A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
ADDED 25 JANUARY 2006
I received the Pontefract Digest, issue six, I have now got all the
rest. In the photograph of Love Lane School, 1932, I had a shock when I
saw my photo in it as Beatrice Evans. I could not recall four of the
pupils depicted but I knew all the others. I wonder how many of those
girls are still around?
in 1920 I have lived in Pontefract all my life. I am now 85 years old
and have been housebound since suffering a stroke over five years ago.
was taking a look through my souvenirs the other day and I came across
the Pontefract Almanac Yearbook for 1933. It cost 3d and it’s now a
bit fragile but it makes very interesting reading. It has everything in
it. There is a map with the name of every street and the names of all
the pubs. One grocery, the posh one, Vaux Brothers, sold coffee beans
and they were ground into powder and the smell used to waft out into the
town. The aroma was out of this world.
could buy a new house for £450 from the local building society. The
deposit was £25 and payments were then 11s per week for a term of 19
years, after which the house was your own. There are 163 pages in the
Almanac – all full of interesting facts.
letter in the Digest, from a family in Australia, asked about their
hometown and about the number of pubs it contained. At one time there
was 52 though many are now no more. I have a little tale to tell which
might interest her and your other readers:
Hood and his Merry Men went on a pub crawl. Setting out from the New
Inn, they met a Green Dragon, a Red Lion and an Elephant. In a field
there was a Windmill and a Woodman. One man met a girl in the Rose and
Crown and she took him for a drink of Pineapple juice. For a joke he
rang a ‘Blue bell’ and was then chased by a Greyhound and a Fox. To
escape he took a leap at Nevison and ran back to the United Kingdom.
After visiting most of the pubs he was drunk and ended up in the Horse
Vaults where he drowned his sorrows.
25 January 2006
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