MALC RIPLEY sparked a lot of interest recently in local history by sharing his knowledge and memories of places and characters in the town.
We’ve given Malc the opportunity to share some more of the same with us today.
Please do let us know if you find this of interest, or have additional memories or information to share (particularly any old photographs).
Looking back to around the World War 2 years and afterwards, about and in Hedon.
A little more regarding Hedon shops, businesses, families, but not especially in any particular order.
Some of the readers may wish to expand, correct, or to add to this article, please feel free to do so – I shan’t be offended.
Residents up Sheriff Highway, prior to Staithes Close being built, going on from there and on the left hand side of the road: The families remembered include:- Smailes, Morrosse – a Greek family, Kelsey, Craven, Marshall, Brewster, Long, ( my cousins) (Jack) Hill, & Kellington. Herbert Johnson & Son, Corn & Straw Merchants situated where Woodmarket Gate is now.
In the front of Weighbridge House, home of the Jeffersons (then Wilf Hall), there was this item, for public usage, long since removed, just across Sheriff Highway lived the Stimsons, in a bungalow and in the old cottage that stands back, now renovated, lived the Billy Simpson family, he was a well-known Coal Merchant, his stock of coal being taken from a big pile, that was situated near the Haven (Borough) Arms. These ‘black diamonds’ were transported up the Haven by barge on a regular basis.
About that time George Head, was another of four Coal Merchants, his family lived in St Augustine’s Gate. The others being Len Kirby and another Simpson – John. (This business going onto belong to Ken Winter then Cec Fuller). Coal also came by LNER wagons to Hedon Station.
Mr George Jackson, had Harbour Farm, close to the Haven Arms, before his son Norman took it on (he sadly died recently). These two had the task of regularly winding up the mechanism which lifted the sluice to the Haven Basin (now filled in), the outwash of water flushing out the silting mud of this ancient waterway, again filled in about 40 years ago. Teenagers used to swim in the Haven, jumping off near the old warehouse which used to stand directly opposite the pub.
From what I recollect, the last barges to be used transported timber, which was unloaded and collected by a firm based at Saltend, called Evan’s Wood Merchants Ltd. Incidentally, I have picked my cousin Pete’s brain to record that the Landlord, in my earlier’ Blog’ comments, of the Shakespeare Pub was a Mr Mainprize. One that I don’t remember!
Continuing on Sheriff Highway, and on into Sheriff Hall, the Clarksons occupied this lovely l old residence, before the Lamberts, the former’s son Frank played for South Holderness Cricket Club and farmed near Burstwick, the last time I saw him a couple of years ago at the Hull Veterans weekend, Frank had a number a stationery Steam Engines on display. It was great to renew our Hedon memories!
‘Rask’ Fred and Mary Hopper lived in a tied cottage nearby, Rask was their Gardener/odd-job man, whilst his wife kept house for their Clarkson boss. Rask still is a unique bowler for the local Club, being the only bowler ever to return a hundred wickets in a season, his 102 victims in a very late 40’s season will never be surpassed, even though all this was in the age of “friendly” cricket. More than 70 summers onwards, no one has even recorded a haul of 80 victims!
To follow these people, facing easterly, Westwick was part of Alan Markham’s farm yard, (years before it being the Keel Inn) (also the Wilkinson’s) on the corner, before the Cripps, Bertha Hunter, another Calvert, the Sigworth’s, and Cyril Markham, continue on to find Lambert House, lived in by the Emmerson’s, Col J Dalton White before Major H Campell Johnson. For years it has been the BP Chemicals Guest house.
This leaves the twelve semi’s occupied by the Smith family, Shepherd, Hoggard, Rusling, Marshall (then Howden), Fred & Millie Smith at No.36 – my Godparents – (after that the Cripps’ son), across Lambert Park road to the Ripley’s, Stead, (Hood, Stobbs), Tristram, (Green), Underwood, Hepworth (Riley), and Fred and Renee King, this was No 24. Gordon Hepworth founded the Paull Shipyard of that name, prior to it being sold to JR Rix & Son. These houses being built by a William Batty, just prior to World War 2. The Ferris family lived first in the newer detached house next door. The land of the Borough Garage, now containing Spencer Close, where Ted North, and the retired Grocer Guy & Kay Dossor lived later.
The Borough Garage was run efficiently for a long time by Ron Dickens and Eric Lacey, with Rob Hopper working there. Adjacent was the British Legion long wooden building, also used to show films after the War, being two shillings to go in. A Mr Arthur Dent was the proprietor of the portable film show, from Hull.
A large, white-painted farm house, Bucknall’s farm, once adjoined Middle Lane.
This brings to mention the inhabitants of Lambert Park Road, beginning on the left, adjacent to Fred Smith’s, the Gardner’s, Ford, Bunting, Sanderson, Farr, Stokes, then Webster, John Simpson, Pickard , Woods, Garbutt, Vickers, Eastburn, Johnson – moved to Baildon, (David) Hill, Ted Crane, Morrison, Hewetson, Hunter – (Tom & Jack), Gardener, Heptonstall, Powell and Higgingson.
Ernie Gardner worked at BP Chemicals, also being a dedicated Secretary/Manager of Hedon United AFC (now defunct) of Far Bank, before him Tom Hunter being in charge, prior to George Wilkinson taking over, then JK Richardson, before George & Harold Hunter.
Tom Ford was an Electrician, Mont Bunting and his wife Muriel also took over the Royal Oak at Paull for some years. Albert Sanderson was a Barber prior to him also working at BP. Ted Crane worked for Pockley’s, Rufus Hewetson was a joiner and wood turner, Fred Higgingson also worked at Shell Mex with my Dad Arthur.
That’s it for now!