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Griffydam Young Men

Griffydam Young Men

James Edgar Francis (known as Son Francis) is far left, Nelson Wilton far right. They remained friends throughout their lives. James Edgar Francis was born in 1921. His parents Frederick James Francis and wife Gertrude (nee Crabtree) lived in The Cottage on Elder Lane (click on picture 'Go To Link' to find out about The Cottage). They had 4 children, 3 boys - John Frederick, Tom, James and a girl Esther Many thanks to Jimmy Francis for the photograph & information about his father's family.

Griffydam Young Men

Griffydam Young Men

Nelson Wilton second left, James Edgar Francis next to him (front). Many thanks to Jimmy Francis (son of James Edgar Francis) for sharing the photograph

Young Men of Griffydam  c. 1938

Young Men of Griffydam c. 1938

Taken in the cunneries top field with Mrs Herp's house on Elder Lane in the background From L to R:- Fred (Joseph Frederick) Hodges who was Sam Hodges's cousin, Sam Dimmock, Nelson Wilton, Arthur Wilton, Ken Marshall. Sam Dimmick & Sam Hodges were later to become Japanese POWs (see photos below) Fred Hodges emigrated to New Zealand soon after the War ended and Arthur Wilton emigrated to Australia in the early 60's. Many thanks to Michael Hodges for the photograph

Miss Florrie Johnson

Miss Florrie Johnson

A much loved Griffydam teacher at her retirement in 1971. She lived at 25 Top Road all her life and died in 2006 at the age of ninety-nine. From L to R:- Miss J. Townsend, Miss Florrie Johnson, Mr S. Towers, Mr K. Hutchinson, Jane Elson (School captain).

Jack Harris

Jack Harris

In 1940 Jack Harris opened a general store in part of what is now 39 Top Road, Griffydam. Jack was a well known character in the locality. He had a valuable gold watch with the inscription Sergeant Horace Hoult which led to rumours that he may have been was some kind of spy.

The Hodges Family

The Hodges Family

In 1916 the Hodges family lived in this house on Middle Road, Griffydam. Thomas Hodges was a coal miner. The children shown in the photo left to right are Thomas Wilmot Hodges, Frederick Hodges and Zilpha Hodges. It is thought that the house was demolished when the bungalows on Top Road were built in the 1960s

Sunday School Outing

Sunday School Outing

Taken in the late 1940's. The people known to be in the photograph are: A – Rose Bradford, B - Archie Burton, C – Dennis Else, D – Ron Burton, E - Mrs. Liquorish, F - Florence Hilda Burton.

Samuel Hodges

Samuel Hodges

Surviving Japanese Prisoner Of War 4859871 Lance Corporal Samuel Hodges 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment From Griffydam Born 1.09.1918 Click on link to see Sam's diary

Sam Hodges Return After WW2

Sam Hodges Return After WW2

Samuel Hodges (2nd from right) and George Chippendale from Ravenstone (2nd from left) arriving at Leicestershire station after the war.

Samuel Dimmock

Samuel Dimmock

Surviving Japanese Prisoner Of War 4860501 Lance Corporal Samuel Dimmock 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment From Griffydam Born 07.09.1919

John Howkin

John Howkin

Surviving Japanese Prisoner Of War 956459 Gunner 148th Bedfordshire Yeomanry Field Regiment Royal Artillery From Pegg's Green Born 10.08.1919

Charlie Wright

Charlie Wright

For many years, from 1939 through to the 1980s, Charlie Wright was a dairy farmer at Brand Farm, delivering milk to the surrounding villages, initially in churns and by horse and float. Here he can been seen with young Alan Taylor delivering milk on the float with Billy the horse c.1949.

Charlie Wright c.1939

Charlie Wright c.1939

Charlie Wright of Brand Farm delivering the milk on his motorcycle and side car

Alan Taylor c. 1949

Alan Taylor c. 1949

Alan looking after Billy the horse whilst Charlie Wright makes a milk delivery

Mr Hines and Mr King

Mr Hines and Mr King

The above is a remarkable photograph of a proud marksmen and friend with their trophy of a rabbit standing outside the Travellers Rest. Their names were Mr. Hines and Mr. King. The photograph was taken c.1920.

Martin Pepper

Martin Pepper

Martin Pepper in his garden in Osgathorpe after a shift at Lount Colliery. Martin is the great uncle of local Griffydam resident John Bramley

Flo & Alice Dimmock

Flo & Alice Dimmock

Flo & Alice Dimmock in Griffydam c.1930. Sisters Of Samuel Dimmock

Mick Upton & Jack Hill

Mick Upton & Jack Hill

Two Griffydam miners who rescued Owen Johnson who fell down his grandmother's well in October 1934. Mick slid down the rope into the well while Jack held onto it. Mick crabbed the child by his clothes and Jack hauled them both up to safety

Owen Johnson & His Mother

Owen Johnson & His Mother

1934 Photograph from the Leicester Evening Mail after 2 year old Owen, from Bottom Road Griffydam, fell 32ft down his grandmother's well. His grandmother, Mrs Joseph Wesley, sought help from Mick Upton and Jack Hill who came to his rescue. Remarkably Owen escaped with just a few cuts and bruises.

Mrs Williamson

Mrs Williamson

Landlady of the Griffin Inn taken outside the pub in 1931 with her son. Her husband Tom Williamson was landlord

Griffin Inn Domino Team

Griffin Inn Domino Team

The Griffin Inn Domino team c.1959 Left To Right: Albert Kilby, Jack Hill, Ben Stone, Albert Abbott, Harry Frear, Thomas Hodges and Arthur Else

George Kilby With His Sons

George Kilby With His Sons

George Kilby was Landlord of the Wagon & Horses from 1922 to 1933. He was also Landlord at The Griffin from 1916 to 1921. He had 10 children. His four sons from left to right:- Jack, Albert, Walter and Joe. He later became a coal miner and died in 1947.

Griffydam Methodists

Griffydam Methodists

Photograph taken at the opening of the new Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School building in 1932 L to R :- Walter Davies (local preacher and Sunday School superintendent); Frank Rowell; Herbert Rowell (local preacher and trustee and grandfather of Herbert Eric Rowell); John Johnson (Miss Florrie Johnson’s father), local preacher and always first up to speak at the “Love Feast”; Leonard Wesley Rowell (steward for 40 years with his son Herbert Eric Rowell)

Charles Abbott Pepper

Charles Abbott Pepper

Charles Abbott Pepper was in charge of a Butty Gang at Bug & Wink employing his sons. They walked from Osgathorpe to get to work. Charles is the great grandfather of Griffydam resident John Bramley

Tavellers Rest Football Team

Tavellers Rest Football Team

The Travellers Rest Football Team (thought to be named Griffydam Swifts) in 1904 pictured outside the Pub

Alf Redburn Photos

Alf Redburn Photos

This photograph was found with 3 others by the new owners of 18 Elder Lane. The property was previously occupied by Alf Redburn and his wife Edith (nee Platts). Alf died in 2017. Do you recognise the young man in the photograph. If so please let us know.

Benjamin Stone

Benjamin Stone

This photograph was found with 3 others by the new owners of 18 Elder Lane. Benjamin was the landlord of the Griffin Inn and married to Alice (nee Dimmock). He was good friends with the Platts who lived in the cottage where this photograph was found.

Alf Redburn Photos

Alf Redburn Photos

This photograph was found with 3 others by the new owners of 18 Elder Lane. The property was previously occupied by Alf Redburn and his wife Edith (nee Platts). Alf died in 2017. Do you recognise anyone in the photograph. If so please let us know.

Alf Redburn Photos

Alf Redburn Photos

This photograph was found with 3 others by the new owners of 18 Elder Lane. The property was previously occupied by Alf Redburn and his wife Edith (nee Platts). Alf died in 2017. Do you recognise anyone in the photograph. If so please let us know.

Photo Owned By Alf Redburn

Photo Owned By Alf Redburn

Do you recognise anyone in this photo or have any information about the group or where it was taken? If so please let us know!

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