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Hardware Stores
28-May-2002, 12:29 AM
Post: #11
 
The shop you're talking about was defintely not Damps'. I know because I'm one of them! Our shop was on Towngate (previously Water Street), opposite what was a market, and it's now a floor coverings store. The one at the Cross was Heaton's (long ago demolished) and the one opposite the Congregational Church was Bolan's (now a furniture store).


Frank Damp
Anacortes, WA, USA

Frank Damp (wife Eileen, nee Nixon)
Leyland resident 1941-1965, emigrated to the US in 1968,
retired to Anacortes, Washington State, USA in 1999.
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28-May-2002, 04:41 AM
Post: #12
 
Obviously Frank knows. Am I right in thinking that Damps was the original site of Leyland Motors? Help me Frank, I'm sure you will know.
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28-May-2002, 09:28 AM
Post: #13
 
quote:

The shop you're talking about was defintely not Damps'. I know because I'm one of them! Our shop was on Towngate (previously Water Street), opposite what was a market, and it's now a floor coverings store. The one at the Cross was Heaton's (long ago demolished) and the one opposite the Congregational Church was Bolan's (now a furniture store).


Frank Damp
Anacortes, WA, USA





Well thankyou Frank for clearing that up. I wonder if Heaton's is any relation to the steel fabricationers adjacent to Iddon's .
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28-May-2002, 11:10 PM
Post: #14
 
Re Iddons in Leyland.
Wasn't there an Iddons also in Lostock Hall near the Pleasant?
And who made those wonderful butter pies as some of us used to get off the bus at the Pleasant after a day at Balshaws,run to get a by then cold pie and then again to catch the P2O to Bamber Bridge when living in Brownedge Rd.
Can anyone tell me what year Leyland Motors moved to the Farington site.
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28-May-2002, 11:40 PM
Post: #15
 
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The one at the Cross was Heaton's (long ago demolished) and the one opposite the Congregational Church was Bolan's (now a furniture store).

Frank Damp
Anacortes, WA, USA



.. check-out old picture of Heaton's on Peter's web site at http://www.houghton59.fsnet.co.uk/photographs.htm



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29-May-2002, 12:34 AM
Post: #16
 
Rocketman:

Yes, indeed. Our old shop was where Lancashire Steam Waggon Co. got its start. There's actually a heritage plaque on the wall of the building now, but it doesn't mention our ownership of it. My great grandfather bought the premises from the Sumner family in 1905 or thereabouts. In the book about Leyland in the Chalford Publishing Co "Archive Photographs" series, there's a picture of the smithy in which both my great-grandfather (George) and grandfather (Jack) are shown.

Before my time, there was actually a truck in the upstairs storage area, presumably a small steam-powered one. Apparently the founders of Leyland Motors built the thing without considering how to get it downstairs! They then built another one in the yard. My family had it junked and removed, I think just before the war.


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Anacortes WA, USA

Frank Damp (wife Eileen, nee Nixon)
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06-Sep-2003, 04:23 PM
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Originally posted by Lady Griffin

Thanks Mossy.I won't be too deeply depressed if it remains a mystery but at least you are keeping your mum occupied.
On the point about the first Leyland Motors workshop I have a notion that my Dad may have started there as an apprentice.He was 14 at the time and an iron turner, died a year ago at 88.Stayed at LM for over 50 years.
I nearly ended up in Canada as there was an opportunity for him to work on the St Lawrence scheme but he couldn't tear himself away from his familiar haunts.That would have been about 1946.
Cheers[8D]
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Lady G. quotes the St. Lawrence scheme. Do you recall what that was? I have met several people over the years who either came or had the oppotunity to come to Canada about the time you mention , they all apparently worked at Leyland Motors and from what I recall were intent on starting up some business venture here on behalf of Leyland Motors, presumably it could have been building or selling vehicles. Ex Leyland Motors employees Mr and Mrs Blundell,who are still living in Brossard,Montreal, were participants and my late friend Roy Marrow told me that he had the opportunity also, but just what was involved escapes my memory.
Alan M.


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27-Sep-2003, 12:24 AM
Post: #18
 
Frank, I note your mentioning of the history of the motors and your hardware shop. I was fortunate to be in Leyland in Aug.99 and in the company of two of my wifes cousins, in fact we took dinner at the New Drop,we had a most delightful, interesting and memorable evening. The cousins were Joan and Stan Haydock ( Joan is my wifes cousin, her maiden name was Baybutt ),Stan worked in the design office at Leyland Motors and at their family butchers shop on Towngate. The other cousin present was Leslie Harrison, his father Jack (brother of my wifes mother), worked at Leyland Motors, moved to Surbiton,Surrey, became Mayor of the town and a director with Dennis Motors I believe, his wife was Hilda Sumner, who is of the family that you mention were the originators of Leyland Motors.
Lesley has a brother named James Sumner Harrison.
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27-Sep-2003, 06:31 PM
Post: #19
 
Alan I was at Balshaws 46-53 and was in a class with Doreen Baybutt.
Any connection!
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28-Sep-2003, 05:12 AM
Post: #20
 
Linda, I will check out any possible connection asap.
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