EVENTS The Bridgtown LHS have invited the family of Ma Pardoe, the Midlands most famous landlady of the Old Swan at Netherton fame, to visit the place of her birth at Bridgtown on Wednesday, 20th June. Born Doris Elcock, daughter of Edward Elcock and Erena Mary Orton on 28 August 1899, her early life was spent at the off licence and grocery shop at 19 North Street in Bridgtown. The family will be visiting the shop at around 11 o’clock to outline details and personal memories of Ma Pardoe’s life and the Express and Star are sending a photographer to run the full story, before passing it on the Chronicle.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have a gathering of bus and coach enthusiasts to view our archives on Warstones coaches and the Harper Bus company as well as exchanging information and their own memories. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES Trevor Bate has now produced a tree of the Bate family linking them to both the Stokes and Whitehouse families. Starting with Joseph Bate of Cheslyn Hay (b1788) who married Anne Stackhouse, having 8 children. One of them Isaiah(b1821) married Sophia Stokes, and their eldest son Matthew (b1842) married Elizabeth Whitehouse.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Three photographs of the Cartwright family with Harry & Clifford Cartwright of 111 Station Street, Rhoda, and Cliff’s wife Annie (nee Leyshon) (PE-CAT-17,18,19). Also two weddings of Fred Archer & Jean Elwell (PE-ARC-2) and one of Phoebe Hitchens & Bill Baker (PE-HIT-9) with Lawrence Hitchens & Pat Marshall. £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A 90 year old Cookery Book, a 1953 Ordnance Survey Map of Cheslyn Hay, building plans for proposed house on The Lot, a can opener and a lever corkscrew from the early part of the last century, an Elliott Lucas ‘Ice Master’ and all donated by Kath Walmsley.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Sad story of 18 year old widow Minnie Allsop of Cheslyn Hay application to court for £25 for the cost of her husband’s grave.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
13th June 1968 Cannock Advertiser Ten years-old Kevin Hill of Plot 19, Crescent Estate, Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay, trapped in reeds 150 feet on a home made raft and Cannock firemen made several attempts to get a boat to the raft but failed.
13th June 1968 Story of the Roll of Honour placed on the wall near to Glenthorne and which then contained 150 names of local ‘lads’ who had fought for King and Country.
15th June 1918 Cannock Chase Courier Frederick Altree was charged with assaulting John Bailey, at Cheslyn Hay, on May28th. Full details of case and outcome.
MEMORIES From Ivor Plant of Ross-on-Wye who recalls the names of the neighbours, all around the Littlewood Lane and Littlewood Road area, where his grandparents Mr & Mrs George Plant used to live at 63 Littlewood Road in the years after the war from 1945 – 1960 totalling information and memories of 26 families. (More information on request)
WWI COMMEMORATION The family of our most decorated soldier from the First World War, Robert Handy of The Lot, have provided a cross over his grave which can be seen in our Cheslyn Hay Cemetery to commemorate his war record of being awarded the French Croix de Guerre as well as his Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery.
REG WHITTINGHAM Reg Whittingham’s funeral is at the Hatherton Church on Monday, 25th June at 1030am to be followed by a get together at the Oak Farm Hotel on the A5.