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Halliwell and Smithills

Recollections by Phil Almond


Fox and Stork, Halliwell Road, c1920-25

Regulars having their photograph taken in front of the side window (below) before they go on an outing. My Grandfather Harry Almond Snr is 3rd from left.



Fox and Stork 2004

Stork Tavern

Photograph taken in 1937 at Mathers number 2 weaving shed, Wapping Street, Halliwell, celebrating the coronation of King George VI. The factory closed down later that year.

My mother, Kathleen Owen (now Almond), is pictured first from the right and helping to put up the celebratory decorations. She started at the factory from leaving school at 14 years of age, and worked there for 4 years until the factory closure, and then went on to work at Henry Crossley Packaging Temple Road.



smithills horse n cart smithills croft h n c

Smithills Dean Road, c1920

Harry Almond senior was born in 1879, and died in 1953 aged 73. He was married in 1918, aged 39. He was a carter and retired in 1946. He originated from Preston settling in Bolton in Boundary Street.

Smithills Croft Road

The stones sticking out at the bottom of the wall on the hill were to enable the cart wheels to be placed there so that the horses could rest.