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i am reading "Memoirs of A Yorkshire Boyhood" by Bruce Haywood, published by XOXOX books in 2007, which I picked up by chance on ebay. My own father was born in 1916 in Allerton Bywater, (he died in 2001) a few years before Bruce, and I have recently been investigating the area and his past life as I myself now live not far away in Sheffield, Yorkshire and quite often go to nearby Kippax and Allerton Bywater, of which I have photographs too.

I was delighted to read of a childhood that must have been so similar to that of my own father. My grandparents and great grandparents all lived and worked there, down the mines, and lived at 38 Hollinhurst, rows of miners' cottages which are still there to this day. Some members of the family married at St Mary the Low in Allerton Bywater and some were buried at St Mary's Kippax, a lovely old Norman church. Grandpa seems to have had several siblings, although my father was an only child and when he lost his mother at 14 in 1930 to cancer, he moved south to live with his aunt. I assume I must have some long lost relatives somewhere, descendants of those other great uncles and aunts,, although my father never mentioned them. I imagine he did not want to go back to the place, but it is interesting to read that Bruce describes that it was such a close and closed community if you did escape they didn't want you back, not the other way round.

My Great Aunt Minnie, my maternal grandmother's sister, lived in Brigshaw Lane as a child, just up the road from Bruce's home in Preston Road, in a house called Woodlands, ie No 14. Her father was Hedley Ward, also a miner. She married the son of the caretaker of Birstall Church, who went to Oxford, fought in WWI and became a teacher in Southampton. They are all gone now but I would love to be able to ask them about their life in those early years. My father Leslie Haines went to University in Birmingham, became a civil engineer, and worked for the Severn River Authority all his life. I now wonder if a childhood spent by the River Aire influenced his career choice?? That area is now an RSPB nature reserve.

If you could pass on this to his family, I would love to hear from them, because Bruce's book is giving me such insights into my own family history and how my father's childhood would probably have been.

Best wishes in their sad loss

Jill Lauriston, nee Haines.
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