S U T T O N & W A W N E M U S E U M
Y O U R M E M O R I E S
brought in or emailed by our visitors
~ plus other miscellaneous items of local interest ~
FORMER PUPIL VISITS OLD SCHOOL
We were very pleased to have a visit by a former pupil of
the early 1970s come to see us a year or so ago. Neil Fisher
spent quite some time browsing through old school
photos, recognising a good number of former classmates and
pinning names to faces, many of which we weren't aware
of. We're always grateful when former pupils or older
Sutton residents can put names to the many faces we have
Both Merrill and Liz were on hand to consult the card
index and find the right albums, and Neil and his wife were
delighted to rediscover so many faces and
memories of former years. Neil is here, in this first
photo, top left, standing at the back looking rather
thoughtful, and tells us that he remembers these
photographic portraiture sessions well, as all the
class were involved and many shots involved several
'takes'. And early introduction to the dark arts of
Mr Johnson used to develop his own photos, and so these
sessions were indeed multi-lessons in themselves,
encompassing several mainstream subjects.
First, but not least of course, is art, with
smidgeons of history and science thrown in.
The science coming via the understanding
of the chemicals involved in the developing process, as well
as physics in undertanding optics and how the camera lens
works in much the same way as our eyes.
A pretty fair grasp of English reading skills would be
required if a pupil wished to delve any further to improve
his skills and consult the many textbooks on the subject at that time.
And finally, I daresay (not being a photographer myself) that
a good understanding of basic maths would also be required, if only
to understand apperture settings, the principles of light exposure and the zoom
lens, let alone the sizing and cutting of the final product. A good all rounder, was
There are still a couple of tempter samples of Mr Johnson's photos below,
but most of them have now been moved over to our new
Photo Galleries Page
and then choose Gallery 3,
where you can see many more.
Another historic photo brings me to the subject of historic transport
The photo on the right is an AEC Regent III, at the 32
terminus in Sutton. Note the old Hull Telephones phone
box by the church wall, only just visible behind the
bus, next to the seat. I'm told that the young
lads in the village in the 1950s called that seat
'The Parliament', on account of it
being a regular meeting places for the then 'senior
citizens' of the village, usually the men, who gathered
there to discuss the issues of the day and put the world to
rights. Now I'm an old man, and I like to gather in
like company with other 'old men' and chew the
fat and put the world to rights. Nothing changes much,
does it. I know these are poor, but they're all we
have, taken from poor cine of the early 1960s.
Perhaps you were there . . .
I would be keen to hear from anyone, ex-staff or relatives
of staff, that may have old photos of the 'old days' on the buses.
That would include both KHCT and EYMS, as many staff worked for
both at various times; drivers, conductors and inspectors,
fitters, depot and office staff, anyone at all who 'was on the buses'
before 1995 and the demise of KHCT.
Staff outings, photos in depots or bus stations, particularly of
the staff themselves but also the vehicles, all would be very
welcome, and all contributors would get a credit when shown.
You can email me directly on the email link in the menu.
If photos are creased or unclear, I can tidy them up -
for voluntary donation to our museum - and send them
back to you by email.
All photo restoration and repair work is now wholly for
the benefit of this museum, and its long term future.
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Sutton Branch of the Royal British
Legion have lodged with us a small collection of their photos
for safe-keeping. These came from their meeting 'hut', which
they sadly had to vacate a couple of years ago.
Our archivists are now arranging for these to be displayed,
with names where known, in a suitable photo album that will sit
alongside all the rest of our superb collection of Sutton taken over the
We'd be grateful if anyone can identify the
'spaces' in the list of names, where a simple 'nk' stands for
'not known' ... but we would like to know and put the man's name in if we can.
I'll post some different photos here over the next few months for folks to
try and identify those unknown men.
Remembrance Sunday Church Parade on a wet day sometime in the 1950's.
These are mostly veterans of the Great War, or the Kaiser's War as it used
to be known. What sights, what horrific endurances, did these men see and go through,
in their varied and wide-flung units, regiments and ships.
We know that the proud men seen marching here are now long gone, and any veterans
we see of the same age today are veterans of Hitler's War, men who are
sometimes the very sons of the men in this photo, and there's none of them left now.
They say that time is a great healer - perhaps so, but for many of these men,
the memories never left them, and they were never healed.
Even so, scarred as they were, they came home, found work, raised families
and kept a roof over their heads, all without a fuss, so much so that many
went to their graves without ever telling those families the details of what
they had done, or what they had endured. We think we know - but we don't know the half of
it. In these four years of the Centenary of that horrific conflict, we remember
each and every one of them, and all their friends and pals who were not to be so
fortunate to march as they do here, and give thanks for what they all did -
every last man of them.
It is sad to have to report that the Sutton on Hull branch
of the Royal British Legion
have met for the last time, and so have effectively dissolved their branch.
Age catches up with all of us, and the few elderly members that were left in the branch
had their final get-together on Friday, 28 February, 2014, at The Reading Rooms.
And so the story of Sutton on Hull passes yet another milestone along it's winding
course through the aeons of history.
We in the museum, who are trying in our small way to mark the sacrifice of their comrades
all those decades ago, wish them well, and our thanks and gratitude for all they did.
Sylvia Cooke collection]
Each of these 4 images open in a large, new window - you
can close when done using Alt+F4 if you wish, in order to open another one.
A rather speckly if atmospheric view from the top of St James' tower,
taken in late 1940, looking roughly east towards Salthouse Lane.
The facades and chimneys of Church St can be seen curving away round to the
right. Note the newsagents with the corner door, now long bricked up, and the old post
office and cycle shop that later became the famous and much-loved Brown's Fish
& Chip Shop. Further along is the half-timbered Duke of Cumberland.
A corporation bus is just pulling in to the terminus, and the distant sky
does seem hazy, perhaps with fog or mist, or given this was 1940,
perhaps it was not just chimney smoke on that gentle southerly breeze over the village. It seems like it was
the start of just another day. Two pedestrians are visible, one walking a dog, and another person,
perhaps the driver, just getting into the one and only car in the scene.
[photo: Sylvia Cooke Collection]
Each of these 4 images open in a large, new window - you can close when done
using Alt+F4 if you wish, in order to open another one.
An impressive line-up of the St James' bellringing team, of 11 ringers,
taken in 1890. Even more of interest when we realise that within this picture
are Mr Topham, the school headmaster - 5th from the left with a large white
hankerchief in his top pocket; and next to him, the Rev Coleman.
Cycles were something of a luxury then, and for ten of this group to have one
each illustrates how popular cycling had become, making a bike a 'must
have' of the late Victorian era. Note the two men sitting on the seat
behind the line-up, in front of the church wall. Is that the same seat that has
always been there? Legend has it that it's reputed to have stood on that
same spot since Queen Boudica was a lass.
|[photo: Sylvia Cooke collection]
Church Street, in the 1930s judging by the sparse traffic. Immediately visible
are two cars, one of which I'm told is a Rover, and what appears to be a
Hull Corporation Leyland TD bus. The signboards give away the locations of
'The Duke' and 'The Ship'. The postcard was marked to note
'Fern Cottage', and the lovely steel railings, perhaps taken away to
help the war effort a decade or so later. Sharp-eyed viewers may see the car
parked outside 'The Ship', and a lorry just appearing from behind the
church wall. Perhaps it was a special day, hence St George's flag
fluttering proudly from the church tower. I'm sure the seat is behind the
|[photo: Sylvia Cooke collection]
Looking in the same direction, two decades earlier, in 1914. The grocery van,
of 'Field's of Hull'
is a Model-T Ford, and the driver or his attendant appear to be having few
words with what appears to be a soldier.
He wears a flat-topped peaked cap, rather than a helmet, so I'm fairly sure
he's not the village bobby.
The signboard above 'The Ship' can just be made out on the enlargement
to announce sales of Marston Ales. I wonder if the van is hiding a view of the seat.
|[photo: donated by Ron Loftus]
Lowgate Garage ... in what had been it's original location down 'The
Avenue', at the end of its days, in 1978. We understand the buildings were originally
the stables to Sutton House. This photo will bring many memories back to those who had their cars serviced
there in it's heyday of the 1950s and 60s. Those were the days, before MOTs, when petrol was about 3/6d a gallon AND you got Green Shield stamps,
you didn't have to pay for air, and a loaf of bread was still under a shilling.
|[photo: donated by Ron Loftus]
The same view, recording yet another aspect of Sutton's disappearing
past, during demolition some 34 years ago,
It is a strange anomaly that, despite all that has already been lost, the
village is still recognisably the Sutton of pre-war years and with tremendous atmosphere and character.
ANOTHER FAINT MEMORY
Several people, usually ex-pat Sutton folk living in distant climes, have often
asked if anyone remembers two very fond Sutton memories. Over the years, I've
had one or two conflicting details, but over all, I think I can now post
something that will be meaningful. At least, if not, it will open a lively
debate as to the exact details, for I'm sure many of you know. It all concerns
two much-beloved Fish & Chip shops of the 1950s-60s.
It seems that the said shop near the corner of Lowgate and Church Street, right
opposite the seat and phone box, was an establishment colloquially called
"Fanny Brown's", but whether that was the official name is another matter. I'm
told it was previously owned by a 'Sykes'. It was next door to the Duke, a little way along from the corner.
The other one was at Tweendykes shops, and I understand the first shop in the
row from Tweendykes end. This was owned by a family called 'Everingham', but
again had a colloquial name, "Mucky Mary's". No doubt a cruel epitaph bestowed
by children, for I'm sure I don't know what they mean! (says he with a wry
Of course, if anyone has photos of these renowned establishments, we'd be very
grateful and could post them here. No doubt, a young'un could get "four
penn'orth of chips, and can you put in some scratchings please." Ah, what is
life if you can't have some scratchings, and a bit o' crackling now and again.
DO YOU REMEMBER THIS CHURCH ?
Amongst the annals of old Hull history, this is a well-known image, poor though
We're looking west, along St Mark's Street, from somewhere near the old
drain and Reckitts factory behind the cameraman. The original image of St Mark's
Church was reproduced in one of the famous series of booklets and pamphlets
re-published by the pupils and staff of Malet Lambert School in the 1970s-80s. These were then scanned
more recently by various people and published digitally. Pass your mouse over the left-hand
image to see the original, and then over the right-hand image to see my restoration to
something reasonably viewable, including a 'restored' spire.
I realise the spire was clipped because it was never completed. Here we can imagine how it may have appeared.
It was a beautiful church, of that there is no doubt, an octagonal lantern
tower topped with gothic-style pinnacles and a glorious spire. I would imagine that the
inside was just as glorious. The church was so extensively damaged during the Blitz
that it had to be completely demolished, no doubt suffering for its very close
proximity to the gas works literally next door, Reckitt's factories very
close by, and right in the centre of major Hull industries generally.
Back in the 1880's, at the time of that census, St Marks in The Groves
was part of Sutton parish, which stretched right down Cleveland St, along
the north side of Witham, and back up Dansom Lane. Not so long after that
census, the original parish was split to take account of the massive increase
in population in East Hull generally, and St Mark's was one of several
new churches built to accommodate the new housing in the area.
Other new churches around that time included St Columba's on
Laburnum Ave - Holderness Rd corner, a newer St Mark's on
Bellfield Avenue in the 1950s, followed by St Andrew's on Sutton Park in
Stories and photos contributed by viewers and ex-residents
SOME OTHER RECENT EVENTS
A recent email from Andrew Suddaby, a Sutton ex-pat now living in Cumbria,
explains his understanding of the origins of our 'Humber Stones', situated at
the gates to the War Memorial. Additionally, a personal biography of his family
was deposted some years ago with our museum, and can be seen in our collection
on Fridays. He also asks if anyone knows the whereabouts of an old Sutton
Andrew writes: "I didn't know that the large flat stone was called the 'Humber
Stone' but I have a very distinct memory that, when I was a young boy in the
late 1940s or very early 1950s, an old villager, but I forget who it was, told
me that the larger flat stone in front of the war memorial had originally been
sited on the low lying ground roughly where the old coal staves were (now by
the cycle path as it leads into the childrens' playground area). He added that
it had stood at the edge of the 'lake' and had acted as a 'landing stone' way
back in the days (possibly medieval but probably much earlier) when that area
to the North of the village was under water and was a fishing ground for the
villagers. I suspect that it was brought up to its present position when the
war memorial was erected."
"I lived down Highfield and, as children, we often played in the field that is
now covered by Highfield Close. Locally, the field was called Beckett's field
because Mr Beckett, the coal man, grazed his horse there. It was actually owned
by the Sewell family who had built the houses down Highfield and originally
intended to develop this field. The entrance off Highfield had been started in
pre-war days but development of Highfield Close was delayed by the war and
didn't get under way until some time in, I believe, the 1960s. Very pronounced
Medieval ridges and furrows stretched all the way down the slope of the field
from up near the big house, which during and after the war was used, I recall,
as an auxiliary fire headquarters. That field must have been one of the last
surviving bits of the old Medieval field system. A tree that we loved to climb
still stands in the front garden of one of the houses but the lower branches
are now too high off the ground for small children - or even adults - to reach!
Incidentally, does anyone know the whereabouts of the 1st Sutton-on-Hull Scout
Troop trophy? This was the tip of the wooden propeller from Amy Johnson's
plane. I don't think that it bore an inscription to that effect but it was made
of mahogany and stood about ten inches high on a wooden plinth. I suspect that
it was dumped years ago but, if anyone knows where it is, it would be an
interesting addition to your collection."
Andrew mentions another memory that may well gell with some readers: Who
remembers the Scout meetings in the Church hall that always ended up with games
of British Bulldog (a wonder we didn't maim each other) or shuffle bottom kick
ball. That floor got a regular Tuesday night polishing off our corduroy shorts
and they in turn got a very shiny coating on them! God knows what our mothers
made of it all!
Andrew was born at 23 Highfield in 1938, and evacuated after the land mine
dropped lower down Highfield causing massive damage to all the houses down
there including number 23. They spent the remainder of the war in the village
of Rawcliffe near Goole and returned in December 1945 after his father was
demobilised from the R.A.F.
Past visitors to the museum were Ray and Pat Kirby,
now living over in Derbyshire. Older residents will perhaps
recall Ray as the son of Doris Kirby, and who left Sutton
to persue a teaching career in various parts of the
country, including the London and Manchester areas. Ray later became
a school head, after many years teaching history.
They both enjoyed their visit, browsing the many albums
and recognising the many old faces of relatives, school
friends and neighbours. An accolade indeed from a history teacher,
we think we got a definite 'thumbs up' from them both,
and we look forward to seeing them again when they're
next over this way.
F/Lt Paterson Clarence Hughes DFC RAAF
Other visitors were a family from Surrey. Howard, Vanessa, Jack, Lara,
and Charlie Paterson Hughes, came to visit our brave pilot's
grave in the churchyard.
It's lovely to know that other folk care, and remember.
That is some gorgeous bunch of flowers, for a man who lost
his life on behalf of our country and freedom 73 years ago
this coming September.
I hope the family don't mind us calling Pat 'our pilot'. Of
all the wargraves in our churchyard, Pat came from the furthest away, he was so
far from home. I suppose we have sort of adopted this quiet mannered Australian who would
never live to see the part he played in our freedoms today.
If this family would like to contact me, a better copy of this
photo awaits them, plus a short piece of small video of
the grave and the church in the background. I'm sorry we
missed them; a day later, and they would have found the museum on
its normal Friday opening. We would love to have met them. I
do wonder if they have seen Pat's page on this website,
and the story of how it came about; perhaps that's how
they found us here in the first place. Click Pat's name in
the underlined link above.
MORE BLASTS FROM THE PAST
We've had a wonderful offer from Margaret Rowling (nee Bruce), seen below,
who grew up in Sutton in the 1950's-60's. Margaret, a retired teacher, now lives in
Filey, and she has offered to our collection her own slides of Sutton from those years.
She first wrote a
couple of years ago to send us the photo of Church St in the snow shown on the
Home Page, and now she has written to offer us the slides, and also to give us
the link to her collection of photos she has posted on her Picasa Web Album
HERE . . and then select the set you'd like to view. Quite a few old Sutton
memories on here, of Garden Parties and other events. There's some others too,
on Filey, and history, and gardening. Enjoy !
In the meantime, we have a pre-1930 view of Church Mount, with two members of
the Calcutt family at no.10. Margaret's grandparents lived next door, to
the right at no.11. The two ladies in the separate picture are the Misses
Calcutt, Isobel and Vera, who at one time emigrated to New Zealand and then
later returned to Sutton. Margaret also recounts some of her memories of the
Blitz .. read her blog
the museum directly for Family History enquiries
Some Pre-War Sutton Memories
The late Terry King sent me a clipping, some years ago, he'd saved from the
Daily Mail, an article by a staff writer editing reader's memories. At a
guess, it dates from some time in the 1970's or 1980's, and I would
imagine a lot of folks mentioned in this lady's memories are no longer with
us. The subject lady herself, Barbara Rowntree, eventually became Barbara
McGough, and after travelling and working all over the globe in a career
editing various magazines, she emigrated to Adelaide in South Australia. She
had seen an aerial view of modern Sutton, and it had prompted her to write to
the HDM with her own memories of the places she could still locate on the
photo. I thought the whole article worth seeing, and so have reproduced it here
in its entirety - Enjoy !
How deep childhood impressions go ! My recent memory is a very fallible sign, I
think, not only of old age, but of the increasing complexities of life; but my
early recollections are still startlingly vivid.
So it is with my opposite number in Adelaide, South Australia, Mrs B L McGough,
formerly Beryl Rowntree and now professionally known as "Barbara
Page", the 'Miss Humber', it would seem, of their evening
newspaper, 'The News'.
Mrs McGough, who is also doing a lot of freelance work for mainstream magazines
and radio, was born in Sutton, and she was extremely interested in one of our
aerial photographs of that area which someone sent me during the summer.
"Seeing the photograph has brought back a flood of memories," she
writes. "The place hasn't altered greatly in its layout; I can
recognise every stick and stone.
"I can see the house where I was born, 2, Rutland Terrace, with my
grandparents' house next door. Mr and Mrs W Goodin, they're buried in
the churchyard there, with the names of my two brothers inscribed on their
gravestone, Cadet Kenneth W Rowntree, aged 16, lost at sea, and Pilot-Officer H
Raymond Rowntree, aged 21, lost on operations, both in 1941.
Mrs McGough remembers the names of many people who lived in her street.; The
Pinkneys, The Danbys, the Hakeneys, the Simpsons, the Pitchers, the Grays, the
"Church Street was the hub of our universe. I remember the Carricks at the
corner of Stoneferry Lane, the station where I watched troops going off in
World War I, the church school, the church where we played many hours happily
among the graves, the Methodist Chapel where I went three times every Sunday.
"I ran my mother's messages there, shopping at Wheelhouse's,
spending my Saturday pennies at Rene Rodmell's sweetshop, buying a reel of
cotton at Miss Heron's, the drapers (and I can still hear the tinkle of the
bell on the shop door as you opened it).
"We gazed at the mugs and jugs and bowls in Miss Moody's and stopped
to look at the pots and pans in Fletcher's.
"Every day I walked the long stretch to the Council School up on the hill
four times a day. I can even remember my first teacher there, Miss Richardson,
beating time to 'All Things right And Beautiful', apparently her
"I can still pinpoint Holmes the butchers, and Hickeys further along.
Sutton House has come out fine; I remember picnics and garden parties there and
the annual Horse Show.
"Winnie Leake lived in a house on the estate, and learnt music with my
teacher, Bertha. The Sewells lived just there, opposite Potterill Lane, and
their nieces, Marjorie and Mary Cross - I went to their double wedding in the
Methodist Chapel in 1938 or 1939, and watched them given away by their aunts,
Lydia and Hetty."
Mrs McGough adds that one of her schoolteachers, Clarice Annison, is still
living in Church Mount. An uncle, Mr Harry Goodin, is still living in Sutton,
and until recently another uncle lived in Lime Tree Avenue.
She draws a vivid picture of life in pre-war Sutton, when the church bells rang
… and later, one would meet the bellringers, a solid and portly group, in
best suits and boots, watch chains and waistcoats.
"Having rung the bells, they never felt obliged to attend the formal
services and took their regular Sunday morning stroll always in the same
direction. I know this well, because my Uncle Tom was one of the bellringers.
"We had the 'gentry' then … the Smiths, the Robsons, the
Waterhouses, the Bladons, and the differences were sharply defined. But somehow
we never felt deprived or inferior. We all knew our places.
"The doctor had a special place too, and everybody in the village knew Dr
Gillespie and looked up to him in a way. And then he took on a raw, young
partner, Dr Bruce. I well remember the curiosity about the new, pink-cheeked
Scot, who, my grandmother said, was 'too young' and she much preferred
old Dr Shaw who visited the village every so often …"
Since leaving Sutton at the age of 20, Mrs McGough seems to have had many
adventures. In 1943, she went to Dublin with her Irish husband, and from 1947
to 1955 was editor of the Irish magazine, 'Woman's Life', later
incorporated into 'Women's Realm.'
From 1956 to 1965 she was Woman Editor of the Dublin Evening Herald, when she
left to travel the world, ending in South America in 1970, from where she went
to London to become Travel Editor for 'She.'
Mrs McGough later went to Australia to live with her daughter, hence her
semi-retirement doing freelancing work on the Adelaide newspaper. That was
several years ago, and she would be well into her 80's now if she's
still alive. I'm sure her memories are shared by many other folks too, and
do illustrate what a close-knit community Sutton was in those days.
The Free Exhibition is open inside the Old School every week on Fridays
from 10 am to 2 pm . . .
soft drinks, tea, coffee, biscuits can be served ..
£1 per pot of tea or coffee
Not bad for a drink, a biccy, and a natter!
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| SOME PICS OF SUTTON MEMORIES
What about the folks in this modern photo ...?
Any memories of this band when they played
Sutton Church Hall ... around 1959-60 ...
It has been dated to 1962, by ex-resident Elaine Durrant (now Carney) who has
lived in Gueph, Ontario, Canada, since 1966. Elaine identifies the players thus:
"The photo of the rock group - This was the Aztecs, playing at the Sunday
evening youth group in the church hall, in 1962 I believe. The lead guitarist ,
second from the left, was Douglas (Bugs) Scarfe (who now lives in Italy). The
drummer was not from Sutton. I believe his name was Charlie and he went on to
be a professional drummer. At the back is the Vicar, Rev. Richardson. At the
right, playing rhythm guitar is Brian Holland. He lived on Tweendykes Road,
unfortunately has now died. The singer was the son of the church organist and
he was Grahamme Bateman. I recognize the Blain twins dancing." Thank you,
... and who recalls this Soccer Team, c. 1952
Happier and Carefree Days
John Kemp in the USA (on photo, front row ) sent this photo via his friend (and
our previous correspondent, the late Terry King). Amazing how these memories
travel the world through cyberspace to arrive back here. It's a photo of
Sutton AFC Amateur League, Div 4, 1951/52 Season, when they won the League in
that year. They're all Sutton Lads, and Terry's own father is on the right.
Names are : Back Row left to right .. Tom Jones, J Buxton, Mr Rust, Les
Buxton, Frank Atkin, Colin Duncan, Ian Singleton, Harold King.
Middle Row ; Alan Rooke, Johhny Read, Geof Hall, Eric Harrison, Alan Constable.
Front Row ; Alan Jones, John Kemp
A FAR OFF IMAGE OF THE OLD SCHOOL AND PROUD DAYS
Terry King, also sent this old photo a year or so ago dating from the early
part of the last century. Taken about 1914 or just before the First World War,
Terry's mother, born 1906 and aged about 6 here, is on the second row from
the front, second in from the left. Another sister is at the other end of the
row. Their maiden name was Catterick. Old images such as this are so full of
atmosphere. Look at those lads standing proudly with their arms manfully
folded. Many would have fathers soon to be lost in the First War, and whom
themselves in turn would go on to have, and lose, sons that would know the
terrors of fighting in the Second. And the girls, of course, as wives and
mothers, by and large kept house and home together while they were away . . as
did Terry's mum shown here. She later knew the trauma of the Blitz, and of
having her son evacuated to the Lake District and not knowing how it would all
end. Can anyone recall the name of the school mistress ?
There is more information on the Hull Blitz here ..
Maps of Hull showing the fall of bombs during the Blitz
... in reality, 16 scans, A4 size, of a larger streetmap of Hull, dated 1945.
It tells it's own story, and is some testament to the some 1,300 Hull
residents killed, listed above in the Civilian Index, and the 12,000 injured,
during those dark days. Opens in a new Window.
TWO SIGNS OF THE CORPORATION . . another of Terry King's pictures
A familiar site in Sutton in the 1950's, before Bransholme was started,
when the 32 service terminated in Church Street. Behind this AEC Regent III,
note the Corporation Telephones phonebox which used to be just at the end of
the church wall, right opposite College Street.
Behind the cameraman would have been Brown's Fish & Chip shop, formerly owned
by the Sykes family, and the Duke of York pub. The Duke is still there, but
the chip shop is now a foreign 'takeaway'. Such curious terminoloy they use
now, our fish & chip shops were all 'takeaways' but we didn't seem to have the
need to spell it out. We just knew what was what.
. . . AND WAITING TO TAKE THE TRAIN TO THE SEASIDE.
This picture is an improved copy of one formerly supplied by the late Terry
King of Sutton. We know now that it is copyrighted to the Lens of Sutton
Association and the Ken Hoole Study Centre Collection at the Darlington Railway
Centre and Museum. It was supplied to us by the good offices of Ken Mell,
former Sutton resident and St James' school pupil, and enthusiastic railway
photograper. A slightly foggy but very atmospheric day on the Hornsea line, as
two young girls appear to be awaiting the train to the seaside, though more
probably to school somewhere. Note the signal box, where the playground is now,
and the points for the coal siding. You can click this picture for a greatly
I love the story of the family that lived just about opposite the railway
station, in the days before the trees grew so large. When getting ready for
work in a morning, the gent of the family could look right out over to Swine,
and see the smoke of his morning train into Hull as it left Swine station. He
then had plenty of time to finish his coffee, don his hat and coat, and walk
the few hundred feet down the ramp to the station. Except, on the very first
morning of diesel operation; there was no smoke . . . so naturally, he missed
it. I'm told his name was Mr Cross. And I bet he was too! New technology ..?
The photo on the left is from a glass plate in the Rev Coleman Collection.
Mr Rodmell, the Station Master, seen here sporting a fine Edwardian beard,
with two of his staff, an unknown lad, centre, and Mr White.
Some more likely Hull lads here, though some may be from Sutton.
I wonder if anyone recognises any of these fine young reprobates . .
Click the picture for a closer look.
Are they Hull Sea Scouts, Sea Rangers . . ?
Previous offences will be taken into consideration !!
I suspect someone will see their dad or grandad in here.