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Hi my grandad lenoard clifford smith was born in the royal oak in great wryley 1921 and went on to owning many pubs in the area the talbot colliers arms ect i would love to here anything about my nan and grandad as i just adored them and love learning what they did in there life thanks
Many thanks for your email – and yes your grandparents were well respected licensees around this area. They kept the Talbot (ie the Dog) from 1964 – 78 and then they took over the Colliers until 1987.
I’ll put in an appeal for anyone who may remember them in our Weekly Newsletter.
Have you any photographs of them at all – if so we’d love to copy them for our archives. We have a few of Leonard in our Archives but none of Florence. If you wish to look at them – please drop in at our Base at the Salem any Tuesday from 10am – 3pm.
All the best
Former Benton resident of Esssington, doing a lot of family tree research – can tie into the family name Hemmingsley which I saw in your postings. Lots of other links and ties – can go back as far as 1566. Any interest e-mail me. There is not many of us left with genuine memories of Essington – oh by the way I’m in Canada.
Thanks Ray and yes, we’re certainly interested in any connections with the Hemmingsley family (all spellings!) so please email me email@example.com with any requests to help you on your Hemmingsley (or Benton) family trees and I’ll include it in our weekly newsletter.
And as you live in Canada I’ll send you these newsletters every week so you can keep in touch with what’s happening. We have other members researching the same trees as yourself so we should bw able to help.
Have you your trees on gedcom by any chance?
Wait to hear from you again
My Great Grandfather JOHN JACKSON was born at Hollybush Hall, now known as Hollybush Gardens (Warston Rd A462) Southwest of Cheslyn Hay in 1833. His mother was Sarah Cartwright and his father was Joseph Jackson. I am searching for assistance in finding any record of this family or their ancestors. It is thought that the Jackson family lived at Hollybush Hall for generations. Sarah Cartwright became Sarah TUFT upon the death of Joseph Jackson. Mr. Tuft was a butcher in Cheslyn Hay. Thank you so much and God bless.
my dads mum was evlyn hacket, they had the butchers shop. somewhere near the war memorial, dad is 85 and has a couple of stories abot the shop, contact me for more info, i might try to get dad to post
bb ged huffadine, we now livi in hoptopn out side stafford
Dear Mr Huffadine
Delighted to hear from you and I’d love to hear any stories/nostalgia or whatever from your father on the Hackett family, or indeed anything regarding Cheslyn Hay. These will be appreciated and kept in our archives for reference and also for displays at our Exhibitions etc
Many thanks for your contact
Very best wishes
Hi, wondered if you might be able to help. Trying to get hold of a book “the Cannock Line – 14 miles of history” by Frank Allen. My father was on the front cover !. Chasewater Railway’s shop have run out. Look forward to your reply. Regards, William Shaw
I’ve been in touch with Frank Allen and he still has some books.
They’re £5 each – if you live locally ie around Walsall or Cannock etc, I’ll drop one in to you.
Hey I was born in the bonk in 1979 and lived a happy life there as a child until we moved out of the area in the early 1990′s. The history is something i have to say i did not study much at my first school there, which is a shame as i am now finding myself with questions about the village i spent my early childhood in. So it is good to see that there is now somewhere we can learn about the old place i used to attend the salem in cheslyn hay as a child in girls brigade and sunday service. If any one could help me on the old legends of the town and especially the history i would appreciate it, it was always a good place to live and very friendly not like where i am now.
Hi, I have become curious about my family history and would really love to learn more about my nan’s side of the family the Whitehouse’s who lived in Cheslyn Hay. By the looks of things, this seems like a popular name.
My nan’s name in Elizabeth Anne Whitehouse, and her dad was called Bert Whitehouse and her mum Hannah Evans (Whitehouse). She had three sisters Mary, Yvonne and Janet (Margaret) and from what I know she had four brothers Bertie, Harold and Noel and I don’t know the last name…
I don’t know if anyone has any connections to my family or knew them, I don’t know anything would be interesting.
I lived in Cheslyn Hay, Hawthorne Road, from my birth in 1971 for approx 10 years. I went to Cheslyn Hay Primary School, in Hill Street, when the Headmaster was Mr Meades. My son is currently doing a project about schools in the past and I am struggling to find an image of the original primary school. If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be great. Not only to help my son but for me to see my old school. I loved it there!
The colliery in the image HS-MYS-126, is West Cannock No.5 on Brindley Heath. If you compare it to the image from the link below you will see that matches. The group is sat on the green outside the lamproom.
I have recently found out that my Grandmother used to be a Nanny for a Major Hawkins who lived at Glenthorne, Cheslyn Hay and Aldridge Court, Aldridge. She must have worked for Mr Hawkins around 1922 to about 1940 and I am trying to find out who Major Hawkins was. I am assuming it is not Thomas Albert Hawkins but that it was one of his sons. Can anyone help me all I know is he was Major Hawkins who lived at Aldridge Court prior to 1940.
Thank you x
I have had a look through your site and found it very interesting and educational. I just want to say that I’ll be coming down from Edinburgh on holiday on a week tomorrow for a week so I’m planning to pop in t some time. I haven’t forgotten Trevor that I’m due you some money. I have learnt that some of my ancestors have come from Brewood not far from Cheslyn Hay. Not only that a little further on in Wellington is where my parents married and my oldest brother ws born there.
r e. sue bullocks enquiry regarding any further information please contact me on the above @ mail address regards terry brown
Hello Terry i am Maureen Brown of High st Cheslyn Hay i have a sister Pat our dads name was Jack …. are we related in some way.
Whilst looking for Hednesford Miners’ Memorial I came across your site and have just spent an hour or so going through your newsletters. My childhood came back to me! My parents were Margaret and Arthur Chilton and I have a sister, Dorothy. We lived at Hawkins Colliery from about 1952 until about 1960. My father was undermanager at the colliery. I think he was amongst those responsible for seeing to the closure of Hawkins and later Brereton colliery before being undermanager at Lea Hall, Rugeley. Margaret died 26th November 2003 and Arthur died 11th May 2009.
I remember attending Great Wyrley school from c. 1958 until c.1963 when Mr. Davies was Headmaster and Ken Handley taught me. I particularly remember Hawkins Cricket Club though. Dad was wicket keeper and seeing the names of Peter and Joe Cadman, Jean, Frank and Lynda Hemmingsley, Sid Thacker, Boyd Price, etc. brought it all back. I also seem to remember the name Paul Whitehouse. I acted at scorer at many matches even though very young and loved going to away matches on the coach. The teas provided by mum and other wives were very good, particularly the cream cheese and onion sandwiches and the scones. After the cricket some played bowls and we finished off the day in the clubhouse with a packet of crisps and Vimto. Good memories.
Peter Cadman has directed me to your group. It’s most interesting!
My father was Douglas Haycock (b.31.01.1919) who was one of six boys. I’ve traced his line back to the mid 1600′s mainly via St. Luke’s parish registers and the bishop’s transcripts at Lichfield. I have a family bible with records of births back to the early 19th.c.
Family traditions, anecdotes and folklore, together with my father’s autobiography, give a wide insight into past times. There are links to various families: the Bills and the Perks, the Jones family from Bridgtown and others in the general area. One relative died in the Hawkin’s Pit cage disaster.
Regards, Bruce Haycock
I have recently been researching my family tree. My great-grandfather Jonathan Buckley married Eliza Walker in 1871 and lived at various addresses in Station Street and Station Road. Both Jonathan, and his father Thomas Buckley (born Haywood 1819) were coal miners. Jonathan and Eliza had 6 children, all born in Cheslyn Hay: Sarah Elizabeth born 1872, Eliza Ann 1874, Mary Gertrude 1879, Martha Rose 1881, James Edward 1844, and my grandfather Jonathan Wilfred Buckley born in 1888. In 1911 the Rev.Shapuri Edalji wrote a glowing reference which led to his career as an Electrical Engineer with Coutaulds, Coventry.
I have traced most of the family, but have been unable to learn much about the life of James Edward Buckley. Any leads would be welcomed.
FAO Jo Grant
Please contact me re the Pearsons – it appears your email address is being returned as not known.
Am looking to find relations that lived in Cheslyn around the time of 1870′s. There were several Pearsons mentioned and I notice that “Stuart Pitchford Pearson” has information on certain Pearsons. Would be happy to find out more. Thanks.
Hello from New Zealand.
I am researching my Ridgway [Essington] and Whitehouse [Cheslyn hay] ancestors and am interested in William Whitehouse, 1818. I think his father was Samuel Whitehouse. My great grandfather was Bernard Whitehouse, 1843,son of William. Bernard’s daughter, Ethel Wilkins Whitehouse [married name Ridgway] was my grandmother. I wonder if anyone can help me find out anything about William or Samuel? Thankyou.
Hello, I may have something for you, I am connected to RIDGEWAY through the REUBEN DUDLEY family my great grandmother EMILY PACE nee CULWICK of Cannock Road married about 1870s after EDWARD PACE died, a mining accident – also WHITEHOUSE – HARRIET CULWICK, my grt.grandmother’s sister married a WILLIAM WHITEHOUSE about 1870s – 1871 census has them next door to JOSHUA PACE my 2x great grandparents – JOSHUA & HANNAH PACE (nee HICKEN) – my website is down at the moment, my info unfortunately is all on it. If this info is of interest, keep in touch. Gord Pace, Colborne, Ontario, Canada
I forgot to mention – the JUKES family also comes into it – in the HICKEN-FARLEY family of my 2x great grandmother HANNAH PACE (nee HICKEN from NORTON CANES area
+ Mary FARLEY – m 17 Apr 1797 in Norton Canes, Staffordshire
HARRIET CULWICK, sister of my gt/gr/mother EMILY, married
WILLIAM WHITEHOUSE H M 40 born Cheslyn Hay
Engine Tender at Colliery
Betsy WHITEHOUSE daur 3 Saredon Stafford
Clara WHITEHOUSE daur 2 Saredon Stafford
Samuel WHITEHOUSE son 9 months Laney Green Stafford
WILLIAM, thought to be s/o
1841 Census – White Lion Row
DANIEL WHITEHOUSE 40 Coal Miner born in county
RHODA WHITEHOUSE 40
John WHITEHOUSE 20 Locksmith
Daniel WHITEHOUSE 15 Coal MIner
WILLIAM WHITEHOUSE 10
In the 1861 census in Wednesbury,
HARRIET CULWICK (later Mrs WHITEHOUSE) appears to be living with her mother SARAH CULWICK nee WARD’s younger brother SAMUEL WARD and his wife ELIZABETH nee HASSALL. (WARD & HUNT family of Tanworth in Arden – Wythall)
hi! as you can see I am a Ridgway, my father was Edwin (ted) ridgway who married milly..we lived in littlewood rd cheslyn hay..My family lived there for many years until moving to Rosemary Rd..We have a wide range of family members. There are two Ridgway families in Cheslyn hay, ours is spelt without the E. Please feel free to contact me if I can help in your search
I found an Edwin Ridgway who married Millicent Perks in 1946. While I do show an Edwin Ridgway in my database he was born in 1904 unlikely but not impossible he is the same one. Having said your Edwin could be a child of one of the brothers in the family in a line I have been so far unable to extend. Drop me an email, and let’s see if we connect.
Just to add to my original comments, my dad’s sister was called Sybil.
My dad, Leslie Plant, was from Cheslyn Hay. He was born about November 1923 and had a brother Jim, a brother Ray and a sister (?). I don’t have a lot of information or names of his parents. My wife and I are visiting England in Sep 11 and would love to go to Cheslyn Hay to see where he was born and brought up. He moved to Canada in the 1930s. If anyone has any info, please let me know. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Weekly Update – 4 April 2010
Reference this newsletter, the Great Wyrley teacher was Bob Pointon NOT Pointer
I am trying to find any information on the BATE FAMILY,ISAIAH & SOPHIA BATE , they had a son MATTHEW he married a ELIZA Whitehouse.
Isaiah died in a Mining accident in 1864.
Can anyone tell me were I can find where Isaiah is buried ? His daughter Eliza was my great grandmother.
I would appreciate it if anyone had further information or who can help me.
Thanks for your time.
Kind Regards: Yvonne ( From OZ)
The Bate Family
Isaiah and Sophia also had a daughter Sophia who married a Charles Harvey, they had a daughter Rose who was my grandmother,Sophia the younger would be my g,grandmother,making Sophia the elder my g.g.grandmother.
Rose’s married name was Holland, my Mom Caroline’s mother.
Hope you find this interesting
Best wishes Geoff
Many thanks for your response re the Bate family – I’ll include it in next week’s newsletter All the families you mention are well known Cheslyn Hay ones – and we have much information on them – as well as photographs. If you’re ever in the area and is convenient, please drop in at the Salem any Tuesday to see what we’ve got!
Incidentally was your Mom known as Carrie Holland? If so we have a photograph of her in the Salem choir.
Thanks again for your response
I am looking through the “Guest Book” and found Lisa Elson is looking for the Whitehouse family. In our searches for the Pearson Family we have some Whitehouses and if Lisa would care to contact us I will send what we have on William Whitehouse Died 1892 age 74 Emma Whitehouse died 1876 and Eliza Shaw (1st Marriage 2nd Marriage Pearson) daughter of James Whitehouse died 1899 age 78.
I am currently researching my family tree and Cheslyn Hay appears regularly on my father’s side of the family. The area that fascinates me is Dace’s Lot/The Lot where I have discovered both Beasleys and Daces in the mid to late 1800s. If anyone has any information on the area or links with Beasley or Dace I would be delighted to hear.
he is buried in wryley bank i have been to his grave.
hello my dad was ted ridgway ( edwin austin ) i was born on the village my dad was the shunter on tony loco 301 . i remember lots that went on in our village i was wondering if enyone as the pictures of the carnation the float i was on with mary massey mary used to put a xmas party on at hawkins club . i also had my pic taken on the swing in cheslynhay park when i was 9 and vera pringle was pushing me i know the express and star took the pics . my aunty ivy beadsmoor lived in dundalk lane she grew buetiffull flowers to put on show. my sister joan was the blossem queen when she was 5 i would love to hear from enyone who remembers me from little wood rd lane and littlewood rd . regards sheila
Hello Sheila, I see the name RIDGEWAY and wonder if you’re connected to my RIDGEWAY-DUDLEY family of my great grandmother EMILY PACE nee CULWICK who married 2nd REUBEN DUDLEY abt. 1870s. REUBEN was a foreman at Rosemary Tilery. One of Reuben & 1st wife Elizabeth RAYBOLD’s children married a RIDGEWAY
I wonder if occupation is indicative of a connection. You mention your dad was a locomotive man. William Whitehouse was also a locomotive man. He was husband of HARRIET CULWICK, sister of my great grandmother EMILY who later married REUBEN DUDLEY whose offspring connected to RIDGEWAY. Just thinking. – Gord Pace in Ontario
Hi!..its only a thought, but maybe your looking for Ridgway with/without the ‘E’ ? My dad worked on the railway as my sister already said, it was there that he was injured while shunting..his name was Ted ( Edwin Austin) Ridgway
i sheila i was carolines friend i am trying to contact her.
We found each other!! my long lost friend …
I was wondering if it is at all possible for me to use this “guest book” link to ask a question about the Whitehouse’s in cheslyn hay ? If this is at all possible then please email me. The enquiry is about James Whitehouse born in Cheslyn hay in 1835 who was father of Handel Whitehouse (my great great grandfather) born in 1866 cheslyn Hay.
I am a relative of the Griffiths family, related to the Daces and friend of the Ridgways. In Chelyn Hay. Where I myself grew up. would love a copy of the book, Were can I buy one. thank you Sue
hello susan i saw your message i am one of the ridgways all the ridgways were cousions on the village you can contact me on my email look forward to hearing from you
regards sheila nee ridgway 0787 088 1062 . 01424 851108
My Dad, who sadly passed away in November, 2007, was Raymond (Ray) Harvey.He was born and bred in Station Street and his Dad was Walter Harvey, coalmerchant. I would love any information anyone has regarding either the Harvey family or the Hickman family (my Grandma was Rachel Lydia (Lily) Harvey.
I remember Ray when I was a kid my Grandprents Rose and Enoch Holland lived next door at 166 Station Street, I wonder if it is the same Harvey family as Rose her maiden name was Harvey, her father was Charles Harvey who sadly died just before Rose was born.
Thanks for your response Geoff – I’ll put your request on our newsletter this week and we’re almost certain to answer your query.
Yes Geoff, – we have a picture of Ray Harvey’s the coal merchant and the house. Next time you’re at the base on a Tuesday, I’ll show it to you.
All the best
Rachel Lydia was the younger sister of mt great aunt Beatrice Gertude Holland ( Hickman ), Beatrice was about 10 years older.
My grandfather was a miner at Hawkins Colliery for 40+ years and my father was a surface worker for a number of years. I have in my possession a silver trophy and medal presented to my dad, being a member of the winning soccer team competing for the T.A.Hawkins & Sons LTD. Challenge Cup, by Major O.C Hawkins sometime in the 1930s. I have other documents and photos relating to the 1930\40s era.
Sudden Death at Great Wyrley Colliery
The witness in this article is my Grandfather
Thomas Pepper, horse fettler.
On the 1911 census my father George Pepper lived in the colliery yard at Great Wyrley with his father Thomas and his mother Frances.
My Grandparents are buried in Great Wyrley Cemetery. My Grandfather died as a result of a mining accident at the Silverwood Colliery Rotherham 1932.
I would appreciate it if anyone had further information.
Found you site searching for information on Staffordshire brickworks and found it intertesting.
I would be pleased to hear about anything regarding the Hawkins Colliery and Brickworks project and anything else regarding brickmaking.
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