Why these Historic Images?

The image on the right depicts the wedding day of my Grandfather James Robert Thompson and Mary Ann Lazenby on April 3rd 1892 his mother Sarah Ann Thompson ne Pickford seated.

They resided for all their married lifetime in "New Mills" firstly at "Whitle Bank" but for the greater part "Stafford Street". They raised nine children, one son William was lost in WW1, Olive their eldest daughter married a wounded Welsh soldier being treated in a WW1 hospital then located on "Buxton Road", near the "Swan Hotel, New Mills". Olive and her new husband returned to his home town "Swansea in South Wales".

The other seven children remained in New Mills and raised families of their own. Robert was employed at "Watford Bridge Print Works" untill it closed.

My G Grandfather George Thompson and G G Grandfather William Thompson were both coal miners employed in local mines.

Hence my fascination with historical images of New Mills and District....Heritage.

(There are in fact pre -WW1 pictures on the site showing my Grandfathers children at play).

My personal history.

I was born in 1934 and attended school at New Mills. After leaving school I was employed at the then CPA owned Watford Bridge Engraving Works. A line of employment I have remained with until retirement.

As a Textile Photo Engraver I have spent long spells overseas including.
Puerto Rico, S. Ireland. Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
My wife and I now retired, reside in North Wales.

We have four children three boys and one girl all now with families of their own living in New Mills or near bye.

My Hobbies.

Computer Graphics,
Digital Photography.
Web Site Design.
Our Garden.

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Below a couple of links to our family life in the fairly recent past -

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