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Posted by Don Scott on May 30, 2019, 11:11 pm
Edited by board administrator May 31, 2019, 11:34 am
Gilda is sitting in an area of reclaimed ground that was unstable due to the fact that it had been an area where there had been a huge water storage 'pond' once used when the pit had been operational ( 'A' Pit closed c.1932). Over the years it became full of deep slimy mud and even when it was being filled in after the war, one of the Stoker brothers fell in but was pulled out by a workman just before disappearing into the mire. |
So, the area was not built on but became a small recreational park with swings, etc. On both sides of that little girl there were prefabs built immediately after the war. Behind her are a couple of prams which have been left near the road...call it Argyle Street or School Street depending on where you think one ended and the other began. Whichever, suffice to say that the road to the right eventually swung into the newly created Auckland Road.
Further behind still...on the pit heap you can see the winding house (largest of the two) and another smaller building to the right which had a single rail track running from it which ended up, off picture to the right and terminating into a small staith (long gone in this picture but there is another photo in Norman's albums that features this). The pit head winding tower had been pulled down just after the war by a number of lorries attached to hawsers?
Lastly, I am fairly sure that a Thorius family moved into No.38 Arther Street around 1952. Amos Thompson and family had moved out of that address to live in a new home in Clegwell Terrace (just to the left of Hall's Garage on Victoria Road).
My wife has been telling me that there was a Thorius family lived at No.2 Elmfield Road, Monkton. The boys of the family were always tinkering with cars and a daughter, named Olive, was one of the first women to be awarded a special diploma, either in engineering or draughtsmanship. The neighbours were very proud of this fact. After all that info, I just wondered if the two families might have been related.