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  • Location: North Turton
  • Location: North Turton

    They may have already been mentioned,  but there are some regional weather history books. I've got both of The Lancashire Weather Book and Yorkshire equivalent.  Some nice historical photos of 6 feet snowdrifts and "ice bergs" on the Mersey. Photos speak a thousand words and can contradict "inaccurate" measurements from old instruments as some scientists proclaim

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    January 1947

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    Gosh those cuttings bring back many small child memories of that winter. I kept a scrap book of all the local paper stories, Derbyshire Times and The Star (Sheffield) but my mother had a loft clear out without telling me decades later and they got thrown out!

    Power cuts were almost routine and living by candlelight with no radio seemed quite exciting to me. We still had an oven by the coal fire so the cooking was done on that. As they say, those were the days-no thank you now.

    Dad worked on the coke ovens but the supply of coal stopped and I went with him to collect wood from damaged pit props that miners and surface workers were able to take home. I clearly remember on one trip, 6 miles each way ,with a sledge he made, a double decker bus, behind a snow plough easily seeing over the top of it, the snow was so deep in parts.

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