BILL POSTER, PONTEFRACT
ADDED 16 SEPTEMBER 2007
It’s strange how just one sentence, or occasionally
just one word, can summon up a whole raft of memories. So it was with me
as I read William Wood’s lively article in the August issue entitled
‘Pontefract Senior Boys and Beyond’.
When Mr. Wood mentioned the Mills and Rockley depot at the top of
Horsefair, Pontefract, and the man who operated from there as a Bill
Poster, I knew at once who that man was. His name was Charles ‘Charlie’
Beale, a tall gaunt figure of a man who was a familiar sight in and
around Pontefract as he trundled around in his quaint Reliant
three-wheeler van complete with ladders, brushes and paste. I believe
the bill poster lived at the depot through the archway mentioned by Mr.
Wood. In about 1934/5, Mr. Beale left Horsefair and bought a plot of
land off Swanhill Lane, Pontefract, and placed a pair of semis on it. He
and his wife Gertrude lived in one of the houses and my parents and I
lived in the other. Schoolboy humour dictated that Mrs Beale was always
known as ‘Gert’, thus leaving out the rude bit!
The Beales had two sons and a daughter. Clifford Beale had a butchery
business in Churchbalk and the other son, Howard, had a hairdresser’s
shop in the large house next to A.P. Smith’s, referred to by Mr. Wood.
The daughter, Peggy, married a milkman called Gordon Wallace and they
lived in Chequerfield Avenue, Pontefract.
Mr. D.G. Clee
Letters Page ] [ Next> ]