GRANGETOWN IN TIMES PAST
St Marys School
Mick Traynor - Boer War Recruit + Others
Streets and Buildings
World War One 1914 -18
Parish, Priests and Processions
Street Stories + Characters
1925 Ladies Parish Outing + More
A Tale from the Duckie + other stories
World War Two 1939 - 45
Messages from Home & Abroad
Shops and Shopkeepers
The World of Work
Upstairs and Downstairs...
The Board School
Pochin Road Infants School
Leisure & Sports
Grangetown Boys' Club
Sir Wm Worsley School
Maps, Plans & Aerial Photos
St Peter's Senior School
St Matthew's Parish
Eston Grammar School
Trolley Buses TRTB
Grangetown Methodist Church
Contact Information for Grangetown in Times Past
Links for Grangetown in Times Past
Grangetown Girls "At Place" - Adelphi Hotel Harrogate
|photo - Sheila Barker
An historical phenomenum of the 19th and 20th C. was the way in which young girls were placed in service to the landed gentry and the richer members of our society in order to seek gainful employment at the tender age of 14. We are fortunate here to be able to record a few instances of this from the albums of Grangetown families themselves.
Going away to place was a phrase often used in referring to young girls going away from home to work, usually as domestic servants.
In the early 1900s. It could be in hotels or large houses for very rich families.Here are some Grangetown girls that were away at place.
The first picture is the Adelphi Hotel Harrogate where from 1909 to the mid 1920s - nine Grangetown girls worked.Mary Burke stayed for the duration of those years,but they all stayed for a few years.
Here are the names that I remember.
Liz Burke , Mary Burke, Grace Burke, ( They were sisters ).
Jane Ann Lively, Anastacia Hanlon , and Joannah Hanlon ( also sisters )
Adelphi Hotel Harrogate
| photo sent by Sheila Barker|
Mary Burke and Staff - Adelphi , Harrogate
photo - courtesy of Sheila Barker
Liz and Mary of Bessemer St - Adelphi Staff
| photo - courtesy of Sheila Barker
Here are Liz and Mary Burke of Bessemer Street during the Great War.
Other Bessemer Street Girls
In 1932 Thelma Duckering left home at the age of 14 to work in Rochdale as a parlourmaid. Three years later her sister Joan joined the staff as a housemaid for a a millionaire named Mr Gartside.
Joan told me it was a beautiful house named Crimble Cottage.
The owner was a very rich man who worked at the Liverpool stock exchange
The girls later worked for people named Shackleton who were cotton mill owners
Thelma worked for Mr Shackleton senior at Mansfield Grange and Joan at his son's residence.
Both girls then served in the WRAF.
Mary Burke & Anastacia Hanlon - Great War 1914-18
|photo - courtesy of Sheila Barker
Mary is seated right , Anastacia centre.
Gertie Brigham - 93 Bessemer St
photo courtesy of Sheila Barker
Miss Gertie lived in Bessemer street about number 93. She was a prominent member of the Salvation Army. She went away to place as a young girl. I think the photo was taken at home maybe showing her parents her uniform. Much later in the 1950s and back home, she worked in Dormans staff dining room as a waitress. Someone may remember her there...SB
Nellie Golden of Laing Street c 1894
photo - Kath Percival nee Cave
Kath tells a rather sad tale about Nellie who was in service as a domestic servant in a large country house.
Whilst preparing a fire in the house - a lighted coal or hot cinder set fire to her clothing and she suffered fatal injuries as a result.
Eston Hospital Nurses c 1900
|photo - courtesy of Margaret Welch nee Lawlor
Strictly speaking, these young ladies were not domestic servants employed by the gentry but left home and family to follow the profession made famous by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.
Seated front centre is Margaret Lawlor's mother Elizabeth Thomas of Holden Street Grangetown and behind her in striped shirt is her best friend Polly.