Mar 31

Digmoor School (again)










This is a very old photo of Digmoor School, from my Gran’s collection.
















This is one of the oldest photos in my collection, and shows my great grandmother Polly Whittle (left) and her sister. Polly was born in 1871, so I guess this photo was taken in about 1876. Polly attended Digmoor school, (though this is not a school photo.) Polly went on to become Mrs Watkinson, who ran the Watkinsons shop at Tawd Bridge. Polly would have been attending Digmoor school during the 1870s to 1880s. Does anyone know the date when the school was started?













This is the oldest actual school photo that I have from Digmoor School, it belonged to my Gran, Mrs Alice Myers, nee Watkinson. She is the girl close to the centre wearing a white pinafore and blond hair with a long fringe. On the left of her, the little girl also with a blond fringe and a white frill on her dress is her sister Lizzie, who became Mrs Will Halliwell. My Gran was born in 1891, and as she looks about 9 or 10 in this photo, I would estimate that the photo was taken around the turn of the century (1900)

My Gran told me that in those days when they were having school photos taken, the students were permitted to bring along their younger siblings to have them included in the photo, so that is why there are a couple of toddlers and a baby in the photo.










This photo recently came into my possession from my Nana Coulshed’s collection. It is definitely at Digmoor School again, but what the occasion was, I do not know. It seems like there must have been some sort of working bee with the local ladies all in their pinnies, and then two very important ladies in the centre – not wearing pinnies but very stylish hats instead. They must have been important visitors, I think. I wish I knew the story behind it. My Nana, Mrs Coulshed, is fourth from the right on the back row, but I do not know the names of any of the other ladies.










Finally, another view of the school that was sent to us after we came to Australia. It would have been taken in the early sixties. There is also one of those street lights which had to be turned on by the one armed lamplighter!

Mar 28

Who’s who

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Mar 24

Aunty Sally

My great aunt Sally Johnstone, nee Watkinson. She was quite a well known character, born in Tawd Bridge. She was completely deaf, but never handicapped by this at all. She was the best lipreader I have ever known and could also speak very well, and nothing ever stopped her from enjoying life. She is seen here at the door of her house in Tawd Bridge holding one of her great-nephews.

When my family and I emigrated to Australia, Aunty Sally was always a regular letter writer and kept us well informed of all the local goings on. She loved to go out and take photos of anyone and anything, so she sent us a lot of nice photos over the years. Some of these have already appeared on this website in other galleries, but I am going to post some here as well.

The following photos were all taken in the early 1960s.





Tawd Bridge locals, Mrs Muldoon (left) and Mrs Mary Anne Pennington, sitting at the bus stop on the corner of Spencers Lane and Ormskirk Road. (I am a bit surprised that these ladies consented to have their photos taken while wearing their “pinnies”!)












Three of my former school friends from Dogmoor School, Sheila Bennett, Valerie Taylor and Betty Davis. Very stylish teenagers in the early 1960s.












At the bus stop again. From the left,  Beverly (nee Roughly) Jacqueline Bryers, Mary Forshaw and I can’t remember the other one, ( I hope someone will tell me who she is!)










Tawd Bridge in the snow. The lady on the right is Lizzie Arnold, but I am not sure who the other two are. Maybe someone will comment and remind me!