Ormskirk Market Day

From Alan Cooper...

My maternal grandmother Sarah Norris, née Paterson (1881-1956), lived in a small cottage at the top of Alty's Lane, Bickerstaffe. Here she raised three children - Henry ("Nolly", 1916-2006), Campbell (1917-1999), and my mother, Edith (1921-2004) - as a single parent following the early death of her husband, Henry Norris (1885-1926). I was born there in 1945, though we moved later that year to Manchester when my father, Charles Cooper (1913-1989) was demobbed. I remember the cottage from the late-40s/early-50s as having no gas or electricity, lit by oil lamps, and with an outdoor earth closet (toilet) in the back yard next to the old pigsty. The cottage is still there, across the fields from Edgehill University, presumably now with updated facilities.

 

Alan with Grandma Norris 1948

Old Norris4

 

 

 

Sarah Norris with grandchildren Alan & Jean Cooper, in Alty's Lane ca. 1948

 

 

 

 

 

 Old Norris3

Sarah Norris (on right) with daughter Edith and A.N. Other. Date unknown, but probably late-1920s?

 

 

 

 Edith Norris old

 Edith Norris - late '20s?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Old Norris1

Norris Family old

 

 

Henry ("Harry") Norris ca. 1920, with sons Henry & Campbell (possibly) on right.

Henry Sr. died 1926, in Bickerstaffe

 

 

 

 

Edith Norris with Bunce girls

Edith domestic service

 

 

 

Edith Norris, in domestic service, 1930s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Edith on motorbike

 

 

 

Edith Norris - undated, but probably early 1940s. Note the wartime blackout slits fitted to the motorbike headlamp.

 

Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish
Church

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station
1908

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall
1815

Skelmersdale Station
Skelmersdale
Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street
Market