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April 9th 2013
09:39:55 AM
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Andy Chapman

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As a Pontefract boy born and bred, i would like to point out that there is a facebook page dedicated to our town. It is \"memories of Pontefract\". There are people there who have moved across the globe but still like to come and reminisce, share their thoughts and post pictures etc... on this page. If anyone reading this would like to take a look, you never know, there could be something just for you. Catch up with people you may not have seen for many years, see the town as it once was, and as it is now. I have met and caught up with old school friends from my infant school days..
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memories-of-Pontefract/450496541693216

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March 21st 2013
05:06:14 PM
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Andy Chapman

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Hello,
I have recently started a \"memories of Pontefract\" community page on facebook.. It\'s there for anyone to use, upload pictures, reminisce etc... I\'m Pontefract born and bred, started out in 1963 in a house at the end of Orchard head lane, Spital Hardwick end.. Moved around 1969 to Highland close on the Dandy Mill estate, then in 1975/76 ish, moved to Carleton Road by the railway bridge. My grand father was manager of the slaughter house on waterlane for many years prior to his ill health stopped him in 1970 ish.. I have a lot of history with the town, and memories of certain places. My decade of rememberance will be the late 60s and through the 70s, but all and everything, whatever anyone has to offer, is more than welcome on the facebook \"memories of Pontefract\" page. Please feel free to take a look and hit the like button, your own input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..

Andy...

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December 2nd 2012
06:52:37 AM
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Kate van Dyck

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hello
we are trying to trace history of the railways being built in the area in the 1800's. Great Great Grandfather, William Thornton was a Contractor and most of his children were born at various villages along the track. Does anyone know of any really early photo's? Have searched but nothing seems to be available pre 1930's. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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June 28th 2012
03:40:13 PM
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linda le friec (brace)

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i was born at tanshelf, i will be 60 this year

   
May 24th 2012
08:09:12 AM
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Christine Slattery (Nee Briggs)

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Australia

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Does anyone have any old photos of Pontefract Secondary Modern girls school class photos from 1966 to 1969

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February 18th 2012
10:46:30 PM
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Pete Rhodes

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Was Brought up in Pontefract and later Womersley. Moved out of Yorkshire in 1973. Would be interested in anyone who knows me making contact. Went to the Kings school. Worked on the Footplate from Normanton Railway Shed.. Later joined the fire service and spent time at Castleford, Pontefract, Rothwell , St Elmsall, Goole and Selby Fire Stations. Now live in Cornwall
E Mail address ConnorRP@aol.com

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February 1st 2012
02:34:03 AM
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Lois Huemer

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Can anyone tell me please if Northumberland House (where the Robson family lived) is still there?
Many thanks,
Lois

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July 25th 2011
11:29:35 PM
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Geoff Kerr

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A query about buses. Older readers will remember bus service 70 which ran from Upton via Wombwell to Sheffield and was operated by Yorkshire Traction and Sheffield Joint Omnibus Committee.

Upton seems an odd place to terminate such a long service but, at some time, there was a plan to extend the route to Pontefract, which would have involved South Yorkshire Motors in the operation. This never happened but does anyone know more?

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July 3rd 2011
11:15:31 PM
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John Bucknall

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Re: St Joseph's First Communion Picture circa 1950 (more like '51).

David Knapman was right - it was me! I think the "lad" next to Bobby McKenna was Clive Pocklington. I live in London now but get back several times a year to see relatives.

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January 12th 2011
08:07:56 PM
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Amanda Stock

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I wonder if anyone could help me get in touch with Jack Downing, the author of an article written in 2007 titled "Growing Up in Baghill, Pontefract".
In it he writes that he helped deliver milk for Mr Cawthorne.
The Cawthornes of Baghill were my ancestors, so I would like to know whether he has any other memories of them.
I hope that someone can help.
Regards
Amanda

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December 3rd 2010
11:23:46 PM
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yvonne mckenna

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inmy family research for McInulty I noticed family of this name in Pontefract,if anyone knows of Mcinulty,s originating in West Lothian scotland I would appreciate information,yvonne351@hotmail.co.uk thank you

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June 25th 2010
10:11:34 PM
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Ian Thurley

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Before the war my Grandfather was a clerk at the South Yorkshire Bus co. After the war, whilst no longer working at the South Yorkshire he did buy his cars from South Yorkshire Motors (a Ford dealership) in Pontefract. Does anyone have any photos of the garage?

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March 4th 2010
01:53:07 AM
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Ann Frain nee(Marshall)

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Hi all you Pomfreicians,
I lived in Waterloo Avenue,Church Balk, till I was 18 then I went to work on South Yorkshire Buses as a clippy, where I met Mick Frain ,I moved to Willow Park for a short time till I got married to Mick and got our first home in Carlton Glen ,18 Coltsfoot Close.The Glen I just been built then that was back in April 1969. We only stayed there a couple of years and then got a house on Cobblers Lane Est,
5 Sycamore Green, where we lived for the next 10 years, then we moved to buy our first home in Knottingley where we still live today, Knottingley was just not HOME to us Ponte folk, took us a few years to settle in.

Life in Waterloo was fun as I recalls a kid, all friends we would play out in street till it got dark in summer time, playing skipping, nigs, whip n top, hoola hoop or just taking ya mam's washing line down and cutting a length off it fasten to gate posts and wolla! A swing take a cushion from house to sit on cos the rope used to cut into ya legs, hahaha.

Linda Walters and her sister Maureen were my friends at the time,
Susan Westerman was another friend remembers we used to play in her air raid shelter; they seemed to stay there for ever. Next door lived Roebucks, and other side live Haigs, they had a parrot that swore like hell and a monkey that jumped on ya head when you went in,hehehe

Their daughter Doreen Gaskil and her 2 daughters Carol and Freda lived with them, I used to play with them lots too, other friends were Rosemary & Hazel Holland, there was a family next door to them called Wilson’s, they had 2 daughters Erica and Susan, Jean Horbry lived a few doors up street from me, and Eccles lived at top of street in the snicket, Jennifer and Clarice, and Joe seem to be all I recall,Barry Walker I remember he lived across top of street, as did Feildhouse's,Eileen and Jean Heyton was another couple of friends, they lived next door to the Walters,
Terry (Tinder) Tye lived next door to them, and then was Mrs Simms her son Eric is all I remember from there, then after they moved house Joyce Blackmore moved in, with her younger sisters Ann , Susan Kirk and her Brother Jack Kirk, Ann and I was to become great friends, we worked together and went out together, Muriel Baxter was a good friend, we worked together at Dunhills and then on to Wendy Wools, Wool Mill at Guisley,for more money?holly cow what a place that was, hahaha
Mrs Atkinson with her husband and brother had the little shop at end of our street, I just had to jump over our back fence and I was into the playing field that led onto Harewood Avenue.

I went to willow park juniors and willow park senior girls then the school moved and we took over the Seniors Boys school in back Northgate. I recall vividly being bullied by Robert Ponsenby (Harewood Avenue) for ages he used to chase me home from willow park juniors most nights, wonder if he remembers grrrrrr he made my life hell for a while. And Kathleen Sherburn she also bullied me, but I do remember turning on her and that was my first ever fight and my last.!!!

At the senior girls school my best friend was June white, she moved away to Canada and I lost contact with her. Tries to recall a few of girls from seniors.......
Antia Swan, Cathrine Newsome, Norma Ward,Sylvia ?Renee and Vanda Mashonis, Kathrine Tilly, Susan Hill, Susan Hames,
God! My memory as gone, (old age) I'll properly remember me all when I close this.

Miss Calder was (head teacher), thinks now of teachers names.........
Miss Smith (English) Mrs Wadsworth (needlework)Miss Sugget or was it Sutcliff? (Cookery) Miss Pickard also(cookery) Miss Hall (biology) Miss Prichard (PE) I still see her about town and hell she looks younger than me , hahaha Mrs Wilson( history)Miss France (music)that’s about all I can recall, if anyone remembers any of the others or the girls names It would be great if any of you could email me.
shyann49@googlemail.com

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February 7th 2010
09:38:02 PM
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DIANE TOOVEY

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i'm currently trying to trace my family history to Pontefract. MY great grandfather was harry frederick o'leary who died in ww1. he was brother to AGW O'Leary i believe related to sedgwick. can anyone help?

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December 30th 2009
09:03:14 PM
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paul waddington

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Just seen 2 pictures of my dad ( ken Waddington ) on the 1949 youth club pictures. My dad sadly died when i was 11 ( in 1981....only 51 years old ).His wife ( Pat ) is well and living in Swillington. My dads brother Derek died just a few months back. His wife and family still live in Australia.
Thanks for the pictures,
Paul Waddington.

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September 9th 2009
02:33:59 PM
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sue

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my relatives were living at 6 Gundells Yard, Pontefract in 1913. Anyone ever heard of Gundells Yard. Apparently the Gundells were a large family in Pontefract and had a licquorice works and gas works. Tried Ponte library, wake met, wake history group - no luck. Hope someone can help.

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August 10th 2009
12:46:01 PM
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frances denise mitchell

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miss pontefract even though been away nearly 30years - went to pontefract girls school up until 1978 - loved time there especially remember pontefract castle loved the history of it - all my children grown upo now and have 3 grandchildren - also divorced so now is me time - going to uni in september to become a history teacher -

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May 26th 2009
01:30:09 PM
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Rebecca Shaw

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I just want to say a big thankyou for looking after my grandad who died on the 13th april 2009 (John shaw)
he died of terminal cancer (prostate)

A BIG THANKYOU X

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October 13th 2008
04:15:47 AM
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Maria Hearl nee Coxhead

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It was great to type in my father's name, Joseph Coxhead, into yahoo and come up with the article written by Cliffe Lambert in February last year. My father had told us many stories about life as a teacher in Pontefract and life as a prisoner of war but the radio story was a new one for me.

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August 9th 2008
10:58:53 PM
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Lawrence Buck

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Further to my letter in this guest book, I realise that I did not give any indication of how to be contacted. my E mail address is lolbuck@googlemail.com and I would be delighted to hear from anyone who may remember me. I notice that the house where I was born is still standing,no. 6 Richmond Terrace Northgate I understand that when the bus station was built there was some uncertainty as to whether Richmond Terrace and Richmond Avenue would be demolished, but a housing organisation took charge of them and had them modernised. We moved from Richmond Terrace in (about) 1934 to Kingsway, Ladybalk we were amongst the first tennants there the houses were built and sold by Horners builders Northgate, and cost £350.00 !!! I still remember the excitement of our brand new "semi" with garden, electric lighting, hot water on tap, and an indoor toilet/bathroom. I would love to have a natter with anyone of this "era"
Lawrence (Lawrie) Buck (0113 2710759)

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