Bill Goldthorp

Starting University, early 1950s. – Bill Goldthorp

Starting University, early 1950s. - Bill Goldthorp

Society was still very restricted and we had spent the last five years paying for the 1939 –1945 war, setting up the Welfare State and running newly Nationalised Industries, which without investment would cause trouble in the future. Two recent elections had altered the political landscape but not the country’s problems. The tensions of two…

The Withington Water Tower.

My friends in Crowle will remember me as a quiet, well behaved, disciplined young man of Methodist extraction, even a bit of a drip. Which shows the advantage of the anonymity of the big city university. They still cannot understand how I managed to acquire my wife. If you think they would be interested you…

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Some years ago I read an annual report of the Crowle Urban District Council which included the report of the Medical Officer of Health Dr. Bertie Alexander. A local GP he would have been part time. I would be interested to know if anyone still possesses any of these old annual reports. Crowle UDC started…

The first Goldthorps in Crowle.

The first Goldthorps in Crowle.   John Goldthorp married Susannah Crossland at St. Oswald’s Church in Crowle on 17 Nov. 1709. John must have been an incomer, Susannah being baptised on 25 Apr. 1686. The children baptised with their parentage were: – Mary. 12 Oct 1710. Elizabeth. 31 May 1713. Anne. 28 Jan. 1716. Susannah….

Proud to be a Staniforth. Or The advantage of being an Axholme man.

Hannah Stanniforth aged 33 married John Everatt aged 39 in 1857. According to family tradition,(my mother and aunts) an arranged marriage. I have always felt proud of my 12.5% Everatt genes and totally neglected the 12.5% Stanniforth ones. Looking at John Everatt’s career, the reason is obvious, 1841 age 22, agricultural labourer, 1851 age 32,…

Crowle at War: Part 9. Preserving, Newspapers, – submitted by Bill Goldthorp

Preserving. One could use the sugar ration and occasionally get extra sugar for preserving. My father’s orchard contained a Conference pear and another type of pear tree, Victoria and Damson plums. Green gage plums could be bought from the Ramsdens who owned the Tetley Hall Estate. Every autumn my parents put up about a hundred…