High Days & Holidays

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This is a booklet published by the Baildon Oral History Group and since the idea is to get these stories to those that might be interested I have requested permission to publish it on BaildonWiki.

The cover photo above is a link to a PDF version of the booklet that you can also get to using this link. Or you can read the content by clicking on the story links below.

Baildon Oral History Group 1993


After our first book was published we were suprised how far it had travelled Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, to name but a few far flung places. Obviously recipients of these gifts of our books must have lived in Baildon at some time or at least have some connection with our village or otherwise it would be useless to send them a book. So this is just for them. a "Do you remember?" article. I must explain that at our meetings someone will mention a certain place or person and then we are off.

"Oh I'd forgotten all about him/her". and so it will go on. These are just a few of these people who were not always in the limelight but were quite well - known.

Leslie Palfreyrnan who never seemed to work and who always walked in front of any procession, who was always smartly dressed on Sunday and attended church regularly.

Watson Terry of the marvellous tenor voice. What was a concert at the Moravians without Watson rendering one of his solos. He also played the organ and was choir master for some time.

Rudolph Howard Moore who was the Town Clerk and seemed to rub people up the wrong way, probably because he was an ”Offcumden”.

Tom Phillips a well - known chap at the golf club. His wife iced wedding cakes and he would often say in the club house on a Sunday morning that he had had "half a couple of eggs", meaning that if Mrs Phillips was doing white icing there were two yolks to spare, or if she was doing marzipan there were two whites.

Fred Halliday a barber in Westgate as was his father before him. He was probably the last of the old fashioned barbers. A striped pole hung outside his shop and he always wore a white apron. He sharpened his cut throat razors with a leather strap.

Dorothy Lancaster was well known because she married Richard. Do you recall how, during rationing Dorothy would weigh chocolate biscuits and because of their high points value would break a biscuit in two? Half went in the bag and the other half in her mouth.

William Shooter who played in Baildon Brass Band. His daughter Bertha (of the lovely ginger hair) tells us that her father soaked his instrument overnight in the bath prior to a brass band concert.

Joe Shooter, Jim's dad. Joe probably soled and heeled your shoes or boots sometime or other but was better known as an extremely good cornettist. How many of you ladies, when young, cast your eye at Jim in his blue suit and pill box hat as he sold sweets and chocolate in Baildon Picture House? Sadly Jim passed away not very long ago.

The Gelder brothers William, John and I think Ernest all were good players.

William was a prisoner of war and had an instrument sent out to his P.O.W camp, most likley by the Red Cross. Don't let us forget Harry Bell and Benny Marsden, the young lads in the band.

Hilda Higgins (nee Lancaster)

Baildon Oral History Group

The Oral History Group have written this book
A sequel to Our Village in the past
You are sure tofind
Many things as you look
To revive happy memories that last.

Horses tossing their manes in the air
Carts rattling down cobbled streets
Young lads playing leapfrog
Without a care
Lassies skipping with daintyfeet.

Skating in Winter on Sandals pond
Sledging down the Eaves to Low Hill
Rosie cheeked children
With shouts of delight
Speed along enjoying the thrill.

We're an interested little group
And welcome new comers any day
So come along, bring us your news
And your views of 'Old Baildon’
At work and at play.