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Hi Tommy nice complement ha did Joan win the composition!?
Thanks to Shirley jakeway!

My great-grandparents and their family lived in Wilderspool Hall (George and Caroline Spafford) and the last member of the family to be there before it was pulled down was their grandson Andreas DuToit. I have never been able to see any pictures of the place and would love to see some.
Thanks to Suesp!

There is a Trafford Lifetimes picture in the gallery Sue. Search Wilderspool. A copy is available at Trafford Local Studies in Sale.
Thanks to David Smith!

During the war, in 1940, three air-raid shelters of the bunker type were constructed on the school field near The Grove. Prior to that people sought safety where they could,for instance the cellars of St.Michael's School.The shelters were levelled off in 1946.The present-day school was built across the sites of two of them. Jimmy Higginson of The Grove returned from the war with a remarkable souvenir. It was gigantic flag from a German U-Boat.His next-door neighbour, Walter Baldwin, was killed on active service.My dad,also of The Grove was wounded three times in action as an artilleryman. Bob Potts.
Thanks to Bob Potts!

King Richard the Third, much in the news of late, died in battle in 1485 at Bosworth Field. How many people know of a Flixton man who fought and died in that famous battle? And he is mentioned in Langton,s History of Flixton published in 1898. So far so good. He states in his excellent book, that Sir Ralph Valentine of Shaw Hall, Flixton, was killed at Bosworth Field in battle. Evidently, if one is to believe Langton, he set off From Flixton to oppose King Richard the Third with a 100 men. My gut feeling was that Sir Ralph was a man for King and Country like my dad was in the 1939-45 war. But tells a good story and at one time it was heresy to contradict a man of learning and letters. Langton tells of the legend of Shaw Hall concerning Lady Alice Valentine who died of shock when Ralph's dead body was brought back to Shaw Hall.I believe this story, because not long afterwards Shaw Hall passed to the Asshawe family who were related by marriage to the Valentines. I did some research lately and I discovered that Sir Ralph Valentine was a Yorkist! My gut feeling was spot on. Here is my vital source as follows: Title. Roll Call of the Battle of Bosworth. Richard 111 Foundation. Entry: Ralph Valentine. Flixton. 1485. Yorkist.
Thanks to Bob Potts!

As a social historian (I was a history lecturer at one time) now retired, here are my thoughts and opinions about Sir Ralph Valentine, and the fascinating legend of Shaw Hall - a mixture of facts and fancy. I love a good story. Before he left Flixton to fight at Bosworth Field in 1485, he told his wife that he would return alive or dead, echoing the pledge of a Spartan warrior, " With my shield or dead on it!" That he took a 100 men with him has been challenged. Who cares? The numbers don't matter. Left Flixton on his own? I don't think so! The legend is that his wife Lady Alice died of shock when his body was returned to Flixton. It happens. Especially if she had reason to believe he had survived the battle. He told his men to return his body to Shaw Hall. So was he dying of grievous wounds? Women are tough. Her sudden death implies that she was expecting him home alive. His men brought his body home on his horse via a ford across the Mersey near Shaw Hall. I know that ford! In times of severe drought one can walk across it without getting wet. The Legend of Shaw Hall would make a great movie don't you think? bobpotts43@hotmnail.com
Thanks to Bob Potts!

Post- war Flixton, Urmston, and Davyhulme. The inhabitants got on with their lives and put the 1939 - 45 war behind them. But today some of their experiences would be worthy of a headline or two. e.g. Former St. Clement's schoolboy designed the Lancaster bomber: Roy Dobson. A Flixton man meets the first man in space: my dad. Davyhulme resident was at Pearl Harbour the day it was bombed in 1941: Jack Garnett. And I like the next one... Man living in Davyhulme fought at the Battle of Stalingrad! All true! Taking a break now. Saving these for next summer. I love a good story.
Thanks to Bob Potts !

Errata. The Urmston schoolboy who went on to design the Lancaster bomber was of course Roy Chadwick not Roy Dobson (what am I like!) He worked for A V Roe as did my grandad. Jolly decent of him to give the crew four escape hatches.
Thanks to Bob Potts!

Ive just put some info on regarding Brian Burgess just put is name in the search it will take you there.
Thanks to william addison!

In reply to William Addison, I've just looked on the Trafford lifetimes site, the photo you refer to is not of my Uncle Brian, I have put a couple of photos in the gallery. Urmston junior school, 1948 & 1949. The 1949 photo he is pictured second row from the front third from the right and the 1948 photo he is second row from the front first from the left below the teacher, hope this helps
Thanks to Chris Burgess!


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