The Tea Ladies

t12396A photograph of the Tea Ladies of Calf Fallow Cricket Team, pre war 1937/8.

Back row L-R: Mrs Fothergill, Mrs Husband, Mrs Crawford, Mrs Mason (Sid’s mam). Front row L-R: Ida Husband, Granny Husband, Mrs Davison.

Photograph and details courtesy of Sid Mason.

20 thoughts on “The Tea Ladies

  1. Hello Linda, you brought back memories, hawes farm and woods where we played or camped with the Scouts. They also had the grocery shop under the clock on Norton Green, you could get most things there and such nice people. Dick Barker was a friend of mine, he moved to the centre of Norton High Street to what I knew as Lumley’s farm, he died quite young.
    Kennedy’s another place we mixed with animals in our play, the girls were lovely one married Jack Wood another Army Cadet, Jsck was a brilliant carpenter making the open staircase for his Son’s house built on Wolverston Mill. Industrious and mostly wonderful people, great memories.
    Sorry that should have read LES Barker was my friend who moved, Dick was his Dad.

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  2. My grandfather Thomas Wybert Birtle lived in Norton nearly all his life and played for Calffallow between the wars. He was normally behind the stumps and like a ”swish” with the bat.

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  3. Names I went to Norton Board school with, Ken Crawford and his Sister, Margery Davison whom I still see quite often Sid (Sig) Mason who seems to have been there since we were kids right up to now. The Army Cadet days were great fun to us lads until we all ended up in the Army. Our lives were out doors and sport, there was nothing inside for us apart from food and bed, it could be the age we have reached now reflects those early days of healthy pastimes and wartime rationing, we did not starve, well most of us did not others did have a bad time through the poverty of the times. My daughters say I talk of those times with a smile on my face that is true, they were memorable and we knew how to have good clean fun. I pity the youngsters of today their boring electronic lives.

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  4. I remember some of these ladies after the war when we moved into Calf Fallow Lane. Mrs Husband lived at 13, Mrs. Crawford at 9/10, Mrs. Mason 4/5.Remember watching the coronation at Mrs. Mason’s house with the whole street invited. Because of the rain the Coronation party was held in the canteen and the races in a huge shed belonging to Stockton Stone & Concrete.

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    • I live in Leicester and my cousin told me about this site especially about the photo of the Calffallow tea ladies. My gran is Mrs Crawford who with my grandad Fred lived at 10 Calffallow Lane. they had 6 son’s William [sonny] Harry Norman Ernie Raymond [Ray] my dad and Ken .All now have sadly passed away but the name of Calffallow lies on in my memory.

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      • Lynda, Ken Crawford was a school friend, we went to The Norton Board School and were in the same class until the 11+ and I went on to High school.
        I lived in Mill Lane off the Green and each morning the children from Calfallow and Station Road would walk up to meet us then all down the High Street to School. In those days there were no school meals so the children brought lunch boxes whilst we locals went home as we got one hours break. Sorry to hear Ken is no longer with us though one of the crowd Margery Davidson still is around, I have seen her to talk over old times a now and then. There was quite a young crowd from down the lane Kennedy’s. McKenzies, Shepherds come to mind, I still see their faces as youngsters as we all played together during holiday times, we were free to roam the Billingham Bottoms, skinny dip in the beck, make reed whistles from the Willowgarth and watch the trains go by on the embankment, a jam sandwich and bottle of water was all we needed.
        Ken was always full of fun and we never needed excuses to get up to mischief, happy days and happy memories of them all, I should have said Sig Mason as he too is still well.

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        • Hello Frank, my uncle Ken died in 2008 but his wife Lillian and son Russell are still in Norton. My dad used to tell us about the old times down Calffallow he said that they could only afford 1 pair of shoe’s so they took it in turn’s to go to school.

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        • Hello Frank, my dad Ray used to work [help out] on the farm’s down Calffallow, the name’s he talked about were Brookdale Farm Johnny Hawse
          Crook’s Barn farm Dick Barker, Viewly Hill farm Kennedy’s.
          My dad was very good friend’s with Bill Kennedy who sent my dad a Christmas card made of paper from the eigth army 1943. Is till have this card made of paper in my family history folder.

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          • You would never ecognise the fields beyond Calfallow now. When Bob Kennedy died there were 10 in the family and not all agreed on how it should be sold. Therefor different parts of the farm land was rented out. Now people have bought small lots and it is now full of small holdings.

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        • Hi Lynda, yes I remember now . I was at Ken’s funeral. If you give Ann an E mail to forward to me, Derek, I will send you some photos of all the brothers.
          No Email addresses are allowed on here.
          Derek .

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        • Hi Frank , I knew Sid Mason well . He played in the Billingham Silver Band . I am putting a photo of him and his brother on the site . I took it in the café in Ramsgate . Stockton . Nice family . Hope he is still ok . A tall guy He always reminds me of HOWARD KEEL . the actor in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers . Derek .. .

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          • Derek, Sig Mason was in the Cadet Band 8th Battalion DLI he was the big base drummer, there is a picture of him on picture Stockton in the cadet section which I put on from pictures Sig had. We were cadets from 13 to 18 when we joined the Army. Last I heard he was still going strong.

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      • Lynda, I went to school at the FN with Eric Crawford, sadly killed on the nearby railway where he lived. Was he a brother of your Dad or was the son of Bill?

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        • Hi Bob. Eric was killed on the railway. I remember his mother telling me of him. Bill and Dorothy was his parents. I married in to this family Joan was my wife. They were a Lovely family. They also told me of Calf fallow lane stories. Sid Mason I know well and met his brothers… Derek.

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          • Derek, Eric was in the same class as me. Years later when I was in the PF Bluehasll allotments were on by beat and I used to have long conversations with Bill and his lads re. pigeons.

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            • Hi Bob . Bill and Norman Crawford were very keen at racing Pigeons. I remember going to Bills allotment on a Saturday to clock them in. Then it was off to the Raggy. Ragworth pub. They were in the Brown Jug pigeon club. We all went to a buffet there with Bill and his son Kieth who kept pigeons. I never saw a buffet disappear so quickly. They used to bring a Bookey into the Raggy he was laid flat on a board stretcher. Did you know him ? Derek.

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              • The Bookie was a chap who lived on Alverston/Ancaster Road Blue Hall estate. He did his work from the house and was always wheeled down to the Belvue dog track.

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      • Hi Linda. I am Derek. My wife was Joan Crawford. Frederick William or Sonny was her father. Sadly she passed away in 1998. I Remember going to your Dads .Ray’s Club in Leicester for I think his birthday. This was a long time ago… Your family visited us in Stockton and we visited you and stayed at your houses in Leicester. I have some old photos if you want them, email Picture Stockton and they will forward on my email address. We had all the Crawford brothers together inc your dad. This was at a Surprise Golden Wedding party for Sonny. Bill and Dorothy Crawford. They were all singing with the mike. What a happy night everyone had. Derek. PS you may remember Ann Crawford. My sister in law.

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        • Hello Derek, yes I remember you and Joan you both came down to Leicester in 1990 for my daughter’s wedding. Were you at Ken’s funeral? I seem to remember talking to you. I still have some contact with Ann she e-mailed me about the tea ladie’s picture. I would love to see the old photo’s of the Crawford brother’s altogether. It will be fantastic reminder of them all. Lynda

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