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 Post subject: Moor memories o' T'Syke
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:55 pm 
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MOOR MEMORIES O'T SYKE

Ther's a lot o'things ah remember I'Syke,
an' ahm bairn try an' tell yer a few,
some of ter may think at ahve med em all up,
ah con assure yer, every one on em's true.

Ah'll start off wi' Jack Tatt, th'owd cobbler,
weer ah first geet mi button up boots,
Johnny Weston's tailor's shop, Dawson City,
weer a lot o' chaps geet ther new suits.

Some on yer weernt remember this place,
soor in case yer might want ter check,
Dawson City wer a reyt big wood hoil,
tween Jackwell 'airse and bottom o' th' reck.

Another landmark, Dan Halstead's corner shop,
weer woodbines wer five fer just a penny,
he'd football cards, luck bags an' turnovers,
ah cairnt name 'em all ther were soor many.

Mi dad hed a chip hoil a bit further up,
he ran a football tearm call Kippax Eleven,
they won Burnley Amateur League Championship,
in abairt nineteen o' six or seven.

John Tommy Latham wer next door ter mi dad,
his business wer hard ter discribe,
it were a cross between herbalist and chemist,
he wernt qualified to prescribe.

He sowld flagroot, we bowt it ter stop smooking,
it hed a taste like nothing else on earth,
if only it hed done what we bowt it for,
ther were noor telllin air much it wer worth.

Amos Mason's fruit shop were next door to him,
they had twins born same day as me,
we all started gooing ter school on same day,
Annie and Alfred and me.

Next door Uncle Jess hed a tripe shop,
he opened it as a pey hoil at neet,
Maggie Shack took it o'er a bit latter on,
the boiled ham at she sowld were a treat.

Last callin gshop fer sweets on way ter school,
wer Owld Luke's at top o' same row,
fer kali suckers, toffee fags, an' spenish braid,
an' lots of other soorts yer all owt ter know.

Ahm bairn and this tale wi' a question,
which might cause a bit of a stir,
ther wer some toffee we called boggard muck,
can yer remember what its reyt name wer?

Th'Owd Syker.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:07 am 
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Gloria,I am intrigued now as to just where those other shops were. Dan Halsteads shop I believe was on the corner of Queen Street and Burnley Road that is now the laundrette. I will have to go and have a look at the houses up there to see if I can see any sign of them being shops in the past.
It is amazing just how many shops there were between Holt Hill and Lane Head in days gone by.
Be interesting to read Roger's new book on the subject when/if it gets published.

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I think Dan Halsteads shop (Ginger Dans?) can just be seen almost centre in this picture
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk/Photo%20Archive/Briercliffe/Harle%20Syke4.htm

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This photo I think may give a clue. The shop at the bottom of the photo was last a post office that only closed a few years ago and has now been converted to a house. The next shop I think is the hairdressers Andy Jackson's on the corner of Queen Street and on the opposite corner you can see Dan Halstead's shop.
It appears that there are shops on the next block of houses above Queen Street,will have to go and have a look. :roll:
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk/Pho ... 0Syke4.htm

Edit-You beat me to it Mel :lol:

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Like lightening mate!

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He used to rattle on about these shops and we just used to think "Oh shut up Grandad, we aren't interested in those", well we weren't then, and we are now :?
He used to rattle on about all sorts to do with Briercliffe, and we just didn't used to listen :?
I will look through his notes and see if I can find any more references to them.

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