I suppose its because Brown Edge was such a close community that so many people were related. Several families dominated the community and they had the habit of calling their children after their parents and grandparents which obviously caused difficulties. For this reason everyone had a nickname which was usually associated with a particular family. The late H J Bourne kept a record of these names and gave a copy to the late Freda Berrisford who passed it on to me. It is interesting to note that Mr Bourne knew many other nicknames but could not remember the real name in many cases. Nearly all the names were preceded with “owd” and I have heared my family talk about most of the characters named.
The origins of these names probably came from the school play ground and incidents that occurred marked them out for the future. A few though were onomatopoeic and some descriptive. Sour Dawson really did look as if he had just sucked a lemon and Tunny Tomkinson kept a pub so I suppose that’s how he earned his name.
Some of the names below have links to the history section where I have written down anecdotes about characters as they were told to me.
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|Pup||Berrisford Jobs Pool|
|Sour||Dawson (Hill Top)|
|Tinker||Goodwin (Bank End)|
|Little Jimmy||James Herbert Pointon|
|Jigger||Pointon, Arthur (School Bank)|
|Manch||Tomkinson, (Frank) & Family|
|Tunny||Turner (Alan) named after his Grandfather Tunny Tomkinson|
|Bingy||Wilshaw (Foaming Quart)|