All these photos are local but are unidentified or only partly identified. It would be great to find out where, who or when. Can you help?
Does anyone recognise members of this lacrosse team. The fellow top left is Tom Burgoyne, Ian Burgoyne's grandfather. Gerry Ruck contacted me and said this was a popular sport around Manchester which figures because I suspect that these players are sons of workers and managers at the Anker Mill of Fielding & Johnson. Before Fielding Johnson the business was owned by a consortium of Lancashire cotton manufacturers and Fielding Johnson's was known to generations of locals as the "Cotton Factory". (Tom Burgoyne, courtesy Ian Burgoyne)
This photo first appeared in the Bedworth Echo in the 1980's, and was taken of Mill Street Methodist Church Ladies Guild. The picture was taken at the back of the old Methodist chapel which burnt down in 1941 due to a blaze caused by a stove which overheated and set the church on fire. The Church was built in 1845. We know a few of the names of the ladies but can you complete the picture: Back row left to right: Vera Sidwell, Mrs. Bently -?- -?- -?- Mrs. Gilbert -?- -?- -?-Mrs. Knight -?- Edna?, Mrs. Sutton. We only know the name of one lady on the middle row Gladys Henton fourth from the left. Front row: Mrs. Morris, -?- Mrs. Jacques, Mrs Martha Gibbs, -?- -?- -?- -?- -?- -?- Photo was supplied By Mrs. Bradbury of Baker Street of Blackhorse Lane.
This photo was taken at Nuneaton Trent Valley station and they are almost certainly all railway staff off on an outing somewhere. Vic Holloway procured this photo and tells me that this was the St. John's Ambulance Railway Division attending a St. John's Ambulance Competition, but the identities of participants is not currently known, or the year. (via Vic. Holloway)
This photo is a gathering of Nuneaton tennis club in the 1930's. But can anyone recognise the occasion. Presumably presentation of the cup in the centre of the picture was the main reason for the gathering. (Anne Lawson) Anne Lawson has provided some names. The lady on the extreme left, 3rd row from the front is her mother - Ida Robinson, next but one along same row is her sister Marjorie who died in 1938. Behind Marjorie is Rex Jeffcoate. Next to Rex is Max Marriott and just to the right of Max is Dorothy Robinson. Max and Dorothy married in 1938.
A group of Nuneatonians stand outside the premises of the Nuneaton Electrical Contracting Co. In the 1921/2 street directory it gives the address of this firm as the Market Place, but this does not look like the Market Place in Nuneaton at all. Its more like one of the suburban streets, but where? And what is the occasion? (Ken Orgill Collection)
Young people having a good time in the gloaming. A 1930's party at a house nr. 55 Heath End Road, Nuneaton. Do you think there might have been some kissing carrying on as the night wore on. (Anne Lawson) anne has provided some more information - her uncle Fred Taylor who married Alice Robinson in 1940 is behind the gent with his feet up. Anne's gran, Lizzie Robinson (nee Bostock) is to the left of Fred. Also on the photo is Anne's mum Ida Robinson, her uncle Maurice Stevens who married Betty Robinson in 1943.
I am grateful to Andrew Brown and John Bedingham for helping out identify these children. The second boy from the left sitting on the pavement is believed to be Andrew's Great Uncle - Albert Alexander of 72 Bracebridge Street who became an engine driver on the railway. He was secretary of the Railway Club and Allotment Society in Wheat Street. His father was Albert Alexander a time served engineer who married a Bailey whose family were miners from Ansley Village. They had two sons and four daughters: Hilda, Peggy, Albert, Kathleen (Andrew's grandma) Leslie and Clarice. Albert Alexander senior worked for Carter's gun and cycle depot in Bond Gate and was the only man in Nuneaton allowed to maintain Mr. Stanley's car with the wooden wheels. The car was always serviced and maintained on a Sunday. Andrew, his parents and grandparents lived at Nr. 72. Another one of the kids is John Beddingham's father, but who are the rest? (John Beddingham)