There are still original photographs out there stored away in someone's cupboard waiting to see the light of day again. The members of the History Club have been active in trying to obtain as many of these hidden treasures as possible, to save them for posterity.
The pictures that are on this web page may not be as good as they should be for viewing on the net, I apologize for some of the poor copies. They could be copies of copies but they represent our past, present and our gateway to the future.
I have received a number of photographs of people who used to live in the village so I have now broken the pictures down into three groups, The Pit ,The Village Page 1, Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 and People (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41) . As the photo of the month picture is used for that month it will be transferred to the appropriate list.
Received the following photographs from Michael Smyth showing lots of folks from Wheatley Hill who went to St Godrick's school. Michael's father was Tommy Smyth the safety officer at the pit. More St. Godrick's school photos, these are from Jim Luke.
I received the following photographs of the Community Centre formerly The Welfare Hall from Tony Foster who paid a visit there and was very impressed with the present arrangement with the building and its facilities. He was shown around and given the photographs by Evelyn Robson.
I have been receiving photographs of families who are on holiday somewhere so I thought I would add another section to the web page for holiday snaps and holidays in general.
Received the following photographs from Allan Fulcher who was in contact with the family of Dr McLean who used to be the doctor in the village. They were received from Rona Cobb who was Josephine McLean's cousin. Josephine died recently and was the last surviving member of the family when they lived in Wheatley Hill.
Took some photographs of the Patton Street Chapel in 2007....interesting names on the outside of the building. When the chapel was built some of the congregation must have donated money and in return, depending on the donation a brick or stone was made with the donor's name on it. The bricks with initials are on the East side of the building and are visible because there is no stucco (pebble dash) on that side. I wonder what is under the other sides of the building which still have the stucco on it. Thought I would document the names as they are slowly weathering away.