Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 8th October 2017

EVENTS  Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday, 12th October, as usual, starting at 10am in the Salem’s Main Hall.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday andour researchers are on hand to help with viewing through our photographs and archives as well as for family history.  

REQUESTS  An interesting enquiry was made at our Annual Exhibition on Saturday as to one of the photographs on display.  GW-CHM-19 is entitled ‘The National Mouse Show held at St Marks – March 1948’.  We have no further information and none of the owners of their ‘prize winning pets’ are named.  Can anyone help?

Moss Fisher has rekindled his interest in angling again after almost 40 years away from the sport and emails ‘In 1967 when I was fourteen years old, my older cousin used to take me down the new roading from by the bridge in Station Street down to the brook towards the Watling Street where we used to fish for tiddlers.  A couple of years later I had a proper fishing rod, which, I believe, was hand made in Bridgtown by a chap named Allport.  I think they came from a shop in Cross Street which I believe is now called ‘Boardwise’.  I seem to recall this was a hardware shop where we used to get all hooks and bait from.  Can anyone else remember it?’

And an enquiry from Leanne Gilmour in Tamworth who emails ‘I am trying to find out about the history of a cottage located in Cheslyn Hay. It is called ‘The Mooring Pin’ at number 25 Littlewood Road.  I am trying to find out the age of the property and anything I can on the history of it and it’s previous occupants from years gone by.’

RESPONSES  We’ve now completed our research on Adrian Baillie’s request on the family of his g-grandparents, George Richard Mason and Jane Elizabeth (nee Hall) including their siblings going back to  1774 and also their eight children and their descendants.  We have also forwarded photographs of 45 different members of Masons that we have available in our archives to see if they fit into Adrians family tree.

Further to Norma’s last week’s comments on the war years, Ron Whitehouse adds further memories when he was at Pinfold Lane School during the war.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   This week, two photographs of the Bulls Head in Shareshill – in in the 1930s (SH-PUB-2) and one with all the locals on the bowling green for the Coronation on 1st July 1911  (SH-PUB-3).  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Birth certificate for John Ernest Steadman (1896) and his marriage certificate to Annie Morgan (1917). 


12th October 1967  Miss Letitia Bowater, of 16, Littlewood Lane, Cheslyn Hay, winning a competition at Bournemouth.

13th October 1917  Mr Ernest Fereday, Chemist, at Cheslyn Hay and Bridgtown, had conditional exemption by the Recruiting Officer, but this is of no avail now and he appealed.

13th October 1917  Details of a meeting of the local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society held at Salem Schools withSergeant Wright and Mr Charles T Lawson.

MEMORIES   More excerpts with some glorious tittle-tattle from ‘Auntie Kath’s Diary’.  Kath Wootton was married to headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes with stories of Raymond HawkinsMr and Mrs Cropper, Cliff DevereuxFred Ridgway, Marie Smith, Mrs Bird, Mrs BuxtonOliver Wood, Mr KerryWalter Bull and Reggie Plant.

GENERAL NEWS  Latest news on 1 High Street, the old residence of the Hawkins family is that a planning application has been put in for converting it into five flats.  Three one bedroom flats in the house itself and two in the outbuildings.

And our researcher, Jean, reports that the Lichfield Record Office will close to the public in January 2018 and the collections will be moved over to Stafford.

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