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Pontefract Memories and Recollections

MORE MEMORIES OF
PRINCE OF WALES TERRACE, PONTEFRACT


by CYNTHIA SMITH

Like my sister I spent my early childhood down Prince of Wales Terrace with my Grandparents Len and May Hill. Granddad's nickname was 'Buck Hill'. He worked at the Prince of Wales colliery for over 47 years. Most of his spare time was occupied with his garden and allotment.

My granddad had bought a hut for my invalid mother to sit in and we girls spent many happy hours playing in the flower garden. He was an enthusiast of pigeon racing and he used to enter his birds for the pigeon races. When his pals came to visit him on his allotment they would sit for hours talking about pigeons and gardening.

It was wartime and we did not have many toys but we did have an old pram which we used to push each other up and down, in the hen run, and two friends of my granddad's built us some swing out of pit props.

At Christmas granddad would sell off his hens. He would sit up all night plucking them and we used the feathers to stuff cushions.

I remember my friends Janet Woodcock, Iris Reynolds, Vola and Billy. When the fair came to visit Pontefract we would always try to attend on the Statis night. We often went to Pontefract Park to paddle in the paddling pool and on one of our visits there my sister Avril cut her foot which required 14 stitches. Not too long after the pool was filled in.

Memories of Prince of Wales Terrace, Pontefract
Cynthia, Janice, Avril and Gerard

Saturday afternoon was to the pictures, either the Alex or the Premier. Attached to the end of the first row of houses was one shop called Willingham's, then Bramilow's. We went there to buy our sweets with money from our Gran. I remember buying Sherbert Dabs, Aniseed Balls. Moscow Toffee and Spanish. My aunt also worked at a sweet factory and she would bring home liquorice allsorts and jellies.

My other granddad was called Thompson and he grew roses which he would take to the Windmill pub on a Sunday and sell them for button holes. My grandma Thompson made pricked rugs and we would help by cutting up old coats and suits into small strips. We did not have the luxury of posh carpets, just lino and rugs.

On Sundays we used tin plates and pots and Grans fruit set for our tea and then it was put away until the following week. Cooking was done on a large range and the fire was never allowed to go out.

I was seven when we moved to Rookhill Road, Chequerfield. They were the first new houses to be built after the war. I attended Willow Park Infants until I was eleven and then moved to the Senior Girls school until I was 15. I remember Chequerfield before they built the shops, pubs and churches. My sister Avril was born in 1950.

My dad returned home from the army but had difficulty settling back into civilian life so he rejoined the services as a chef based at Aldershot.

Some of the families who lived at the Terrace were:

Iris, Billy and Vola Reynolds
Janet and Marion Woodcock
Deidrie, Shaun and Billy
Tilly, Harold and Susan Lancaster
Doreen and Evelyn Jarrot
Susan and Mary Walker
Peter and Jack Robinson
Lilly and George Moiser

Cynthia Smith (nee Thompson)


 

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