MONKHILL RAILWAY STATION
ADDED 23 MARCH 2006
the pictures in the March Digest by of Pontefract Monkhill Railway
Station by Peter Cookson brought back happy memories of my father-in-law
who worked at Monkhill Station for many years. I can picture him now,
laughing and joking with everyone. He was well known in Pontefract,
driving his ‘Cob’ with a big container fixed on the back, delivering
to Dunhills and around the town before it was pedestrianized, and to
Muscrofts where I think they bottled the beer, (I believe it was where
Argos is now). It was said he could turn the Cob round on a sixpence! I
am enclosing a copy of a picture taken by the Pontefract and Castleford
Express receiving his long service medal and a gold pocket watch. He
also got medals for safe driving!
father, James Edward Briggs, worked at Monkhill also, as a railway
policeman and I believe he manned the signalbox at sometime. Arthur
Briggs my father-in-law is second on the left of the photograph. I
remember all the men with him but I can’t remember their names or the
name of the Mayor – maybe some of your readers will. I am also
enclosing a copy of the certificate of the occasion.
response to your ‘Stars of Stage and Screen’ feature, I would like
to see a photograph of James Mason who I admired when I was very young.
I joined his fan club when I was about eleven years old. I also greatly
admired Janet Gaynor.
also thought that you and your readers might be interested to know that
Vivian Leigh, who was featured in the February edition of The Digest,
had connections with Pontefract – her great-grandfather was a Hartley
(a gentleman of Pontefract) – whose solicitors offices are still down
23 March 2006
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