Tuesday, 28 September 2010

James Danson in the Stocks at Poulton-le-Fylde

The only photograph of my great grandfather James Danson, came from his daughter's shoebox collection.  James, sitting in the stocks in the square at Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire  is the merry figure on the left, clearly enjoying life.

By all accounts of his grandchildren, James was something of a ne'er do well with anecdotal comments that "Granny had a hard time with him".

James was born in 1852 at Trap Farm, Carleton, the last child  of Henry Danson and Elizabeth Calvert. A joiner, he married 18 year old Maria Rawcliffe in 1877 at St. Anne's Church,  Singleton  and in 1881 they were living at Potts's Alley, off Poulton Square. It was ironic that Maria,  one of seven daughters,  and James with six sisters (and two brothers) should go on to have ten sons before their only daughter Jenny.  

James died in 1906 at the age of 53.  Look out for future postings on his children and grandchidlren.

Monday, 20 September 2010

The Danson Sisters Edith & Kathleen - All Dressed Up

My mother and aunt, Kathleen and Edith Danson were very close, born 1908 and 1907, separated only by one year and one week, the eldest daughters of William Danson and Alice English of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. 

Edith and Kathleen, c.1908

Edith and Kathleen at the front of this procession in Poulton c. 1912
Kathleen (left) and Edith, dressed for a night out in Blackpool - c.1930?

Wedding of my parents at St. Chad's Church, 1938
John Weston & Kathleen Dasnon (left)
Edith Danson and Charles Weston (right)

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