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Jarrow March day 8 - Barrier on the river Calder Wakefield

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cilycoed

Must be getting old, Joseph not Christopher Constantine.

juneshone

Hi Phyllis there were lots of marches at this time, this one just became the most famous. there was one from Glasgow at the same time and a march of blind men too. My husband came from Doncaster, I remember the street was called The Terrace, Bentley and he was born in 1931. The grandfather worked at the coal face and so had to be well fed, I think chips loomed large for the others. Be funny if your Dad had known some of the Shone family. My Dad was a builder in Newcastle and Grandad was a joiner so they had work, Seems it wasn't until after the second world war that women got to work in factories, before that they were in service but a lot of families moved to the suburbs where they didn't need many servants

cilycoed

No women, it wouldn't happen that way today would it! Fitness would have been a given no doubt. However did their wives and families manage while the men were marched towards London. My Tom R died in 1930, June, so he didn't see the march. Just checked my dates on family tree. But I do know that he was in Doncaster when he died, and that my father remembered all the people coming to their house [he was living with Tom and Alma for some time. Dad also went to Addick Rd and Montague School at Mexborough. Tom was the District Secretary for the Midlands so he seems to have moved around a bit.

Tom would have a clinic in the 'parlour' and he would give money where it was needed. Alma was a midwife and she refused to charge for deliveries. I guess the stage was being set then for this protest. But Tom and Alma went to Live in Stalybridge for a number of years [close to huis family] while there there was a big strike.

Have you ever heard of the Carrbrook Strike of 1895
http://carrbrookvillage.users.btopenworld.com/cpa.html#strikeback
Dad said that Tom started it [but I have no proof of that] anyway he is mentioned in this article. D'you know I am fast becoming even prouder of Tom and his ilk as this protest continues.

One day I shall tell you about Christopher Constantine my 2nd great uncle.

karli

it amazes me that I just lived up river from these men. Oh yes only men were allowed on the march and they had to be fit and well, only men were considered to be out of work any way in those days.

cilycoed

It's quite amazing to think that someone we know was there watching what was going on. Seeing the men and women no doubt, as they walked their way to London. We don't always see in the moment that we have seen something which will mark history, in any given sphere.

juneshone

yes it is, and I can feel his presence in the crowd, some bad stuff coming up though

Hi Mary they bred them tough in those days, used to bad times and how to cope with them

cilycoed

Is this Wakefield Yorkshire June? If so then my great grandfather would have been out to cheer them on.

Nova

They were determined........thanks, June.

juneshone

not sure, apparently this river gets polluted so the fish die, and also it floods

cakes1947

Nice puzzle....do you know why there is a barrier like that?? Thanks June! :)))
(time, 5:14)

juneshone

a reporter named Sam Rowan followed the march in his car and stayed the night with them at each stop. They all got cinema tickets at Wakefiel and spent the night in a disused Church

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