Thursday, August 20, 2015

LFR 20 Aug Number 613

North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

Welcome to the Laws Family Register. 

A Child of the Twenties

A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

seen from the Ninteen Nineties

by my late father

 John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 14.


The large playing field had room for several football and hockey pitches or for cricket in summer as well as grass tennis courts. Sport was encouraged and every Saturday morning there were a big turnout of teams to compete with other schools. I was no good at football and played in the fifth eleven which regularly lost by astronomical scores. Cricket was a little better and I reached the second eleven without any great success.

The one sport that interested me was swimming. Having learnt to swim at elementary school, I continued to enjoy it and as the years went by more and more public pools opened up. The first one I used was the old indoor pool at Wood Green. I do not know when this one was opened but my mum & dad had used it before my time. I first used it before I could swim properly and I was so small that the water in the shallow end came up to my chin. 

Being an indoor pool it was heated. The only other indoor heated pool I came across was somewhere in Tottenham, where I went and swam in a inter school gala, the details of which escape me. The first of the ‘new’ open air pools was the Hornsey pool situated between Crouch End and ‘Ally Pally’. It was fine in the summer sunshine and Harry and I used it a few times before we moved away from Wightman Road. After that we cycled out at weekends to the new pool at Enfield which was more spacious, after swimming we cycled back more slowly with protesting muscles.

Having moved to Southgate, most of my swimming was done in the open air pool at Barrowell Green. This was an old pool and a little cramped but I spent many happy hours there (instead of doing my homework). The pool was supposed to get a bit of heat from the dust destructor furnace next door but this must have been minimal as the temperature in the early part of the season was often 60-61F, All our school swimming was at this pool and we could get cheap tickets at school (one old penny) for use out of school hours. Unless it was raining, when you could have the pool almost to yourself, there was always a crowd of school friends there, sunning, swimming, fooling and flirting. 

It was a sign of the changing times in the thirties that while this old pool had no car park, just a cramped bicycle area, the new pool at Enfield had a large car park. The latest pool completed in my schooldays was at New Southgate in Durnsford Road. This was the only one I knew with full height high diving boards. This kept the pool noticeably colder than the others and it did not become popular except in very hot weather.         

To be continued tomorrow

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Family Events from our database for today August 20th

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Family Events
1679 - Marriage: Robert MARK-2917 and An LAWES-2916, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

                Newcastle Upon Tyne NBL UK (this is today I wonder what it was like in 1679

1712 - Marriage: Henry LAWS-34405 and Mary ASHWORTH-34407, Padiham LAN UK
1721 - Baptism: Anne LAWS-27461, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK
1735 - Burial: Mary LAWES-2284, St.James Clerkenwell MDX, Of Great Swan Alley
1800 - Birth: William LAWES-54144, Allington, Chippenham WIL
1816 - Death: Ann LAWS-56895, Fordingbridge HAM UK
1842 - Birth: Mary E LAWS (Widow) -38424,
1862 - Marriage: George LAWS (Coal Miner) -51474 and Elizabeth STOREY-123529,
           Morpeth NBL UK
1864 - Marriage: William LAWS-34942 and Ellen GRANT-34943, South Shields DUR UK
1866 - Marriage: Henry LAWES-54654 and Mary Ann GOULD-54655, Chelsea MDX UK

                Chelsea Hospital MDX UK (Home of the Chelsea Pensioners & the Flower Show)

1872 - Marriage: Thomas LAWES (Wholesale Cabinet Maker (British Citizen) -1208 and
           Amelia Etheridge Minnie DUDLEY-115275, Newport IOW UK
1876 - Residence: Richard William LAWS (Clerk to Copper Mining Company) -4609,
           East Dulwich SRY UK
1876 - Baptism: Henry William LAWS (Consultant Mining Engineer) -39906,
           East Dulwich SRY UK
1880 - Birth: Elizabeth Ida LAWS -5858, Horsford NFK UK
1881 - Birth: Fred Chester LAWS-119717,
1886 - Death: Isaac LAWS (Coal Miner) -41966, Hebburn Colliery DUR UK
1886 - Residence: Isaac (Coal Miner) LAWS-8078, Hebburn Quay DUR UK
1892 - Death: William LAWS (Farmer 1170 acres) -5627, Little Clacton ESS UK
1905 - Baptism: Valentia Dorcis LAWS-167906, Camberwell SRY UK
1905 - Birth: Lucy Amelia LAWS-118673,
1911 - Death: William LAWS (Coal Miner) -6849, Ashington NBL UK
1912 - Marriage: Lybert Aubourne LAWS-36750 and Ann O'NEILL-48335,
1913 - Residence: George Malcolm LAWS (Physician) -39255, Philadelphia PA United States
1914 - Birth: Irene Edwina LAWES-119390,
1918 - Birth: Violet Irene LAWES-58414,
1930 - Birth: Herman M LAWS (PVT US Army) -37993,
1932 - Marriage: George Belmont LAWS (Local Government Officer) -121985 and Jane Elizabeth                PARRY (Clerk) -167363, Romford ESS UK
1938 - Death: Margaret Allan LAWS (Infant 3 months) -6911, Shipley WRY UK
1940 - Admon: William LAWS-117405,
1945 - Marriage: Clarence Debs LAWS-45952 and Anna Fae BURGETT-45953,
1945 - Miscellaneous: Cecil Sydney LAWS (Australian Army) -32311,
1949 - Birth: David LAWES (Company Director) -46364, Thornbury GLS UK
1950 - Residence & Death: James Alfred William LAWS-123007, Bedfont MDX died Crumpsall                  LAN UK
1950 - Birth: Janet LAWES-55569, Worthing SSX UK
1954 - Burial: Robert Edward LAWS-123832, Statesville, Iredell County NC USA
1959 - Birth: Clair Vanessa LAWS-55604, Chelsea MDX UK
1960 - Birth: Richard Brett LAWS-39373,
1961 - Birth: Joanne Beatrice LAWS-37607, Bridgewater, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia
1966 - Death: Mabel Hannah LAWS-123187, Bath SOM UK
1977 - Death: Hubert LAWS (Cpl US Marine Corps) -37996,
1978 - Death: Victoria B LAWS-167440, Toronto ONT CANADA
1980 - Birth: William Z LAWS-123362,
1985 - Birth: Isabel Annie LAWS-39914,
1985 - Birth: Toni Anna LAWES-30602,
1987 - Death: Zenobia LAWS (Retired Teacher) -42513, Chicago IL United States

1785 - Birth: George MARTIN-55835, Clavering ESS UK
1804 - Death: Ann FOX-125466, NFK UK
1892 - Baptism: Edith Alice SPOARD (Servant) -53316, Uxbridge MDX
1914 - Birth: Wilma M MARSDEN-34352,
1936 - Death: Hermann Edmund SCHLEICHER-120450, Kalamunda, WA AUSTRALIA
1938 - Marriage: Frank BURTON-122535 and Hilda CLEGG-118947, 
1950 - Death: Lavinia CHEESEBOROUGH-2829, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, USA
1950 - Death: Joseph William SMITH-41940, 
1967 - Death: Mary Matilda MCINTYRE-3491, Shepparton VIC AUSTRALIA
1983 - Death: Bernard CLEETON-44277, Ipswich SFK UK
2014 - Death: Giovanna Maria DE LUIGI-116908, St Keverne CON UK

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