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  1. Ian Berrisford
    December 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I was born in Brown Edge in 1957. I recall with fondness the times we had at places like the quarry – now calleed Heather Hills – were we had great fun sliding down the tip face on an old piece of metal. many happy hours were spent in Tinsters Wood. We used to play on the ‘little rocks’ in St. Annes vale. My first home was in Foundry Square, Norton Green and I attended Trentside infants and Junior school moving to live in Marshall Avenue Just before turning 5 in 1962. The school is now an old peoples home but the fascia hasn’t changed much. My friends at the time included Chris Hargreaves ‘Hoggy’ and David Banner ‘Banjo’ to name just a few.

  2. Julie Maskell
    January 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    My grandmother Lily May Goodwin was born at Fold Farm at Brown Edge in 1898. She was the daughter of Levi Heath. Has anyone any information about them or Fold farm I would be very interested.
    Julie Maskell

    • Amanda chadwick
      January 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Yes please lily may goodwin owned my house at fold villa wood house lane we have some information which my be useful to you and me

    • Amanda chadwick
      January 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Hi there my name is Amanda Chadwick my mum land I live at one of your grandmas house in brown edge next to fold farm we would love to chat with you please get in touch

      • Julie Maskell
        August 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Just read your comments Amanda ! We have since been in touch !

  3. Angela Tesla
    February 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    My mum’s maiden name was Doris Bagguley she was born 6/5/25 her parents were Harry and Lily Bagguley

  4. Alan Beardmore
    October 31, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Hi,I was born in Heaths row, now Church road.i remember happy Adams delivering milk on a horse and cart,Jackers now the top pub,and the colliers arms on Hough hillThe working mens club being a wooden hut in Sandy lane once a week a kids film show was shown these were happy childhood memories for a lot of people.

    April 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I have been on Brown Edge site before but not this site found it very interesting I left Brown Edge in1954 to go in the Army but never lost connection with it my Mum & Dad kept the Fish & Chip shop there from 1930 untill my Dad passed away in1966 Joan my sister lived down Leonard Drive from 1955 untill she sadly passed away in 2012 as someone as said once a Brine edger owis a Brine Edger I still have many friends up theer Ozzer Hayes, Proc (Brian Procter) & many Many mose

    • Margaret Wright
      November 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      I am so sorry to hear that Joan passed away in 2012, I remember your Chip shop and was a frequent customer, I lived on High Lane until 1963 when we moved to South Wales with my Dads work, Joans son was in my Cubs (Robert I think his name was) you probably remember my family, we lived next door to The Steele family . I too have very many happy memories of my growing up in the village, and yes I firmly believe that you can take a person out of Brown Edge, but you cant take Brown edge out of a person, Very proud to say I am a Brown Edger.

  6. Terry Slater
    December 19, 2014 at 8:56 am

    It was great growing up in Brown Edge playing football and cricket in the holly bush fields. Sledging in Proctors field. Walking round knpye pool and tinsters wood

  7. Dean
    October 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

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  8. Steve
    August 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Hi, does anyone have any information or memories of a dairy business in the Endon/Brown edge area during the 50’s or 60’s?. I’m doing some local research with annex Stockton Brook resident.

    • Patrick Taylor
      October 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      lowes Boardmans Bank Btown Edge farm and milk round

  9. Pete Rushton
    February 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Hi. Great website, I’m a relative of the turner / rushton line, as such the information on this site has been great! (Sam Turner, Rose Turner + Arthur Rushton, Fred……). I was hoping for some bits of maybe lost information. If anyone may be able to help me please get in touch.

  10. julieanne (Bate) Clutton
    January 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I would like to now if anyone has memory,s of my granparents please harry bagguley lilly bagguley or hanna maria bate james otterwell bate or evern memory’s of my dad aubrey james bate or my mum maureen bagguley kind regards julieanne

  11. colin schofield
    December 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Does anyone know where I can get a copy of a history of brown edge by alan pointon

    • Peter Turner
      December 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Colin
      There was a reprint some years ago but all have been sold. Occasionally one appears on ebay.
      I dont know if you have seen then but there are a couple of photographs of your grandfather in the bus archive and also a cousin of yours has been enquiring about her family here in the guestbook below.

      • Anonymous
        December 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        Thanks Pete, have a good new year

      • philip jackson
        January 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm

        Hi Pete have you a sister named Ann, as she was a very good school friend of my sister Helen Jackson back in the day.
        I can remember you as I visited your Mother and fathers house with my sister a few times, my name is Philip Jackson from Woodside avenue back then.

        • January 31, 2018 at 2:58 pm

          My sister’s names are Janet and Alison. Did your sister go to the Orme?

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

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      • Michelle Mason
        February 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        hi. im related to the sherratts from brown edge and i would like a copy of this book, but every site that ive looked on have sold out

  12. Margaret Wright
    July 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hi, enjoyed seeing your website, I was born in Brown Edge and actually started the Cubs there in the Church room with Edward Selby way back in the early 1960’s I was the Church Queen in 1948 we lived in High Lane, and next door to the Steele family (David and John)( I am still in touch with David, and yes I too remember his Dad on a Sunday morning having both boys out playing Cricket and also having a cricket ball landing through my “Open” bedroom window, great times and lots of memories of Brown Edge, my parents were part of the village dramatic society. and I too was in a couple of their shows. I have a few photographs (somewhere) of some of the plays put on by the Dramatic Society and if I can find them will copy and send them on to you, will you please let me know who I need to contact. I moved to South Wales in 1963 when the British Aluminium Milton Closed and i now live near to Rochdale and do manage to get to go through the village whist visiting family. Great site keep up the good work

    • Cathryn
      February 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Hi Margaret

      Do you remember a chap named Reg Glover whop worked at British Aluminium

      • keith Glover
        September 16, 2016 at 10:29 am

        Hi Cathryn Reg Glover was my uncle. Keith.Keith

      • Margaret Wright
        November 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        I didn’t actually work at the Aluminium, the name rigs a bell, and my Dad probably would have known him, sorry i couldn’t be of more help

    • sylvia wilkinson
      September 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      did you know Arthur and joyce berrisford who lived at 13 cross edge at that time, joyce quick maiden name , any info you have will be gratefully recived

      • Jessica Berrisford Ingram
        November 13, 2015 at 8:12 am

        Hi, my nan is Pamela Berrisford, she was married to Keith. They lived in Brown Edge and knew Arthur and Joyce if you are still looking for some info 🙂

        • sylvia wilkinson
          September 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

          hi Jessica, sorry I am late in replying , haven’t been on this site for a long time , was very surprised to see this reply , would love to talk to you. joyce was my mother and I would like to know a bit about her. thanks please reply

        • John Berrisford
          September 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm

          Hi Jessica, I wonder if I might trouble you for any information regarding Arthur and Joyce, they are my grandparents and I’ve been building our family tree for some years since leaving Brown Edge in my teens. Any information at all would be appreciated, particularly if anyone has then included in a photograph as I don’t have a single picture of them.

      • Darren Berrisford
        August 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm

        i have some photos just before Joyce (nan) passed away, these are only family photos i have of her, nothing of grandad ( Arthur), your more than welcome to have some however they will have other family members on them.

  13. James smith
    May 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Hi I’m looking for an old school mate called Garry or gaz age 30 who live’s in brown edge went to the meadows school please help

  14. Kerry Williamson
    April 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hi – this is a great site. Does anyone have any old photos or information about Lask Edge, particularly the cottages (Chapel Cottages) which once stood opposite the methodist chapel on Lask Edge Road? I understand that they were demolished in the 50s and what appear to be the foundations can still be seen in the field where they once stood. Thanks Kerry

  15. Paul Whiston
    April 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Hi all. I found this website tonight and I am impressed. I was born into the village in 1959 to my parents Alan & Jean Whiston. I have one brother, Peter. I worked as kid on Newfold Farm with Gary, Alan & Chris Hargreaves. I worked with Alan Lowe on the milk round from age 11 until 21, he was my mentor and I was very sad to hear of his death. Moved to Cornwall in 1984. Bought my first boat soon after, catching mackerel by handline to supplement my income as a Site Engineer and to feed my fascination with the sea. In 1990 I joined the crew of St Ives lifeboat. In 1993 I married Cheryl, we now have two grown up daughters, Alice 18 and Victoria 17. My fascination with the sea has been such that, whilst continuing as an RNLI crew member, my passion was for scuba diving on shipwrecks off the North Cornish coast. I became Coxswain of the RNLI St Ives lifeboat in July 2011. The coxswain of the neighbouring Sennen Cove lifeboat has, for some years now referred to me as Stoke Harbourmaster! Keep well all of you Brine Edgers.

    • adrian ferranti
      February 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      l went school with Chris Hargreaves,his sister Linda was in my class,my brother in law is Banjo,or Dave Banner,,who sadly passed away whilst working for Raffertys has a steeplejack

  16. Trevor Hewitt
    March 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I have recently only come across this Brown Edge website and i think its great someone has taken the time to create it , and i thought id add my two bobs worth.
    I was born in 1956 in the miners houses on Breech rd and we moved to 29 Spring crescent when i was 5 or 6 years old next door to Janet Willis’s grandparents Annie and Arthur Meredith.
    I spent my childhood around Tinsters wood , the quarry and surrounding area.
    I remember the working mens club outings, the coop , the cobblers shop, Hannour, Ann and Derek Bates from The Lump of Coal, Tommy Moors barber shop, Eardleys paper shop, i think the post office was held up at some time, The Woolshop, Garners shop , the petrol pumps at the Sytch, Cumberlidges shop on Church Rd.
    Cubs at the Church hall, went to infants and junior school , Mr Fisher , Mr Brown and Mrs Whiston were my teachers, my sister Glenys married Peter Whiston.
    Fond memories of Marshes Hill , Highest Point, fishing trips to Knypo , Long hot summers and always snow at christmas. Mrried and bought 2 Back Lane , Bank End , across the lane from Milly Sigley and next door to Josie and Flakey White. Lived there for 6 years.
    Then moved to the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia with my wife Roz who comes from Etruria and 3 young kids Katy, Daniel and Richard and have been here for 24 years and love the place.
    Though since finding this website , i find myself thinking more of my past life in Brown Edge , no matter where you live in this world , once a Brine Edger , always a Brine Edger.
    One little rhyme thats always stuck with me :
    Cos kick a bow agen a wo n yed it till yer bost it , i can cos thay….

    Best wishes from Australia
    Trevor Hewitt.

    • julieanne (bate) clutton
      January 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      I am Derek bate neice Julianne bate was Aubrey James bate daughter Hannah bate grandaughter

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Trev.My name. Is Terry Protheroe.I lived at 28 Breach Road.I remember you I think you had a sister?

    • Julieanne clutton
      January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Trevor I am Anne and Derek Bate Aubrey James Bate daughter niece julieanne Bate now called julieanne clutton

    • Phil Jackson
      January 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Trevor, did your dad ride trial bikes back in the day and was his name Jack??????

      • trevor hewitt
        July 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

        hi Phil, yes my dad rode trials for years as did I , dad passed 29 years ago I live in Australia now but still have 5 bikes at the moment, your name doesnt ring any bells !

      • Trevor Hewitt
        July 19, 2018 at 12:33 am

        Hi Phil, yes my dad was Jack and he did ride trials , as did I, your name doesn’t ring any bells, unless your related to l think it was Dave Jackson who had some sort of business in Cobridge , dad bought an old Greeves off him

  17. Lindsay (nee Schofield, then Hamilton now Allcock)
    December 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I am a descendant of the Holdcrofts of Brown Edge, sometimes spelled Houldcroft in the old records. My granny was called Betty, she married Raymond Schofield of Ball Green and they lived in that area all their lives. I’m trying to tie up my family tree on both sides, but there’s a lot of Holdcrofts and I haven’t got much detail about their lives other than if they were coal miners, blacksmiths or similar – any personal stories would be greatly appreciated.


  18. Chris Duffy (Connell)
    December 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Was delighted to see the new updated Brown Edge website, many congratulations to all those involved. Brown Edge will always be in my blood!!

    (Roebuck Inn – 1967-1977)

    From Chris Duffy
    Royal Australian Air Force, Adelaide, Australia

    • Judith Mellor
      January 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Hi chris, nice to see your comment on the brown edge site, reading this made me sit up and make contact. Thankyou for your Christmas card I hope you and Louise had a good one, did you have your Christmas lunch enjoying the Aussie sunshine !! Don’t know if you have seen the news but if we have any more rain us Brits will all have web feet ! I now promise to keep in touch with you and I wish you a happy healthy and prosperous new year. Thankyou for your invitation I am giving it some serious thought. Lots of luv to you both Judith xx

      • Chris Duffy (Connell)
        January 8, 2013 at 1:04 am

        Thanks Judith, we are both well, weather here in the mid 40’s at the moment with terrible fires. Promise to put them out if you visit?

        take care..Chris..xx

      • val
        March 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

        Hello Judith, I don’t know if you remember me, but I remember you and John.

        I thought you would want to know that John Connell sadly died last week at the age of 86.I don’t know when the funeral is yet but will let you know if you get in touch.

        best wishes,,


        • Maureen Poulton
          April 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm

          Just thought I would have a peek at this site. It was lovely catching up with Judith and Josie from Brown Edge. However, it was a sad occasion, as my lovely step dad John Connell died in April. I met them again when they attended his funeral. Happy memories of my teenage years spent at The Roebuck with my mum Pat and John.

  19. sarah dunn
    September 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    does anybody remember my great uncle , Sam Turner , he lived at 2 Ball Lane cottage , passed away 10 years ago , husband to Sally , think his sister had a farm just up the lane , i believe her name to be annie (pop)

  20. February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I was sorry to read that Reg Twemlow had passed away. I remember him taking me home to my parents at least once having been ‘nawty’.

    I was at Leek School of Art with his son Richard in the early 70’s.

  21. Rick Widelski
    January 29, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Found and really enjoyed the Brown Edge web site. I lived in the “miners houses ” from
    about 1957 until leaving for London University in 1966. I currently live in Melbourne
    Australia. Two of my good friends were Stan Kapusta and John Bowler — are they still
    around ?

    • Jennifer Bowler (nee Kapusta)
      July 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm


    • Jennifer Bowler (nee Kapusta)
      July 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      G’Day Rick. Nice to see that you still keep up with the Brown Edge news. I married John in 1972. We have a son named Brendan now 34. Sadly Stan is no longer with us. He passed away 11 years ago. How are your family and where are they?
      Take care Jenny

      • David Nixon
        July 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Hi Jennifer
        I am an old Brown Edge resident born at Newlyn High Lane in 1943
        I went to Endon High School [secondary modern then] and there met if my memory serves me right a Jan Kapusta and I wondered if this could be a relative of yours would love to know.
        Yours David Nixon

  22. Councillor Dave McGrath
    January 14, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Reference your entry in the magazine.

    TWEMLOW Reg Suddenly on Tuesday, January 3rd at his home in Stockton Brook, Reginald aged 91 years (former Brown Edge Police Constable), husband of Marjorie and father of Richard. Funeral arrangements later. Inquiries to: David H. Smith Funeral Directors, Fountain House, 17/21 Fountain Street, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6JS. Telephone 01538 399661

  23. Councillor Dave McGrath
    January 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Well New Years Day came in with a bang message received that this Web Site had been stolen and I quote, ” It basically looks as if it’s been stolen! You won’t be able to connect to it, so just cancel any password prompts you may get asking you to log in.
    ” Has it been stolen has Mr Gates realised the threat this site offers to his Monopoly I await the outcome.

    • admin
      January 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Well it does appear that an attempt was made to Hijack this and other connected sites, but no Its still here.

  24. Geoff Burgess
    December 31, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Who disigne your web site has done you a great job, hope it do’s you for you what ever you want from it.
    Geoff Burgess

  25. December 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Pete
    Haven’t been to the site in a while — wow what a nice change! Looks great — keep up the outstanding work!

  26. Janet
    November 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I have recently only been able to visit, by chance, Brown Edge via google earth – it’s a long story as to why that I had typed out but somehow accidentally deleted and am too tired/fed up to retype now! sorry – but I had still wanted to ask two questions about two sites in Brown Edge so will retype these – I’m pleased you continue the tradition of well-dressing, albeit differently to Cornwall and at a different time/festival, but wondered if the nearby rocks – ‘The Rocks’ – which I happened upon in my ‘travels’ had any tradition associated with them, or were mentioned as special in any way by locals in the past? Secondly, I was interested in the derivation of the name of Judgefield Lane, having been struck by the sight of the prominent hillock you can see from some distance around and wondering if there was a connection between the two, regarding ancient law-making places, even gibbet hills!! though I expect there may be a more mundane explanation.
    O – a third question, seeing as my virtual wandering (especially in the ‘summer’!) has enamoured me to the enchanted landscape of your area – can anyone recommend to me a reasonably-priced self-catering place in or around Brown Edge?! so that I can finally tread the ways for myself.
    Thanks. And by the way, has anyone written a good history, the more ancient the better, of the area that anyone knows of? – I’ve read the Wikipedia site which was okay, and interesting regarding the well-dressing etc. but I’m sure there must be much more about the area that could be told.

    • admin
      November 23, 2011 at 2:28 am

      Hi Janet
      The judgefields name has changed lately. In my lifetime the sign has changed from Judfield (which everyone still calls it)
      Locally anyone with the name George is called Judder. or Jud so it probably derives from that.

  27. clare
    November 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    to all who visit brown edge i recommend the view from st annes church (standing in the graveyard surrounding it) on a lovely day a breathtaking site

  28. Margaret Bradshaw
    August 26, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Hi. Thanks to this site I have lots of information on the Simcock family but I am trying to trace my g.grandmothers family tree. Her name was Mary Mountford b.1852 she married Enoch Simcock b.1952
    in 1875. I don’t know if she came from Browb Edge or moved there when she married. I hope that someone is able to help me. I have visited the village on a number of occassions and plan to visit again soon.

    • shep
      August 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I have been researching the Dawson family. Thomas married E Mountford. b 1791.
      Samuel Dawson b.1832 married Thomison Simcock d. 1896. I have a letter to his son from James Simcock of St. Anne’s Villa. (He had it built). Jonothan Booth’s old house was pulled down!

      • admin
        November 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Hi Shep
        Sorry about the delay in replying but the website is currently undergoing major surgery behind the scenes. Any idea where Jonathan Booths house was. I was told that St Annes Villa was built on a large outcrop of rock which was cut down to provide stone for the House.

    • John Sheldon
      March 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Do you have the name of Mary Mountford’s father from the marriage certificate? She married at Endon, adjacent to Brown Edge.
      I have details of a Mountford family with a Mary, daughter of Enoch Mountford and Joyce

      • August 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

        Hi John
        Sorry about the delay in contacting you I’m afraid it wasn’t until I upgraded my spam software that it spotted your details and reclassified them.
        I do not have anything more on Mary.
        As an aside I have recently done my ancestry DNA and got a match through my Sheldon line to another participant confirming John Sheldon 1763-1839 as our common ancestor.
        All the best
        Pete Turner

  29. Ronald Carter
    July 6, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Great site.

    Just wondering if there are any family members still in the village related to the late Joseph Hancock. Joseph was killed in action during WW2, not sure exact year. Would like to get in touch with any family member.

    Thank you….Ronald Carter

    • Don Hancock
      July 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      May be a different Joseph, but my Uncle Joseph Hancock was killed during WW1 His brother, also Joseph survived WW2 Like to hear from you if we have a common ancestor

  30. admin
    June 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    hello,i am trying to find any information regarding my dads family who i belive originated from brown edge,although my grandparents lived in foundry sq,norton green for a grandads name was james berrisford & nans name was true,they had 3 children,raymond,alfred(dad)&mavis.i only know that my grandads family lived at hilltop and possibly had something to do with the rose & crown(top pub)the family nick name was bleyder.i would be very gratefull for any information.thank you
    ann oldfield

    • Ian Berrisford
      January 7, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Ann, If you are the same Ann that lived in the miners houses with brother Jimmy, Peter & Paul, I remember you well. One of my first memories was riding in a motorcycle sidecar with ‘Uncle Alf’ giving my Mum and myself a lift from Norton Green. The twins went to Trentside School and I recall one of them, can’t remember which one, running away from school one day due to being caught throwing paint in a classroom – thats over 50 years ago! I hope you and your family are keeping well.

  31. admin
    June 28, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I read the Sheldon family history with interest as Hannah Sheldon was my g.g.g.grandmother. Her son Daniel Simcock from her first marriage was my g.g.grandfather. He was a boatman and he and Eliza transported coal on a barge. There was a report in the “Sentinel” 2009 about the death of his wife, Eliza,she drowned in the canal at Stockton Brook. Although this accident happened in the 1880’s the story was passed down in our family and is still referred to today. Hannah took in her son and five grandchildren, the rest went to live with the Sherratt family at “The Rose and Crown” , two through marriage. Hannah is 78 at the time of the 1901 census and living with 3 grandchildren.
    I wonder if anyone remembers Rose Sheldon? She married Arthur Bestwick during the war. She removed to Ipstones and died a young woman. She lived in the cottage next to the Trent, at Norton Green. There is a dvd about Norton Green and there is a photo of a family outside the house and I wondered if one of the children was Rose. She would be around 90 now.

  32. admin
    June 28, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Someone was asking about landlords of some of the pubs in Brown Edge. The Roebuck. In the late 60s and 70s it was run by John Connell and his wife. Many a good night we have had in there. The Holly Bush my grandmother was the land lady way back her name was Adeline Maud Simcock.
    My father Tom Simcock and his brother Bill were both at one time presidents of Brown Edge Working Mens club.
    Mr Walter Jones who was headmaster of the school was my great grandfather. His wife was also a teacher there. My other great grandmother was both coal supplier and the local midwife. She smoked a clay pipe
    Love reading this web site as much as I love living in Australia, (have been here since 1977) there are still a lot of things I miss.

  33. admin
    June 28, 2011 at 3:33 am

    found this website and loved it. My grandparents kept the Holly Bush pub their names were Adaline Maud and Alfred Simcock.My great grandparents were name Jones and and Mr Jones was the headmaster at Brown Edge School and his wife was a teacher, my dad Thomas, his brothers William and Arthur and sisters Violet and Florence all attended that school and also the church. My mum and dad are both buried in the new section of Brown Edge church. I have been over many times and think that church yard has to be the best I have ever seen.My grandma and grandad lived at Rock Cottgage which was the house belonging to the Charles family.

  34. admin
    June 28, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I enjoyed reading the article on local dialect and have a few to add;
    runge, pronounced runj meaning to move awkwardly in ones clothes,
    sward pronounced sord meaning bacon rind,
    hus meaning house as in coalhus,warehus, outhus,shithus,
    tranklements meaning toys- I spotted the word tranqillement in a Jane Austin novel .
    Also to add to your list of nick names my grandad George Bourne,eldest brother of Gladys Bailey was nicknamed Judder. Norma Kaczmar

  35. admin
    June 28, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Dear Brown Edge webmaster – I am a soft Londoner but my roots (grandmother) are Simcocks and so you can imagine my amazement when I came across your website. I can trace back (thanks to you) to the Edward Symcock (1620) supposedly from Graz Austria. Can that be correct? I would love to know more. My grandmother married and moved to Tissington in Derbyshire so I have never visited BE but plan a visit!
    Bee Hayward

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