cottages at Bryn hall.
Replied: 28th Jan 2013 at 15:19
Decker hello Dek can you guess who I am.
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Cheif57: I vaguely remember Sheena, didnt she have an older sister that married a lad called Kev? Still dont know hwo you are though. Do you know me?
Replied: 28th Jan 2013 at 15:32
Uncle joe yes Irene Married Kevin two other sisters Linda and Margaret a brother Mike, not sure if I know you not much info on ur username.
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Chief57: Are you on the forum section of this site as well?
Replied: 28th Jan 2013 at 19:19
Uncle joe: not sure not very computer savi, feel free to advise.
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Thanks Mac your a gud un, not to sure about the frozen cheese on a stick though mate ha ha.
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i thought i knew you and am sure now ant, you know another friend of mine with the same fore name, enjoyed those years on the farm , long summer days on the rec too!
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Wigan in Europe "WOW"
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Yes massumbula the name would start with a M wouldn't it, nice t hear from you after all these years.
Replied: 29th Mar 2013 at 19:05
chief57 "can you guess who I am"
Are you awreet Ant
Replied: 31st Mar 2013 at 13:47
Sir bob no I can,t guess but please tell.
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I know it's a long time since anyone posted in this topic, but there was a Marion Disley in my class at Bryn Gates Primary School in the 1960's
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Sir Bob, my best friend at the age of about 14 was Shelia Disley from Spring View.
She actually saved my life, I walked too close to the edge of a pond and fell in when the edge crumbled. It was deep. I couldn't swim. And she got me out.
We lost touch many years ago, but I do still think of her.
I wouldn't be here without her.
Replied: 3rd Nov 2015 at 22:31
Well the Marion Disley I knew lived in Bamfurlong in the 1960's and she was a clever lass, she was always top of class
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