Hello and welcome to my family history pages.
These pages are not yet complete and with family history being what
it is, I doubt if they ever will be. They may be updated at odd
intervals as new information comes to light.
At present my main family lines, WESTON,
THORLBY, ORMANDY, DOHERTY, DOWNS and
quite well documented.
With regard to THORLBY, I have to thank
Dancy who did a lot of the work to enable me to put this
All information about living persons has been
suppressed in accordance with current practice.
Anyone interested in tracing their family history
must start with their own beginnings and work backwards. These were
I was born in 1949 during the post war baby boom
in the midst of some poor folk in Rossal Street, Hanky Park, in
Pendleton, Salford. It was my uncle's Tommy's house. Housing was
scarce and my parents didn't have their own home. On the corner of
Rossal Street and Hankinson Street stood the Brass Handles Pub. I was
christened at Pendleton (Pengie) church and went to John Street
school. As a kid I was a ragamuffin scrambling for bonfire (bonny)
wood in the slum clearance program. Somehow I survived and prospered.
My beginning of life were not affluent but
remembered with affection still are, the Pea soupers (smog),
cobbled streets, dolly tubs, stone sinks, indoor gas lights, mums in
turbans stoning front steps, ceiling racks of drying clothes, being
able to walk into neighbours houses freely ("it's on the
latch"), wooden mangles, tin bath on Friday nights, Saturday
morning matinee, brown linoleum, white stoneware beer jugs, coal
fires in cast iron ranges, old ladies in shawls, rag & bone men,
backyard toilets, pencils called "black-leads",
hole-in-the-wall bookies, Co-op divvy, rationing, day trips to
Blackpool, Southport or New Brighton, "Chimley pot park"
and Granddads allotment.
the whole Family
Our ancestors have wandered the globe, and
often left us with only one clue to trace their heritage, their