Wonder if anybody knows about the gypsy camp from long ago down in "brick hollows " Marshalls fair use to winter there an certain familys use to pull in on there till season started up agen. To my knowing, brick hollows was on way to gas works an where haulage firm is now, across road from Pickards hardware place.--clogger--
The fair people liked to be called, 'Travelers' or showmen I think. One of the family related to Marshalls had to take up normal residence and come of the road because of a family/health reason. They then became known as, 'flatties', though the guy himself did not know why that name was given to them.
Does anyone remember the Fair which was oppersite the Ritz Cinema during the War I seem to remember that it was covered by tarpolin sheets as it was in a space which I think may have been somewhere near what was later a car show room ? Angler
It was run by the Church family of travelling showmen who are not Gypsies. I have a long standing friendship with some members of the family. They rented the site from the owners & occupied it each winter during the war also using it as a parking site for storing equipment not being travelled at the time. They operated their Speedway & other equipment on the site & also had a Flying Chairs ride which may not have been operated in what was called a 'black out' fair. Members of the Church family still travel to fairs around the area and are responsible with members of the Marshall organisation for presenting fairs in Keighley.
I well remember the Church family running the annual fair at Haworth in the old railway yard on Station Road. There were a couple of brothers about my age and we got to know each other. I am talking now about the late 1940s/early 50s. Clogger also mentioned them to me recently. Cheers.
Church,r fair did come to haworth in old station yard longside o that hand operated crane they had there, i was always told that was used for onloading blocks from jaggers quarry onto flatbeds for takin down to sawyard in keighley, maybe sean will know for sure ? When stone came down from jaggers which is now car an coach park up behind old hall the horses had to take the loads down bridgehouse lane an to stop horses bein pushed forward an killed by the heavy loads they used steel slippers that they put under wheels o cart ( like open wedges ) an by time they got to bottom o hill they were that hot they pulled em out wi a strrl hook an threw em into horse trough tool cool an picked em up on there way back. I know Church fella your on about Bill an a reel nice chap he is too but its the gypsy families i was interested in down in village, me g grandads wagon was burned down there when he died an i know some o families who was down there but thought there might a been records for others of em, i know that on old records they was put down variously as general deelers, vagrants, marine store deelers , strangers, wardrobe deelers an o course gypsies an there names was wrote down accordin to how the clerk or whoever at the time felt fit. Probably a long shot an i know most o there history was by word o mouth an not written down but somebody might know, ok, cheers ---clogger---
I well remember the Jaggers saw in the lower quarry, running during the day, you could hear it all over Haworth. I do remember also the steam crane they had at Dimples, that ran along the edge of that very deep part of the quarry.
The fair was still coming to that part of the station property right up to the new fire station being built (the old fire station was on Bell Isle you will remember) and the old crane in the station was still there but for the life in me I can't remember it being used.
Hi John, an next to the ol fire station was the mortury, i remember as lads goin past there an the marmalade men had that little wagon wi the bow shaped slidin doors outside there an theyed been takin all the leftovers from inside an the blood was running out from the back corner where whee was down in camber, we put a spurt on then to get to school. Theres another one o them little cranes down at oakworth station , i wonder if thats the one from haworth ? Do ya remember Maces bein up at west end quarry, that was a deep hole an lads use to go down there in a box on the crane or if there was just one he,d put his foot in hook an go down holdin on to rope, no health an safety stuff then eh. I walked round at 7 o,clock other mornin an round west end then past Penistone quarry an on to dimples which was jagger top oyle i got some nice frogspawn up on moor for a wildlife pond an the whole surface was movin with em ---clogger---
Nice memories of Haworth. We used to collect frog spawn from on ' goyt.
Just for the record, we started a pond in the garden 25 years ago and used water from the beck to start the wild life process. We have frogs in there now and sometimes get toad spawn and one year newts.
Hi John, when we got married the first place we lived was ont,goyt, i built a bridge from steel piles an railway sleepers an dragged a trailer over it day before weddin an set it up on a strip o land longside o haworth railway, there were plenty water voles an dippers even kingfishers up an down,t beck then, happy days .---clogger---
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