Early sig­nals shows read­ers on right track

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - SEAN WOOD

READER com­ments and ob­ser­va­tions are of­ten the very life-blood of this col­umn, so I was de­lighted re­cently to re­ceive two emails re­fer­ring to the ghostly go­ings-on at the long gone Crow­den Sta­tion on the Wood­head Line.

I asked if any­one knew the sig­nal man in the pho­to­graph we pub­lished, and Mark Corry came up with the goods.

“The name of the old sig­nal­man who used to wave down the pass­ing trains was Ed­mund Jel­lis.

“He is in fact my wife’s great-grand­fa­ther. Ed­mund used to live with his wife (Ly­dia Jayne Jel­lis, and their five chil­dren in Vale House Cot­tages). My mother-in-law Elsie Cheal, nee Elsie Wilde, has asked me to drop you a line. If you would be in­ter­ested in more in­for­ma­tion?”

‘Yes please’, was my ob­vi­ous an­swer, as I try to put a few more pieces into the jig­saw that is life in the Val­ley.

Apart from emails, sev­eral peo­ple stopped me in Glos­sop to share their mem­o­ries of John Davies, who lived all his life in the Rail­way Cot­tages at Crow­den.

I wish I had writ­ten down all the sto­ries he told me, but if I men­tion them here you never know who may pro­duce an­other piece for the jig­saw: pris­on­ers of war, digging tun­nels in the deep snow af­ter the war, the land­lord of the Ge­orge and Dragon sneak­ing

●● John Davies, who lived all his life in the Rail­way Cot­tages at Crow­den them a wel­come glass of beer, snow and ice so thick that John Davies could walk from his house (Pic by Bill John­son)

The Laugh­ing Bad­ger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Pad­field, Glos­sop

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