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Yorkshire (West Riding) / Angel, Paddock, Huddersfield
« on: Wednesday 13 October 21 14:42 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know if the immediate area around the Angel pub Paddock at Paddock Head was/is referred to as Angel. In the way that locally even very small areas and neighbourhoods often have their own old names.
Haven't managed to see anything on online old maps.
I recall seeing reference to the Angel pub in 1855, maybe not the one we knew in more recent years, now closed.
I know there is one other old building nearby which has the angel name.
Thanks in advance for any info.

The Common Room / Re: Dorizac Family in England - Name Origin?
« on: Monday 14 June 21 14:49 BST (UK)  »
There is small town/village called Donzac, near Agen south of Bergerac in S/W France. Maybe a link?

The Common Room / Re: Dorizac Family in England - Name Origin?
« on: Saturday 12 June 21 20:52 BST (UK)  »
Place names ending in -ac are very common in mid-and South- Western France. By connection, it could appear in surnames.

When in London I try to visit the memorial near St Paul's to London fire brigade members who lost their lives in WW2.
The female fire fighters are listed, too. I hope that your great aunt is commemorated there.What a brave and lovely lady she must have been.

The front at the top certainly seems to have that frazzled look you used to get after using old-style curling tongs. If used carelessly, they caused hair to become singed and frizzy. Maybe that happned and some bits had to be cut off.
Possibly, it was an attempt to create the front and side curls like the Queen had at the time. Just possible that the longer hair at the back is tightly pulled back and up out of sight.
( I can still recall the smell of burnt hair from when in the early 1950's my mother used to try to put some curl into my very thick, straight hair, using old metal tongs which were heated in the fire. Not having curly, doll-like hair was one of the many failings that I was judged to have as a child. Having hair so thick that ribbons would not stay in, was another!)

The Lighter Side / Re: Wesleyballs or wesselbobs
« on: Sunday 27 December 20 09:08 GMT (UK)  »
Spice/ "sparse" definitely still used in 1950's Holmfirth for sweets.
"Fair" and "right" meaning very still used today.
"Starved" meaning very cold and a bit miserable as in "tha looks  fair starved through, lass"

The Lighter Side / Re: Wesleyballs or wesselbobs
« on: Saturday 26 December 20 21:05 GMT (UK)  »
Arthurk, thanks for guiding me to the Hudds Glossary.
What a treat!
Just checked that it includes some of my favourites:
Lake/lek which as well as referring to playing games, is used to mean laid-off from work, unemployed.

The Lighter Side / Re: Wesleyballs or wesselbobs
« on: Saturday 26 December 20 19:10 GMT (UK)  »
Good to find another spetch user.
And the stuff from a roll still is better than the individual plasters.

JenB, the ref to dialect dictionary sounds really interesting but I can't seem to use it. Any tips on how to get to the page with 'spetch' on it? Thanks in advance.

The Lighter Side / Re: Wesleyballs or wesselbobs
« on: Saturday 26 December 20 17:28 GMT (UK)  »
Interesting that wessill-bobs were known in Berry Brow - at the Huddersfield end of the Holme Valley.
Any cases of wessil bobs further up the valley eg Holmfirth?
Just in passing and piggybacking on the local vocab West Yorks theme: anyone know what a "spetch" is?
I think I may have floated this before and have only ever met one person outside my dad's Hade Edge family who called an elastoplast a spetch.

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