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Memories Of Hale Village

 

We have been collecting lots of memories from long serving village residents and adding them to the village website for you to read and, wonder, how Hale was all those years ago.  

 

We have collected  memories and anecdotes, from villagers who are now in their late 70's and early 80's, ranging from childhood memories to incidents in the village, along with memories of other people who once lived here in Hale during the 1940's and 1950's.

 

We hope these fond memories and anecdotes from others, are of interest to you..

  • The day the old hall finally got demolished in 1981

  • The greenhouses down Baileys Lane

  • Lighthouse Joe (from the lighthouse - 1970's) and his old Citroen car

  • Local landowner/s providing a christmas tree for the village green where the memorial is.

  • The tree would arrive on a flatbed truck each year. (start and end date unconfirmed!).

  • Town Lane, before the Bungalows where built Morgans Field, in the parkland.

  • The proposed Golf Course being muted/stopped, for the area from the Park, Home Farm.

  • The old Warren, Church Road to Withins Way.

  • The big tin box next to Hale Hall Gardens (in the park),,everyone use to bang to wind-up Mrs Evans.

  • The xanth/flower frames on the Warren at the back of the walled garden.

  • Italian prisoners of war, filling in a bomb pit in the park.

  • The greenhouses being built on the Garden Center/High Street.

  • Harry Woodward, Bill Grace, Harry Bagley, Norman Roberts and Billy Bagley, playing for Hale FC in the good'ole days.

  • Jim Bobbin' from the Alm's Houses, getting the wooden hut for the old schoolhouse to use as extra space for activities-Snooker Club.

  • Candolfers Icecream van that use to come to Hale and park outside the Manor green infront of Ginnie Hitchmoughs.

  • Bobby Southerns hand cart in Ivy Farm.

  • The Bungalows being built on the right handside, up Church Road between the Manor House and St Mary's Church.

  • The small estate iron gate at the top of the park track/drive near Hale Hall was always shut.

  • The Bothy in Hale Hall Gardens with the stone troff under the archway.

  • Arnold Cox planting the Freemens Coppice in the parkland.

  • Tommy Allens (Allen & Evans of Hale Hall) house on the right up Church Road-The Savilles now live in!?

  • The neatly mown cricket pitch.

  • The shippings in Church End Farm.

  • Turners/Home Farm's  Milking Parlour.

  • Jim Robinson, the village bobby.

  • Turners potatoes-cows on the field around the Cricket Pitch opposite the Church

  • Alf Stonehouses Shed with his mower in, by the Tennis/Cricket.

  • The bench/seat opposite the Church.

  • The helicopter that use to come and aerial spray the crops up Church Road.

  • Ivy Farm Shops being built on Rat Villa.

  • The Prefab houses being built in Carr Lane.

  • Winning the Best Kept Village for 1968.

  • The Limes.

  • The rose bushes in the triangle on the village green.

  • The decorated billboards with balloonson,,  on the village green/memorial for the 1999/2000 Carnival.

  • The stained-glass window in St Mary's Church.

  • Billy Allen was always on the hey bailer at Webbs.

  • The two small sets of prefab sheds next to Ivy Farm Court Shops for residents of the flats above.

  • The very first slide and swings in Hale Park with the big tree trunk to sit on.

  • The Cricket Clubs tea's in the Pavilion.

  • Billy Allan, Herbert Bent and Billy Bagley cleaning out the ashes for two weeks after the church burnt down.

  • The Scouts in Hale Youth Club, run by Mr J Rylance.

  • Turners cows in the lean-too's/Sheds next to the walled garden in the park.

  • The big rats in Church End Farm.

  • Yanks during the war, travelling through the village to Burton Wood in their big trucks.

  • The splitting boxes in the old barn on Church Road.

  • Woodcocks Garage.

  • Thwaites Farm at the top of Ramsbrook.

  • H1/H25 double decker Crosville buses.

  • The old hey rake on the green infront of Church End farmhouse.

  • Billy Allans flag-pole.

  • The wooden bench on the war memorial.

  • The Caravan Club in Hale Park,, on the left.

  • Bernard Webbs cows in the Church Field.

  • The motorbike.scrambler races-competitions event down Ramsbrook Lane on the right.

  • Hale Carnivals procession starting off from Burnes Farm/Houghton Towers.

  • The Hot Air Balloon in Hale Park.

  • Billy Allan, Herbert Bent and Billy Bagley riding home from Webbs at 5pm on their bikes around the War Memorial .

  • The fruit trees planted in the bottom walled garden at Hale Hall by Bernard Webb for sale.

  • The first playgroup in the village was held in the Wellington Function Room in the late 60's.

  • (Playgroup later moved to the old school annexe).

  • The Jaycee School of Dance that was held in the Wellington Function Room .

  • Home Farms (Jimmy Pickups) cows grazing the parkland.

  • Mr Jenkins, the vicar!

  • The orchard by the stream in the woods, next to the walled garden.

  • The Air Raid shelter in the park on the right.

  • Maud and "Big Jim Leather".

  • Webbs burning stubble after harvesting.

  • The tennis courts and tennis club down the park/Hall

  • Turners farm, mowing silage/cutting the grass in the park and storing it next to the walled garden in the park.

  • Air Raid shelter at Ivy Farm Court.

  • Ned Huyton cleaning the village.

  • Annual bonfire in the park, 5th November.

  • The petrol pumps infront of the old Smithy on the High St.

  • Mark Stonehouse/Almond mowing the cricket pitch.

  • Christmas tree on the village green.

  • Playing in the ruins of Hale Hall before they were demolished, especially the couple of cellars.

  • The Home of Hale Football Club down Carr Lane, first field on the right.

  • The curb painted black and white all around the War Memorial.

  • Doug StoneHouse mowing the grass in the Church.

  • Mrs Edith and the Church Pram Club.

  • The daffodil fields behind the park/hall.

  • Mrs Claytons shop on the High St near the old Smithy.

  • Italian prisoners of war cleaning out the ladypool brook in the park.

  • The frozen ice in winter down Carr Lane on the right.

  • The Wellington field, before the Curlender was built.

  • Webbs Nursery on the land now built on-Wimpy Estate.

  • Bernard Webbs potatoes and cows in the walled garden down the park/Hale Hall.

  • Barrage Balloons down Withins Way at the bottom on the left.

  • Bernard Webbs estate shoot.

  • Mrs Allan stood at the gate on Town Lane/Ivy Farm.

  • When Pheasant Filed estate was built.

  • The bushes spaced around the war memorials iron fencing.

  • Hemmings Garage/Hale Carrage Company.

  • Molly Huyton with her cut flowers for sale on the High St opposite the garden center.

  • Mr Heskeths vintage car parked up in front of the Manor House.

  • Hale Church being burnt out.

  • Horses in their paddocks in the park.

  • Hale Cricket Clubs Wooden Pavilion.

  • Mr and Mrs Cox who lived down the old Hall/Hale Hall Gardens.

  • Rat Villa.

  • Hale School being burnt down.

  • Webbs little red fergies collecting wood around the village for bonfire night in Hale Park.

  • Playing in and around the Ice House woods.

  • Turners cows down the shore on the Warren.

  • Jan and the Sparr shop.

  • The original width of the red shailed-park track.

  • The orchard were the Poco homes now are.

  • Cut flowers from Dick and Bernard Webbs greenhouses.

  • The greenhouses in the walled garden.

  • Mr Scott the vicar.

  • Church End Farm during the height of harvesting the wheat/barley.

  • Hale Park before people were aloud in.

  • Billy Allans whitewashed wall by the war memorial.

  • Alf Stonehouse taking care of the war memorial and green.

  • Home farm tipping manure on the old tennis courts.

  • The Queens Visit to Hale.

  • The original mock cannon off the war memorial, in Mrs Rogers garden by the drill hall.

  • Poplar trees next to Ivy Farm.

  • Unexploded incendiary bombs in Hale Park dropped during the war.

  • The Poco Homes being built.

  • The old conker tree in the park on the right, with the rope swing on it, tied to one of the branches.

  • Jeff Grimes the village Bobbie.

  • Mr Dolan, Mrs Watkinson, Mr Smith, Mrs Littler, Mr Wall and Mrs Todd from Hale School.

  • The village playgroup in the old wooden hut next to the Top School.

  • Mrs Evans in her cottage down the old Hall, Hale Hall Gardens.

  • The red telephone box on the High St next to the garage.

  • The aeroplane crashing in the brook down Carr Lane.

  • The Coffee shop in Lucy's Cottage.

  • The thresher at Ivy Farm and Hale Hall Gardens.

  • Bonfire night in Hale Park and the fireworks exploded on the trailer.

  • The parkland/estate gates opposite the war memorial, to Hale Hall, were always closed to the public.

  • Webbs Onions down the shore.

  • Mr Jenkins who had the old Smithy.

  • Sitting on the small stone wall next to the Blackburnes gates/Park Lodge, opposite the war memorial.

  • Mrs Belcher, Billy Howell and Mrs Boydell.

  • The Tea Rooms on Town Lane.

  • The "Grey Lady" (ghost) down the park.

  • The Village Hall being built.

  • The old cottages in Cocklaid Lane before the new houses were built.

  • Cordwells grass team who use to cut the airport airfield, carting cut grass through the village.

  • Brenda and Norman Nuttalls milk/round float.

  • Manchester Airport going on strike and jumbo jets/747's flying over the village and landing at Liverpool Airport.

  • Billy Allans Geese.

  • Allan & Evans Nursery in the parkland of Hale Hall.

  • When Mr Arnold Cox secured the park for public use.

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