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Bamfurlong
Started by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Does any one from Bamfurlong remember Gerry Lewis?

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Gerry Lewis was not from there he used to drive the coach

Posted by: tonker (20086)   Report abuse
25 links in a pole. 4 poles in a chain. 10 chains in a furlong.

A furlong is the length of a furrow, ploughed into a field.

I wonder how Bam furlong got it's name?

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
Hi tina, people will problaby remember arthur smalley who gerry worked for, arthur's son still lives there in same house, the name of company was wm liptrot who was a coach propieter and coal merchant, i think arthur also dealt with funeral directors, i have had some e-mails & photos of bill with gerry on them, good old days.

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Thanks bambam I remember the name Arthur thats was all. I also remember playing around jolly jacks,never thinking that one day I would be drinking in the place.Is it still there?

Posted by: empress (9667)   Report abuse
Jollys burned down a good few years back, theres a brand new police station on the site now.

Posted by: kopitesere (inactive) Report abuse
I helped do jollys up when it was done shame what happened

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
Hi tina, i sent you some pics via e-mail hope you get them.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Arthur Smalley did do funerals, in fact, up to my Dad passing away, it was a bit of a family tradition for us to use him.

I thought that the coal man in Bamfurlong was Bob Butler?

Anyone remember "Bert fish"???

Posted by: jackdog (577) Report abuse
Do you know how Bamfurlong got its name, Tonker?

I don't but I have seen it spelt in a few different ways in old books, for example Beinfurlong, but all ending in furlong.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
According to "The place names of Lancashire" its been known by a couple of names:

Banforthlang (in 1448)Banforthland (in 1538) Banforlonge (Hall) (in 1553) Bamferlonge (in 1584) Apparently, the name is derived from old english names for peas or beans.

Posted by: jackdog (577) Report abuse
Thanks for the explanation Uncle Joe, sounds like that could be it...Bean Furlong...maybe they grew them there, or just ate a lot of them!

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
If I'm truthful, I'm not 100% certain that Bamfurlong being translated as "bean field" is correct. That translation comes from old english, and around that area, its more likely to derive from scandinavian. The north of England, (when I was a youngster!) was in the area known as Danelaw, the south in Mercia. Danelaw was the viking influenced part, Mercia the english.

In caes you didnt know, there is another Bamfurlong in Glouctershire. Its probably only a shoddy copy though!

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
Hi uncle joe, i remember bert the fish he used to have small van and went all over wigan area, also remember frank coalman can't think of his last name, good years the 70s real summers and bad winters.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
bambam, are you from Bamfurlong?

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Bert the fish was Bert Gibbons,Bob Butler and Jack Pimblet were the coalmen followed by Brian Mann, Athure Smalley was the funeral director who buried my dad and my brother,Tommy Duffy was the fruit man for the coop,Joss was the butcher at the coop and Paul Johnson was the manager of the food store at the coop and Mrs Sergant was the manageress of the drapery shop at the coop, i took orders out on Fri& Sat and some times helped out at the coop at the side of the Drum and Monkey, when it was school holidays i was always helping Tommy on the fruit & veg wagon all for a doller aweek and i was millioner come sat dinner, i have lot of fond memories of Bamforlong some sad but maily happy
Mark Calter

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
Hi uncle joe, no not bamfurlong i lived in downallgreen from 1960 to 1985.

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
I remember buying pies from "Finneys" at the top of Bamfurlong near the railway bridge

Going down the "pad" and fishing in the "razzer"

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
i went school with a family from bamfurlong, the penningtons anyone remember them.

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
bambam

Stephen Pennington & Ronald Pennington, from Beech Tree Houses

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
youre'e bang on latics, i think sister's name was valerie.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I thought that the sisters name was Christine, but I'm probably mistaken...and the Top was between Finneys and the railway bridge, was it not?

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
you could be right there uj, it's been a while.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Its not often that I'm right! I'll make sure it doesnt happen too often!

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
i remember the penningtons bambam, i lived next door to them in beechtree, barry was the eldest followed by christine, ronald, stephen and valerie,barry is down south somewhere and stephen and valerie are in bamf or plattwas i think, haven;t seen ronald for years though.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Hi Massumbula, I remember you well enough! How are you? I've not seen you for years...

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
Oh joe you are cheeting now.lookin at there profiles.

I'm ashamed of you.

I thought you liked guessing games.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Theres no need whatsoever to look at his profile, I knew who he was as soon as I saw the name he chose...

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
ok ok.

his he black?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Nope, unless he had a job in t'pit...

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
all massumbulas i know are..


Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Not this one!

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse



OK.I GIVE IN,YOU WIN.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
i dont believe it! I've silenced a woman.....

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse



1 nil to you.

I don't lose often.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Anyway, there were three black ladies....

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
i'm alert again.go on?

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
Hi, uncle joe, you remember my nickname then, can;t say i have a clue who you are, but sure to know you. oh! and i did work in;t pit but not hard enough to get black ha!

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Do you remember who it was that lived next door to "Little Harry"????

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
sorry uncle joe, can;t say i recall "Little Harry".

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Was Derick Summers [not sure of the spelling] from Bamfurlong?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Massumbulaa: Iff you are who I think you are, then your first name will begin with the letter "A"

Tina: is that the same Derek Summers that went to AGS? He was in my classs if it was.

Posted by: berylh (1779) Report abuse
What about Eric Corless's shop, general grocers if I rmember rightly he was a couple of doors up from the Hallsworth's my family, my dad was Frank

Posted by: frankwalford (1098)   Report abuse
caltermark you mention Bert Gibbons was he the fellow who was stabbed in Ashton,years ago,by a lad from Town Green

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse

Didnt know that Frank, although i have known Bert from being a kid,and his Aunty Leah Butler was my god mother, as long has i did know him they had a chippy then a fish van.
His son Paul went to school with my son Mark

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
beryih
Eric Corless's shop was facing the chippy he had a son and a daughter Stan & Christine
Mark

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
uncle joe, you are probably thinking of my elder brother alan.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Thats who I thought you were..sorry! how is he? does he post on here at all?

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
sorry uncle joe, alan succomed to cancer in 1981 aged 28, how did you know him?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I'm so sorry to hear that hes passed away. We used to be mates in the early 70's, and had a lot of good times together. We lost touch though when I moved out of the village.

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
when I was a kid that little village was divided into 4 sections,Lump,which was from Smalley's to mains lane,council houses,up Bamfurlong(long row,etc,)and oer'bridge,over the railway bridge.Places seem so big when you're a kid.
Hi Beryl,it's Jeff,Fred's son.It must be going on 45yrs since I last saw you.

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
uncle Joe,yes he went to A.G.S.So I must know you? as I'm the same age

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Ozzie: If you'd have said to my Mum that she lived on t'lump, shed have probably killed you, gentle as she was...nobody at Arthur Smalleys end of Bryn Gates considered themselves Lumpers.

Tina: I guess we do know each other if you went there as well. But who are you?

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
TINA is bam bam's sister.


I thought you'd left us joe?

Posted by: bicky (106)  Report abuse
Hi, Ozzie you are right abuot the village being in 3 sections, from smallys corner to pub/co op,was lump,then the other section ours, council kintbury st down to the school was bryn gates, then bamferlong to the station, I lived in kintbury st from birth 1938 tillI was 15,good times,frank.

Posted by: berylh (1779) Report abuse
Hi Ozzie/Jeff
its great to 'hear' from you, I,ve seen a few of your other comments on other ww sites, Also saw your picture on the photo section of schools, I think I still think of you as that age. Sorry that uncle Fred is so poorly, mum keeps me up to date. Jeff do you have any info on Great grandmother Elizabeth Hallsworth she is the german side of our family? Your dad hopefully might remember more than our aunties do!Also please say hello to all the family. Beryl

Posted by: frankwalford (1098)   Report abuse
Caltermark the Bert Gibbons iam thinking about came from Pewfall sorry about that

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I'm beginning to sound a little like Tonker here, but whether you like it or not, "the lump" did not stretch from Mains Lane to Arthur Smalleys. It finished well before. Basically, it was Beech Tree Houses...

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Uncle Joe it's driving me mad who you could be!you need to give me clue!

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Same here! Did you go to AGS as well?

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
yes I did.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
My first year was in 3A, along with derek. That was the last year we were at the old school. Ring any bells?

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
no,no bells ringing.Just my brain banging ,Do you have any other names?Were did you live?You seam to know a lot about downall green and Bamfurlong

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I lived at both DG and Bryngates. My Mum, and her Mum were from there.

Were we in the same class/year at AGS?

Do you use the ww forum? If so, you can pm me to put us both out of our misery.

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Uncel Joe I made a mistake .The Derek summers I knew went to school with me,now known as cancsfield high sorry did not know what AGS STOOD FOR

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
No problems, but if you lived at Bamfurlong, we should know each other anyway...

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
uncle joe, still can;t place you, thought i knew all our alans mates, sure your not Harry or Oz. Where in bryn gates did you live?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Next door to Harry...thats the "Little Harry" I referred to. His Dad had the same name,therefore was known as Big Harry

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
I 'm from Downall green ,but hung out in Bamfurlong a lot until my 20's

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
AGS= Ashton grammar school ,is that right?

My brother Martin went there

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
"Bert fish"!! did he have a son Paul?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Yes, and a daughter, Katherine.

Who were your mates in Bamfurlong?

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
uncle joe did harry live next to the entry on bolton road

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
massumbula your'e thinking of Harry Boulton,brother of Ralph(also known as tung)who was my mate.Hi Beryl,only know her as Elizabeth Fromme and from what mum says she was a little ostrasized because of the war of course.The best person to ask I believe is aunty Dot.

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
Uncle Joe sorry for that but that's how it seemed to us as kids in the council houses.Hardly ever went passed Clarks' corner only to get Adamsons pies,oh and to go to co-op of course.Wouldn't have wanted to get a clip round the ear off your mam.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Theres no need whatsoever to apologise Ozzie,I take it you've worked out who my mam is? As you know Ralph, I take it you know Tony and Martin also?

I was actually thinking of doing a little Bryngates knowledge test to see how many people remembered things about the village....

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
My brother's were friends with the Penningtons . I'm really trying to think of names.I know a lot of first name,s

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Tony and Martin are the Fitzgerald brothers who lived facing Bryn Hall or Jack Wrights or Lloydds depending on your age

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
...or even Lloydies....

Caltermark, are you another from Bryngates?

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
No i was born in Bamfurlong NUMBER 94 Lily Lane but!!! my dad was born in 4th st in 1918 i went to school with Tony Fitz (Holy Family)Margo Boffey and the McFarlands
Mark

Posted by: norman prior (817)   Report abuse
Mark, I remember the names from the Coop days.The Butcher was Joss Fisher, He was also a member of Brynhall Fishing Club.They held their meetings at the Brynhall hotel (Lloyds).
N

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Norman, I hope its ok to ask you this, but did you live at Downall Green once?

Posted by: norman prior (817)   Report abuse
unclejoe, I didn't live there but my family did after leaving Brynhall (Crippins).
I was living in Rhodes, North Manchester, I used to visit very often with my wife and two childre3n.We spent every Christmas there.
Norman

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
In that case, I know one of your relatives, last time I met him, he was on the Brittania...

Posted by: norman prior (817)   Report abuse
unclejoe you are on the right track.
N

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Norman, give him my regards. He'll know who I am if you tell him the last time we spoke was at my cousins wedding.

Posted by: berylh (1779) Report abuse
Ozzie - Hi Jeff just out of interest the info I do have on Elisabeth Hallsworth so far is: born Germany 1864 ? which state.
Her father (Our GGGrandfather) is Heinrich Frohn and he was a cooper spelling of Frohn is accurate from the marriage certificate. She came to England at age approx 17/18yrs and worked in service in Sevenoaks chesire and before her marriage. Have previously spoken to Auntie Millie who doesn't have any more onfo, but maybe in time some will come back to her. Its amazing what a fraction of information will uncover. I have often thought of how hard it must have been for her. Beryl

Posted by: bentlegs (4416) Report abuse
Frank Walford, i think Albert Gibbons from Ashton Cross was stabbed by a lad called Towne from Pemberton , cant remember Townes first name,He had also stabbed his own dad before that,

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
There was a family 2 girls 2 or 3 boys.names Sharon, Natalie,
Aidan! can't remember there last name!Can any one help me ?there mother died young.

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
Hi Beryl,thanks for the info,I will let my mum know about her dad.Yes it must have been hard for her,mum met her I think just after the war,she used to live in Golbourne and died soon after,round about'46 I think
Jeff.

Posted by: frankwalford (1098)   Report abuse
Thanks bentlegs i couldn't think of his name.

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Does anyone know the Fairhust family from Bamfurlong?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Do you mean the ones that lived in the council houses?

Posted by: bert (643) Report abuse
Berylh did you know jeanne and vera pennington fron kintbury st?

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
hi bert,yes I knew jeanne and vera,went to bryn gates school with jeanne 'cos I used to live in mains ave,what happened to them?

Posted by: berylh (1779) Report abuse
Hi bert not sure about jeanne and vera but did know Beryl and Edna Houghton, think they were in same street, I went to Ashton sec mod with them.
Jeff take a look at photos/walkingday/bamfurlong methodist chappel, think I spy Rita as a 'leader up' can you confirm

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
Hi bentlegs, i think his name was eddie townsend.

Posted by: bert (643) Report abuse
hi bentlegs his name was eddie town from haydock and he was released after about 7 years .

Posted by: bert (643) Report abuse
hi ozzie are you related to ozzie who worked at kwik save on locket rd.As for Jeanne and Vera, Jeanne is in Yorkshire and Vera is in America. They are my wifes cousins. She used to go up Bamfurlong quite a lot when she was young, her nan and grandad lived in Kintbury st.

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
uncle Joe:Yes they lived in the council houses!

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
hi bert,yes Neil is my brother.What are your wifes nan&grandad last names?Hi beryl,that is indeed Rita leading up in the Chapel walking day and I also am in pics with Derek Evans,who posted most of those pics.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Tina. in that case, yes. Thet lived almost across the road from my aunt/uncle/cousins

Posted by: bert (643) Report abuse
hi ozzie there names were syd and may pennington.

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Uncle joe do any of them still around?some times I used to go for a drink with Paul [Bert's son the fish man]and that crowd !

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Tina, I havent a clue what happened to Paul. As to any of the others, I'd have to ask around.

Posted by: dekker (2) Report abuse
Hi tina I am a fairhurst if you mean us I am the eldest derek then theres denise,jackie,paul,gordon and glynn we all was brought up in kintbury street mums name was kath n dads name was gordon they passed away in 1980 and 1981.The other family you mentioned natalie, adrian, alan,sharon and ashley where the mathers they lived in mains avenuse andlost their mother young...wondering who you are tina haaa bet you can enlighten me on that x

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
Yes dekker that is the family,s I'm talking about
I used to go to school with Natalie.
Also worked with Sharon Mathers and we became friend,s.Also worked with your sister Denise and brother Paul.Also hung out in Bamfurlong all the time. Now that you mentioned your name I remember you a little. Did your uncle used to run Jolly Jack?

Posted by: tina m lynaugh (233)   Report abuse
dekker, What happened to you ? .You teased me by saying who you are,and then I don,t here from you .This is what a one night stand must feel like [Don,t know as I,v never had one .OR is it that I,m not pretty enough for you Come on don,t make a girl feel bad

Posted by: tagonagy (9) Report abuse
does anyone remember the chippy run by mrs gibbons and lea butler it was in the house next to the entry and harry and ralph boultons paul gibbons now lives in ashton near hilton st

Posted by: --oy-- (1004)  Report abuse
I used to live in Bamfurlong.

The name isn't unique - there's another near Cheltenham.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
--oy-- so did I....

tagonagy: Yes, I do. The number of the house is 629...

So I'm thinking that I should know you two...

Posted by: --oy-- (1004)  Report abuse
I lived in 4th Street.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
So did our Mike....

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
is it true the old bamfulong hotel has now been renovated to a house.

Posted by: tagonagy (9) Report abuse
uncle joe ilived at 619 from 1943 to 1970 so you probably know who i am

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
If I have the houses right, then you are either Anns Dad, or Uncle, is that correct? You were 7 doors down from me.

Posted by: tagonagy (9) Report abuse
UNCLE JOE NO YOU ARE MISTAKEN WE LIVED NEXT DOOR TO THE POTTER FAMILY WHO EMIGRATED TO AUSTRALIA AROUND 1960 THE OTHER SIDE OF US WAS THE THOMSONS AND JIMMY WOOD WHO EVERYONE CALLED TIMBER

Posted by: tagonagy (9) Report abuse
OZZIE DID YOU HAVE TWO BROTHERS WHO EMIGRATED TO CANADA IF ONE WAS NAMED ALAN IUD TO WORK WITH HIM AT THE VULCAN IN EARLESTOWN IN THE EARLY SIXTIES

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
Hello tagonagy,
I am one of the brothers in Canada,I still have a brother in Bamfurlong and Alan is over here as well.It sounds like you must be Tony.Yes?

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
Ozzie,

Greetings from the west and an exiled Abramer. If you click on the name of the person making the post-in this case Tagonagy- it will show you the persons details.

Posted by: tagonagy (9) Report abuse
hi ozzie yes i am tony do you remember my brother martin he still lives in platt bridge .how is your brother alan its along time since we worked together at the vulcan

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Tagonagy, I do know who you are. I guess that you have worked out who I am also.

Ozzie, what relation (if any) are you to Fred?

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
Hi uncle joe
If you mean Fred of Mains Ave,he is my Dad.
Tony,Alan is doing oK,still working and I'll be seeing him on Saturday.Of course I remember Mart,we used to mate to-gether with Ralph and Kev.I have been back to UK many times,the last in May of this year and I saw Ralph in the Bryn Hall.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
hi Ozzie, yes, thats the one.

Posted by: tagonagy (9) Report abuse
hi uncle joe i mis read your message iam uncle to anne iwas talking to harry last night and he thinks you went to live in sweden what happened to your older brother harry seems to remember him also going abroad

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
My older brother passed away just over two years ago. If you talk to Anne (or T), she knows the story.

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
ov
you lived in forth street
I lived at 620 from 48 to 75.
Dose anyone know what happed to Brian Thornton that lived in forth street from 49 to around 70.
Last I herd he was trying to get to Aus
There are some photos of Bryn gates and Bamfurlong in the album.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Derek, I know exactly who you are....

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
I think I have worked it out who you are.
AH right

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I will admit, you know my brother better though.

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
Sorry I can only remember AH
I cant even remember you living across the road I had to consult with the memory bank ( my mam and dad )who still live in Abram.
My gran lived next door at 618
There are some class photos of Bryn Gates primary school taken about 1963 album, schools, bryn gates,

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
As you were the photos are taken around 1959 60

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Derek, I misread your post earlier, I thought that you meant ah, right...I bet your Mam said I'm BB's youngest, didnt she? Calling my Mam that is a quirk of the village, as women are usually known by their maiden names...

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
I am still a bit confused are you A.H. who had a tiger cub around 1965 or am on on the wrong horse.
Dose D.G. youth club ring any bells.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
AH was my elder brother. Everybody remembers his Tiger Cub, in fact, M McN and I were talking about it a few months ago when your name came up in the conversation.

Unless my memory is totally wrong, you came up to the house in DG when you were going to the Youth Club.

Posted by: bicky (106)  Report abuse
HI, Derek, Ilived in bryn gates born in 1938 kintbury st,then moved to 212 lily lane next to wilcoxs shop about 1948 left about1956 Frank.

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse


Did anybody know the carney's?

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
uncle joe
Cant remember visiting your house but its possible I always went to DG youth club with M.M. We used to go on his Triumph 21 and after go to the chippy on the corner of soughers lane with all the gang.
I met my misses because she was a friend of Maz
Maz used to go to the club.
M.M. and I went to the club because your brother said it was a good place to go.
So its all your brothers fault
D

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
Can anyone remember Butlers chippy and shop next to the entry on Bolton road possibly number 619.
My dad says it was a shop until about 1975 I say it was made back into a house well before 1960.
Can anyone remember the chippy that was directly across the road from 619 618 that was my Grandmas shop then made into a house.There is a photo of 618 and 620 in the album.

Posted by: ozzie (79) Report abuse
Hi Derek,how are you.I remember the chippy and your memory is correct.It was turned back to a house in the 50s.Hello Trixie,I remember Edgar&Patricia Carney.Edgar was a bit older than me and knocked around with my brother but Pat was the same age and I think was in my class at Bryn Gates school in the 50s.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I'm a bit confused here. I remember the chippy at 629, which was near the entry. Was there another one? Then there was a shop right at the other end of that row (ie, farthest away from the Jolleys entrance). On the other side of the road, at 626 was another shop, Bishops, which I think closed around 1975 or so.

Derek, my brother was always doing things like that, ask MM!

Posted by: derek (379)   Report abuse
The chippy was next to the entry next door to Big Harry.
Directly across the road is where I lived at 620 next door was my Grans chippy but that was long ago.I dont think anyone will remember it.
Bishops was four doors to the right of me.
Great Pies.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
...my Nans was next door, on the other side.

If I remember correctly, behind that row used to be an air raid shelter. Was that filled in? If it wasnt, those new houses that are built there certainly are going to have some settlement issues!

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
I don't know Bamfurlong that well but I do remember a chippy opposite the Bamfurlong pub. It may be one of the ones mentioned but I don't know the house numbers through Bamfurlong.

Posted by: brianjgreen (492) Report abuse
My grandma & grandad joe & gladys JAMES lived at 538 bolton road bamfurlong 2nd house up on right opposite farm, they had 2 sons ALBERT & ARTHUR who used to work at coop (FRUIT & VEG)they moved on to run waterworths in wigan & 2 daughters enid (my mum)& sylvia,i remember the PEET family from beech tree house,s and im not sure if pauline Mclaren lived there as well she went to ashton secondry.my mum used to babysit someone called HARRISON and raymond CARTER lived in the end house before beech tree house,s

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Ozzie
some bad news for you Eddie (Edgar)Carney passed away just before Christmas,
I remember Butlers chippy because Lea Butler was my God Mother she was Bert Gibbons aunty who took the chippy on the chippy was near Fitzgeralds house
Mark

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
Very sad news.I think he was 64.
Did he have an older brother John?

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
YES HE HAD A BROTHER JOHN, ANOTHER BROTHER,CHRIS,& SISTERS LUCY,BETTY & PAT

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
Is John still alive?

We used to be friends with John +Carol years ago in our biking days.

Posted by: geoff zx9 (inactive) Report abuse
eeup caltermark I used to mate abowt wi Stan Corless He had BSA Rocket at the time,think I had Mi 600 Dommy then,
eeup bentlegs the Towne Man your thinking of was Eddie.poor Albert was in the wrong place wrong time ,if I remember He was a Coal Bagger he got stabbed in the entry that went from the bottom of Liverpool Rd to the Steam Engine.

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
Was he buried at Downall Green,i remember something like that happenin.

Posted by: geoff zx9 (inactive) Report abuse
cant remember that Trixie! but could be right as He came from Ashton Cross/Pewfall area

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
I see you mastered the photos.

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Trixie
John is still alive and lives over hindley green way
Geoff
Remember Stan very well mad as brush on bike, did he not mate with a lad named POPE from Ashton?

Posted by: trixie (4962)   Report abuse
Thanks caltermark

Posted by: geoff zx9 (inactive) Report abuse
Eeeup caltermark Stans best mate was Ken Corbett from Platt Bridge,Ken was also My best Man wen a geet wedin 1971.when I mated with Stan His Dad had the shop in Princess Rd in A-in-M,
Hi Trixie yep sozzed the photos out finally!

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Geoff
Stan and his sister lived in Bamfurlong for a very long time, his mam and dad had a shop there ,i lost touch when i got married in 63 and moved up Hindley his other mate up Platt Bridge was Geoff Gaskell who had a Velosete and a Manx Norton
Mark

Posted by: geoff zx9 (inactive) Report abuse
caltermark! if Mr Gaskell still as the Velo&Manx he's Quids in?.I think Stan also had a brother who was a cop,lived in St'helens,somebody told Me Stan had the car-bar across from Tesco in Hindley for a while?

Posted by: samantha-craig (68) Report abuse
UNCLE JOE I know this is a bit random, I have read these blogs and understand you know alot about Bryn Gates, Ashton etc. I am trying to track down an old freind I am wondeing if you have any information about him? It is Allan Jones.Thanks any help would be much appreciated

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Samantha, I know at least 3 people by that name. if he is the one that lived in Bamfulong, I could ask around. It would take time though, as I dont live in the area any more.

Posted by: bentlegs (4416) Report abuse
There was an allan Jones who worked at Parkside & he got killed in a car crash on Southward rd , Newton le Willows, He drove a Cortina E , he was going to work on the afternoon shift & he was travling too fast to take the corner, i am guessing at 1974-5 , Tonker may know of it,

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
I know an Alan Jones he lived across from my Grandparents John and Bertha Prescott in Kintbury St. I used to work with him at Unit Pallets Golborne until he left. I often see him around Ashton on a Saturday evening.

Posted by: bambam (1848)  Report abuse
does anyone know how ronald and stephen pennington are doing, they lived at back of bryn gates not seen them for years would like to hear how they are keeping

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
On about 'Chippys' I grew up in Bamfurlong in the 1960's and in the late 1960's the only chippy I recall was the one which was in the row of terraces opposite the Bamfurlong Hotel near the railway bridge, these were knocked down circa 1971 after we had moved away to Pemberton, but as I recall 'Finneys' across the road installed a frying range and tried to take over from the demolished 'chippy' but I don't think it lasted

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
That chippy as still there about 1974 or 5. The lad that can tell you exactly is the one that has the post office now. He used to run it!

Apls, I'm thinking that you and I must know each other...

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
The only Joe I knew in Bamfurlong was Joe and Betty Tinsley, they lived opposite the school and they had a daughter Barbara

Which chippy was still there in 1974/75 the one at the top near the railway line or the one in Bolton Road?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
It was the one opposite the Bamfulong hotel, or "t'Top" as it was better known.

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
I can belive that one was still there, as I said it was knocked down after we moved in 1971, but I cannot remember there ever being a chippy on Bolton Road and I can remember back about has far as about 1965/66

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Derek will probably be able to confirm this, but the one on Bolton Road had long gone before 1965/66. I think probably around the end of the 50's.

APLS, do you remember Big Harry, and where he lived?

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
I don't think so Joe, unless he was a coal mon.

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Terry Ryan and his wife run bamfurlong P.O. they also ran the chippy and the Bamurlong hotel.

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
I think back in the 60's it was owned by someone named Holland.

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
My Aunty Winnie worked now and then in Eric Corless's shop at Bamfurlong. She lived in Bamfurlong for many years up to her passing her name was Winnie Ingram, her husband's name was Albert.

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
To proud latics supporter, I went to school with Barbara Tinsley. She went to Wigan Convent school and I think she married a Police officer and moved out of the area. I have not seen her for many years now.

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
kathhwal

Barbara was a few years older than me (not many) and on a few occasions she actually baby sat me

We moved away from Bamfurlong in 1971 and Barbara visited us in about 1973 and by then she had married and 'yes' she had married a policeman and he was with her when she visited, he was actually a BTP policeman (British Transport Police) they patrol the railways.

The next time I came across Barbara was in 1980 and she had a shop on the Millers Lane Estate in Platt Bridge which she called "Pat's Girls" this seemed an unusual name for a shop, but it looked to be doing well.

In the early 1980's I moved away from the Wigan area and lived in Atherton for a while, which is not something I would recommend for a Wigan person to do, because they are a funny lot in Atherton, that I can tell you

The next time I visited Millers Lane was in 1986 and Barbara's shop had gone and it doesn't surprise me to hear that she moved out of the area, because I have never seen anything of her since 1980

Has a "by the way" is Bamfurlong still called the "Posh" part of Platt Bridge

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Kathhwal, we must be related. Winnie Ingram was my dads aunty.

Posted by: jackdog (577) Report abuse
We lived in Lily Lane for only a couple of years in the early 60s, bungalow nearest to Ashton, next to Wilcox's shop. Used to play football, rugby and cricket on rec near Jolly Jacks and on Chapel Field.
I remember some of the names on here, though, wonder if anybody knows some others - Brian Calder, David Rigby, the large Hodgson family from Bolton Rd., and a lad called 'Satch', don't know real name. Also some girls who lived at the Bryn Hall pub (Wrights, twins?) and Elsie Jones from Lump.

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
Wanner - how strange was Aunty Winnie your dad's Aunty before her marriage to Uncle Albert or did she become your dad's Aunty after her marriage?

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
a proud latics suppporter, thanks for the info on Barbara, I've not seen her for years. I suppose with her husband's job they could have been drafted anywhere in the country - perhaps that may be the reason for her moving and closing her shop.

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Kathhwal- Winnie was my dads aunty after she married Albert. I think Albert was my grandmas brother. But all of a sudden i'm getting confused. My dad passed away in 1994 so I cant confirm and my mum has just gone on holiday so I cant ask her until she gets back. I spent a lot of my childhood with Winnies son Derek and his wife Sylvia. Funnily enough I also used to call Winnie "aunty". I remember Albert passing away even though I was only about 4 or 5 at the time.

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
Wanner I think I know your family, I think you're quite a bit younger than me, do you have a relative called Valerie by any chance?

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
Kathhwal

I can't say for definite that Barbara closed the shop, she might have sold it, but in 1986 when I visited the Millers Lane estate I could not place the shop from memory, it being 6 years since I last visited there.
There had been some demolition on the estate, because it was probably the worst Council estate in the Borough back then and some of the tenants were scumbags, in some of those maisonettes you could not see the grass in front because of rubbish which had been thrown out of the windows, if one of the scumbags opened a tin of beans, they did not chuck the empty can in the bin, they chucked it out of the window instead

So I concluded at the time that the shop had either been demolished or altered externally to such an extent that it was unrecognisable from how it looked in summer 1980

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
a proud latics supporter - thanks for the info on Barbara, from what you say Platt Bridge really has changed - doesn't look for the better. I feel sorry for the nice people who live there, and there definitely are some. I lived there up to to the early 70's and the people then were really nice and looked out for each other. I remember when I was little if your mum had taken you out and left the washing out and it had rained, the neighbours brought it in for you.

Oh how times have changed!!!!

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Kathhwal - I do have a cousin Valerie. Valerie's mum was my dads sister.

BTW I'm a Platt Bridger

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
Wanner my dad and Aunty Winnie were brother and sister (my dad being (one of the many) older siblings - Aunty Winne was the youngest of the children.

Wanner the older members of your family will remember our Molly going to Sheila's for her hair done. Molly was a singer in the local clubs - just wondered whether they are aware she died on 19/8/2010 and sadly her husband Jack then had a stroke and he died in hospital on 27/9/2010 - I'm sure your family will know Molly as she was close to Aunty Winnie. There is going to be a fund raising event in November in memory of Molly and for the Alzheimers Association, they were in the early stages of trying to set this up when Jack died. I'm sure they will start planning this when they begin to feel a little better after this awful twofold shock.

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
The Millers Lane and Woodcock Drive Council estates were the problem in Platt Bridge and the scumbags on those estates probably didn't even come from Platt Bridge originally

The indigenous people of Platt Bridge, who are known collectively as being the “Wazzers” not the immigrant scumbags who inhabited Millers Lane & Woodcock Drive (I know they weren’t all scumbags) the Wazzers are alright and you can tell a Wazzer by their accent, it is a wonderful deep Lancashire accent

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Kathhwal- My mum told me about Molly's death a few weeks back I knew she was a singer but mum never mentioned she was part of the extended family. I dont think she is aware that her husband had died also, thats terrible news. I will pass the info on when she returns from holiday.

Posted by: louise rasburn (41) Report abuse
does anyone remember my Gran Eileen Bradburn she lived in Bamfurlong long time ago along with my dad (Harold Hewitt) and her parents Fred and Sarah Bradburn.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Louise, Harold Hewitt, if its the same one, is a relation of mine on my Mums side.

Posted by: louise rasburn (41) Report abuse
my dad harold hewitt is 53 if that is any help to you

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
In that case, its definately not the same one.

Posted by: louise rasburn (41) Report abuse
I know his father had the same name

Posted by: upthetims (6507) Report abuse
apls,is the Joe Tinsley the one who was a train driver at Springs Branch,if so he's still going strong.I saw him last month at retiral meeting for ex B.R men at Morris St W.M.C. second Thursday of every month,always well attended,reflects well on the camaraderie which existed between railwaymen

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
UTT,

When I lived in Abram I think a guy from near to me worked for BR. His name was Frank Keenan. Did you know him? I think his brother worked for BR as well.

Posted by: upthetims (6507) Report abuse
Seem to remember the name broady,i'll ask somebody from that neck of the woods Thursday

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
Cheers.

Posted by: bluesman (246) Report abuse
Broady.
There is a Frank Keenan who lives near me.He worked for B.R.,he was a lookoutman on the Tampers.
Phil

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
Bluesman,
He lives on Shelley!!

Posted by: bluesman (246) Report abuse
Bill,
That's him,

Posted by: kathhwal (398) Report abuse
Wanner, sorry not been on the site for a few days. Thanks very much for passing the details on to your mum.

Posted by: copperhead (1415)  Report abuse
I worked with Frank Keenan for many years until his retirement.Frank had served in the Royal Navy prior to joining the railway and could he tell some tales. A great bloke to work with never a dull moment or a cross word. He had a brother called Jim who worked for J. Strange slaughter house. I heard that frank passed away about 10yrs ago but not sure about it.

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
quote jackdog

"We lived in Lily Lane for only a couple of years in the early 60s, bungalow nearest to Ashton, next to Wilcox's shop"

Jackdog did you sell your bungalow to a Jimmy and Wendy Morgan

Posted by: broady (15079)   Report abuse
Copperhead,
He was certainly still alive when I left Abram in 2006. Maybe Bluesman can advise us. I will do some checking.

Posted by: copperhead (1415)  Report abuse
broady That's great news I hope he's still going. Lovely fella is Frank.

Posted by: jackdog (577) Report abuse
APLS
No idea who bought it...I was about 12 at the time!

Posted by: a proud latics supporter (inactive) Report abuse
upthetims

"apls,is the Joe Tinsley the one who was a train driver at Springs Branch,if so he's still going strong"

I have only just seen this utt and yes that is the Joe Tinsley that I mentioned before and he was a loco driver at Springs Branch and when I was about six years old his daughter Barbara took me on a long walk (it seemed like it at the time)to Bamfurlong Sidings where Joe was driving a small steam loco which I suppose was a shunter and he gave me and Barbara a ride on the footplate of the steam engine, which looking back now is something which I can feel very lucky about, I wonder how many people who have seen pictures of Bamfurlong sidings can say they rode on the footplate of a steam loco there,

I am glad to hear that Joe is still going strong, do you know if he still lives in Bamfurlong utt

Posted by: upthetims (6507) Report abuse
apls,i think so but missed Morris street on Thursday so will have to wait till next month to confirm this

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Proud Latics Supporter
I lived at 94 lily lane in the 50s 60s & 70s.My aunt still lives there
The three chippies i remember was Bert Gibbons in Bryn Gates
opposite Jack Wrights, the one facing Corless is shop,Coulton was there name, and the one facing the "TOP"dont remember their names
Regards
Mark

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Being pedantic, it was Sally/Leah/arthur that had the chippy opposite the Bryn Hall. Berts business was selling fish. If you think about it, it wasn't opposite Jack Wrights, but Lloyds...

Posted by: caltermark (595)  Report abuse
Uncle Joe
quite right aunt Leah my god mother did have the chippy,Bert did sell fish and it was LLOYDS
REGARDS
MARK

Posted by: bluesman (246) Report abuse
Hiya Copperhead,
Frank Keenan is alive and well and 81 years old.

Posted by: copperhead (1415)  Report abuse
That's brilliant Phil you couldn't have told me anything better.

Posted by: linda1975 (10) Report abuse
hi does anyone remember the names of the wright twins who lived at the bryn hall pub on bolton rd

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Jack Wright had the pub, I work with his son Ian but I am not aware he is a twin. I can find out if theres anything you want to know.

Posted by: stuartp (97) Report abuse
Ian Wright didnt live at the pub, it was his grandparents, Jack and Margaret, There was 4 daughters 1 son, no twins.

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Sorry I meant to say "Grandson"

Posted by: stuartp (97) Report abuse
No worries, wanner, he must be looking old now Ian lol,,,

Sadly both Jack (john) and margaret have dies, buries at Abram St Johns.

Posted by: elmos (2772)  Report abuse
not from bamfurlong area but bike round it sometime,
but i have to say, this is the friendliest thread i have
been on for a long time.

Posted by: winder (1293)  Report abuse
While we're on about Bamfurlong, does anybody remember Arthur Grundy, he worked at Plank Lane pit and used to do a Disco or summat at Jolly Jacks in the early 1980s.
Some of the young lads at the pit used to call him "the oldest swinger in town", that's when the term "swinger" meant something entirely different to todays meaning.

Posted by: dekker (2) Report abuse
to tina m lynaugh sorry I havent been here for a while and didnt reply as I had lost the password to the account but just found it : ( ... My uncle jimmy was steward at the jolly jacks at one point so you know who we are and I still live in kintbury street altho denise now lives in mum and dads old house ,paul gibbons son of bert now ives in ashton in makerfield near the telephone exchange there ,
So come on now i need to know who you are as am completely lost on this maybe if you say where you lived may be a good clue x and sorry once again for it being so long ...we now have a page on facebook called bamfurlong and bryn gates so if you use facebook add it and Im sure you will bump into loads of people you know there we also need old pictures posting on there if any of you guys have any we would be most grateful.

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Stuartp ...Wrighty now has the grey rinse effect and he's carrying a fair amount of extra timber around these days But I didn't say that

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Is it true that Lloyds (or Jack Wrights, or t'Bryn Hall) has closed and is up for sale?

Posted by: wanner (372) Report abuse
Uncle Joe. I pass Bryn Hall everyday to and from work and it were open today.

Posted by: jack52 (89) Report abuse
My dad said his family lived at the Lump is that classed as bamfurlong.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
No, it was classed as Bryngates. Nowadays, I haven't a clue what they class it as!

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
I lived in bryn street 1961-1963 then moved to bryn hall i parked my bike at bert gibbons when i went to school (abram bryn gates),smalleys conducted my dads funeral in 1969, my grandad had the farm across from maines pit,we moved again in 1970 to downall green then to bryn, four people on this blog know me, who am i.

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
chief57, when you say you lived at bryn hall, do you mean the cottages crippens lane?

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
I've been trying to work out who cheif57 is myself, any clues chief?

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Massumbula so sorry for not answering had trouble with my account , it was the farm at Bryn hall and here's the shocker we played football on the pitch across from Bryn hall pub and we were good friends for a while in the mid to late 60s.

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Uncle joe I did change my surname in 1972 if that helps any.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Doesn't help in the least...I remember that there was a girl that used to park her bike at Bert Gibbons place, in his pen. Thats not you though, is it?

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Uncle joe no me and my younger brother used to park our bikes at Bert gibbons when we came from Bryn hall farm to go to Abram Bryn gates school.

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Uncle joe I think the girl might have been my close friend (then) Sheena Day, who lived in the cottages at Bryn hall.

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Decker hello Dek can you guess who I am.

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Cheif57: I vaguely remember Sheena, didnt she have an older sister that married a lad called Kev? Still dont know hwo you are though. Do you know me?

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Uncle joe yes Irene Married Kevin two other sisters Linda and Margaret a brother Mike, not sure if I know you not much info on ur username.

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse

Posted by: uncle joe (663) Report abuse
Chief57: Are you on the forum section of this site as well?

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Uncle joe: not sure not very computer savi, feel free to advise.

Posted by: Mac (inactive) Report abuse
click this, Chief

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Thanks Mac your a gud un, not to sure about the frozen cheese on a stick though mate ha ha.

Posted by: Mac (inactive) Report abuse
Happy to be of assistance, Ant.

Posted by: massumbula (62) Report abuse
i thought i knew you and am sure now ant, you know another friend of mine with the same fore name, enjoyed those years on the farm , long summer days on the rec too!

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Wigan in Europe "WOW"

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Yes massumbula the name would start with a M wouldn't it, nice t hear from you after all these years.

Posted by: sir bob (7084)  Report abuse
chief57 "can you guess who I am"

Are you awreet Ant

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Sir bob no I can,t guess but please tell.

Posted by: chief57 (66)   Report abuse
Disley

Posted by: sir bob (7084)  Report abuse
I know it's a long time since anyone posted in this topic, but there was a Marion Disley in my class at Bryn Gates Primary School in the 1960's

Posted by: Jazzy (8643)   Report abuse
Sir Bob, my best friend at the age of about 14 was Shelia Disley from Spring View.

She actually saved my life, I walked too close to the edge of a pond and fell in when the edge crumbled. It was deep. I couldn't swim. And she got me out.

We lost touch many years ago, but I do still think of her.

I wouldn't be here without her.

Posted by: sir bob (7084)  Report abuse
Jazzy

Well the Marion Disley I knew lived in Bamfurlong in the 1960's and she was a clever lass, she was always top of class

 
 
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