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Pontefract Years in Focus 1950

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1950s

PONTEFRACT IN 1950

13th January 1950 - A REMARKABLE TOWNSMAN
Once upon a time, an old shop with a steep gable commanded the junction of Front Street and Crab Hill, Pontefract. From its old rectangular window, an assortment of jars, bowls, ewers and gaily-coloured teapots looked out across a strip of cobbled stones upon the world that was Pontefract. Above the door, a white lettered notice board announced ‘Joseph Bullock, Licensed Hawker, Dealer in glass, china, Built 1540.’ [ ] more..

10th February 1950 - CURATES PONTEFRACT BRIDE
A sequel to a wartime romance which began in Italy in 1944 was the wedding at the Pontefract Parish Church, yesterday week, of Miss Emily Hartley, only child of Mr. and Mrs R. Hartley, of Watergate, Pontefract, and the Reverend Paul Lowndes Strictland, the elder son of Mrs and the late Mr. C.C. Strickland, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. [ ] more ..

14th April 1950 - FREAK WEATHER FOR EASTER
People in the Pontefract and Castleford districts have become so accustomed to warm and sunny Easters in recent years, that the weather which attended the first general holiday of 1950 was something of a shock. [ ] more..

8th September 1950 - CAR FOR DISABLED EX-SOLDIER
After he was badly wounded at El Alamain in 1942, Ronald Horbury, of Waterloo Avenue. Pontefract, spent six or seven years in hospitals. Back home for 18 months, he has been able to go out only in an invalid chair. Now, however, he has his own 8hp car, the gift of the Ministry of Pensions. [ ] more..

10th November 1950 - NINE FOR REMEMBRANCE
There are still a few people, in this metallic 20th century, who develop a casual cough and a moist eye when a military band swings down the street. I did not see weeping when the band came through Market Place, Pontefract, on Sunday, but I confess to a sort of lump in my throat myself. [ ] more..

15th December 1950 - REGENCY GRACES IN PONTEFRACT
Even in the greyness of age, Micklegate House, Pontefract, graces it yet over Horsefair, with an air of Georgian distinction. As we traverse its substantial frontage, we may sigh for the palmy days of this house and the broad avenue which was Pontefract’s pride, the days that it reigned over a score of mansions and elegant carriages waited at every door. [ ] more..


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1930's


 

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