| The Clock Tower
- the focal point of Coalville since the late 1800s when a market was held here.
Originally, the area was
called Long Lane, being the very long lane
that ran from Bardon on the road to
Leicester, right across and past Snibston
pit and up the hill towards Hoo Ash Farm and
Ravenstone. The Clock Tower was built in the
early 1920s as a practical memorial to
Coalville's war dead. My memories are of
being dragged around by my mother or
grandma, past endless green-canvassed market
stalls all round to the right of the square,
and quite a few along the left-hand side
behind the bus stops along from the new post
office, just behind that Midland Red bus on
the image below. The bus has probably just
come in from Ashby, and will set down on
that far side, before coming round by the
back of the Tower to its pick-up point for
Leicester, just behind those mounds of
shrubs on the corner.
All traffic went around the
Tower, just as for a very large traffic
island. Buses had their termini on both
sides, and the road where the cars have come
from in the top photo still leads to
Whitwick, dipping down under the railway
bridge that takes what is now just a freight
line on to Ashby. There was a pub on three
corners of the square; two of them are still
on the corners of Belvoir Road behind the
camera, and one to the right on the market
corner. The rest were shops of every kind,
row upon row of those ubiquitous green
canvas window blinds, especially up and down
the main shopping street, Belvoir Road. The
fish n' chip shop just by the Ashby bus stop
was the best for miles around and was one of
the few at that time to sport a 'sit in'
cafe with a few seats for weary passengers
waiting for or changing buses. And just a
little further along down Ashby Rd, who
recalls "Chad's Cafe". It had a sign outside
- of a chad! This establishment was also a
popular haunt of BMMO crews from the depot
down the road. I only very recently
discovered that one of my aunts worked in
that cafe at one time, towards the end of
the war and directly after.
Coleorton Moor, looking north,
past the Angel Inn, c.1955, taken from the
front of what became "Haywood's Cottage".
Rob & Jeff did a lot of their growing up
around here at their grandparent's cottage
on The Moor, especially between dad's RAF
postings and various house moves. This used
to be Arthur Haywood's cottage, famous round
here in the 1950s for his 'left wing views',
illustrated by his placing a huge life-size
carving of a brown bear in the centre of the
front garden. The brown bear was very much a
symbol of Soviet Russia and notorious
murderous leader, Stalin. I wonder where
Arthur was a 'one-off', very much out on the
edge of his family, and always at odds with
them. The wider HAYWOOD family seems to have
come mainly from Griffydam, but the area's
graveyards are littered with the name, from
Breedon in the north, down through
Worthington, Griffydam, Pegg's Green, and
Coleorton itself, to Ravenstone and
Hugglescote in the south, and over to
Thringstone and Shepshed to the east.
Perhaps most of these Haywoods think they're
unrelated - maybe, but the earliest I know
of is a Thomas, b. 1802 in Griffydam.
Does anyone have anything earlier than that?
| Mum's HOLT family were in
Highfield St, Coalville, for most of the 20th
at least from 1910 through to 1972. My grandfather, Harry Holt, was born to a
mining family in Donington le Heath near Coalville, in 1893.
Harry served in both the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire regiments as a Lewis gunner during the very last days of the Great War. He'd signed up into the Leicesters TA in 1911, enlisted for war service on 5th Aug 1914, and was held back on account of his being a miner. By now married with two daughters, he finally got called in May 1918, sent to France in late September and took part in brief battles near Le Cateau along with the 2/Bedfordshires and Royal Fusiliers in early October. He demobbed in January 1919 from the 6th Battalion Northamptonshires. He returned home to his job as a miner at South Leicester Colliery at Ellistown, and had two more daughters, four in all.
This large pencil/charcoal drawing fascinated me when I was a boy.
It hung over the sideboard in the back room at 208 Highfield Street,
right up until he died of pneumonia, caught after a fall in the dark,
ironically during a blackout, during the miners' strike of 1972!
VALERIE . . . a former pupil of Sir
Jonathan North Girls School
on Knighton Lane East, in Leicester.
Val left to pursue a career in floristry in 1967. Worked as a florist for 6 years
at Simpkins & James in Horsefair Street, then Flowercraft in Cank Street,
before we moved to Hull.
ROBERT . . . a former pupil of Crown
Hills Secondary School
on Gwendolen Road in Leicester.
Rob spent most of working life in the bus industry, firstly on Leicester City Transport,
then later on both East Yorkshire Motor Services and Hull City Transport.
Before joining LCT in 1968, worked for a short while at
Simpkins & James, where they first met.
Rob says that Val is his "Aylestone Duck". M'Duck.
Now retired ~~ for sure.
LCT . . 1968 - 1973 || EYMS . . 1973 - 1979 || KHCT . . 1984 - 1993
View this page on the Net with a Side Menu of links?
a very stunted tree
showing where we come from
HILDA SMITH of Aylestone Leicester
HARRY HOLT of
EDITH BENNETT of Sharnford nr Hinckley
THOMAS SWANWICK of Blaby Leicester
ALICE TOWNSEND FRETTER
married Aylestone 1971
our three grand-daughters
ELEANOR MAY - b.
Update to this short table;
The most recent information we currently have on each of our lines:
Arthur HAYWOOD'S grandfather was Josiah, b.Griffydam 1852,
and Josiah's grandfather, Thomas, was also living in Griffydam by 1820,
but where was he from. We think he was born in 1790... but where?
Harry HOLT'S father was b.
Thurlaston, as was his before him, in 1867,
but there is almost no trace of HOLT in Thurlaston - so where were they really from?
Did they hail from Hugglescote in the first place, moving back there from Thurlaston ?
It is surprising how much folks did move about, and occasionally some
returned to their original roots. Perhaps we'll never know.
A temporary collection of some old Holt Family Photos are on this link:
Violetta MANDERFIELD'S family are
connected, back in the 1700-1800's,
to the well-known ORRINGE and CORBETT lines of Shepshed.
Arthur HAYWOOD'S maternal
grandmother was Edith ISON ,
daughter of HENRY HASTINGS ISON , b.1810, and himself a
descendant through his mother of the HASTINGS of Humberstone,
who were of the same HASTINGS family that go back to Ashby and
Kirby Muxloe Castles, and way beyond to the Plantagenet era.
But that is just one line, amongst hundreds. Henry Hastings of Humberstone, born
about 1605, is my 8th greatgrandfather up that direct line, but at that level in
any family tree we all have 64 great-grandparents! And I know nothing
whatsoever about any of the others, so that illustrates perfectly that this particular
'bloodline' is very thin and diluted indeed. At the next level, it is 128, then 256, and so on.
Another four or five generations, and we all have thousands and thousands of
great-grandparents, hailing from just about everywhere in the British Isles,
and a good bit of western Europe too. Few of us are from where we think we're from.
The truth is, we're from just about everywhere ! And when we talk about distant ancestry,
that is only true if all those grandfathers had the fathers they thought they had.
A well-known family history truism is, "don't believe everything you think."
John STEVENS' father and grandfather came from Hinckley and Barwell,
but we now know that prior to that, in the early 1800s, from Enderby and Croft,
with links before that back to Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.
We now have a little more info on the BENNETTS of Sharnford,
Val's branch originally came from North Kilworth, though there is a mystery as to
why so many were called CAVE BENNETT back in the mid-1700's onwards,
around several dozen males of other surnames in the county had the christian name, Cave.
Could this be a similar story to the HASTINGS name above? Are they distantly related, or just grateful tenants.
The SWANWICK family, as far as we
know, were always from Blaby, as we have no
trace prior to 1793.
And the FRETTERS originally came from Spratton and Welford in Northamptonshire,
with connections to many of the villages thereabouts; Brixworth, Cold Ashby, Naseby, etc.
Recent information from a LRFHS member
suggests that the SMITH family of
Aylestone may well
have also hailed from Northamptonshire, in the village of Ruston.
There is a strong possibility that my SMITH Aylestone family knew Val's FRETTER Aylestone family -
the 1881 Census shows their back gardens were adjacent. I wonder if they got on okay?
AYLESTONE ST ANDREWS
Recommended ! A good history of the church,
plus many more photos, also a
Virtual Tour, and Panorama of the interior,
Parish Groups, Scouts, etc, and links
to other Aylestone churches. Excellent Site!!
Sutton & Wawne
in Sutton on Hull, East Yorkshire
Family History, and links to War Memorials, etc, plus
the excellent and acclaimed Resource Centre within the
museum hosted inside the Old School,
with more records & family history resources
than you can shake a stick at.
The Royal Society of St George
Patron : H M The Queen
See what Englishness is all about,
and why it's under threat.
THE HUMBER CAR MUSEUM
Sorry, site now defunct. Collection to be sold.
It's not generally known even in Hull, but the founder
of the famous marque of HUMBER CARS actually lived
in the town for a time. This link used to take you to one
of Hull's gems, the largest working collection of these
superb cars anywhere in the world.
with the passing of Tim Airey in 2006,
this site has long closed, but some of it
can still be accessed through the fantastic
WAY BACK MACHINE ,
a superb archive of old sites going back several years.
See more information on Home Page.
WAR DEAD INDEX
- a list of all the city's 1,280
or so civilian casualties of the Hull Blitz;
a terrible archive, and a record of one city's price
for its north-east coast location.
LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
one of the best family history sites on the whole of the web -
BOMB MAPS OF HULL -
Grid of all 16 maps -
in a 4x4 grid, take 2.28 Mb of space
links to the index above, showing the actual location
and type of enemy bombs during five years of war
Good quality photographs of
LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND CHURCHES
Dozens of churches now listed,
this well-laid out site is growing nicely.
HULL'S GARDEN VILLAGE
its history; the new houses,
war damage, and 2007 Flood,
and lots more to do with East Hull.
Lots of excellent photos,
a real flavour of the area.
the Leicestershire Legend of
a wonderfully told tale linking local legend with
actual history. So, why DID King Richard lose his
crown on Bosworth Field? And what's the connection
with Donington Manor? Kids will love this.
THE STORY OF A HOUSE
in Hull during the Blitz
Our house - and the unfolding story of the
unfortunate family that first bought it in 1934,
and the tragedy of total war.
The GPO War Dead Memorial - Hull
A link from the family above, as their daughter
worked for the GPO, and is named on the memorial
as the only civilian, and the only 'Miss'.
A UK PHOTO RESOURCE
GEOGRAPH ORG UK
run by the Ordnance Survey -
a brilliant resource of photos of just about
every map grid square in the country!
Dozens of photos of all towns -
lots of both Hull and Leicester.
This is the one we've been waiting for.
See these superb
CITY OF DERBY PHOTOS
by Andy Savage.
Over 800 photos of the city,
and Derbyshire towns and villages,
and some in Staffs and Leicestershire too.
Would that Leicester had a site only half as good!
The Music Education Council
- we're strong believers in the re-establishment
of music education in schools.
For those that feel as strongly, this needs your support.
Marriages & Deaths
A free index concentrating on Yorkshire only,
superb to navigate, with BM&D registrations since 1837,
and in many cases, up to the 1950's.
The Whos-Who of Radical Leicester
--- an excellent site by Ned Newitt
The other side to Leicester's history that I should have taken more notice of when at school.
I have a grandfather listed on here.
WHO'S-WHO of RADICAL LEICESTER
"This site is about the many people who have been involved in the continuing struggle for social justice in the Leicester area. It aims to provide a short biography of those individuals who tried, in some way, to improve the life of their fellow citizens. I hope that this site can remind us of their contribution and tell us something of the issues they faced and the obstacles they had to overcome." Ned Newitt
| TWO SONNETS
My father, the late Norman Haywood of
the RAF pages, had two brothers, both
now sadly deceased. One, my late Uncle
Don, was an unpublished poet, who also
served in the RAF, and later worked at
Snibston and Lount pits before a
lifetime of service with Severn-Trent
I have placed a few of his lines below;
'Sonnets from the Edge of War'
as a memorial to all those of his and my father's generation,
who spent much of their childhood 'down the shelters',
or otherwise deprived and disadvantaged by war.
Born in 1930, Don's
memories are of the events in and
around Gough Road, in Leicester,
during those years of the blitz. It is
a sobering fact that today's youth
would not, could not, put up with as
much. Is this how it was for you?
These lines quite moved me when I
first read them. What did my Mum and
her sisters think, as a 10-year old,
as she stood at the bottom of her
father's Coalville garden and watched
the glow in the sky over the fields as
Coventry burnt, some 25 miles away?
|Sonnets from the Edge of War|
During WWII, city children in their last year at school were allowed to volunteer to pick potatoes and supplement the deflated workforce to garner this vital harvest.
bread , but with a scrape
wraithes of steam unfurl
END OF PAGE
* * *