Excerpts from a Living Memories interview by Yvonne Wass in
…Well, my earliest memory was in 1925 when there was a total
eclipse of the sun, not quite a total eclipse in Tickhill, but
…How many people had cars in those days?
Well the doctor had one and the Castle [the Atkinson-Clarks]
had one. There were a few who did but ours was one of the first
…In 1930, when I was eight, Miss Cynthia Atkinson-Clark
started a Brownie pack in Tickhill. She was the daughter of Mr.
Atkinson-Clark from the Castle. There had been guides since 1926
but this was the first introduction of Brownies. There are a few
of us left who were in the first pack, but not many…
…Everybody went to school in those days until they were 14.
They didn’t go on to other schools, like secondary modern
schools and things like that…
…The big event was always the May Queen in the spring, not
always in May; it varied a little but was always called the May
Queen. The crowning ceremony was on the steps of the Buttercross.
After the crowning there was maypole dancing…
…Another event at the Cross was the Fair in October [second
weekend in October] it was a funfair…
…There was the Harvest Festival at Church at the same weekend
as the fair and I mean the Harvest Festival is nothing now but
in those days you could smell the flowers and the fruit there
was so much…
…Tickhill had a bellman. He came round ringing his bell and
giving notices out. If the council wanted to tell you anything
he would come round and ring and shout.
A bit like a town crier?...
… In Miss Goodwin’s School, the last part of the afternoon we
always used to sew and whilst we were sewing Miss Grace Goodwin
always read to us and it was quite a good idea, in a way,
because we got to know a lot of books that we might not have
read, in serial fashion sort of thing. The boys sewed as well…
…I think I was perhaps a bit of an awkward girl when I was at
school, because I asked Miss Nellie Goodwin, the one who was the
Senior Teacher, when we were doing the 10 Commandments, "What is
adultery?", so she said my mother would probably tell me and
that was the answer I got…
…So when you were a child what kind of games
would you play to occupy yourself with your friends?
Oh, we played all sorts of silly games. We played made up
…The war didn’t really get going until 1940, when the bombing
of London started. Hull was one of the early places. In fact
Hull, although it is not talked about a lot, got a lot of
…At the beginning of the ’39 war my father made an air-raid
shelter in the garden.
There was nothing serious in the bombing in Tickhill, we
heard the bombing in Sheffield but in Tickhill we weren’t
affected. A few went off in the open fields but nobody was hurt
or anything like that…
…After Dunkirk we had soldiers billeted here in Tickhill and
at that time I used to help in the canteen that they had in the
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