Excerpts from Interviews with Cyril Waiton 9th and 15th
interviews were conducted by John Millington
was born in 1920 in Bradley Square, Tickhill. The square is now
demolished, but used to stand near Sunderland Place.
Cyril’s father, Ralph, had originally
worked, as a groom, on the Sandbeck Estate before joining the
Veterinary Corps during the First World War.
Sarah Ann, his Mother, “ was a
very good manager,” and kept her family fed
“We all had to be so so, you know. If
you went to the table, there was no chatter, you had to eat what
you were given or leave”. One of the dishes Cyril
remembers is a sheep’s head stew with lentils. This fed the
Cyril started at the infants school in
Tithes Lane the age of five. The Headmistress was Mrs. Shaw, who
was assisted by Miss Iva Hornshaw,. The school comprised three
classrooms, and the infant room was the smallest.
“I was never taken to t’ doctor’s
when I was younger ‘ cos you had to pay for it” he
says, but “my mother used to treat us”. There
was goose grease for bronchial ailments, Beechams pills. For
coughs and colds and .brimstone and treacle for bowel
In winter time, Black Lane fields flooded
from the Torne as far as the castle. When the water froze it was
possible to slide to a pond which was at the back of the castle.
Cyril also enjoyed ”tripping about
with the lasses round the maypole,’ at the Mayday
celebrations .There was a procession to the Buttercross.
“It’s about time “you found a job and got
to somebody else’s table,” said Cyril’s dad, not long after he
had left school. “The Nineteen thirties were terrible
times. I was at home a month before I could
get a job”, recalls Cyril, though he did odd jobs in
the locality…. “one and six here… a shilling there…
sometimes nowt at all”.
Cyril joined the Home Guard, and also
volunteered to be trained as a ack ack (anti aircraft) gunner
for the batteries at Thrybergh. He recalls marching to Wentworth
for manoeuvres, and taking part in marksmanship competitions.
The Glass Bulb Factory was being built in
Harworth. Here Cyril was to spend the next twenty five years.
“I’d give anything to get a t’
back of a pair of horses and plough a furrow” he
says, “Just to see if I could still do it.
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