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Messages - Ray T

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Sorry, no. Nailcote Hall looks to be a Tudor building which has suffered the typical black and white treatment popular in Victorina times whereas the building under discussion is typicall for buildings built around 1910.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Word Comparison
« on: Sunday 19 September 21 22:33 BST (UK)  »
Could they both be Mckern? (Although I don’t see a “c”.)

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Saturday 18 September 21 18:11 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for than Maureen - definitely him. I’ve been looking on and off for several years.

Binnersley seems to be one of those names which either gets changed or mis-heard. I have one branch which moved from Shropshire to Wolverhampton and for some inexplicable reason consistently used the name “Billingsley”.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Saturday 18 September 21 15:03 BST (UK)  »
I was looking at t’other end of Back Piccadilly - near the Rochdale canal - where Elizabeth and the girls lived.

Theres a famous film in the archives somewhere, taken from the Tibb Street end of several people struggling to breathe and waiting to be rescued whilst Woolworths burned. That and the mention of Yates’s reminds me of the time somebody threw a petrol bomb into the wine lodge and, before it had time to go off, somebody had drunk it!

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Saturday 18 September 21 11:12 BST (UK)  »
In case anyone's interested in "Back Piccadilly" you'll find it just SW of centre here - https://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/detail/maps002~1~1~338859~123079:%3Ca-rel=-license--href=-http---creat?sort=reference_number%2Ctitle - that was in 1945 and, looking at Google earth, much of it is still there but, alas, not the house Elizabeth Kennedy lived in.

The night soil men were known in these parts as the "Midnight Mechanics" and, so I'm told, they emptied the cans of waste into a large tank on the back of a wagon. The story goes that, one night, one of them was seen leaning over with his hand in the tank and his mate asked what he was doing? "I've dropped me jacket" came the reply. "Well, you won't be for wearing that again" said his mate. "I know" came the reply. ".... but me dinner's in t'pocket".

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Friday 17 September 21 17:02 BST (UK)  »
There were 4 of them at that address and another 3 two doors away. Other pages have other "euphomisms".

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Friday 17 September 21 13:09 BST (UK)  »
It’s one of the many processes in felt hat manufacturing and involves rolling freshly made wet felt between blankets in order to shrink it. The factory had a machine to do it but never used it.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 22:56 BST (UK)  »
I digress- on a 1950’s / 60’s show,  A sagger maker’s bottom knocker ——it was something like “ Guess my line”, unusual occupations.
That one was to do with the potteries ,a sagger being something to do with unfired pots,and a frame they were transported on to the kilns.
Any clarification welcome.
Viktoria.

http://www.thepotteries.org/bottle_kiln/saggar.htm

My grandfather was a “planker”.

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The Common Room / Re: New Series of WDYTYA
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 22:53 BST (UK)  »
I’ve heard of Ed Balls and Judi Dench. I have no particular wish to ever hear about the rest.

“Celebrity” - a person who is famous for being famous!

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