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borderlad 27-11-2017 07:19 PM

Radcliffe on TV
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Digvul 29-11-2017 10:14 AM

This video makes me feel very sad. There was an incredible sense of community in Radcliffe as people encountered their neighbours more than in other places because they had to leave their houses to bring water from the taps and visit the netty, so there was plenty of opportunity for a "crack" (our word for conversation). Also, as almost all the men in the village were miners, there was a strong sense of camaraderie engendered among these workers who daily faced harsh and dangerous working conditions. Despite the drastic lack of facilities Radcliffe was a great place to live. Unfortunately the authorities decided to destroy this community so coal could be extracted by opencast mining operations. As I said at the beginning of this rant: very sad.

borderlad 03-06-2020 06:44 PM

Radcliffe great grandmother
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Photo of my great grandmother Catherine Smith who lived at Radcliffe. Was known in the family as "The Radcliffe granny". I would think it was taken in Radcliffe but not sure, looks like a pit heap in the background, did Radcliffe have a pit heap like this? She died in 1951 when she got hit by a door blown by a strong wind

Alan J. 06-06-2020 10:16 AM

Looks like it was taken in one of the gardens in Dandsfield North with the heap in the background

borderlad 08-06-2020 07:11 PM

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Thank you, on my grandfathers death certificate it has her husband John residing at 37 Dansfield Place. Ralph died of the Spanish Flu 1918

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