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Monthly Photographs 2008

Photo of the month

Each month a picture will be displayed from our extensive collection (George Berry Collection) or from friends of the WLHG.  If you have any memories of the places or people in the photographs please e-mail us and tell us.  Alternatively, if you have any photographs and would be willing for them to appear here, please send them and I will oblige.

Obviously Alan Hall in a pram race.  Any further details gratefully received.


The photograph of the pram race.

The man on the right was my dad... George Wyld and my grandad (known locally as Lobby) is in the pram.

You will remember the family quite well..... we all played together many times in the Dicken


Linda Brammer



Here are a few names to those faces

Top row left to right

Stuart Maiden, Susan Hall, Robert Biggin, ???, Gary France, Morag Gorley, Maxine Smith.

Second row

Sylvia Webster, ???, Alan Brain, ??? Elizabeth Durr, John Hinds, ???

Third Row

Lynette Wardle, Stella Hobson, ???, ???, Barbara White, Linda Wyld(me), Lyn Greaves, Vicky Howell.

Bottom row

Bernard Kimber, ???, ???. Susan Baker, Nigel Sternberg, Susan? , John Webster, David Sissons, Stephen Holmes


Best wishes and keep up the good work

Linda Brammer nee Wyld


Missing names

Top Row

Ian Whapplington

Second Row

Mrs Ellis, (Sylvia Plummer?), Christopher Medcalf, Wright?

Third Row

Joan Ashley, Yvette Shepherd

Bottom Row

Alan Crossland, Susan Margetts,


I happened to fall over your web-site on the net and came across the photo on November 2008.
I would like to confirm the names .
Ian Wapplington is next to me on the back row and Robert Wright (Frak) son of the then colliery manager is far right on the second row.
It is Sylvia Plummer next to Joan Ellis.
The front row is Bernard Kimber , Alan Crossland and I think Ian Mawby

Best Regards
Rob Biggin


Steam Engines at Gypsy Hill.
Bedfords Shop.  No longer a shop but looking in much better order

I included this picture to see if anyone can help with a recent enquiry.  Are the mechanics of the pump wood or metal?  Although the spout is metal, the operating handle is wood?

I included this one as it is rather topical for me as it currently looks quite different after  a tragic accident.  Also one of our recent Lowestoft visitors went up there and asked what the 'aircraft landing lights' were as you enter the top side of the site.  After a recent visit I now realise that the 'landing lights' are the remains of the stanchions holding up the Dutch barn in the foreground, the roof of which is no longer there.  (They do look like landing lights!)
The old mill on Mill lane.  I understand some people fought to save it at the time, but they sadly lost!



This May picture is a good view of old Whitwell from one end of the High Hill, with the old mill in the  far right background and the  Miners Welfare, then fairly newly built on the left horizon.  I started my membership of the County Library  when it was held in the "Welfare"  and it was also the venue on Tuesday nights for visiting concert parties  organised by ENSA (Entertainments for National Service ) about the end of the war, ostensibly to keep up morale, they said when I returned briefly to Whitwell

Jim Buckingham


I sent your pic to my brother  NoŽl, in the USA. (He was born 1934,so he has memories of this era) I hope his reply (enclosed) is of some help.


Yvonne Trachy


They are early 'aircraft spotters'. They have arm bands and lapel badges and appear to be in a bunker. All the early war 'part time volunteers' had to make do with just arm bands and lapel badges for identification. Such as;- fire watchers, ARP, Firemen, Special Constables, Home Guard etc. Some working in industries critical to the war effort, were also issued lapel badges. I have dads Railway service badge. He was also 'volunteered' to be a fire watcher.

Spotters and the home guard were issued uniforms later in the war.

There was a spotters post on the top of Sunnyside.

The instrument is a sight that swivels both horizontally and vertically. When the spotters sighted on an incoming enemy aircraft they reported its horizontal and vertical angles (at their location) to area control, along with it's direction of travel. With several such reports the aircrafts location, height, and route could be calculated.

This is the late Arthur Websters property on Malthouse Row.  If this shot were taken today it would be of the Chemist in the Square.
These pictures were kindly sent in by Lynne Bradley.  The lady in front of the Coop is Doris Lawson of Colliery Row who worked there.
Front row seated far left - as you view the photo - is Walter Buckingham (Walt Buck) who lived on Mill Crescent in the "Bottom Ring" No.29.  Front row far right seated is Charles (Wag) Gee who lived at No. 34 Mill Crescent.  Charlie Gee was my uncle, son of Daniel Gee who died in the first world war and is recorded on the war memorial, nephew of Reg Gee, joiner and undertaker, who lived in The Square "Gee's Cottage" with the pump outside. His grandfather Daniel Gee of Milroy Cottage, Mason St. was in an earlier photo.

Hilary Estrada-Haigh

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